Apply to National Advisory Committee

The Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership, advice and outreach assistance to support Equal Justice Works in mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys. The NAC convenes a diverse group of law students and law school professionals to act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities and assist with the implementation of initiatives.

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2017-2018 NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 National Advisory Committee. Because terms are staggered, not all regions have vacancies at this time. Click here for the complete list of schools where we're accepting applications. The deadline to apply has been extended to Sunday, May 14 at 11:59pm ET.


            

ELIGIBILITY:

For Law Students

  • The applicant's law school must be located in one of the following states: AL, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE NJ, NY*, OH, PA**, PR, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY.
  • The applicant’s law school must be a member of Equal Justice Works during the 2016-2017 school year and have an open vacancy.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a law student for academic year 2017-2018. We encourage all interested students to apply, especially rising 2L students.
  • The applicant must be willing and able to commit to serving a two-year term.
  • The applicant must have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law.  We are particularly interested in students who wish to effect change on their campuses and/or in the legal community.  Members of public interest and/or pro bono organizations on campus and those who have dedicated time to serving low-income or underserved communities either during or prior to law school are ideal.
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing at his/her law school.

*The state of NY is split across two regions so only students from the following schools are eligible this year: Columbia, St. John's, Brooklyn, Pace, Hofstra, CUNY, NYU, New York Law, Touro, Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University, Fordham

**The state of PA is split across two regions so only students from the following schools are eligible this year: Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh

For Law School Professionals

  • The applicant's law school must be located in one of the following states: AL, AZ, AK, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NC, ND, NM, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV, WI, WY.
  • The applicant’s law school must be a member of Equal Justice Works during the 2016-2017 school year and have an open vacancy.
  • The applicant must be employed by a law school in a position such as, but not limited to: admissions counselor, financial aid officer, public interest advisor, career advisor, adjunct or full-time faculty member, clinician, alumni coordinator, dean of students, or dean.      
  • The applicant should have experience working with a wide variety of people within the legal community.  Examples include law school administration, students, alumni, faculty, government agencies, law firms and nonprofit organizations.
  • The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of issues that affect underrepresented communities and/or experience working with underrepresented communities. 
  • The applicant must be willing and able to commit to serving a two-year term from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The mission of the National Advisory Committee is to:

Provide a vehicle through which students and professionals at Equal Justice Works member law schools help advance the organization’s goal of helping students develop a lifelong commitment of working on behalf of underrepresented individuals, communities and causes.

To achieve this mission, the NAC provides feedback on Equal Justice Works programs and initiatives, conducts outreach to law school professionals and students at law schools in their assigned regions, and reports back to Equal Justice Works staff on public interest law issues, news, updates, and feedback in their regions. 

Equal Justice Works coordinates with NAC members to:

  • Establish annual goals based on organizational priorities and needs;
  • Ensure NAC members receive orientation, training and information on current and new initiatives within Equal Justice Works;
  • Recruit new members annually; and
  • Organize an annual meeting and regular conference calls.

NAC members help extend the reach of Equal Justice Works initiatives into the law school and legal services community by:

  • Acting as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities;
  • Conducting outreach to and soliciting feedback from students and professionals at member law schools not represented on the committee;
  • Participating in the annual in-person meeting;
  • Assisting with the annual Conference and Career Fair held every October in Washington, D.C.;
  • Assisting with the design, implementation and evaluation of select initiatives including the Student Representative program and the Regional Public Interest Awards; and
  • Respecting and promoting the actions and decisions of the NAC among member schools.

 

 

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