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David Stern, Executive Director of Equal Justice Works Honored as White House “Champions of Change”

Equal Justice Works is proud to announce the selection of Executive Director David Stern and Equal Justice Works Fellow Todd Belcore as White House “Champions of Change”.  Serving as an inspiration to the legal community, both Stern and Belcore are being recognized as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative for dedicating their professional lives to closing the justice gap in America.

With 25 years of experience, Stern has helped develop Equal Justice Works into the nation’s leading organization focused on making a more just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Originally joining the organization in 1992 to launch the now tremendously successful Equal Justice Works Fellowship program, Mr. Stern has served as Executive Director for the past 15 years. With an unwavering dedication to public interest law, David Stern is an inspiration to each fellow who embarks on the journey of serving the underprivileged and continues to push the legal world to lend a hand to those who are casualties of an unjust legal system.

Belcore has a long history of helping others and is currently putting his commitment to public interest into practice every day as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.  Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, his Fellowship project focuses on assisting those with criminal record overcome the stigma and discrimination associated with a conviction.  Through education, litigation and legislation, Belcore is working to increase ex-offenders access to occupational licenses and gainful employment.

The White House’s Champions of Change program honors individuals and organizations that have made profound impacts in the communities they serve.  A private ceremony for the honorees will be held at the White House by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative.  At the event, Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Counselor for Access to Justice Mark Childress will discuss how to provide much needed legal services to people who cannot afford them and the best practices reach those in need.  The event will be streamed live to encourage law students to think of new ways to use their degrees to help secure basic rights for all Americans.  This online video conversation will allow students to submit questions during the event, held on Thursday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Join the conversation here. 

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Lan Diep was recognized as a Champion of Change ‘Service Innovator.’ Diep received the honor in June for his work the Mississippi Center for Justice, where he is helping Vietnamese fishing communities in the Gulf with legal needs as a result of the the BP oil spill.