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From left to right: L.G. Corder (’13), Nicole Perez, Coco Culhane ('11), Antoinette Balta (’12)

 

 

Let’s stay in touch! Information on happy hours, professional development opportunities, jobs, and much more will be posted here as our schedule of events grows. If you’re interested in providing feedback and staying involved, please complete our Alumni survey.

 



 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 9, 2016
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Please join us for a special reception to celebrate 30 years of advancing justice.

Location: O'Melveny & Myers LLP
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
October 27, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm

30th Anniversary Dinner

Location: Marriott Marquis

 

 

PUBLIC INTEREST JOB BOARD
Other public interest organizations often share employment opportunities with us. Check to see if the perfect job is waiting for you!
 

Director of Litigation and Advocacy at Bay Area Legal:  Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) has an exciting leadership position for an experienced and energetic attorney to serve as its Director of Litigation and Advocacy (DLA). Supported by an excellent Board and Leadership Team, BayLegal Staff provide critical legal services for the poorest and most vulnerable residents in seven Bay Area counties. The DLA will have an exceptional opportunity to help design, strategically grow, and direct BayLegal’s litigation and advocacy programs to effectively address the problems of individuals and communities in poverty. Full description and how to apply here.  

Bay Area Legal Seeks Two Attorneys – Health Consumer Center (Deadline to apply: 2/16/16):  BayLegal seeks two attorneys to join our health team. The attorneys will be part of an exciting collaborative health practice unit that handles many cutting-edge legal issues, while also providing consumer assistance, legal advice, brief service, and extended representation to eligible clients with health care access issues. Full description and how to apply here.

Chief of Educational Opportunities Section, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: The Division is seeking a managing attorney to serve as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section. The EOS Section enforces Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher learning; the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, which, among other things, requires states and school districts to provide English Language Learner students with appropriate services to overcome language barriers; and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Full description and how to apply here.

GLAD Seeks Senior Staff Attorney (Deadline to apply: 3/1/16): Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) New England’s LGBTQ and HIV public interest legal organization, seeks a full-time Senior Staff Attorney for its work in the six New England states. Full description and how to apply here.

Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles Seeks Staff Attorney to Serve Veterans: ICLC is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide free legal services to homeless veterans with disabilities. The Attorney will directly represent veterans in housing-related matters (including preventing evictions), VA disability benefits, military discharge upgrades, and traffic tickets. Full description and how to apply here.

Juvenile Law Center seeks Staff Attorney: Juvenile Law Center seeks a deidcated, creative, and experienced lawyer to join its office in Philadelphia as a staff attorney. The attorney should have a minimum of five years of experience in juvenile justice, child welfare, criminal justice, civil rights, or a closely related field. Full position description and how to apply here.

 

 

BLOG POSTS

We have partnered with The Huffington Post to keep the legal community, and beyond, up to date on public interest news and issues. Check out some of our most recent postings!

Cuts to PSLF Harm Americans: A recent survey by NLADA proves that PSLF is helping to promote long-term public interest careers. Recently proposed cuts to the PSLF budget will not just hurt borrowers, but the low-income Americans they serve. 

Student Debt & the 2016 Election: The 2016 Presidential election could be a turning point for the student debt crisis. Read the five things you should know before hitting the voting booth. 
 

 

ALUMNI PROFILES

Mariam Ahmedani ('07)

Mariam was an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow serving undocumented immigrant child victims of abuse at Gulfcoast Legal Services.  Following her Fellowship, Ms. Amendani remained at her host organization as the Staff Attorney in the Tampa office specializing in immigration law.

Where is she now?  Mariam is currently Associate Counsel for Refugee and Asylum Law at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, DC.

Kendra Thomas ('07)

Kendra Thomas served as an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow representing Texas adults with mental impairments in Harris County, TX. During her Fellowship, Kendra removed barriers to obtaining housing, employment, or healthcare services for mentally impaired adults.

Where is she now?  After her Fellowship, Ms. Thomas joined Disability Rights Texas as a staff attorney focusing on mental health issues.  She is currently the Legal Review Manager for the Mental Health Authority of Harris County.

Leroy (JR) LaPlante ('09)

JR began his journey in public interest law as a student at the University of South Dakota School of Law where he was President of the Native American Law Students Association. During his service as an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with South Dakota Access to Justice, Mr. LaPlante initiated a program that deployed other AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and law students to Indian reservations throughout South Dakota to draft wills and provide outreach to isolated communities.

Where is he now?  After his Fellowship, JR became the first Secretary of Tribal Relations for the state of South Dakota.

Meghan Carter ('10)

Meghan served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. During her Fellowship she created collaborations between the legal and medical communities so low-income people with disabilities could assert their rights to live independently. After her Fellowship, Ms. Carter stayed with her host organization as a housing attorney.

Where is she now?  Meghan is currently the Assistant Attorney General in the Disability Rights Bureau at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.


 

Maria D. Asturias ('12)

Maria D. Asturias served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Center for Responsible Lending in Oakland, CA. During her Fellowship, Maria preserved family and community wealth by protecting Latino consumers from predatory and abusive auto lending practices through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy work.

Where is she now? Ms. Asturias is now an associate at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost in Oakland, CA, specializing in representing children and families with special education issues.


 

L. G. Corder ('12)

L.G. was an AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps member from 2012 to 2014. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2012 after serving as a Staff Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division and 260th Military Intelligence Battalion of the U.S. Army. During his Fellowship at Legal Aid of West Virginia, he provided a range of legal services to low income veterans and their families on legal issues including family law, property law, landlord tenant law, benefits, and discharge upgrades.

Where is he now?  L.G. is now the Director of Veterans Education and Training at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. 

Anequa Campbell served as an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles. During her Fellowship Anequa worked with survivors of sexual trauma and in helping homeless women veterans to claim VA benefits, discharge upgrades, clear low-level tickets, and expunge records.

She also engaged in preventative work by providing legal service to female veterans at risk of homelessness.

Where is she now? Ms. Campbell is now a staff attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services in New York. She represents low-income families and family caregivers who have been accused of neglecting and abusing children.

 

Want to know more? Have suggestions? Update your contact information?  Contact Jamie Odle, Senior Manager, Alumni Relations, at 202-466-3686 or alumni@equaljusticeworks.org.

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