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Inspiring a Lifelong Commitment to Equal Justice and Public Service

Our Impact Through Our Fellows

At Equal Justice Works, we believe that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation’s promise of equal justice for all. Since 1986, we have been facilitating opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service and bring lasting change to underserved communities across our country.


is the average number of clients served by one Equal Justice Works Fellow during their Fellowship.


of Equal Justice Works Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities across the country.


Equal Justice Works Fellowships have been awarded to lawyers committed to public service.

Addressing the Nation’s Most Critical Issues Affecting Equal Access to Justice

Each year, we mobilize over 300 Fellows across the country to address a wide range of unmet legal needs. Fellows work to ensure equal access to justice for underserved communities across the country.

  • Access to Courts
  • Affordable Housing / Microfinance
  • Aid to Disadvantaged Children and Youth
  • Children and Families
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Economic Development
  • Consumer Rights
  • Corporate and Government Accountability
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Disability Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Access to Education
  • Special Education
  • Elder Law
  • Disaster Relief
  • Environmental Justice
  • Farmworkers' and Migrant Workers' Rights
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Healthcare
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration / Asylum
  • Immigrant Communities
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Native American Communities
  • Police Accountability
  • Poverty / Economic Opportunity
  • Prisoners' Rights
  • Public Benefits
  • Reproductive Health
  • Technology / Privacy
  • Human Trafficking
  • Veterans' Issues
  • Voting Rights / Electoral Participation
  • Women's Issues
  • Workers' Rights

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Serving the Community

Hosted at the ACLU of Southern California, 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow Alexis Piazza draws on years of experience as a teacher to help homeless youth and children advocate for their educational rights so that they can learn, succeed academically, and reach their full potential. Alexis is cosponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Creating a Lasting Impact: OneJustice

Equal Justice Works Fellow alumna Mai Nguyen, Renée Schomp, and Julia R. Wilson share the lasting impact of their Fellowships at OneJustice, where they continue to bring life-changing legal services to rural and isolated communities throughout California.

Criminal Records Expungement

According to the FBI, about 70 million Americans have a criminal record - that's one in three adults. Cynthia Cornelius, a 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, designed a Fellowship project to provide the legal services required to expunge the records of the adult community in Chicago. Having a criminal record can prevent an individual from obtaining an education, a job, and a house. Cynthia was hosted by Cabrini Green Legal Aid and sponsored by The Albert and Anne Mansfield Family Foundation.

Medical-Legal Partnerships

Through her medical-legal partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Krista Selnau provided legal advocacy and outreach to low-income disabled children and their families. Krista was sponsored by the generous donations of Walmart and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Wrongfully Convicted

During her Fellowship sponsored by Greenberg Traurig at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Susan Friedman investigated and litigated cases where individuals were wrongfully convicted by the misuse of forensic science in Washington, D.C.

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