Event Schedule

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career is the largest public interest legal career fair in the country, bringing together more than 200 public interest employers and over 2,500 law students and recent graduates for prescheduled interviews, informal "table talk" discussions, issue-specific workshops, and networking opportunities.

Equal Justice Works will host the 2022 Conference and Career Fair virtually on two separate dates:

Equal Justice Works Conference: September 21 – 23, 2022

Equal Justice Works Career Fair: October 20 – 22, 2022

You can reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Understanding the Benefits of Your Equal Justice Works Membership

Session exclusive to law school professionals; not intended for law students

An Equal Justice Works membership offers law school professionals from our member schools various resources, opportunities, and programs they can use to successfully assist students in pursuing careers their public interest legal careers. Join Equal Justice Works staff to learn more about all the benefits of your membership. This is your opportunity to ask questions and discuss ways in which you can get more involved with our work.

• Brooke Meckler, Director, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
• Lynbea Toombs, Director of Alumni Relations, Equal Justice Works
• Kristen Uhler-McKeown, Vice President of Fellowships, Equal Justice Works

Disaster Lawyering: Justice in the Form of Resilience

Virtual student workshop

This course seeks to raise awareness of disaster legal work and inspire law students to engage in this work in their own communities, both as a law student and future attorney. Our interactive session will first educate students on the wide range of legal issues that routinely occur post-disaster and how a global pandemic concurrent with other events continues to shape disaster recovery. This course will demonstrate how lawyers strengthen community resilience and serve systems of justice by helping people prepare for disasters before an impact is felt within the community. Come learn what disaster lawyers do, and how you can get involved.

• Linda Anderson Stanley, Senior Manager, Disaster Resilience Program, Equal Justice Works
• Christine E. Cerniglia, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical & Experiential Education, Stetson University College of Law
• Stephanie Duke, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
• Al Roberts, Program Manager, Disaster Resilience Program, Equal Justice Works
• Ernesto Villaseñor, Jr., Former Student Fellow, Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program

To participate in this workshop, students must be registered for both the 2022 event and complete a separate registration form. Please reach out to us at [email protected] for additional information.

Temporary Waiver of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF): What You Need to Know Before October 31

Session exclusive to law school professionals; not intended for law students

This session will provide up to date information for law school professionals on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and the temporary waiver opportunity, and will cover all the important and time sensitive information you need to know related to student debt relief. This information is not only potentially helpful for your alumni but may also be beneficial to you as a current public interest employee.

• Aoife Delargy Lowe, Vice President, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works

Meet with Equal Justice Works' New CEO Verna Williams

Session exclusive to law school professionals; not intended for law students

Equal Justice Works welcomes law school professionals from member law schools to meet our new CEO, Verna Williams. Verna comes to Equal Justice Works from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she most recently served as the dean, and brings decades of experience both practicing and teaching law to her role as CEO. This session will be an opportunity for participants to speak with Verna, ask questions, and network with colleagues from other member schools.

• Aoife Delargy Lowe, Vice President, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
• Verna Williams, CEO, Equal Justice Works

Lawyering for Housing Justice

Virtual student workshop

This interactive course seeks to raise awareness of housing stability legal work--especially focused on eviction prevention and defense--and inspire law students to engage in this work, both as a law student and future attorney. During the two-hour course, law students will explore what it means to do eviction defense and housing stabilization work inside and outside the courtroom. Law students will gain valuable tools and resources they can use to represent tenants that are behind on rent or facing eviction in court. This course will also explore how lawyers strengthen community resilience by conducting outreach and education, community lawyering, and inspiring systemic change. Come learn what housing lawyers do, and how you can get involved.

• Hana Hausnerova, Director of Public Programs, Equal Justice Works
• Palmer Heenan, Assistant Attorney General, Public Advocacy Division (PAD), Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
• Dianne Prado, Executive Director, Heart LA
• Denise Thomas-Brown, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Virginia Poverty Law Center

To participate in this workshop, students must be registered for both the 2022 event and complete a separate registration form. Please reach out to us at [email protected] for additional information.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights: Fighting to Preserve Abortion Access at the Local, State, and Federal Levels

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists. At this time, 13 states have greatly restricted abortion access, and about a dozen more are expected to follow suit. This panel will highlight the many ways public interest organizations and attorneys are fighting to protect the right to abortion access and comprehensive health care at the local, state, and federal levels.

• MK Anderson, Director of Development & Communications, Feminist Women's Health Center
• Rosann Mariappuram, Executive Director, Jane's Due Process (moderator)
• Sabrina Talukder, Sunita Jain Anti-Trafficking Policy Initiative Director of Federal Policy, LMU Law School
• Liz Wagner, Senior Federal Policy Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights

The Evolving Legal Landscape of LGBTQ+ Rights

The legal landscape for LGBTQ+ people is rapidly shifting across the United States, with some welcome and other, not so welcome developments. In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court extended protections from employer discrimination to LGBTQ+ individuals nationwide, and over the past year the Biden administration has advanced numerous federal policies in support of the LGBTQ+ community. However, several states have increasingly enacted legislation targeting LGBTQ+ individuals and undermining protections—particularly for transgender youth. This session will feature experts who are fighting to enact positive changes for the LGBTQ+ community through litigation, grassroots organizing, legislation and more at the individual, local, state and federal levels.

• Alexander Chen, Founding Director, LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, Harvard Law School
• Milo Inglehart, Staff Attorney, Transgender Law Center (moderator)
• Gabriella Larios, Equal Justice Works Fellow, New York Civil Liberties Union
• Kel O'Hara, Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates

Elections Matter: Protecting the Right to Vote Across the Country

With the 2022 midterm election season fast approaching, the right to vote is at the forefront of the national discourse. In this session, experts will lead a discussion focused on the challenges and pressing issues affecting the right to vote in America including voter purges, polling place consolidations, census litigation, voter ID laws, felony disenfranchisement, with a particular emphasis on how these issues disproportionately affect vulnerable, disenfranchised, and marginalized communities.

• Patrick Berry, Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
• Rebekah Caruthers, Vice President, Fair Elections Center
• Jonathan Diaz, Senior Legal Counsel, Voting Rights, Campaign Legal Center
• Ari Savitzky, Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union (moderator)

Defending the Earth: Pathways to a Career in Environmental Law

Many of the most critical challenges facing our world today are environmental. As such, the demand for passionate environmental advocates has increased considerably. Join our panel of experts for a discussion of the growing importance of environmental law and the varied paths open to young lawyers interested in pursuing a career in environmental law after law school.

• Elyse Diamond, Director, Public Interest Law Center & Adjunct Professor, Pace University School of Law (moderator)
• Jordan Diamond, President, Environmental Law Institute
• Faye Matthews, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Law, Pace University School of Law
• Andre Segura, Vice President of Litigation, Earthjustice

Friday, September 23, 2022

How Medical-Legal Partnerships Help Address Health Care Disparities

The medical-legal partnership (MLP) is an adaptive model of advocacy where legal and health care professionals collaborate to help patients resolve social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities that have a remedy in civil law. This discussion will highlight the growing importance and need for such partnerships, and will outline the many benefits of MLPs, particularly in offering innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to addressing patients' unmet legal needs and pursuing health justice.

• Bethany Hamilton, Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
• Jon Killoran, Supervising Attorney, Inner City Law Center
• Courtney Mendoza, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (moderator)
• Keegan D. Warren, Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates

Mobilizing the Next Generation of Public Interest Lawyers: Equal Justice Works Postgraduate Fellowships

Whether you're designing your own project or joining a cohort program, postgraduate fellowships are an excellent way to creatively address unmet legal needs while gaining valuable work experience. Join Equal Justice Works for a discussion of the many benefits of a public interest fellowship and the various opportunities currently available through Equal Justice Works.

• Leila Stehlik-Barry, Program Manager, Equal Justice Works
• Allie Yang-Green, Senior Manager of Public Programs, Equal Justice Works

Housing is a Human Right: How to Launch Your Public Interest Career in the Fast-Paced Field of Housing Justice

This panel will focus on the various ways lawyers can get involved in confronting the looming housing crisis affecting many low-income renters and homeowners in the United States today. The discussion will address topics including, eviction defense, advocating for legislation, arguing in the court of appeals, and diversity in representation. Panelists will share practice pointers and recommendations for law students interested in public interest law and housing justice.

• Laura Dobbs, Staff Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center
• Charisse Lue, Staff Attorney, Public Justice Center
• Michelle Mapp, Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU of South Carolina
• Stacey Tutt, Homeowner Assistance Fund Coordinator and Senior Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project (moderator)

Bridging the Justice Gap: The Impact of Rural Lawyering

Expanding legal assistance to rural communities is essential, particularly as the number of individuals without the means to access basic services continues to grow. Join our panel of legal aid providers for a discussion of the various challenges and opportunities to working in rural areas, and learn more about how to pursue a career in rural lawyering.

• Marie Bechtel, Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid of West Virginia, Inc.
• Michelle Garcia, Staff Attorney, New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc.
• Brooke Meckler, Director, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works (moderator)
• Taier Perlman, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Hudson Valley