Schedule

The 2020 Conference and Career Fair took place virtually on October 22–24, 2020. Thank you to all who attended!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Career Fair Interviews


Mobilizing the Next Generation of Public Interest Lawyers: Equal Justice Works Postgraduate Fellowships 101

Whether you’re designing your own project or joining a cohort, postgraduate fellowships are an excellent way to creatively address unmet community needs while gaining valuable work experience. Join Equal Justice Works staff and current Fellows to discuss the benefits of a public interest fellowship, the various Fellowship options available, application tips, and more.

• Emma Shakeshaft, 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Design Your Own Fellowship Program
• Hana Hausernova, Associate Director for Public Programs, Equal Justice Works
• Liz Hague, Portfolio Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works


Elections Matter: Protecting the Right to Vote Across the Country

As we’re just a little more than two weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the right to vote is at the forefront of the national discussion. 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, felon disenfranchisement, and more.

• Patrick Berry, Fellow & Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, Democracy Program
• John Powers, Counsel, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Voting Rights Project
• Alora Thomas-Lundborg, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, Voting Rights Project

Moderated by Mitchell Brown, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Southern Coalition for Social Justice


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Registered law students are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals for résumé and cover letter review. The professionals will offer constructive suggestions to make your job search documents stand out. Additionally, we are offering short, 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Disaster Lawyering: What to Expect

Equal Justice Works is hosting a special session on disaster recovery legal work focused on raising awareness and training students on the wide range of legal issues that routinely occur post-disaster. We will provide tools and resources you can use to represent disaster survivors as well as tips and tricks for dealing with FEMA. This course will also show you how lawyers strengthen community resilience by helping people prepare for disasters before they strike. Come learn what disaster lawyers do, and how you can get involved.

• Kathleen Bergin, Adjunct Professor, Cornell Law School
• Stephanie Duke, Equal Justice Works Fellow
• Linda Anderson Stanley, Equal Justice Works Senior Program Manager
• April Hewko, Equal Justice Works Program Manager

Note: Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.


Learn About How NALP's PSJD Service Can Help with All Your Recruitment Needs

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair is a great place to connect with job seekers from across the nation. But, for most other days of the year, your best option to reach qualified, eager applicants is through PSJD.org. PSJD.org is maintained by NALP and is supported by law schools in the United States and Canada. Advertising on the service is entirely free for public interest employers; you can even use the service to find short-term help with pro bono projects. Employers are welcome to attend this "sponsor spotlight" to learn more about how NALP's PSJD service can help with all your recruitment needs.


Counseling Your Students to Success: Insider’s Tips on Equal Justice Works’ Programs & Resources for Law School Professionals

We know that guiding students and recent graduates through the process of launching a public interest law career isn’t always straightforward. Equal Justice Works would like to help set your students up for success by providing you with the critical tips and tools necessary to navigate our various application processes, timelines, and resources for summer internships, postgraduate Fellowships, and more. This session will include an extensive Q&A portion, allowing law school professionals to connect directly with Equal Justice Works staff as well as their peers.

• Aoife Delargy Lowe, Director of Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
• Kerry Stotler, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works

Note: This session will be geared towards Law School/Career Services Professionals; however, all are welcome to attend.


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Registered law students are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals for résumé and cover letter review. The professionals will offer constructive suggestions to make your job search documents stand out. Additionally, we are offering short, 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Career Fair Interviews


Protecting Transgender Individuals and Communities: Legal, Advocacy & Policy Solutions

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals disproportionally face issues of employment, housing discrimination, harassment, violence and poverty. This session will feature experts who are fighting to enact positive changes for the community through litigation, grassroots organizing, legislation and more at the individual, local, state and federal levels.

• Taylor Brown, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), LGBT & HIV Project
• Jennifer Levi, Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Transgender Rights Project
• Ashe McGovern, Senior LGBTQ Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor for the City of New York / Executive Director, NYC Unity Project
• Corey Prachniak-Rincón, Senior Advisor on Public Health, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)

Moderated by Lynly Egyes, Legal Director, Transgender Law Center


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Registered law students are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals for résumé and cover letter review. The professionals will offer constructive suggestions to make your job search documents stand out. Additionally, we are offering short, 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Defending the Earth: Pathways to a Career in Environmental Law

As we see increased international attention to the environmental crisis, students have become more and more impassioned to launch a career in environmental law. But what does this look like exactly? Panelists will discuss their varied paths in this field in the nonprofit, clinic, and government settings. These experts will share how they’ve utilized impact litigation, civil enforcement, administrative law, and direct services to protect the environment and affected communities.

• Neil Gormley, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
• Camille Pannu, Visiting Assistant Clinical Profession of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, Community and Economic Development Clinic
• Mae Wu, Senior Director for Health and Food, National Resources Defense Council, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program

Moderated by Nicholas Schroeck, Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law


Lessons Learned from the 2008 Recession and How to Navigate Public Interest Law Careers in 2020

This exclusive webinar will feature an incredible panel of law school professionals who will address how to navigate public interest careers in 2020 using the lessons they learned from counseling law students during the 2007/2008 recession. They'll discuss best practices and review the top five things students and recent graduates can do now to prepare for and succeed in their public interest legal careers.

• Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Cornell Law School
• Steve Grumm, Director of Emerging Careers, Richmond University School of Law
• Barbara Moulton, Assistant Dean for Public Interest Programs, Georgetown University Law Center

Moderated by Brooke Meckler, Program Manager, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works


Immigration Law: The Evolving Landscape of Intersectionality, Innovation, and Inspiration

Join this session of panelists as they discuss the importance of working holistically when helping immigrant girls and young women facing gender-based violence and the importance of intersectionality and innovation in immigration law. This panel of legal service providers will also outline for attendees the obstacles and challenges that exist in the field how these realities have been further impacted by COVID-19, address how the landscape is evolving, and share aspects of their careers that continue to give them hope.

• Lauren Blodgett, Founder & Executive Director, The Brave House
• Maricarmen Garza, Victim Rights Group Coordinator, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
• Jacqueline Kelley, Immigration Attorney, Rian Immigrant Center

Moderated by Emily Heger, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas


Special Session: A Conversation with 82nd U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will share his perspectives on issues facing our democracy, including voting rights, voter suppression, and racial injustice, and will share experiences that have helped shape his long career in public service. He will be joined by Judge Ann Claire Williams (ret.), formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Registered law students are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals for résumé and cover letter review. The professionals will offer constructive suggestions to make your job search documents stand out. Additionally, we are offering short, 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Advocating for Disability Rights: Creating your Career Path

This exciting panel of lawyers will highlight for attendees the importance of disability rights in the context of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Panelists will discuss how they got involved in this type of work and give advice to law students and recent graduates who are seeking careers in disability rights. This session will also highlight how has the landscape changed over the last five years and the different ways students and young lawyers can be advocates in this field.

• Joan Durocher, General Counsel & Director of Policy, National Council on Disability
• Natasha Reyes, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights California
• Lydia X. Z. Brown, Policy Counsel for Data & Privacy, Center for Democracy & Technology / Director of Policy, Advocacy & External Affairs, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network / Adjunct Lecturer in Disability Studies, Georgetown University

Moderated by Tere Ramos, Attorney, Ramos Law and 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Career Fair Interviews


JDs in Debt: Student Debt Relief in a time of Covid-19

Join Equal Justice Works and the National Student Legal Defense Network to hear about how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and gain some insights into the current Covid-19 student debt relief provisions. In addition, we will be joined by April Giancola of the University of North Carolina School of Law who earned PSLF. She will talk about her experience and cover some best practices to prepare to earn forgiveness.

• Aoife Delargy Lowe, Director of Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
• April Giancola, Director of Public Interest Advising, UNC School of Law
• Daniel Zibel, Vice President & Chief Counsel, National Student Legal Defense Network


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Registered law students are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals for résumé and cover letter review. The professionals will offer constructive suggestions to make your job search documents stand out. Additionally, we are offering short, 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Racial Justice Beyond Litigation: Working Outside the Legal System to Affect Change

This panel discussion will highlight the importance of working outside the legal system to create mobility and momentum and affect change. The panelists will discuss the limitations of litigation and the need to think outside the box, share stories about their own personal journeys and describe how they have been innovative to achieve a desired goal. Students will also learn more about how to set themselves on a similar career path.

• Jason Bailey, Special Economic Justice Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
• Eliana Green, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Root & Rebound Reentry Advocates
• A'Niya Robinson, Advocacy Strategist, American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana

Moderated by Walter Jean-Jacques, Notre Dame Public Interest Law Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and Equal Justice Works Board Member


Housing Justice is Equal Justice: Discussion on the U.S. Eviction Crisis

Join our incredible panelists as they discuss housing justice in the age of COVID-19. They’ll talk about policy innovations for housing justice that have emerged during the pandemic, the importance of community-led initiatives and how community-based groups are addressing the housing challenges of today, and address housing as a human rights issue and a matter of public health and safety.

• Daryl Hayott, 2019 Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Fellow, Virginia Poverty Law Center
• Palmer Heenan, 2019 Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program Fellow, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
• Barbara Schultz, Director of Litigation & Policy, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
• Kimberly Warner, Assistant Director for Housing, NMIC Legal Services


Employer Informational Sessions

Informal discussion time for students to approach employers.

Note: These discussions are an opportunity for students to learn more about the various organizations participating in the career fair and ask questions.