Schedule

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will take place Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Alongside the more than 3,300 interviews, the Conference & Career Fair offers dynamic programming on a variety of topics in public interest law.

Planning for the 2019 Conference & Career Fair is underway. Please check back for more information. In the interim, please see below for the 2018 schedule to give you a sense of the event programming.

Friday, October 26 2018

Registration/Check In

Independence Foyer


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Independence A & B


Résumé/Cover Letter Review,
Mock Interviews

Jefferson (Résumé/Cover Letter Review)
Kennedy (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 15 minute mock interviews and critiques. These sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Conference Sessions

2018 Student Advocacy Summit – Potomac VI

Join Equal Justice Works staff, Student Representatives, members of our National Advisory Committee, former Fellows, and organizing and advocacy experts for a workshop dedicated to student advocacy, leadership, and diversity. This session will focus on the impact student-run projects and events can have on underserved communities and causes important to law students. Participants will take part in exercises and brainstorming activities focused on best practices for organizing, advocating, and recruiting for meaningful public interest projects and initiatives on law school campuses. This discussion will also focus on how to engage a diverse group of students, inclusivity with initiatives and causes, and how to effectively work with your law school administration to plan successful public interest events.

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

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 opportunities, postgraduate Fellowships, and more. This session will include an extensive Q&A portion, allowing law school professionals an opportunity to connect directly with Equal Justice Works staff, as well as their own peers.

Defending the Earth: The Role of Lawyers (and Law Students) in Protecting Our Environment – Washington B

The Trump administration has brought a flurry of changes to U.S. environmental policy, including rolling back policies aimed at curbing climate change and limiting pollution. Panelists will discuss the varied litigation and advocacy efforts of their organizations in response to these changes and the role that lawyers and law students can play in addressing these issues, while offering insight on launching a legal career in environmental law.


Résumé/Cover Letter Review,
Mock Interviews

Jefferson (Résumé/Cover Letter Review)
Potomac I (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 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.

Note: Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Conference Sessions

Immigration Under a New Administration: The Impact on Communities and How Advocates (Including You) Can Push Back – Washington A

Immigrant communities are currently experiencing increased enforcement, discrimination, and family separation. In response, immigration advocates have built broad coalitions of attorneys, policymakers, community stakeholders, and others to serve the affected communities. This session will offer a variety of perspectives on the impact of changes at the border and nationwide, and discuss how lawyers and law students can be part of the solution.

JDs in Debt: What Law Students and Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt and Earning Forgiveness – Potomac VI

A must-attend for law students and lawyers interested in public interest law, this session explains how you can use income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness to manage your student debt. It will also cover the latest legislative and regulatory developments regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness, including proposals to cap or eliminate the program.

Reproductive Rights: New Threats and How Advocates are Fighting Back – Washington B

New policies have emerged at the federal, state, and local levels that diminish access to quality reproductive healthcare. This session will examine the current state of play including threats to Roe v. Wade, pending birth control litigation, actions by state legislatures, and more. Panelists will also discuss ways that law students and lawyers can join the movement, and what skillsets are critically needed in the field.


Special Session: A Conversation with Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates

Regency Ballroom

Join us for our keynote session with former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates as she discusses her career and her unyielding commitment to public service and the law with the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Conference Session

Elections Matter: Protecting the Right to Vote Across the Country – Washington B

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, the right to vote is at the forefront of national discussion. In this session, experts will explore 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.


Sponsored Lunch for Employers and Law School Professionals

Regency Ballroom


Table Talk: All Employers Available

Independence A & B

Representatives from many public interest organizations, as well as federal, state, and local government offices, will host information tables at the Career Fair on Friday and Saturday. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to informally network with employers with whom they have not received interviews. Students can also find out about any current volunteer opportunities, summer internships, and postgraduate positions on a first-come, first-served basis. First-year law students can participate without violating NALP guidelines.


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Independence A & B


Conference Sessions

Criminal Justice Reform: Forming Unlikely Alliances to Fix a Broken System – Washington A

Criminal justice reform has become a national discussion across all political spectrums as we’ve come to realize that the current policies have been ineffective in deterring crime and have had disproportionate adverse effects on marginalized communities. This session will highlight reform initiatives including shifts in prosecutorial approaches, bail reform, and critiques of the adversarial system with perspectives from policy leaders, prosecutors, and public defenders.

#MeToo: Using the Law to Sustain the Social Movement and Better Serve Victims – Washington B

#MeToo has become a groundbreaking anti-sexual harassment and assault movement, empowering survivors worldwide. Experts will discuss how lawyers and law students are engaged in this powerful social movement to enact change. This session will focus on efforts around campus sexual violence and workplace safety, and the impact of legal proceedings against high-profile perpetrators on survivors and advocates at large.


Employer and Law School Professional Networking Break

Regency Ballroom

Hosted by Equal Justice Works and NALP

Note: The networking break is for employer representatives and law school professionals only

Saturday, October 27 2018

Registration/Check In

Independence Foyer


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Independence A & B


Pro Bono Day of Service:
Immigration Consultation Clinic for the D.C. Metropolitan Area

George Mason University School of Law (Off Site)

As part of the ABA’s National Celebration of Pro Bono Week, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Washington Council of Lawyers are hosting this pro bono opportunity for law students from across the country to assist clients at an advice and referral clinic focused on alternative forms of relief for Temporary Protected Status holders in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Note: This event is open to students who pre-registered for the pro bono project only.


Conference Sessions

JDs in Debt: What Law Students and Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt and Earning Forgiveness – Potomac III & IV

A must-attend for law students and lawyers interested in public interest law, this session explains how you can use income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness to manage your student debt. It will also cover the latest legislative and regulatory developments regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness, including proposals to cap or eliminate the program.

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

Whether you’re designing your own project or joining an issue-based program, 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.

Protecting Transgender Individuals and Communities: Legal, Advocacy, and Policy Solutions – Potomac VI

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


Résumé/Cover Letter Review,
Mock Interviews

Jefferson (Résumé/Cover Letter Review)
Potomac I (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 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.

Note: Students must choose one—résumé, cover letter, or mock interview—per session.


Table Talk: All Employers Available

Independence A & B

Informal discussion time for students to approach employers.

Note: Table Talk is first come, first served—plan ahead and strategize how to maximize your time with your employers of choice.


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Independence A & B


Sponsored Lunch for Employers and Law School Professionals

Regency Ballroom


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Independence A & B