Schedule

The 2021 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will take place on October 21–23 via our virtual event platform, Pathable. You can view the schedule of events below. All times are in Eastern Time (ET).

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Career Fair Interviews

Prescheduled interviews will take place throughout the three days of the event. Please note: These interviews were scheduled in advance of the event.


Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

[Description TBD]

• Rosann Mariappuram, Executive Director, Jane's Due Process
• Rupali Sharma, Senior Counsel & Director, The Lawyering Project
• Clara Spera, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

Moderated by Hillary Schneller, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Reproductive Rights and 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow


Rural Lawyering Panel

[Description TBD]

• Erin Burud, Attorney in Charge of Legal Services, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
• Michelle Garcia, Attorney, New Mexico Legal Aid
• Amy Pritchard, Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

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


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.


Why the World Needs Advocates for Older Adults: A Panel on Elder Justice

The population of the United States is getting older and the proportion of older adults is growing each year. In 2019, individuals aged 65 and older represented 16 percent of the population, and this is expected to grow to 22 percent by 2040. As we age, we are confronted by a variety of legal challenges and hurdles, including access to public benefits and financial aid. As the older adult population grows, so does the potential for elder abuse. This panel will help shine a light on this often underrepresented issue and will discuss methods for raising awareness and encouraging collective action to end elder abuse.

• Taylor Amstutz, 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
• Adam Dexter, 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
• Calissa Hiligh, Staff Attorney, Senior Legal Services Program

Moderated by Laura Roach, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works


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, Vice President, Law School Engagement & Advocacy, Equal Justice Works
• Krissy Colvin, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works

Note: This session will be geared towards law school and career services professionals; however, all are welcome to attend.


Table Talk Session

Table Talk will occur each day of the event from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (Eastern Time). This is not something you will need to register for in advance. These one-on-one meetings will happen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Not all employers will be participating each day, so we recommend reviewing our "Employers List" to get a better sense of when each employer will be in attendance.


Immigration Law Panel

[Description TBD]

• Robyn Barnard, Senior Advocacy Counsel for Refugee Protection, Human Rights First
• Stephanie Gee, Supervising Attorney, International Refugee Assistance Project
• Anusce Sanai, Managing Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center

Moderated by Yael Ben Tov, 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow, International Refugee Assistance Project


Sponsor Spotlight: Idealist

[Description TBD]


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 22, 2021

Career Fair Interviews

Prescheduled interviews will take place throughout the three days of the event. Please note: These interviews were scheduled in advance of the event.


Public Service Loan Forgiveness Panel

[Description TBD]

• Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert
• Michael O'Neil, Legislative Counsel, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association
• Frank Russo, Director of Government & Legislative Affairs, National District Attorney's Association

Moderated by [TBD]


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.


Environmental Law Panel

[Description TBD]

• Seema Kakade, Director, Environmental Law Clinic, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
• Erin Mette, Staff Attorney, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow
• Camille Pannu, Director, Aoki Water Justice Clinic, University of California, Davis School of Law and 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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


Policy Work Panel

[Description TBD]

• Hannah Adams, Staff Attorney, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
• Joshua Branch, Policy Specialist, Crime and Justice Institute
• Michael Lukens, Associate Director, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition

Moderated by Michael Yudin, Principal, The Raben Group


Disaster Lawyering: What to Expect

This interactive virtual session will train law students on the wide range of legal issues that routinely occur post disaster and how a global pandemic shapes disaster recovery. 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 about what disaster lawyers do, and how you can get involved.

• Linda Anderson Stanley, Senior Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works
• Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education, Stetson University College of Law
• Stephanie Duke, 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Disability Rights Texas
• April Hewko, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works

Note: Registration is required as space is limited.


Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs: "My Impact" Live

[Description TBD]

• Samantha Kubeck, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law and 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow
• Annie Lee, Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education and 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow
• Jeremy Rosen, Director of Economic Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law and 2000 Equal Justice Works Fellow

Moderated by Lynbea Toombs, Director of Alumni Relations, Equal Justice Works


Table Talk Session

Table Talk will occur each day of the event from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (Eastern Time). This is not something you will need to register for in advance. These one-on-one meetings will happen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Not all employers will be participating each day, so we recommend reviewing our "Employers List" to get a better sense of when each employer will be in attendance.


Special Session: A Conversation with Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta will discuss her career in civil rights works, her role as the Justice Department's No. 3 official, and her perspectives on access-to-justice issues, including voting rights and racial justice. She will be joined by Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., former solicitor general of the United States and current member of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors.


Housing Justice Panel

[Description TBD]

• Noah Patton, Housing Policy Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition
• Rasheedah Phillips, Managing Attorney for Housing Policy, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
• Bridgett Simmons, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project

Moderated by Palmer Heenan, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Civil Rights, Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office and 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow


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.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Career Fair Interviews

Prescheduled interviews will take place throughout the three days of the event. Please note: These interviews were scheduled in advance of the event.


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, applications tips, and more.

• Clarence Okoh, 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
• Laura Roach, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works
• Sherene Thomas, Portfolio Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works


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.


Community Lawyering

[Description TBD]

• Joe Cordova, Project Manager, Fair Housing Education & Outreach Initiative, Florida Legal Services and 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow
• A'Niya Robinson, Advocacy Strategist, ACLU of Louisiana


Lawyering for Housing Stability: An Interactive Training

This training is designed to raise awareness of housing stability legal work, with a particular focus on eviction prevention and defense. This interactive session will train law students on eviction prevention practices and how the global pandemic has effected housing stability (eviction moratoria, emergency rental assistance funding, etc.). We will provide tools and resources you can use to represent tenants that are behind on rent or facing an eviction in court. This course will also show you how lawyers strengthen community resilience by conducting outreach and education, community lawyering, and inspiring systemic change. Come learn about what housing lawyers do, and how you can get involved.

• Kateland Alan Woodcock, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
• Hana Hausnerova, Director of Public Programs, Equal Justice Works
• Daryl Hayott, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Virginia Poverty Law Center
• Dianne Prado, Executive Director, Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.)
• Laura Roach, Program Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works

Note: Registration is required as space is limited.


Table Talk Session

Table Talk will occur each day of the event from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (Eastern Time). This is not something you will need to register for in advance. These one-on-one meetings will happen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Not all employers will be participating each day, so we recommend reviewing our "Employers List" to get a better sense of when each employer will be in attendance.