Schedule

The 2019 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair took place on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Alongside the more than 3,500 interviews, the Conference & Career Fair offered dynamic programming on a variety of topics in public interest law.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Early Bird Employer Check In

Arlington Foyer

Friday, October 18, 2019

Registration/Check-In desks open

Arlington Foyer


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Arlington Ballroom and Grand Ballroom Salons K & J


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

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.


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

Grand Ballroom Salon F

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

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


2019 Student Project Exchange

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Join Equal Justice Works staff, student representatives, members of the National Advisory Committee, and Equal Justice Works Fellows for an interactive public interest project exchange. Participants will share ideas for creating and enhancing projects and activities on law school campuses, review sample projects from a nationwide panel of law students, and work together to brainstorm and explore possible projects to promote public interest law and equal justice. Attendees will leave this session with innovative and inspiring ideas to move projects forward on their campuses.

• Graham Bell, 2L at Temple University Beasley School of Law
• Ta’tiana Foote, 3L at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
• Samantha Lieberfarb, 3L Capital University Law School

Moderated by Abigail Adkins, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.


Crisis at the Border: Human Rights Violations at Family Detention Centers

Grand Ballroom Salon C

So far in 2019, Border Patrol agents have taken roughly 600,000 migrants into custody. Seven children have died in U.S. custody since last year. In response, immigration advocates have mobilized coalitions of attorneys, policymakers, community stakeholders and more to serve the affected communities and shed some light on the grim realities. This session will focus on the ongoing human rights violations taking place in detention centers across the nation and how immigration attorneys and those interested in pursuing a career in immigration law can help those in need.

• Shalyn Fluharty, Director, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Family Detention Project & the Dilley Pro Bono Project
• Andrea Meza, Director of Family Detention Services, RAICES
• Naureen Shah, Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU


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

Grand Ballroom Salon F

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.

• Samantha Farish, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
• Hana Hausernova, Associate Director for Public Programs, Equal Justice Works
• Andrea Wood, Senior Manager, Fellowships, Equal Justice Works


A True Second Chance: The Impact of Prison Education on Reentry and Reform

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) was founded in 2016 in order to respond to the dual crisis of incarceration and recidivism. PJI then launched the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, which offers Georgetown courses to incarcerated men and women. This session will be led by PJI’s founder, Marc Morjé Howard, and focus on the extraordinary work of this program and its impact on two formerly incarcerated individuals, Halim Flowers and Sekwan Merritt. Halim was released in March 2019 after serving 22 years and is now a published author and activist working to empower incarcerated people through storytelling. Sekwan developed a passion for the law while incarcerated and upon his release completed the MORCA-Georgetown program to become a paralegal and is now employed full-time at Arnold & Porter.

• Marc Morjé Howard, Founding Director, Prisons & Justice Initiative (PJI)
• Halim Flowers, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Unchained Media Collective
• Sekwan Merritt, Paralegal, Arnold & Porter


Retrogression of Reproductive Rights: Fighting Back at Every Level

Grand Ballroom Salon C

New threats have emerged at the federal, state and local levels to diminish access to quality reproductive healthcare. This session will feature an expert discussion of the current state of play including threats to Roe v. Wade, pending Title X litigation, actions by state legislatures, reproductive justice advocacy and more. Panelists will also discuss ways that law students and lawyers can have a meaningful impact on the movement and what skill sets are critically needed in the field.

• Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights & Health, National Women’s Law Center
• Jill Morrison Director, Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program, Georgetown University Law Center
• Jane Liu, Legal Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Moderated by Judy Waxman, Professor Adjunct, The George Washington University- Milken Institute School of Public Health.


JDs in Debt: Student Debt Relief and the Borrower Protection Movement

Grand Ballroom Salon F

Equal Justice Works and the National Student Legal Defense Network collaborate for this session to give attendees an overview of how you can use income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) to manage your student debt. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the most recent student borrower protection cases at the state and federal levels, as well as a legislative update on PSLF.

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


Criminal Justice Reform: Working to Fix the System from Both Sides of the Courtroom

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Criminal Justice reform has now become a national topic of conversation across all political spectrums and the traditional adversarial line of prosecutors and defense attorneys as we’ve come to realize that the old policies have been ineffective in deterring crime and have had disproportionate adverse effects on marginalized communities. This session will highlight reform initiatives with perspectives from policy leaders, prosecutors, and public defenders.

• Buki Baruwa, Research & Policy Associate, Fair and Just Prosecution
• Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, Nominee for the Commonwealth Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church
• TBD

Moderated by David Miller, Manager, Policy Initiatives, National Legal Aid Defender Association (NLADA).


Sponsored Lunch for Employers and Law School Professionals

Sky View


Affinity Groups Brown Bag Luncheon

Grand Ballroom Salons F & G

Members of all affinity groups are invited to bring their lunches and connect with one another during this gathering hosted by the student members of our National Advisory Committee.

Lunch will not be served at this session – students are encouraged to grab food from the hotel cafe or from the many restaurants in the Crystal City Mall (suggestions can be found in the Whova App).


My Client, Earth: Pathways to a Career in Environmental Law

Grand Ballroom Salon D & E

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.

• Apple Chapman, Deputy Director, Air Enforcement Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Neil Gormley, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
• Mae Wu, Senior Director of Health and Food Division in the Healthy People Thriving Communities Program, NRDC

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


Oh, the Places You’ll Go! An International Lawyer’s Journey

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Some of the most sought-after attorney positions are in international public service. They are also some of the most selective positions. Learn what experience is needed and where to find opportunities to work internationally and on international issue areas. Panelists will share their varied experiences in international public services, how they started their international careers, and how they parlayed domestic work into success in the international arena.

• Kathleen Coogan, Senior Advisor for Atrocities Prevention and Gender, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs
• Niki Dasarathy, Program Director, Middle East & North Africa Division, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
• Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

Moderated by Laura Fonseca, Director of the Career Services Office, Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Arlington Ballroom and Grand Ballroom Salons K & J


Table Talk: All Employers Available

Arlington Ballroom and Grand Ballroom Salons K & J

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.


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Arlington Ballroom & Grand Ballroom


Special Session: A Conversation with Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Join us for our keynote session with former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch 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.


Employer and Law School Professional Networking Break

Sky View

Hosted by Equal Justice Works and NALP

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

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Registration/Check-In desks open

Arlington Foyer


Sponsored Breakfast Available for Law Students & Recent Graduates

Grand Ballroom Salon C


Sponsored Breakfast Available for Employers & Law School Professionals

Sky View


Office Hours with Current and Former Equal Justice Works Fellows

Grand Ballroom Salons E & D

Join us for an informal opportunity for students to meet with current and former Equal Justice Works Fellows to discuss brainstorming projects, the application and interview process, and their work in public interest law. This is a great time for those who may have submitted applications for the Class of 2020 to get some more insight on the road ahead and for those 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls contemplating applications to learn directly from those who have successfully been through the process.


Résumé Review, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interviews

Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

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.


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Arlington Ballroom


Special Session: A Conversation with Congressman Jamie Raskin and Everytown for Gun Safety

Grand Ballroom FGH

Join us for an important discussion with Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and Everytown for Gun Safety’s Ryan Gerber on how they’re working to stop gun violence through litigation, legislation, and advocacy and how students can get involved in the movement.

Moderated by Eliana Green, 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Root and Rebound Reentry Advocates


Table Talk: All Employers Available

Arlington Ballroom

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.


Sponsored Lunch Available for Employers & Law School Professionals

Sky View


Disaster Lawyering: What to Expect

Pentagon A

In celebration of the ABA National Pro Bono Week, 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
• Christina Brown, 2018 Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow, Lone Star Legal Aid
• April Hewko, Program Manager, Public Programs, Equal Justice Works
• Meghan Smolensky, 2018 Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow, Lone Star Legal Aid

Pre-registration required, lunch will be served.


Career Fair Interviews and Table Talk

Arlington Ballroom