Aurora Martin

The Project

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Aurora worked on the housing justice project, a pro bono eviction defense program for low-income tenants.

Fellowship Highlights

During Aurora’s Fellowship, she learned how to coordinate pro bono services for eviction defense and directly represent clients.  Toward the end of her Equal Justice  Works Fellowship, Aurora had the opportunity to address systemic issues related to predatory eviction practices of slum landlords.

Next Steps

After working at Columbia Legal Services from intern to executive director, for a total tenure of nearly twenty years, Aurora stepped down to develop her own consulting business focused on social justice work.  Although she continues to do some consulting for a few nonprofit and legal aid clients, she is mostly now focused on co-leading a coalition-based environmental and climate justice organization, comprised of communities of color-led groups. Additionally, other key engagements include helping to launch the Social Justice Film Institute and coordinating the Federal Acknowledgment efforts of the Duwamish Tribe, the maternal tribe of Chief Seattle.

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Where Are They Now: Equal Justice Works Alumni Reflections Panel

Sowing the Seeds of Next Generation Rural Innovation: Two Rural Colleges in the Small Towns of WA, Have Big Ideas for the Future

In the Process of Reinvention, I found Sisters

A Few Last Words on a Career with Lawyers for Justice: Keep the Movement Moving

On Leadership, Still In Love with Justice

The Project

Tirien investigated and documented several systematic challenges to the implementation of death judgments, such as harm perpetrated by juvenile detention facilities, racially discriminatory application of the death penalty, and brain damage that can result from childhood exposure to pesticides or lead.

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2021 Scales of Justice Highlights

The Project

Casey used community education, research, policy advocacy, and litigation on behalf of Washington’s children/youth who are low-income, at risk, homeless, or in foster care.

What’s Next?

Casey is now the director for youth homelessness at the Raikes Foundation. In this role, he works on a national, state and local strategy to address, and ultimately prevent youth homelessness. Following his Equal Justice Works Fellowship, he continued working at Columbia Legal Services, ultimately serving as the directing attorney for the Children and Youth Project, advocating for at-risk, homeless and foster children and youth. Casey is a special advisor to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Homelessness and Poverty as well as a former co-chair of the ABA’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles on at-risk, homeless, and foster children and has been awarded the ABA’s Child Advocacy Award—Distinguished Lawyer (2011) as well as a number of other national and local awards.

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Meet 11 ABA members who inspired us in 2019

Seattle lawyer focuses on systemic changes to end youth homelessness

ABA Midyear 2018: How Lawyers Can Help Homeless Youths

Casey Trupin is New Director of Youth Homelessness at Raikes Foundation

We must work to end America's youth homelessness problem

My Impact: A Conversation with 1999 Fellow Casey Trupin

The Project

Julia enforced the ADA rights of welfare recipients with disabilities through direct services, administrative advocacy, and the creation of accessible training programs.

What’s Next?

Julia is the executive director of the John Paul Stevens Fellowship Foundation, investing in summer public interest fellowships for law students who want to build careers in civil rights, legal aid, and public defense. Previously Julia served as CEO of OneJustice, where she led the organization’s work to bring life-changing legal help to Californians in need through a statewide network of law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, and 100+ nonprofit legal organizations.

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Broadening Access to Justice in Rural California

Civil Justice: The Promise of America

I wake up every single day of my life and I'm so thankful for the work that I have done and that I get to do. I'm so grateful for that initial investment in my career.

Julia R. Wilson /
Equal Justice Works Fellow