Each fall, Equal Justice Works hosts a series of events for our community—Fellows, alumni, law students, sponsors, and law school professionals—to build their skills, enhance their understanding of our mission, and expand their networks. This year we hosted the Conference and Career Fair for law students, law school professionals, and public interest employers; the Scales of Justice, our annual fundraiser; and our multi-day Leadership Development Training for our Fellows.
This year, the Conference and Career Fair was split into two separate events, allowing participants to take full advantage of the opportunities for networking, learning, and interviewing. From September 21–23, the Equal Justice Works Conference kicked off our 2022 event season with a series of 13 virtual panel discussions. Over three days, we welcomed more than 3,800 attendees to the Conference, and facilitated over 4,200 virtual interviews and 800 table talk meetings, which included issue-specific seminars and information sessions on our programs.
On October 11, we welcomed over 600 attendees, including Fellows, supporters, and law professionals, to Washington, D.C., for the Scales of Justice, our first in-person event since 2019. This annual fundraiser allowed our community to come together and hear from a series of speakers as we recognized this year’s honoree, Teresa Wynn Roseborough of The Home Depot, with the Scales of Justice award.
Emcees Michel and Billy Martin hosted the show, setting the stage for speakers such as the new CEO of Equal Justice Works, Verna Williams. Our speakers included Ivan Fong, chair of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors and executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Medtronic; Ernest LaMont Greer, Equal Justice Works board member and managing partner of Greenberg Traurig, LLP; and Mark Wasserman, member of the Equal Justice Works Board of Counselors and managing partner and co-chief executive officer of Eversheds Sutherland.
The program featured 2022 Text-to-Give Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky, 2021 Fellow Joey Carrillo, and a fireside chat-style video featuring 2012 Fellow Hillary Schneller and 2021 Fellow Ndome Essoka, discussing the intersection of reproductive rights and maternal health.
From October 17–19, Equal Justice Works hosted our virtual Leadership Development Training for Fellows to network and grow their skills through a series of sessions led by Fellow alumni and other legal professionals. Verna Williams, the new CEO of Equal Justice Works, kicked things off by sharing her ideas and vision for the organization moving forward.
Throughout the event, Fellows heard from a number of distinguished professionals, such as Mónica Ramírez Almadani, President and CEO of Public Counsel; and Marc Morial, CEO and President of the National Urban League and Equal Justice Works board member. Fellows also had the chance to attend affinity group sessions based on their interests and project backgrounds, where they could learn about their issue area and discuss intersecting problems with like-minded colleagues.
Closing out the 2022 event season was the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, held virtually from October 20-22. Thanks to the broad accessibility of the virtual format, a record 3,000+ attendees logged on to the event this year! Students met with 243 employers from across the country, offering over 400 available jobs.
Equal Justice Works is incredibly grateful to have such a dedicated and wonderful community that is passionate about our mission and expanding access to justice. We want to thank all participants and attendees for your time and support that made this year’s fall events successful for our organization.
See you in 2023!