By Kristen Uhler-Mckeown, vice president of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works
Each year, Equal Justice Works mobilizes hundreds of passionate public service leaders to improve access to justice nationwide through our Fellowship programs. One of our programs provides law students with an opportunity to design a two-year project in partnership with a legal services organization that addresses a critical legal need of an underserved community. Through the generous support we receive from individuals, law firms, companies, and foundations, we are able to fund these one-of-a-kind Fellowships focused on a range of pressing civil legal issues.
The work that our Fellows do and the value their service provides to communities is simply immeasurable. These lawyers uplift lives and communities, helping to build a better, brighter future for everyone. We are inspired by all that they do to bring real and lasting change, and we are grateful to our community for supporting this invaluable work.
We are pleased to share that thanks to the support and partnership of our community, we will increase our annual support to host organizations from $50,000 to $57,000 to be applied toward Fellow salary for those in the Design-Your-Own Fellowship program starting with the 2022 class of Fellows.
This increase will also be reflected in the amount for a Fellow sponsorship, which is the first adjustment to sponsorship levels in five years. This is an opportunity for us to better meet the needs of our host organizations and our Fellows and is only possible thanks to the generous support we receive from our supporters.
We believe a public interest career is valuable, and we will continue to find new opportunities to expand access to the field for all those who want to pursue their passion for public service and equal justice. As always, we are grateful to our community for championing our shared values and for helping us to make this change possible.