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Equal Justice Works Announces Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta as Keynote Speaker for its Conference and Career Fair

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The three-day virtual event will host the largest annual gathering of law students, public interest employers, law school faculty, and practitioners in the public interest law field

Vanita Gupta to discuss her career in civil rights work and share insights on how law students and new lawyers can help expand access to justice 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2021—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that United States Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta will be the keynote speaker at its virtual Conference and Career Fair on October 21–23, 2021.

“Vanita Gupta has devoted her career to civil rights, beginning with a Soros Justice fellowship when she worked to overturn the convictions of 38 defendants in Tulia, Texas,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “She will share her experience of how law students and new lawyers can make a fundamental difference on the injustices of our day.”

Each fall, the Conference and Career Fair, the largest national public interest legal career fair, brings together hundreds of law students, public interest employers, law school faculty, and practitioners in the public interest law field for interviews, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from United States Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who will join Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., former solicitor general of the United States and current member of Equal Justice Works Board of Directors, to discuss her career in civil rights work, her role as the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, and her perspectives on access-to-justice issues, including voting rights and racial justice.

Vanita Gupta is the first woman of color in Justice Department history to serve as associate attorney general. In this position, she oversees the Department’s civil rights litigation as well as its antitrust, civil, and environment and natural resources divisions. Vanita previously served as the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining The Leadership Conference, she was the Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Visit here to learn more about the Conference and Career Fair.

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Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. We bring together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of our Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities across the country.

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