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Equal Justice Works Appoints Tracie Johnson to Its Board of Directors

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Tracie Johnson is the youth ombudsman for the City of Philadelphia and an Equal Justice Works Fellow Alum

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 6, 2024— Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, has added 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow Tracie Johnson to the organization’s board of directors. Tracie is currently a youth ombudsperson with the City of Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tracie to our Board. Her experience as an Equal Justice Works Fellow aiding women of color who have criminal records will be a great asset to the board and our organization as we continue to make progress on our strategic plan,” said Verna Williams, CEO of Equal Justice Works. “Our alumni have a deep commitment to equal justice and public service, and I look forward to working with Tracie and the rest of the Board as we continue to advance our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.”

Our alumni have a deep commitment to equal justice and public service, and I look forward to working with Tracie and the rest of the Board as we continue to advance our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

Verna Williams /
CEO, Equal Justice Works

As a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Tracie provided legal representation to more than 90 clients, conducted trainings for job developers, joined two reentry coalitions, and facilitated multiple continuing legal education events on record clearing support and employment advocacy. Following her Fellowsip, Tracie served as the primary staff attorney for Community Legal Services’ Youth Justice Project. In this role, she continued to meet the legal needs of girls with criminal records. Tracie is now the youth ombudsperson for the City of Philadelphia, where she works to improve the safety and quality of services for youth in residential placements.

“It is a great honor to join the Board as an Alumni Fellow,” said Tracie. “Equal Justice Works gave me the platform to carry out my life’s work of serving Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth populations. I look forward to bringing my expertise as a public interest attorney, youth advocate, former journalist, and DEIB strategist to the Board.”

The Equal Justice Works Board of Directors is comprised of national leaders from every corner of the legal profession including judges, corporate counsel, law firm partners, law students, Fellow Alumni, academics, and public interest law leaders and advocates. Nominations for the Fellow Alumni board member are accepted from the Equal Justice Works community before being presented to the board of directors for final selection.

A full list of Equal Justice Works Board of Directors can be found here.

Equal Justice Works gave me the platform to carry out my life’s work of serving Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth populations. I look forward to bringing my expertise as a public interest attorney, youth advocate, former journalist, and DEIB strategist to the Board.

Tracie Johnson /
Youth Ombudsman, The City of Philadelphia
Member of Equal Justice Works Board of Directors

About Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. As the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, advocates, legal services organizations, and supporters to build a community committed to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

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Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow