For more than 30 years, Equal Justice Works has been facilitating opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service and bring lasting change to underserved communities across our country. Today, we have more than 2,000 Fellows in our alumni network who continue to challenge systems of injustice, advocate for reform, and drive innovation following their Fellowships.
Our alumni are a critical part of our community and we want to ensure that we are creating opportunities for them to connect with one another, share their expertise, celebrate their accomplishments, and work with them to realize our vision of achieving our nation’s promise of equal justice for all. That’s why we are launching our Alumni Engagement Program, an initiative designed to support and foster lifelong connections with Equal Justice Works Fellows.
“Every day we are inspired when we hear about the ongoing impact of our alumni. When we created our Fellowship programs nearly 30 years ago, we could not have imagined 85% of our Fellows would stay in public interest and become public service leaders,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “Our Alumni Engagement Program will provide meaningful ways to stay connected and support our Fellows throughout their remarkable careers.”
From April 14 to 16, we will host a series of virtual events to reconnect and celebrate with our alumni community. These will include several networking opportunities—a kick-off celebration where attendees can learn more about our Alumni Engagement Program, a speed networking event with current Fellows, a panel discussion where alumni will reflect on their Fellowship experience, a meet-and-greet with current Fellows, and an appreciation event for all alumni volunteers.
“So many incredible careers have started with Equal Justice Works, and have been life-changing for both those served and the attorneys serving,” said Meghan Kempf, associate director of policy at Texas Health and Human Services Commission and 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow. “Now, more than ever, our alumni group has a unique capability to promote collaborative and meaningful legal support for ongoing change and progress. The Alumni Engagement Program will serve as an invaluable opportunity to connect and realize this potential!”
As part of the launch, we are offering the following professional development opportunities:
- Webinar on navigating social identity in the workplace with Fairuz Abdullah, director of employer relations at UC Hastings College of Law.
- Training session on how to build a powerful presence on LinkedIn with Sameena Kluck, strategic account executive at LawGeex.
- Special conversation with Peabody Award winner Professor Evan Mandery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, about the death penalty case Gregg v. Georgia, in recognition of the case’s upcoming 45th Anniversary.
For more information about the Alumni Engagement Program, launch events, and how you can get involved, please visit here and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtags #EJWAlum and #EJWProud.
Our Alumni Engagement Program will provide meaningful ways to stay connected and support our Fellows throughout their remarkable careers.
David Stern /
Equal Justice Works Executive Director