Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Service

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Photo of Gabriella Sevilla and Trevin R. Ware

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” At Equal Justice Works, we facilitate opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. Our Equal Justice Works Fellows spend each day strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating sustainable solutions.

2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow Trevin R. Ware, hosted by Houston Volunteer Lawyers, serves in our Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). Growing up in a small community, Trevin’s parents instilled a sense of social and civic responsibility in him, which he has carried throughout his life. It is this enduring passion for service that led him to become an Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Through his Fellowship, Trevin assists Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey with securing property titles, pursuing contractor fraud claims, and other disaster-related legal needs. His work is helping to ensure that residents have access to the services they need to stabilize and rebuild their lives.

Despite so many families in my small community not being able to afford legal assistance and representation, I witnessed great strength and resiliency. To me, service is intertwined with purpose and helps me to stay connected to my community.

Trevin R. Ware /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

Like Trevin, it was a desire to serve others that led Gabriela Sevilla to become an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Gabriela, a 2019 Fellow hosted by Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc., works on removing barriers to public benefits for people experiencing homelessness who may also have a physical or mental disability. She is sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

Gabriela understands firsthand how vital public benefits are to the well-being of communities—growing up, she was herself a beneficiary. Her desire to increase access to public benefits led her to create the DREAM (Disability Representation Education Advocacy Medical-Legal) Partnership—a medical-legal partnership between the Homeless Persons Representation Project and Health Care for the Homeless. Through this partnership, Gabriela provides free legal representation in public benefits hearings and appeals for people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.

I live for the day when my job is not needed. I wish people could apply for benefits and get what they needed without having to file an appeal. Until that day, I will continue to work to expand access to benefits.

Gabriella Sevilla /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

We are proud of our Fellows’ commitment to public service and for their efforts to bring lasting change to underserved communities across our country.

Read more about Equal Justice Works Fellows here

The Disaster Recovery Legal Corps has received philanthropic support from the American Red Cross, Bigglesworth Family Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Florida Bar Foundation, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow