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My Impact: A Conversation with 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow Brook Hill

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My Impact is a conversation series from Equal Justice Works, using interviews with alumni to shine a light on what’s possible with an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. In the latest installment of My Impact, we spoke with Brook Hill, a 2016 Fellow hosted by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Photo of Brook Hill
Photo of Brook Hill

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Brook Hill provided representation to tenants’ associations and community-based organizations working with buildings timing out of subsidy in gentrifying Washington, D.C., neighborhoods. The goal of this work was to ensure compliance with fair housing, relocation, and landlord/tenant laws; and to preserve affordability for the majority Black tenants who were at risk of being priced out of their homes by subsidized housing project owners capitalizing on a strong housing market.

In conversation with Brooke Meckler, program manager for Law School Engagement & Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, Brook spoke first about the beginnings of his career, and the personal experiences that inspired his public service.

Noting the struggles of others in his family and community, it was, “a passion for the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality,” that led Brook to pursue law school, after serving for roughly six years as a housing organizer. “I’ve got this drive,” he said. “It’s two parts love and one part rage, and that is what drove me to do social justice work.”

Following his Fellowship, Brook remained on staff at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, allowing him to continue working on projects that were, as he explained, “a lot more complex than I appreciated.”

In addition to discussing the specifics of his housing work, Brook spoke about transitioning from Fellow to staff attorney, and gave advice for law students and recent graduates preparing to enter the public interest workforce amid a pandemic.

To learn more about becoming a 2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow and kickstart your public interest law career, visit here.

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