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Invest in Passionate Public Service Leaders Committed to Equal Justice

Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. Through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, recent law school graduates or private practice lawyers looking to jumpstart their public interest law career have an opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind project to address a critical legal need of an underserved community.

Sponsoring an Equal Justice Works Fellowship goes beyond the financial support—it helps foster a public service leader who shares your passion for equal justice. It also offers you and your law firm, company, or foundation the opportunity to:

  • Support the issues and communities that you are most passionate about
  • Engage more deeply in your commitment to pro bono service and corporate social responsibility
  • Join the community of law firms and corporate legal departments working toward equal access to justice for all

Meet our Fellows

Read more about the passionate public service leaders who are pioneering solutions to address the legal needs of underserved communities across our nation.

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Commit to Sponsoring

Your sponsorship contributes to the salary, educational loan repayment assistance, annual Leadership Development Training, and ongoing support for our Fellows.

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Identify Issue Areas and Geography

Fellows work all across the country on a range of legal issues such as housing, education, immigration, and disability rights, to name just a few. Sponsors can specify the geographic areas and the issues they are interested in supporting.

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Interview Candidates

Equal Justice Works interviews candidates, in consultation with each committed sponsor. Equal Justice Works strives to select Fellows whose projects align with each sponsor’s public interest goals.

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Stay Connected

During the project, sponsors receive updates from Fellows, as well as the opportunity to work directly with Fellows in volunteer and pro bono matters to increase the project’s impact.

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Continue Your Support

Help us continue our mission to mobilize passionate public service leaders by renewing your commitment to sponsor Fellows. On average, 85 percent of sponsors renew their commitment.

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Why Support a Fellow?

Each year, Equal Justice Works receives applications from passionate law students and lawyers who have designed innovative two-year projects in partnership with legal services organizations to serve the most critical needs of their communities. We work closely with sponsoring law firms, companies, foundations, and individuals to present a slate of well-qualified candidates whose projects are focused on a community or cause of their choice. Your support ensures long-term success in our public sector—on average, 85 percent of Equal Justice Works Fellows remain in public service following their Fellowships. Join us in working to fulfill our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.


Take the Next Step to Support a Public Interest Leader

Become a Sponsor

To discuss the best way to structure a sponsorship, please contact Jessica Ryckman, Director of Fellowships: [email protected]

Meet Some of Our Fellows

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Abigail Sweeney

Host: Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance

Sponsor: Pfizer Inc.

Current Fellow

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Jonathan Contreras

Host: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

Sponsor: Covington & Burling LLP, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Current Fellow

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Brandon L. Ballard

Host: Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia

Sponsor: Housing Justice Program

Current Fellow

Emma Clouse

Host: Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Sponsor: Baker McKenzie, Ecolab Inc.

Current Fellow

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The Scales of Justice

Each fall, Equal Justice Works honors lawyers who exemplify the values we hold dear—compassion, dedication, and commitment to achieving our nation’s promise of equal justice for all—at The Scales of Justice, a celebration of our community of lawyers.