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Fellow Friday: Environmental Justice in the Appalachians - Mike Becher (’10) Combats Coal Industry

April 11, 2014


Mike Becher
is a 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellow. His project was funded by Friends and Family of Philip M. Stern.  As a Fellow, Mike advocated on behalf of low-income communities impacted by the coal mining industry at the Appalachian Mountain Advocates in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  After completing his fellowship in 2012, Mike continued his commitment to environmental justice as an Appalachian Mountain Advocates staff attorney.  Equal Justice Works profiled Mike in 2012 and recently caught up with him to learn more about his legal aid work.

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Fellow Friday: AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Alissa Gold (’13) Promotes Medical-Legal Partnership for Veterans

April 4, 2014

2013 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Alissa Gold, is working with the University of Miami Health Rights Clinic to implement a medical-legal partnership for low-income and homeless Veterans. Since she began her Fellowship last fall, Alissa has already helped an unemployed, retired Veteran secure a civilian job. Watch Alissa’s special message on the importance of giving back to our nation’s heroes:

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Fellow Friday: AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Jennifer Aronson (’13) Serves Our Nation’s Veterans

March 28, 2014

2013 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Jennifer Aronson, is advocating for Veterans at the Legal Assistance of Western New York.  Learn how Jennifer has made a difference in the life of a homeless, Vietnam War Veteran who has cancer:

 

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Fellow Friday: From Apathy to Empathy - Daniel Bowes Gives Thanks

March 21, 2014

“A person is more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.” Those words, spoken by Professor Bryan Stephenson at New York University (NYU), served as the inspiration for former 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow Daniel Bowes to pursue a public interest law career.       

From his classroom discussions to his clinical work focusing on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, he found himself filled with compassion and determination to bridge the justice gap for individuals saddled with a criminal history. Daniel did not always feel as sympathetic toward this community, however.  “For a long period in my life, I viewed people with criminal convictions as permanently soiled.  I viewed a criminal conviction not as a singular incident but as evidence of someone’s hidden, corrupted self,” he said.

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Future Public Interest Lawyers: How to Pick Your Law School

March 20, 2014

The National Law Journal recently released its list of “Go-To” law schools – the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2013 law school graduates who took jobs at the 250 largest law firms. But at Equal Justice Works, we know that not everyone goes to law school to get a big firm job. Many go to help ensure everyone has access to justice, even if they can’t afford a lawyer. 

We don’t rank schools –your commitment to public interest will drive your success wherever you go to school. But there are some resources to help guide you down the path of public interest law:

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ABA Votes to Adopt Aspirational Pro Bono Goal for Law Students

March 18, 2014

This weekend, the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted to adopt an aspirational goal for law students to participate in 50 hours of pro bono service over the course of their law school careers.  While there were a few different submissions regarding the ABA’s standard on law school pro bono, the one adopted came from Equal Justice Works and the Law Students for Pro Bono Initiative.

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Fellow Friday: Jessica Emerson is improving access to justice for sex trafficking survivors

March 14, 2014

Jessica Emerson is making her dream job a reality as a 2013 David Stern Equal Justice Works Fellow. Jessica is a unique Equal Justice Works Fellow: her project is sponsored by individual donations made by attendees of our 2012 Annual Dinner who participated in that night’s “Text to Give” campaign. Her fellowship at The Women’s Law Center of Maryland is dedicated to improving access to justice for survivors of sex trafficking.

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Obama's Budget Proposal and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

March 10, 2014

President Obama’s latest budget proposal includes new initiatives to help Americans’ deal with their hefty loads of student debt, including expanding eligibility for Pay As You Earn, the most protective income-driven repayment plan. However, the budget also proposes a cap on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) that will have the unintended consequence of steering Americans away from public service.

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Fellow Friday: Susan Friedman helps free innocent man

March 7, 2014

Two weeks ago, Sabein Burgess’s life was permanently altered as he was freed after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. This incredible victory was the result of years of work by 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow Susan Friedman and the legal team devoted to this case. Susan led the legal team, which included attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson LLP and her host site The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP), as well as students from Georgetown University Law Center's Wrongful Convictions course. 

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Rural California Veterans Thirsty for Legal Support

March 4, 2014

What’s in the news: California is suffering from a drought.
 

What doesn’t make the news: too many veterans are living in legal services deserts.

By Renee Schomp, OneJustice Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

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