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Elderly Hard Hit by the Mortgage Crisis

May 27, 2010 The following post is a continuation of our Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellows-Recovery Across America updates. At the peak of the mortgage crisis many of those hardest hit were the elderly.  Quite often these clients found themselves dealing with increasingly excessive adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) while also grappling with a limited income. Read More

2010 Summer Corps Members Announced

May 25, 2010 Equal Justice Works is excited to announce our 2010 Summer Corps members. With a record of 1,536 applications this year, the selection process was extremely competitive. This year's 577 Summer Corps members represent 153 Equal Justice Works law schools and are serving in 45 states plus the District of Columbia. Accepted members can be seen listed by state with their host organization on the Equal Justice Works “2010 Summer Corps by law school” page. Read More

State Courts Responding to Call for Indigent Defense Reform

May 24, 2010 On May 6 the New York Times reported that the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a class action suit highlighting deficiencies in the New York State public defense system can progress to trial or settlement.  In filing the suit, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the law firm of Shulte Roth & Zabel challenged New York State’s failure to provide adequate public defense services, arguing that the 6th Amendment right to meaningful and effecti Read More

Deferred Associates and Public Sector Placements - Best Practices

May 20, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager,Law School and Advocacy Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. While a lot of uncertainty remains regarding the state of the economy, at least one employment trend has improved – the utilization of deferred law firm associates to expand the capacity of legal services organizations while waiting for their firm job to start.  After a year of trial and error, nonprofits, law firms and law schools have been able to identify some best practices to help maximize the benefit to new associates, legal services organizations and their c Read More

Developing a Solution to the Indigent Defense Crisis

May 17, 2010 Across the country, public defender offices are underfunded and understaffed, drowning in untenable caseloads. This reality has led to a fundamentally unfair criminal justice system. With too few, well-trained public defenders handling too many cases, poor people are being denied their fundamental right to counsel and many are languishing in jail at the tax payer’s expense. Read More

Haiti Revisited

May 13, 2010

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2002-2004, Kathleen (Kate) Devlin (sponsored by the Greenberg Traurig Foundation) worked with Refugee Immigration Services of Greater Boston Catholic Charities to establish and direct immigration clinics serving Brockton and Boston, MA.   Kate is currently the Associate Director of Public Interest Programs at Boston College Law School and she recently went to Haiti on an aid mission.  She submitted this post about her experience.

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Lessons learned during crises

May 12, 2010

This is a guest post written by Whitney Barkley, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at the Mississippi Center for Justice

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Recovery Across America: An Update

May 11, 2010 In June 2009, Equal Justice Works received a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  from The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place an additional 30 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and 300 Summer Corps members  across the country to help people recover from the economic crisis. Read More

Crafting a Solution to the Crisis in Indigent Defense

May 6, 2010 “The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours.”  The United States Supreme Court, Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963) More than 25 years after the U.S. Read More
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