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The Fine Print

July 22, 2010 Yesterday, President Obama signed landmark financial reform legislation into law.  “If you’ve ever applied for a credit card, a student loan, or a mortgage, you know the feeling of signing your name to pages of barely understandable fine print,” Mr. Obama said. Read More

Equal Justice Works Responds to the Oil Disaster

July 13, 2010 In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Equal Justice Works deployed 19 Legal Fellows to the Gulf Coast as a part of an initiative to address the vast unmet needs of thousands of residents struggling to regain their footing in the devastated region.  Our Katrina Initiative was very successful in helping to repair and expand legal aid services and infrastructure to the region and served as a model for our response to the Foreclosure Crisis. In the face of crises, Equal Justice Works is prepared to respond quickly to address rapidly mo Read More

Recruitment Gold: 1000 public interest law students under one roof

July 12, 2010 This is a guest post written by Theresa Harris, Executive Director, Human Rights USA, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, uses legal strategies to promote human rights in U.S. law. Read More

A Farewell Message from Imoni

July 9, 2010 This is a guest post from Imoni Washington, who for the last 11 years has served as Senior Program Manager of Fellowship at Equal Justice Works.  Imoni is moving on to a new position as Director of Programs at the DC Bar Foundation.  Imoni will be greatly missed by all of us at Equal Justice Works, and by the hundreds of Fellows whom she has helped during her tenure here. Read More

Civil Legal Aid Lawyers: Act Fast to Get Cash

July 7, 2010 As I gazed at the display of shiny racecars in Charlotte this weekend at the NASCAR Hall of Fame*, I couldn’t help but think of one the newest student loan repayment programs – the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP).  Forget slow and steady, this one’s a race! The Department of Education has just posted the application for the CLAAP and applying as soon as possible is critical because the Department of Education will commit these funds to eligible civil legal assistance attorneys on a first-come, first-served basis< Read More

Helping Those Who Served

June 30, 2010 This is a follow-up to our Veterans in Crisis post. In 2010, thanks to funding from the Corporation for National and Community Services, Equal Justice Works is placing 9 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows across the county to serve veterans who are homeless or facing homelessness. Read More

Veterans in Crisis

June 29, 2010 There are currently 22.4 million veterans in the United States, a figure which represents 10% of the nation’s adult population.  After having courageously served their country, thousands of veterans are now living in poverty, facing homelessness, and in desperate need of help. The economic crisis has had a disproportionate effect on veterans, especially those who have recently returned home and those who have been homeless for years.  The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported the rate of homelessness for veterans is more than twice the rate of the general population. Read More

Hardworking Homeowners Also Losing Homes

June 28, 2010 This is a guest post by Florence Yu , an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. Read More

The “Right Stuff” for Landing a Public Interest Legal Job

June 25, 2010

This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager,Law School and Advocacy Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. With jobs in law firms harder to come by, and deferred associates f

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The Equal Justice Works Experience

June 18, 2010 This is a guest post written by Phoenicia Williams, a law student at the Appalachian School of Law, who for the six weeks has been an intern at Equal Justice Works. Public Interest law is interesting and relevant in my life.  Serving as a summer intern at Equal Justice Works gave me an opportunity to explore the law and some issues affecting my own life within Public Interest. I am a proud native of West Philadelphia.  I have the honor of being from the neighborhood that produced the likes of Patti LaBelle, Cecil B. Read More
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