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Immigrant communities targets in loan scams

March 23, 2010 Another post in Equal Justice Works series on economic recovery in America.  Esther Ro is an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Esther is working with immigrant populations, helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, modify loans and obtain other relief.  She recently worked on a case impacting 28 Korean families.    As distressed homeowners try to save their Read More

Bringing Fairness Back to the Foreclosure Process in Washington

March 22, 2010 Another post in Equal Justice Works series on economic recovery in America.  In 2007, an elderly woman who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease fell behind on her mortgage payments.  Even though she had more than $150,000 of equity in her home, and a purchase agreement with a potential buyer, her home was sold at a foreclosure sale, wiping out her entire life savings.  Consumer law attorneys at Northwest Justice Project, with the help of Rory O'Sullivan, an Equal Justic Read More

Student Loan Reform Legislation Ends Subsidies to Private Banks

March 19, 2010 Yesterday, Congressional leaders introduced legislation to shift to direct lending and eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program. The bill increases spending on Pell Grants and expands the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) program, but only for borrowers who take out their first federal student loan after 2014. Read More

Capturing Campus Culture: Top 10 List for Students Seeking a Law School Environment that Supports Public Service

March 18, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager, Law School Advocacy and Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. This is the time of year when thousands of aspiring law students are juggling admission letters from various law schools.  After almost a year of preparation, the time has come to make a decision.  While the stakes have always been high for applicants who seek to attend law school knowing that they wish to pursue a public service career after graduation, they are particularly high in these days of growing tuition costs and scarce employment opportunities.  So muc Read More

Economic recovery in Georgia

March 16, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post was written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow Anna-Elisa Mackowiak who is serving at Atlanta Legal Aid Society. In late November 2009, Atlanta Legal Aid received a call from Ms. B and her son, who stated that their home had been foreclosed on and that an eviction action had been filed against them.  Ms. Read More

Student Loan Reform Back on Track?

March 12, 2010 Democratic Congressional leaders struck a tentative deal Thursday to bundle the student loan bill along with the Democratic health care legislation, allowing for both health care and student loan reform to be passed by the Senate on a simple majority vote.   The bill would end government payments to private banks and lenders redirecting billions of dollars to grants for low-income students and other important student aid.  “Families and students who rely on federal student aid need to know that Congress sides with them and not with the big banks,” Senator Tom Harkin said. Read More

Rankings and law school diversity

March 12, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager, Law School Advocacy and Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. Anyone who has worked at a law school would probably describe their relationship with the U.S. Read More

Private Student Loan Companies Influence Congress

March 11, 2010 The private student lending industry has been lobbying hard against President Obama’s plan to end a program in which banks and private lenders profit by making risk-free loans to students.  The Administration wants to broaden the government’s existing direct-lending program, saving billions of dollars that can be used to expand Pell grant scholarships for low-income students. But Wednesday night, Democrats in the Senate predicted that opposition by Senate Democrats in states where private student loan companies are major employers could stall the reform by several months or perhaps prevent th Read More

Economic recovery in Ohio, Michigan & the Gulf Coast

March 9, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with more from our exclusive interview with Ira Rheingold, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and one of the nation’s leading experts on mortgage lending and consumer finance issues.  In this segment, Ira discusses issues facing Cleveland, Detroit and the Gulf Coast.  He also discusses how renters are affected by the economic crisis and the decline of affordable housing. Read More

On the front lines of poverty in South Dakota

March 8, 2010 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Joshua Houy is serving at Access to Justice in Rapid City, South Dakota, an area where a large percentage of people live below the poverty line.  As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in Rapid City, South Dakota, I am currently the attorney of record for approximately 10 divorces, 15 custody matte Read More
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