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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

Economic Recovery in the “Foreclosure Capital” - Detroit

March 5, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post was written by Marie Bedford, an Equal Justice Works Fellow working at the Legal Aid and Defender Association in Detroit.  Drive through virtually any neighborhood in Detroit and you’ll find vacant house upon vacant house.  Talk to a friend, co-worker, or a stranger on the street, and you’re bound to hear that they Read More

40 Wills in 4 Days

March 5, 2010

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Program Manager Marty Costello is heading to South Dakota to help with an innovative project to help Native Americans preserve their own land.  &nb

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Can’t pay back your loan? Well, the bank doesn’t really care.

March 4, 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 clip, he discusses how homeownership has changed since our parents’ generation and how bad lending practices have led to disaster. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93RivYv27I]

Economic recovery in Louisiana, Continued

March 3, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with this post written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow Amanda Furst, who is serving at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.   At the intersect of medicine & law In the midst of health care reform, it is unusual to hear “law” and “medicine” positively connected. Read More

Spring Break Opportunities for Law Students

March 2, 2010 The following is a guest post by Jessica Meller, Recovery Program Assistant with Equal Justice Works' AmeriCorps Program.  Equal Justice Works is continually striving to create more public interest opportunities for law students who are looking to hone their legal skills. This year we are increasing the number of opportunities available to law students by collaborating with Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellows on alternative spring break projects. Read More

Economic Recovery in Washington, DC

March 2, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with this post from Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow Jen Ngai who is serving at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Since beginning her fellowship this past October, Jen Ngai has worked in the consumer protections unit helping to prevent foreclosures and keep families in their homes. Many of Jen’s clients are from vulnerable populations, making them easy targets for predatory loan or truth in lending scams. Read More

Economic recovery in Louisiana

February 25, 2010 Our discussion of economic recovery in Louisiana continues this week with another post in Equal Justice Works’ series.  This post was written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow Amanda Golob, who is serving at Southeast Lousiana Legal Services.   Almost every aspect of New Orleans life was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Economic recovery in Mississippi, continued

February 24, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post features the work of  Whitney Barkley, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow with the Mississippi Center for Justice. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xumPo4qx-BU] The R's are an elderly couple in their late sixties.  Like so many elderly in this country, they are on a fixed income. Read More
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