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Michigan Law makes a "public service guarantee"

September 4, 2008 The University of Michigan Law School announced that it will provide $5,000 stipends to law students interning at public interest organizations beginning next summer. This is a commendable move for the law school as it continues to increase the commitment of its students to pro bono and public service. See the press release for more info: http://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/Pages/August2008.aspx#guarantee

Free speech protected by Equal Justice Works Alumna

September 2, 2008

We're happy to have this guest post by Equal Justice Works Alumnus Catherine Crump, who recently worked to get an internet censorship law struck down by the federal appeals court. Catherine was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU in 2005. To read Catherine's blog post on the case, visit the ACLU Blog at http://blog.aclu.org/?s=copa.

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Economic downturn bad news for pro bono?

August 28, 2008 People in every profession are noticing the economic crunch - it's not just an issue for the mortgage/finance giants anymore. Lawyers are facing a weak economy too, and many are beginning to wonder if 2008 will be the worst year for law firms in over a decade. A recent ABA Journal article summarizes some key economic trends that have negatively impacted the legal profession. What does this mean for pro bono? Read More

Will law school ranking system change?

August 26, 2008 According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report is considering making changes to its ranking system in order to crack down on law schools that may be "gaming" the system. One proposed change is to require law schools to report the data of their part-time students. Read More

Lawyers, law students help thousands through public service

August 25, 2008 George Chipev of ServeNext explores a "new" area of public service and speaks with Cole McMahon of Equal Justice Works.

The two-year J.D.

August 25, 2008 Will a two-year law degree carry the same status as a standard three-year degree? The University of Dayton School of Law and Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles have been offering accelerated J.D. programs for some time now, but the debate has heated up this summer following the announcement that Northwestern University would be the first top-tier law school to offer a J.D. in two years. Read More

A Better Balance

August 22, 2008 In keeping with yesterday's topic of work-life balance and women in the legal profession, here is a guest post from one of our incoming Fellows, Phoebe Taubman. Phoebe has published op-eds and blog posts on various issues dealing with work-life balance for lawyers. Read More

Women in the legal profession

August 21, 2008 The Glass Hammer today included board member Amy Schulman on their list of eight "...women, already making their marks in the industry, [that] will pave the way for the next wave of women in pharma." As senior vice president and general counsel for Pfizer, Amy has maintained a commitment to public service by working with Equal Justice Works to inspire new lawyers to work in public interest law. Read More

Podcast: Federal loan forgiveness and income-based repayment

August 20, 2008 Good morning. Meredith R. Miller, Assistant Professor of Law at the Touro Law Center, operates a useful blog called The Slippery Slope. The blog features information and podcasts for law students. Recently, she interviewed Equal Justice Works' Heather Jarvis, national student debt expert, on the College Cost Reduction & Access Act. Get the podcast here.

H.R. 4137 signed into law

August 19, 2008 The Higher Education Reauthorization and College Opportunity Act of 2008 was signed into law on August 14, 2008. It establishes four new loan forgiveness and repayment programs that benefit public interest lawyers. View the bill, the summary, or the Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate for H.R. Read More
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