Blog Archives for April 2009

New YouTube Channel launched

April 28, 2009 Just launched the new Equal Justice Works Channel on YouTube thanks to another grant from Google. It features several Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps Legal Fellows discussing the work they're doing in communities across the country. More videos to come soon. -Aaron This is Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Equal Justice Works Fellow at the American Gateways Austin in Texas. Read More

Law school rankings released

April 24, 2009 The 2009 U.S. News Law School Rankings were released on Wednesday, including part-time programs for the first time. Read More

Shireman named Deputy Undersecretary of Education

April 21, 2009 Bob Shireman, founder of The Institute for College Access and Success and the Project on Student Debt, has been named Deputy Undersecretary of Education, a top-post in the Obama administration.  Mr. Read More

Serve America Act to be signed today!

April 21, 2009 As reported in this post, the Serve America Act passed on March 31.  Today, President Obama will sign it into law. Read More

NYU hosts job fair for deferred associates

April 17, 2009 NYU School of Law will host a career fair Monday for 3Ls facing deferrments from their firms. NYU is one of several schools offering assistance to lawyers and students facing economic challenges. NYU's career fair follows a smaller, regional event hosted at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice last week. For more information about the event, click here. -Aaron

Northwestern Law steps up

April 16, 2009 According to Above the Law and the National Law Journal, Northwestern is offering several programs to help lawyers facing layoffs and those struggling in today's economy.  Among these initiatives is an option for students to defer making loan payments and assistance in applying for short-term health insurance. Read More

Many lack equal access to justice

April 15, 2009 Yesterday the Constitution Project released its report, titled "Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of our Constitutional Right to Counsel."  The report outlines the failures of the indigent defense system in the United States and offers solutions to fix the problem. To access the interactive online version of the report, click here. In today's Morning Edition, NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the findings. Read More

Should Asian-Americans change names to make voting easier?

April 14, 2009 Equal Justice Works Alumnus Ramey Ko discusses comments made during a hearing regarding voter ID bill in Texas.  Comments made by Rep. Betty Brown caused controversy and are being called culturally insensitive by some. At the hearing, Ramey argued that "Asian-Americans that live in states that required a photo ID at the polls were being denied the right to vote because the name on their identification card and the name on the voter rolls sometimes did not match." Rep. Read More

Trends that impact new lawyers

April 13, 2009 The Legal Intelligencer has posted some "sobering future trends" that could impact new lawyers. These include:
  • More practice-based educations
  • Less entry-level hiring
  • Declining salaries
  • More opportunities for small and mid-size firms
  • Death or decline of traditional summer programs
Read the full article here. -Aaron

Different rules for non-citizens

April 9, 2009 Immigrants may face deportation after being tried multiple times for crimes they didn't commit, according to Free Speech Radio News. In yesterday's piece, "Non-citizens face different set of rules even after they are aquitted of a crime", Aura Bogato interviews Equal Justice Works Alumnus Chris Nugent of Holland & Knight. Listen to the show here. Chris was featured in Ripples of Hope, Currents of Justice. Read More

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