Blog Archives for October 2012

One-In-Five Households Owe Student Debt. What Does That Mean For You?

October 25, 2012

If you’re up on your student debt news, then you’ve most likely already heard that a record one-in-five households owed student debt in 2010. In fact, that’s the title of the recent Pew Research Center report finding that “[s]ince 2007, the incidence of student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category, as has the size of that debt.” We’re going to focus on the greater context of student debt expansion, and what it means for you.

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Learn Who's Affected By Rising Student Debt

October 25, 2012

If you're up on student debt news, you may have already heard that one in five households owed student debt in 2010—a new record.

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Fellow Friday: Alexander Saingchin

October 19, 2012

As a member of the 2006 Equal Justice Works Fellowship class, Alexander Saingchin created the New Jersey Asian American Legal Project, an initiative of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) to address the unmet legal and civil rights concerns of New Jersey's diverse Asian-American communities.  Alex’s work ranged from combating injustices faced by immigrant populations to ensuring access to government services with interpreters and translations.    

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Student Loan Ranger: Examining the Future of College and Student Debt

October 18, 2012

Last week the Student Loan Ranger attended a compelling panel on Making College Cheaper and Better hosted by the New America Foundation. The panel included student debt luminaries, with introductory remarks by Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, whose Goal 2025 aims to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

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Using service to inform a legal career

October 16, 2012

This is a guest post by Rebecca Baneman, an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Baneman taught elementary ESL with Teach for America at Community Academy Public Charter School. She will be on a panel discussing opportunities for lawyers at Teach for America at the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26. We are happy to present this blog post from Rebecca, who graciously shared her experience with us.

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Fellow Fridays: 2010 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow John Busby

October 12, 2012

When John Busby applied to become an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps member in 2007, he wasn’t thinking that his 300 hours of service at Legal Assistance of Western New York would be the beginning of his career.  Like many young, eager law students, John knew he wanted to make a difference in the world but didn’t know where to start. 

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Student Loan Ranger: Americans Facing Generations of Student Debt

October 11, 2012

We’re less than a month away from Election Day and town hall meetings are being held on major issues across the country. Can you guess which issue we’re going to highlight? You got it. We’re going to talk about the country’s $1 trillion in student debt. We want to emphasize the broad-reaching effects of student debt and why voters of all ages should care about solving this problem.

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How do I translate my love of public interest law into a job working internationally?

October 8, 2012


More and more law students who attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (CCF) ask us how to find a public interest law job overseas. The answer is that finding that coveted job overseas is not easy and will take planning, initiative, and creativity. However, there are many things you can do to make yourself attractive to employers who have overseas offices or projects.

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Fellow Fridays: 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow Franco Torres

October 5, 2012

Today we are launching a new blog series called Fellow Fridays. Each Friday we will post a Fellow's story of impact. Please check back each Friday for a new post!

Because of his Hispanic background and upbringing in Brooklyn, NY, Franco Torres has always felt connected to the Latino immigrant community. The challenges and hardships that immigrants face are often violations of their most fundamental and sacred rights. These injustices, which include racial profiling, unlawful detention and harassment, are what inspire Franco to represent those who do not have the ability or means to effectively advocate for themselves.

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Student Loan Ranger: The Striking Rise in Six-Figure Student Loan Debt

October 1, 2012

Who Graduates College with Six-Figure Student Loan Debt?, a recent student aid policy analysis from Mark Kantrowitz (publisher of, and a source of financial aid advice on the New York Times blog The Choice), takes a close look at students who graduate with over $100,000 in debt. His goal is to examine these borrowers to “identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student loan system.” The report provides a wealth of fascinating information and a series of policy recommendations the Student Loan Ranger largely agrees with.

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