Blog Archives for November 2012

Fellow Friday: Andrew Sta. Ana, Equal Justice Works Alumnus

November 30, 2012

When Andrew Sta. Ana began his Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2007, he hoped to address the needs of a population that were not yet being met: providing legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.  Focused on providing education, legislative advocacy and direct legal services, Andrew's project at Sanctuary for Families, a domestic violence service provider that addresses the needs of survivors and their children, was the organization’s first dedicated and intentional effort to work directly with the LGBT communities.

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Examining Student Aid's Fiscal Cliff

November 29, 2012

Much of the federal government's spending on student aid is highly visible and hotly debated. It comes in forms like grant aid, including the vital but always funding-challenged Pell grants, and federal work study.

Student loans are sometimes also referred to as federal student aid because provisions like fixed interest rates and in-school interest subsidies help keep down the costs of borrowing for college.

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Examine Student Aid's Fiscal Cliff

November 29, 2012

Much of the federal government's spending on student aid is highly visible and hotly debated.

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Some Colleges Help Students Avoid, Handle Debt

November 22, 2012

Now that President Obama has earned reelection, the Student Loan Ranger is anxious to see if he'll be able to fulfill his promises to address colleges' soaring tuition and skyrocketing student debt

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2012 Conference and Career Fair Recap

November 19, 2012

The 2012 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair brought more than 1,200 students from 165 law schools to Washington, D.C. for two days of workshops, networking and career opportunities. The event also attracted 118 public interest employers from 25 states who conducted interviews for more than 140 positions and met with students in informal "table talk" settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. Students also had opportunities for mock interviews and resume and cover letter review.

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Fellow Fridays: 2011 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Elly Kugler

November 16, 2012

Too often our servicemen and women are returning home from battle only to face new struggles, including mental and physical disabilities which create boundaries to smoothly transitioning into civilian life. Last week, we featured a Fellow Lauren Peach whose project focused on veterans’ issues. Today we’d like to introduce you to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Alumna Elly Kugler, who served at the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles and continues to work there today. Elly’s project provided legal assistance and support to those dealing with mental health issues and physical disabilities caused by military sexual trauma (MST), defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs as “sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military.”

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New Student Loan Repayment Option Could Help Recent Graduates

November 15, 2012

November is an anxious time for many recent graduates as grace periods end and payments come due on student loans. And last Thursday, as the month began, the Department of Education issued final rules for the new Pay As You Earn plan, giving many federal loan borrowers a new income-driven repayment option.

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Fellow Fridays: 2011 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Lauren Peach

November 9, 2012

As a 2011 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Lauren Peach created the Veteran’s Project at Washington State’s Northwest Justice Project (NJP) from the ground up. NJP had always served veterans who have met income and case priority requirements, but there was a need for a greater focus of resources on assisting homeless and at-risk veterans.

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The Student Loan Ranger: As College Costs Rise, Has Competition Arrived?

November 8, 2012

In last week's review of The Project on Student Debt's recent report, "Student Debt and the Class of 2011," the Student Loan Ranger briefly noted the important role of transparency regarding schools' costs and outcomes. A lack of transparency harms borrowers who have difficulty comparing colleges to assess their value and abets the continuing rise in tuition.

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Voting rights for all citizens

November 6, 2012

As everyone heads to the polls to vote today, most people are thinking about whom they’ll vote for, hoping that their favorite candidate wins. Most of us aren’t thinking about all of the people across the country who can’t vote today. There are so many reasons why a person might not be able to vote—among them are voter suppression, voter ID laws, and felony disenfranchisement.

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