Blog Archives for November 2014

Teresita Ramos (’14) Advocates for Immigrant Children with Disabilities

November 21, 2014

2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Teresita Ramos, works with the Disability Law Center, providing legal services to low-income, immigrant Hispanic children with disabilities in Lawrence, MA. Her work addresses the widespread denial of education services and empowers parents to enforce their rights through culturally-competent advocacy training. Teresita’s Fellowship is made possible by the generous donations from the 2013 Equal Justice Works Annual Dinner’s “Text-to-Give” campaign. 

Most recently, Teresita helped one of her clients’ son, Sebastian, receive anIndividualized Education Plan for his reading skills. Her efforts were featured in the Wellesley Townsmen.

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Law School Tuition: Helped or Hurt by Public Service Loan Forgiveness?

November 18, 2014

An ongoing criticism of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (one made, for example, by Jason Delisle at the New America Foundation) is that the possibility of earning forgiveness in 10 years makes graduate and professional students willing to borrow more money and that this reduced price sensitivity allows colleges and universities to charge higher tuition. At least in the legal field, there’s no evidence of that.

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Fellow Friday: Ilinois Foreclosure Fellow Lacy Burpee ('12) Protects Disadvantaged Renters at Risk of Eviction

November 14, 2014

2012 Equal Justice Works Illinois Foreclosure Fellow, Lacy Burpee, is currently working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. As part of her three-year Fellowship project, Lacy serves disadvantaged renters at risk of eviction due to foreclosure. We recently caught up with Lacy to learn more about her work in the field.  

How does your Fellowship project enhance the current efforts at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)?

I am part of the Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project (TFIP). This is one of the initiatives at LCBH that provides assistance to renters living in foreclosed properties. Housing stability is at the core of many issues that plague low-income individuals and communities: access to affordable, stable housing that impacts children’s education and opportunities, access to social and family support networks, and the ability to obtain living-wage jobs. 

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Returning Service Members Share How They Give Back to Veterans as Legal Fellows

November 10, 2014














Equal Justice Works is proud to have 40 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and 13 Equal Justice Works Fellows serving our nation’s veterans.  Of the 53 Fellows, 17 of them are military veterans. They include:

AmeriCorps Legal Fellows
Robert Abdalla

Jami Altum-McNair

Nadel Barrett
Sean Dennis
Elias Espinoza
Michelle Miller
Gerard Murphy
Waldo Tapia

Equal Justice Works Fellows
Kimberly Adams
Devin Bissman
John Cimino
Leo Flor
Tiffany Kelley
Colleen Kelly
Amanda Sejba
Johnathan Silva

Photo above: All Fellows serving veterans came onto the stage during the 2013 Equal Justice Works Annual dinner programs.

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How Public Service Loan Forgiveness Helps Close the Justice Gap

November 7, 2014

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows borrowers to earn forgiveness on their eligible student loans after making 120 on-time monthly payments while satisfying requirements that include working full time in a qualifying public service position - to a greater or lesser extent. But with the Higher Education Act up for reauthorization, there are increasing calls to restrict Public Service Loan Forgiveness and limit its effect. This would be a significant blow to poor- and middle-income Americans and one that would widen the justice gap.

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Tennessee Bar Association Names Alumna Michele Johnson (’96) 2015 Public Service Attorney of the Year

November 5, 2014

Equal Justice Works alumna Michele Johnson (’96) is currently the executive director and co-founder of the Tennessee Justice Center, which she launched during her Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 1996. With 20 years of advocating for children with special health care needs under her belt, she also brings her experiences into the classroom as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University.

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