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Remembering the Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time and remains an inspiration for all of us at Equal Justice Works as we help ensure access to equal justice regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or education. Still, 49 years after Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, social injustices occur daily.

Uncovering civil rights issues through legal services

“Civil rights infringement and social injustice can seem overwhelming on a larger scale, but we can truly make a difference if everyone does their part,” shared Equal Justice Works Fellow Nicholas Webber. Nicholas is doing his part at the Watsonville Law Center sponsored by the Morrison & Foerster Foundation where he provides direct legal services to Spanish speaking low-wage workers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, California.

Regaining rights through reentry

While most of us can agree on the need and importance of advocating for the rights of under-represented populations such as children and minorities, prisoners’ rights remains a taboo topic. The issue is complicated and for that reason, many people avoid it or simply denounce the idea altogether. Caroline Hsu is not many people. An Equal Justice Works alumna from the class of 2009, Caroline spent her Fellowship working at the Legal Aid Society of New York (LASNY) to protect the rights of disabled prisoners.
  Caroline Hsu

Fill out your FASFA

Only federal loans are eligible for Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. They also come with important protections during repayment, like deferment and forbearance. Some more good news? Because of Grad PLUS, students can fund their entire graduate or professional school education without taking on private loans.
January 2012
  • Need tips for your public service summer job search? Register for the first free webinar of a two-part series hosted by Equal Justice Works and NALP. Second part is February 1.
  • Learn how to start a street law program at your school.
Equal Justice Works would like to thank Baker & McKenzie LLP for their sponsorship of our fellowship and support of the 25th Anniversary Gala.
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PCDC – OCU LAW Government, Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Career Fair

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Atrium

Representatives from public service, public interest, non-profit and governmental agencies come to the law school to offer information about working in their organizations. Many of these sites offer volunteer opportunities to students, for which they can receive a Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowship. This is an open-forum networking event; all law students are welcome to attend.

EJW Conference and Career Fair – Application Deadline Extended

Due to some technical issues yesterday with the student registration and application database, we are extending the deadline to register and apply for interviews to 5 p.m. EDT today, September 20. 

We recommend that you upload your documents and finish submitting your applications as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience.

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PCDC-Public Defenders Corps Application Deadline Extended

Due to requests from member schools and students, Equal Justice Works is extending the application deadline for Public Defender Corps to 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 30, 2011.  EJW hopes that this change will allow more students to complete and submit  applications.

EJW apologizes for this last minute change, but  wanted to respond to the many phone calls received requesting for more time. 

Please contact 202-466-3686, ext. 134 or publicdefendercorps@equaljusticeworks.org if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process.

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Remembering 9/11 ten years later

How can any of us forget the tragedy of 9/11? Like most people, I remember exactly where I was. I was leading a staff meeting when someone whispered in my ear that a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon. Early reports suspected it was terrorism.

Uncovering the veil of racial profiling post- 9/11

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Nina Farnia, knows the racial implications of living in a pre-9/11 world. Born Iranian-American, she recalled the impact of the Iran-U.S. Hostage Crisis of 1979. “There has always been a level of hostility towards Arabs and Iranians in America,” said Nina.
  Nina Farnia

The day the world changed

September 11, 2001, was unsuspectingly beautiful. The skies were clear, the sun was shining- and it was a typical morning for Equal Justice Works alumnus Ahilan Arulanantham…At 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the WTC.
  Ahilan Arulanantham

Are you on the Income-Based Repayment plan and getting married?

How you file your taxes could affect how much you’ll have to pay each month as part of Income-Based Repayment.
  • Student registration for the 2011 Conference and Career Fair has been extended!
  • We’ve moved! Equal Justice Works is now located at 1730 M Street, NW Washington D.C. 20036
  • Are you on Twitter? Want to know more about our student debt initiatives? Follow our new hash tag #studentdebthelp
Equal Justice Works would like to thank Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP for their generous donation of our Fellowships and 25th Anniversary Dinner.
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PCDC-Public Defender Corps Application Deadline

Public Defender Corps Application Closing

Please know that the application process for the 2012 Public Defender Corps program will close at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 16, 2011.  Applications must be completed online and submitted along with a résumé and two letters of recommendation.  Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To be considered, applicants must be 3rd year law students, recent law school graduates or attorneys with legal experience in indigent defense of less than three years.  Selection criteria include:

  • Commitment to indigent defense.
  • Past record of academic or professional achievement and leadership.
  • Creativity and tenacity in the face of obstacles.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong writing skills.

The selection process for the 2012 Fellowship host sites is currently underway and will be completed by this fall.  Exact host site locations for the 2012 Public Defender Corps Fellowships will be posted on the Equal Justice Works website on a rolling basis.  Applicants who advance to the final round of review will be able to rank their host site preferences. 

Application instructions, Frequently Asked Questions and general information about Public Defender Corps are available on the Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center websites.  

For more information: 

Please email publicdefendercorps@equaljusticeworks.org for questions about the online application.

Please contact Ilham Askia of the SPDTC at ilham@thespdtc.org for questions about the SPDTC’s three-year training program and 2012-2013 host sites.

PCDC-Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

2011 Conference and Career Fair student registration and interview application period has been extended to Monday, September 19 at 5 p.m. EDT

 Students who attend the Conference and Career Fair not only have access to numerous internship, fellowship, and full-time employment opportunities, but also meet and network with more than 1,000 of their peers from some 200 law schools from around the nation.  Below are tips for students on getting the most out of the Career Fair:
Tip One: Check job postings often!  
Employers will continuously be posting new jobs opportunities through Wednesday, September 14 at 5 p.m. EDTAlso remember to apply through the JusticeWork! system, do not apply directly to the employer.  Employers will review all the application from September 21 to October 3 and you will receive an email letting you know whether you were accepted for an interview or not.  If you receive an invitation to interview, you must accept the invitation and schedule a timeslot to interview no later than Monday, October 10 or your interview slot will be forfeited.
Tip Two: Do your homework to increase your chances.  
You will make a better impression with employers if you know what they do before your interview or table talk opportunity.  For example, “I understand your organization litigates housing discrimination cases” makes a better impression than “Can you tell me what your organization does?”

Tip Three:  Network, network and network.
Everyone you meet at the Fair may, at one time or another, become your colleague, mentor, supervisor and/or professional resource. This is a great opportunity to meet the key people in the public interest community.  

Tip Four: Stay informed.
Follow us on Twitter (#EJWCCF), like us on Facebook and check back often for updated information.

For more information, visit our website and:
See the Schedule.
See the Conference Keynote by U.S. Solicitor General Donald J. Verrilli, Jr., and workshops.

Reserve a Hotel Room or make travel arrangements.
Important Dates:  
September 19: Last day for students to apply for interviews
October 3: Students notified of interview selections
October 10: Last day for students to accept or decline an interview slot

October 10: Last day to cancel registration for a full refund
October 21 & 22: 2011 Conference and Career Fair

If you have any questions regarding the Conference and Career Fair please contact careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org or call (202) 466-3686 ext. 142.

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Wills Project
Friday, September 23, 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 102

This project involves Habitat for Humanity and allows law students to provide pro bono law-related services for qualified Habitat homeowners. 

Habitat for Humanity homeowners typically are not financially able to afford lawyers for the legal services many of us take for granted, like the preparation of a simple will.  However, Habitat provides certain services for people who have qualified to be Habitat homeowners; one of these services is the preparation of a will.  Law students who are taking or who have taken Wills are eligible for this project and may draft these wills under the supervision of a lawyer licensed to practice in Oklahoma. 

Professor Greg Eddington, with the assistance of Professor Kelly Baldrate, a member of OCU LAW’s adjunct faculty and a Habitat for Humanity committee, will supervise a volunteer project for law students that involves attending an initial training session of about an hour, a meeting with the qualified homeowners, and then drafting wills and any other necessary documents to protect the homeowners’ assets and to provide for their families.  This experience allows students to work with real clients with real legal needs; you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to put your legal skills and knowledge to work for people who need your services.

Please contact ljones@okcu.edu with any questions.

PCDC-Pro Bono Opportunity

Federal Public Defender’s Office (Capital Habeas Corpus Unit)
Monday, September 19, 2011
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 109

Pro bono volunteer(s) will serve with a group of lawyers and investigators who represent clients on Oklahoma’s death row.  This unit is appointed to represent death-sentenced individuals as they conclude state review and reach the level of federal review.  The Capital Habeas Corpus Unit researches, investigates, and prepares capital habeas petitions, pursues the cases on appeal in the Tenth Circuit win or lose and, if necessary, presents clemency cases for its clients.  Volunteers will conduct legal research and may be assigned to assist a team of lawyers and investigators in their work on behalf of a particular capital client.

Volunteers must be highly motivated to assist in a team environment, have completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law,  and Professional Responsibility, and have excellent research and writing skills.

Please contact ljones@okcu.edu with any questions.