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SPRING 2012

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS APPLICATION SCHEDULE
Please let your students know that there is still time to apply for the 2012 Summer Corps program. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 10. Incomplete applications will not be considered and there will be no exceptions.
  • 2012 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship: Positions announced in June on PSLawNet. Applications ongoing.
  • 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship: Application open July 6 to September 18
  • 2013 Public Defender Corps: Application open July 6 to September 18
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
What are the differences between the three Equal Justice Works post-graduate fellowships programs? How do you help students with their applications? Who should apply to which program? We are offering several webinars this spring to answer these questions and more. All webinars are free. Please visit our website and to learn more and register for our webinars.
2012 CONFERENCE AND CAREER FAIR
Save the Date
Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Registration information will be coming soon. Travel and accommodation information is now available.
THE GUIDE TO LAW SCHOOLS
We have been receiving great feedback for the new The Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools. From November 21 to March 30, The Guide received 12,414 visits, with 86% being first time visitors. Based on results from our survey, 79% of those utilizing the site are prospective law students, along with a small number of current law students and undergraduate advisors.
One of the most popular features was the comparison view that allows visitors to obtain side-by-side summaries of several schools’ programs at one time. This feature was used 1,598 times throughout this period.
We encourage you to update your school’s information in The Guide with the information most recently reported to the ABA and NALP, and any other changes you would like to make to your school’s profile. Remember that you can make changes in The Guide anytime by logging in at http://survey.ejwguide.org. When you do make changes, please let us know by sending an email to guide@equaljusticeworks.org, so that we may ensure your edits transfer to the live, public version of The Guide. Please contact us if you have any questions.
EDUCATIONAL DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM
Educational Debt We are pleased to announce the publication of a new educational debt resource. Take Control of Your Future: What You Should Know About Educational Debt provides basic information about student loans, repayment options and relief programs such as Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Visit our website to download a free copy today.
Our educational debt relief team recently participated in the final session of negotiated rulemaking proceedings held by the Department of Education. As a member of the student loans committee, we advocated for borrowers’ interests on 25 different issues, which included regulations governing Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment and implementing President Obama’s Pay As You Earn proposal. On Friday, March 30, the committee, which included representatives from the Department of Education, schools, loan servicers, legal aid, consumer advocates and students, reached consensus on these issues. As a result, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the committee’s proposals will be issued later this year. Programs like Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness can help ease the burden of educational debt, but students must make sure they take the right steps to qualify. If you have any questions or would like more information about these programs or the rulemaking proceedings, please email our educational debt team at debtrelief@equaljusticeworks.org.
To learn more on educational debt relief news, check out our Student Loan Ranger blog at U.S. News Education and follow us on Twitter (@EJW_org #studentdebthelp) and Facebook. Sign up for our free webinars to learn about available educational debt relief, whether you are eligible and how to qualify.
MEMBER SCHOOL NEWS AND RECOGNITION
Brooklyn Law School has named Nicholas W. Allard as their new dean effective July 2012. Mr. Allard was previously an attorney with Patton Boggs, and has also previously been a contributor and advisory board member of several legal publications and an adjunct professor at several other law schools.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law has developed a partnership with two new Chinese law schools to expand their China study program making them a leader in U.S.-China legal education. The expanded program allows faculty and student exchanges, visiting lecturers, and expanded law journals.
University of Pennsylvania Law School is celebrating the opening of Golkin Hall, a new modern and environmentally-friendly law building.
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has named Douglas Sylvester as dean effective immediately. Mr. Sylvester has been the interim dean for almost one year and formerly served as associate dean for Faculty Research and Development at ASU. The College of Law’s academic rankings have increased in the time Mr. Sylvester has been interim dean.
UPCOMING WEBINARS FOR STUDENTS
UPCOMING WEBINARS FOR PROFESSIONALS
Do you have comments, webinar suggestions or blog topics to share?
Send an email to membership.
LAW SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS TEAM
David Stern, Executive Director
Susan Gurley, Deputy Director
Sally Carlson, Director of Communications and Outreach
Nita Mazumder, Program Manager, Law School Relations
Isaac Bowers, Senior Program Manager, Educational Debt Relief and Outreach
Radhika Singh Miller, Program Manager, Educational Debt Relief and Outreach
Lauren Fuchs, Law School Program & Member Services Specialist
Equal Justice Works | 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1010 | Washington, DC 20036 | www.equaljusticeworks.org

PCDC: Equal Justice Works Fellowships and Information

Dear Students,

 

Please know that the application for the 2012 Summer Corps program is now open!  Students have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23 to complete the application to become a 2012 Summer Corps member and receive a $1,175 AmeriCorps education award. For more information on the program, please visit the Equal Justice Works website. 

 

Equal Justice Works is offering several free webinars this month for law school professionals and students of our member schools.  Click on the links below to learn about and sign up for webinars focused on: 

If you have any questions or would like to suggest webinar topics, please contact membership@equaljusticeworks.org.


 

Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. EST
Student Strategies for Success: How to Find Your Dream Job

 

Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. EST
Law School Professional Series: How to Help Your Students Find Their Dream Job

 

Thursday, April 12 at Noon EST

Link In to Further Your Job Search
Please let your students know that they can send an email to Lauren Fuchs at lfuchs@equaljusticeworks.org for a chance to have their LinkedIn profile reviewed live during the webinar. One person will be selected at random and will be notified before the actual webinar if chosen.

 

Equal Justice Works Programs

 

For law school professionals:

 

Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. EST
Law School Professionals Series: Public Defender Corps Program Overview 

 

Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. EST 

Law School Professionals Series: Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program Overview

 

For students:

 

Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. EST

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Program and Application Overview

 

Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program Overview

 

Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: Public Defender Corps Program Overview

 

Wednesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships

 

Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Become a Member of the Public Defender Corps

 

Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships

 

Educational Debt Relief

 

Friday, March 16 at 3 p.m. EST

How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans: Utilizing Income-Based Repayment

 

Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. EST
Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

 

Thursday, April 12 at 2 p.m. EST

Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School

 

Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m. EST
Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Equal Justice Works | 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1010 | Washington, DC 20036 | www.equaljusticeworks.org


Student Loan Costs Increase!

Information from Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert – August 5, 2011.

 

The Budget Control Act of 2011 increases student loan costs. Graduate and professional students in particular will pay more.

 

Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness are not affected, the Pell Grant program is intact, and overall the cuts could have been much worse.

Graduate and Professional Students Will Pay More for Student Loans 

Heather Jarvis
Heather Jarvis

In the case of Subsidized Loans, the government pays the interest that accrues on the loan while the student is in school. Subsidized Loans have historically been available to both undergraduate and graduate borrowers with demonstrated financial need.

The interest subsidy for graduate and professional students will be eliminated, beginning July 1, 2012. Any unpaid interest will be capitalized, or added to the principle of the loan.

  • About 75% of law and medical school students currently receive subsidized student loans.
  • Graduate and professional students currently have access to as much as $8,500 in subsidized student loans.
  • We can expect average graduating debt to increase by an estimated $2,000 to $4,000.
  • A typical graduate will pay approximately $8,000 more in interest charges over time.

Another provision of the Budget Control Act also increases costs to borrowers, but less so than the interest subsidy elimination. To encourage borrowers to repay on-time, the Department of Education previously provided a partial origination fee rebate and interest rate reduction. Beginning on July 1, 2012, these repayment incentives are eliminated, but an interest rate reduction may still be allowed for borrowers who enroll in payment by automatic electronic debit.

 

Additional Cuts to Student Aid Are Possible

Congress is required to reduce the deficit further by Thanksgiving to avoid automatic spending cuts. Cuts are authorized to come, in part, from education–both discretionary and mandatory spending programs.

 

The primary cost-saving measures affecting student aid that have been proposed are:

  • Restructuring of Pell Grant eligibility, and
  • Elimination of undergraduate student loan subsidies.

I have so far not heard cost savings proposals aimed at either Income-Based Repayment or Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Assuming Public Service Loan Forgiveness benefits would only be subject to prospective changes, cuts to forgiveness would neither reduce spending nor cut the deficit during the relevant time period.

 

I will continue to monitor the impact of the deficit reduction negotiations and their influence on student aid for higher education. Updates will be posted on askheatherjarvis.com.

Thank you for supporting my efforts to provide clear information to student loan borrowers and the people who love them. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at heather@askheatherjarvis.com if I can provide additional information.

PCDC-Pro Bono and Public Interest

Are you interested in applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship? If the answer is yes, you will not want to miss an exclusive webinar for EJW member law schools: Winning Equal Justice Works Style: Tips for Creating a Successful Fellowship Application. During this webinar, EJW will walk participants through the process and provide inside tips for creating a successful application. 
 
Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School will prepare incoming students to take of the necessary steps to benefit from loan repayment programs before they enter the classroom. 
 
Space for both webinars is limited so register today!
 
Winning Equal Justice Works Style: Tips For Creating a Successful Fellowship Application
Thursday, June 16, 1 p.m. EDT
Click here to register
 
Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School
Thursday, June 16, 2 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

Law School Loan Forgiveness Information

 
EJW is pleased to announce the launch of a new educational debt relief webinar series!  This new series is designed to address the concerns and needs of students before, during and after law school, as well as provide law school professionals with tools to help students make more informed decisions on managing educational debt.   
 
Featured topics include:
 
*  Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven
*  How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans
*  Planning Before You Borrow
 
Please see below for descriptions and dates for the upcoming schedule. 
 EDUCATIONAL DEBT RELIEF SUMMER 2011 WEBINAR SCHEDULE

 Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with high educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit organization, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

  • Thursday, May 5, Noon-1 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT, 9 a.m PDT), Register for this session.
  • Friday, July 8, Noon-1 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT, 9 a.m PDT), Register for this session.

 How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans: Utilizing Income-Based Repayment

Saddled with high student debt?  This webinar reviews Income-Based Repayment, a powerful provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that allows anyone with high debt relative to their income to reduce their federal student loan payments.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.

    Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

For recent graduates working in government or at a nonprofit, this webinar explains how to make sure you immediately begin fulfilling requirements to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness so that your educational debt will be forgiven as soon as possible.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.

    Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School

Interested in government or public interest work after graduating?  This webinar will help you plan ahead and make sure you can take full advantage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

  • Thursday, June 16, 2-3 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.
For more information, updates or to register for a webinar, visit our Educational Debt Relief Webinars page. 
 
If you have any questions about our webinars, please contact Radhika Singh Miller, Program Manager, Educational Debt Relief and Outreach at rsinghmiller@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686 ext. 114.

PCDC-Equal Justice E-Clips is now Equal Justice at Work

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Equal Justice at Work. Each month, we will deliver to your in box, public interest law stories and news articles as well as information on educational debt relief and upcoming public interest-related events from around the country. Equal Justice at Work replaces our previous weekly e-clips news service.

We hope you enjoy our new format and content. Thank you for your continued interest in Equal Justice Works.

 
 
FELLOWS ON THE FRONT
Fighting for the Rights of the Disabled
At the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Equal Justice Works Fellow Meghan Carter, works to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. Meghan, who is in the first year of her fellowship, recently helped a client who suffered from depression and was facing eviction from his subsidized housing.
 
FINANCING YOUR FUTURE
Article Provides Road Map to Improved Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

For many years, student debt has been a major obstacle for public interest–minded lawyers. Law school based loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) have helped make public service work a viable choice for attorneys.
 
ALUMNI NEWS
Equal Justice Works Fellow and Alumni Team up to Win Ruling for Mentally Disabled Immigrant Detainees

Immigration proceedings allow that immigrants are entitled to a fair hearing on whether there is a basis for their deportation but they are not provided with counsel, leaving many to represent themselves. But what about those who suffer from severe mental disabilities and cannot understand the proceedings against them? Do they have a constitutional right to legal representation?
Executive Director, David Stern (left) with former Executive Directors Kathleen Welch and Michael Caudell-Feagan.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
In 1986, a group of passionate law students from 14 different schools came together with a mission to expand legal services to underrepresented populations and provide more opportunities for law students and lawyers to work in public interest law. And so, Equal Justice Works was born. Now, 25 years later, we continue to embrace the vision that was set forth by those dedicated students.
FEBRUARY 2011
ANNOUNCEMENTS
& EVENTS
 
BLOG LOG
 
PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE NEWS
 
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Thank you to Greenberg Traurig for being a Champion of Justice sponsor of our 25th Anniversary.
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Equal Justice Works E-Clips for August 11

This week’s Equal Justice Works E-Clips is here.  You may see it online.  Please know that this week’s news includes information about job openings at Equal Justice Works and the application for the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Plan.  That’s right, if you go to work for Legal Aid Services when you graduate and pass the bar, there’s help to pay back your student loans.  Application now available