Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works At Equal Justice Works, we believe that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

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-What is Equal Justice Works? Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. We bring together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal
justice. Following their Fellowships, more than 85 percent of our Fellows

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

-What is Equal Justice Works? Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. We bring together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal
justice. Following their Fellowships, more than 85 percent of our Fellows

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Employer early bird registration is now open for our 2021 Conference and Career Fair, happening virtually from October 2...
06/25/2021

Employer early bird registration is now open for our 2021 Conference and Career Fair, happening virtually from October 21–23!

Join us for the nation’s largest public interest law career fair, all online—your hiring team will have the opportunity to meet with over 1,500 dedicated law students and graduates, and recruit for internships, externships, and postgraduate positions. https://bit.ly/CCF-Employers

Employer early bird registration is now open for our 2021 Conference and Career Fair, happening virtually from October 21–23!

Join us for the nation’s largest public interest law career fair, all online—your hiring team will have the opportunity to meet with over 1,500 dedicated law students and graduates, and recruit for internships, externships, and postgraduate positions. https://bit.ly/CCF-Employers

Eric Rhoton—a rising 3L at Elon University School of Law—is one of six inaugural Disaster Resilience Program Student Fel...
06/24/2021
Elon Law student selected to serve as an Equal Justice Works fellow

Eric Rhoton—a rising 3L at Elon University School of Law—is one of six inaugural Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellows. Eric will spend his summer working with 2020 Fellow Robert Flores, who is hosted by the International Services center of YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON. The pair will work together to address the needs of immigrants who have been disproportionately affected by natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to Eric and the rest of the Student Fellows! We can’t wait to see what you do this summer. 🙌

Eric Rhoton '20 L’22 is one of six law school students selected for an inaugural program this summer that will help underserved communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.

Each year, Equal Justice Works facilitates approximately 70 Design-Your-Own Fellowships nationwide, developed collaborat...
06/23/2021

Each year, Equal Justice Works facilitates approximately 70 Design-Your-Own Fellowships nationwide, developed collaboratively between legal services organizations and burgeoning public interest lawyers to address their community's most pressing legal needs.

Want to learn how your organization can receive more than $100k per year in support of an Equal Justice Works Fellow? Join us at 3 p.m. ET on July 13 or August 11 to discuss eligibility requirements, finding candidates, the application process, and our insider tips for creating a competitive application: https://bit.ly/Hosts2021

Each year, Equal Justice Works facilitates approximately 70 Design-Your-Own Fellowships nationwide, developed collaboratively between legal services organizations and burgeoning public interest lawyers to address their community's most pressing legal needs.

Want to learn how your organization can receive more than $100k per year in support of an Equal Justice Works Fellow? Join us at 3 p.m. ET on July 13 or August 11 to discuss eligibility requirements, finding candidates, the application process, and our insider tips for creating a competitive application: https://bit.ly/Hosts2021

For incarcerated individuals, addiction medication treatment can be a life-changing tool—those with access are 94% less ...
06/22/2021
Opinion: California prisons must provide inmates addiction treatment

For incarcerated individuals, addiction medication treatment can be a life-changing tool—those with access are 94% less likely to die of unnatural causes, like overdose or suicide, in the first month of incarceration than those without. Although studies overwhelmingly demonstrate this benefit, 1/3 of California state prison doctors recently spoke out in opposition to a new policy regarding a drug that is commonly used to treat opiate use disorder.

2019 Fellow Joseph Longley has spent the last two years working with the ACLU National Prison Project to secure necessary care for incarcerated people addicted to opioids—read his op-ed on the state’s duty to treat opioid addiction in prisons.

Abuse by some is not justification for denying others their constitutional rights to lifesaving medication.

As a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Elizabeth Pinolini worked with Whitman-Walker Health to reduce employment barriers...
06/21/2021
The Most Incredible Way to Start My Legal Career - Equal Justice Works

As a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Elizabeth Pinolini worked with Whitman-Walker Health to reduce employment barriers for trans and gender non-conforming people in the greater Washington, D.C., area by focusing on community outreach and providing direct services. During their Fellowship, Elizabeth personally served over 200 clients and trained over 400 lawyers and legal services providers on topics related to how to best serve trans and gender non-conforming individuals.

On working with the trans community, Elizabeth says: “My life has taught me the importance of compassion, and ensuring that my clients feel safe, accepted, and supported is everything to me.” https://bit.ly/3vtuixN

Create your dream job! Design a project that addresses one of a wide array of issues that support underserved communities. Learn more.

In observance of Juneteenth, our offices will be closed tomorrow to give our staff the opportunity to celebrate, take ac...
06/17/2021
Observing Juneteenth 2021 - Equal Justice Works

In observance of Juneteenth, our offices will be closed tomorrow to give our staff the opportunity to celebrate, take action, and/or reflect on the holiday.

For our community—people who are deeply invested in delivering on our nation's promise of equal justice for all—we’ve compiled a list of resources to learn more about Juneteenth as well as opportunities to use your legal skills to uplift and serve the Black community. We hope that you will make time this weekend to celebrate, learn from our Fellows who are doing incredible work in the racial justice field, and identify additional ways to transform your commitment to equal justice in to public service.

Equal Justice Works shares resources and events for our community of lawyers to observe Juneteenth 2021.

Meet Lucie Gulino and A.D. Lewis, two 2021 Fellows whose projects will address issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Mas...
06/16/2021
Celebrating the 2021 Fellows Upholding LGBTQ+ Rights - Equal Justice Works

Meet Lucie Gulino and A.D. Lewis, two 2021 Fellows whose projects will address issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Massachusetts and California, respectively.

Lucie will work with Greater Boston Legal Services to establish a clemency and family support project geared towards two communities at a disproportionate risk of incarceration: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC). “Community-based legal advocacy is an essential way to mitigate the immediate violence the criminal justice system enacts upon BIPOC and QTPOC,” says Lucie. By creating a pro-bono clemency clinic, she will work with petitioners and community members to address the harm caused by the over-policing of marginalized identities and communities.

Hosted by Disability Rights California, A.D. will represent trans people with disabilities in jails, psychiatric facilities, and/or immigrant detention facilities: Trans people are likely to experience significant mistreatment while incarcerated, which often correlates to mental health crises. A.D.’s project seeks to “challenge the structural barriers that trans people with disabilities face when seeking justice, fair treatment, and adequate care.”

We are proud to support Fellows like Lucie and A.D. as they embark on their public interest careers in support of communities facing immense scrutiny—learn more about their projects on our website.

Equal Justice Works highlights the work of 2021 LGBTQ+ focused Fellows Lucie Gulino and A.D. Lewis for Pride Month.

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—did you know that older people across the United States lose an estimated $2.6 ...
06/15/2021
Shedding Light on Elder Abuse & Exploitation During the Pandemic - Equal Justice Works

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—did you know that older people across the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion annually due to financial abuse and exploitation? Learning how to identify and respond to common signs of abuse is a crucial way to protect and support elder adults in your life.

Fellows in our Elder Justice Program are providing legal services to elders facing issues like identity theft, fraud, and exploitation. As Interim Director of Fellowships and Senior Program Manager Allie Yang-Green explains, "[these services] are building blocks to coordinated community responses to end elder abuse, to which the Elder Justice Program Fellows contribute through enhancing partnerships and educating community members and allied professionals about legal remedies for elder abuse."

For World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Equal Justice Works Senior Manager Allie Yang-Green shares successes from the Elder Justice Program.

Design-Your-Own Fellowship applications are open, and we’re kicking off application season with a candidate webinar, tod...
06/15/2021

Design-Your-Own Fellowship applications are open, and we’re kicking off application season with a candidate webinar, today at 3 p.m. ET! Join us to get a head start on the Fellowship, and have your questions answered in real time by our staff. Register for the event and access other application materials on our website: bit.ly/DesignAFellowship

Design-Your-Own Fellowship applications are open, and we’re kicking off application season with a candidate webinar, today at 3 p.m. ET! Join us to get a head start on the Fellowship, and have your questions answered in real time by our staff. Register for the event and access other application materials on our website: bit.ly/DesignAFellowship

As a 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Milo Primeaux assisted over 250 transgender people with name changes through the f...
06/11/2021
My Impact: A Conversation with 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow Milo Primeaux - Equal Justice Works

As a 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Milo Primeaux assisted over 250 transgender people with name changes through the facilitation of pro bono clinics. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Just Roots Consulting, LLC, a workplace LGBTQ+ equity, inclusion, and diversity firm.

Interested in learning more about Milo’s career? Check out his entry into our My Impact series.

2014 Fellow Milo Primeaux shares his reasons for pursuing public interest law, takeaways from his Fellowship, and tips for LGBTQ+ focused lawyers.

As our Fellows, program participants, alumni, and community members advocate for equal justice, we’ve undertaken an inte...
06/10/2021
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Equal Justice Works

As our Fellows, program participants, alumni, and community members advocate for equal justice, we’ve undertaken an internal effort to revisit our own organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are central to our mission and sharing our definitions of these values at our organization is one step to hold ourselves accountable to progress. These definitions were established through cross-organizational conversation and will serve as a touchstone as we endeavor to further operationalize our values within our organization. Read our update from Janie Payne, our VP of administration.

We will share updates as we strive to make Equal Justice Works a more thriving and equitable organization, including actions we take, successes, and lessons learned along the way.

Congratulations to Ricardo Gomez, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's first Rural Summer Legal C...
06/09/2021
Catholic Law Rising Third-Year Student Ricardo Gomez Receives 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship | CUA

Congratulations to Ricardo Gomez, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's first Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow!

“As a Student Fellow at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Gomez will be part of the Tenants’ Rights Unit, ensuring families have continued access to safe and affordable housing.”

Located in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church, founded by the U.S. bishops and the pope, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, Catholic Un...

In the wake of COVID-19, many of our Fellows altered their projects to better provide support to communities whose pre-e...
06/08/2021
Stepping Up Efforts to Support LGBTQ+ Clients in the COVID-19 Era - Equal Justice Works

In the wake of COVID-19, many of our Fellows altered their projects to better provide support to communities whose pre-existing needs were exacerbated by the crisis. For those working with LGBTQ+ individuals, limited access to education, employment, healthcare, and critical resources became even more inequitable.

Hear from five Fellows working with the LGBTQ+ community on how their goals have shifted in response to the pandemic.

Equal Justice Works Fellows Elizabeth Pinolini, MK Anderson, Dusty Weber Lamay, Elisabeth Hieber, and Kel O'Hara describe new LGBTQ+ issues amid COVID-19.

Fellow Madeline Middlebrooks is working with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center to address the lead contamination wat...
06/05/2021

Fellow Madeline Middlebrooks is working with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center to address the lead contamination water crisis affecting St. Louis Public Schools. By representing the low-income, Black families of students attending school in impacted areas, she addresses a public health crisis that is rooted in environmental racism.

Simply put, Madeline says: “Environmental statutes and public health regulations should benefit everyone, not just the wealthy. Your ZIP code or the color of your skin should not dictate your quality of life in regard to exposure to toxins and pollution.”

Read more about Madeline's project on our website. https://bit.ly/3chj60H

Fellow Madeline Middlebrooks is working with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center to address the lead contamination water crisis affecting St. Louis Public Schools. By representing the low-income, Black families of students attending school in impacted areas, she addresses a public health crisis that is rooted in environmental racism.

Simply put, Madeline says: “Environmental statutes and public health regulations should benefit everyone, not just the wealthy. Your ZIP code or the color of your skin should not dictate your quality of life in regard to exposure to toxins and pollution.”

Read more about Madeline's project on our website. https://bit.ly/3chj60H

We're thrilled to introduce each and every one of the 35 law students who will spend their summer helping to improve acc...
06/04/2021
Meet the 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows - Equal Justice Works

We're thrilled to introduce each and every one of the 35 law students who will spend their summer helping to improve access to justice for rural communities through our Rural Summer Legal Corps.

In case you missed it, get to know the work of our 2021 Student Fellows.

Equal Justice Works introduces the Student Fellows serving in rural communities nationwide through the 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps.

June is Pride Month, a month designated to commemorating the Stonewall riots and celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and people. ...
06/01/2021

June is Pride Month, a month designated to commemorating the Stonewall riots and celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and people. Throughout the month, we'll be highlighting Fellows that fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Get to know our Fellows: https://bit.ly/2ZJaQAU

June is Pride Month, a month designated to commemorating the Stonewall riots and celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and people. Throughout the month, we'll be highlighting Fellows that fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Get to know our Fellows: https://bit.ly/2ZJaQAU

We honor and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. This Memorial Day, we are grateful t...
05/31/2021

We honor and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. This Memorial Day, we are grateful to our Fellows who serve our veterans and their families by providing representation and resources. bit.ly/VeteransRightsFellows

We honor and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. This Memorial Day, we are grateful to our Fellows who serve our veterans and their families by providing representation and resources. bit.ly/VeteransRightsFellows

Legal services providers in California and Colorado, we need your help! Equal Justice Works is conducting an assessment ...
05/26/2021
2021 Disaster Legal Needs Assessment (California and Colorado)

Legal services providers in California and Colorado, we need your help! Equal Justice Works is conducting an assessment to understand the legal needs of low-income communities affected by disasters in these areas. Our goal is to learn more about the capacity of local legal aid organizations and determine how we may best provide support through the Disaster Resilience Program.

Based on our findings, we may reach out to your organization with a request for proposal to host a Fellow in our Disaster Resilience Program. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey on behalf of your organization before this Friday, May 28. We appreciate your support, as always! https://bit.ly/34itPTW

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We're thrilled to announce the 35 law students who will spend their summer improving access to justice in rural communit...
05/26/2021
Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation Announce Class of 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows - Equal Justice Works

We're thrilled to announce the 35 law students who will spend their summer improving access to justice in rural communities. Selected from 460 applications and ready to serve, get to know our 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows! https://bit.ly/3umm4af

Equal Justice Works & the Legal Services Corporation announce the selection of the 2021 Rural Summer Legal Corps.

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Veterans Legal Institute is hiring a Housing Staff Attorney! If you're looking for a job with purpose, serving our nation's heroes is a fantastic opportunity! Email your resume and cover letter to [email protected].
The media, LeBron, blm, antifa, no one gave a damn about this 13 year old black girl, Nyaira Givens¸who was stabbed to death by another 13 year old black girl in Cincinnati on April, 19, 2021, ONE DAY BEFORE Makiyah Bryant was justifiably shot by police will attempting to murder another girl by stabbing her with a butcher knife after Bryant said, "I'm going to stab the f*** out of you, b****,” Odd how Bryant’s death sparked global outrage while Given’s death went unnoticed!!?? Leftists could care less about black lives unless they can spin it against the police!
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Making a difference in distress community's vital I mean not to offend anyone our leaders have failed us. Opportunities Zones creates opportunity has the potential to pull out every human being generating financial returns for every Human being who wants to become an entreprenuar/investor I want to partner with every human being I am fighting for improved communities and everyday I look fowward to take this challange(s)
Michigan State Attorney General Dana Nessel through her Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Ping just submitted a brief to the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division located in Detroit a motion to dismiss Jeremiah's Writ of Habeas Corpus for failure to Exhaust all State Claims. 1. Jeremiah attempted to fairly present all of his claims in support of his Innocence to the Michigan State Court of Appeals and to the Michigan State Supreme Court. These Courts accepted, rejected, and then denied his motions. 2. Jeremiah was assigned two court of Appeals Attorneys. Attorney Daniel Rust was assigned as Jeremiah's First Attorney for COA 324275 and he only appealed the extremely high sentence Jeremiah received 22-40 years. Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Amy Ronayne Krause said in her decision that Jeremiah infected Brittney with the STD Herpes. No Evidence was ever presented in any court by anyone that either Brittney or Jeremiah had Herpes. The Rash that Brittney had in 2005 was not Herpes per Dr. Leja of Cheboygan Michigan. The blood test that showed Brittney positive for Herpes showed her positive for a past out break not a current one in 2005. A medical record from where Brittney was born in 1998 showed Brittney was never tested for any STD's in 1998.This is all contained in a 10 page Michigan State Police report and hidden from the Jury. This Brady violation has never been addressed by the high courts of Michigan. Attorney Rust received a letter of reprimand by the Attorney Discipline Board in 2017 for a different case for Professional Misconduct while acting as court appointed appellate counsel in a criminal matter. 3. Jeremiah was recently Appointed Court of Appeals Attorney Alona Sharon by the Presque Isle County Trial Court. During Jeremiah's Prison Video Conference with Attorney Sharon she told Jeremiah she was only going to Appeal his extremely High Sentence. Jeremiah asked Alona what about the rest of his Issues contained in court of Appeals case 340063 she said that Attorney Rust should have appealed those. Alona said that she was told only to Appeal the extremely high sentence. She would not tell Jeremiah who told her this. We suspect that it was the Judges of Presque Isle County. 4. We filed this writ of Habeas Corpus with the Federal Government based upon Cause and Prejudice which resulted in a fundamental miscarriage of justice against an Innocent man. Coleman v Thompson, 501 U.S. 722, 111 S. Ct. 2546, 115 L. Ed. 2d 640 (1991). A fundamental miscarriage of justice has occurred when it is found that a constitutional violation has probably resulted in the conviction of someone actually innocent. Murry, 477 U.S. at 496, 106 S. Ct. 2639. Jeremiah's U.S. Constitutional rights to receive a fair trial free from Prejudice and Bias was violated by Judge Pavlich and Prosecutor Steiger. I was Subpoenaed and sequestered for three days of the Trial in June 2014. I was not allowed to testify. 5. A Michigan State case involving CSC 1st degree based exclusively on the evidence of a single purported eyewitness the alleged victim of the crime was granted a new trial because of Newly Discovered Impeachment Evidence. This case is People v Grissom involving SC case 140147 and COA Case 274148. Another Michigan Case People v Cress, 468 Mich 678, 692, 664 NW 2d 174 (2003). Sets the four prong standard that the Impeachment evidence must satisfy. People v Barbara, 400 Mich 352, 255 NW2d 171 (1977); People v Armstrong, Nw2d, No 142762, 2011 WL 5083255 (Mich, Oct 26, 2011). permits trial courts the discretion to grant a new trial based upon newly-discovered evidence when such evidence casts doubt on the credibility of a key witness. Numerous cases from jurisdictions around the country also recognize that newly discovered impeachment evidence that cast doubt on the credibility of a key witness can properly form the basis for the grant of a new trial for a criminal defendant. State v Plude, 750 NW2d 42 ( Wis 2008 ). State v Strahl, 768 NW2d 546 (SD 2009). Courts universally recognize that it is appropriate to grant a new trial in cases where the prosecution withholds impeachment evidence in violation of its disclosure obligations under Brady v Maryland, 373 US 83, 83 S Ct 1194 ( 1963 ). Imposing a per se rule that newly-discovered impeachment evidence cannot form the basis for a new trial would undermine the defendants constitutional rights under the confrontation clause of the Sixth Amendment. People v Hackett, 421 Mich 338, 348, 365 NW2d 120 ( 1984 ). 6. Please see the face book blog Jeremiah Dewey is Innocent for more information.
As a 2003 alum I wanted to thank you so much for help lay the groundwork to my becoming a judge in Harris County. As a public servant I so grateful for the opportunity given to me by EJW and Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation. I promise to serve to the best of my ability and to always remember the courthouse doors are open for ALL people not just those who have the ability to pay a lawyer. thank you again. 🙂❤️
Mr. Rodriguez is interested in groups that work with environment issues, Civil-Criminal Issues and Employment Law for Emoloyees Workplace Rights. Thank you
Why are not Nonprofit organizations throughout the country not recruiting " Advocates to provide crucial legal assistance to survivors of human trafficking, campus sexual assault, fraud, and other crimes. Mr. Rodriguez is prepare to "Litigate Equal Justice" for all. Sims v. Ahrens, 271 S.W. 720 (1925). In this case the opinion of the court was that. "The practice of Law is an occupation of common right." The "CERTIFICATE" from the State Supreme Court: ONLY authorizes, to practice Law "IN COURTS" as a member of the STATE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVT.Can ONLY represent WARDS OF THE COURT, INFANTS, PERSONS OF UNSOUND MIND (SEE CORPUS JURIS SECUNDUM, VOLUME 7, SECTION 4.)CERTIFICATE" IS NOT A LICENSE to practice Law AS AN OCCUPATION, nor to DO BUSINESS AS A LAW FIRM! Schware v. Board of Examiners, United State Reports 353 U.S. pages 238, 239."The practice of law cannot be licensed by any state/State."