Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Equal Justice Works Updates

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Registration is still open for the 2016 Conference & Career Fair!

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country, and one of the best places for your law students to connect with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public interest law firms.

Even though the deadline to pre-register for scheduled interviews has passed, law students and graduates can still register for Table Talk and all the Conference workshops and sessions here. Many students have received job and interview offers during Table Talk, so make sure your students know about this incredibly beneficial opportunity!

Registration is also open to law school professionals here. We hope to see you all in October!

Good luck to everyone who applied for a 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellowship!

If you or your students have any questions about their application, please email our Fellowships team at! Students can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions for assistance.

Remember, final decisions are made on a rolling basis. Equal Justice Works will be contacting semi-finalists from October through April to set up interviews. If a student or graduate hasn't heard anything this semester, their application is more than likely still being reviewed by potential sponsors.

Equal Justice Works is launching a Student Representative Program! 

The Equal Justice Works Student Representative Program will be a leadership division of our new student-focused JDs for Justice Network.

​Selected law students will gain public interest law school leadership experience (and lots of other surprise perks!) while spreading the word about Equal Justice Works programs, resources, and opportunities.

If you would like to recommend a law student for this new program, email Ashley Matthews, Program Manager in the Law School Engagement & Advocacy Unit, at
Resources to Share with Your Law Students
Talking Points about the 2016 Conference & Career Fair
If you've ever been stuck trying to explain to students why the Conference & Career Fair (CCF) is so important, these talking points should help you out!

You can also download and share the following with your law students:

1L Guide to CCF
2L Guide to CCF

3L Guide to CCF

2016 Conference & Career Fair Social Media Templates 
If you or your law school has an active Twitter or Facebook account, please share the news about the Conference & Career Fair with these sample posts! This guide also contains links to retweet and share our posts. If you don't use social media, just email a link to your law school's communications office.

Sept. 27th: Public Interest Law Job Hunting 101
Know someone looking for a public interest law job or internship? We'll help guide them through all the online tools they can use to get hired. The webinar is Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 1pm EST. Register even if you can't attend - we'll send you a recording of the webcast after it's over.

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Hiring Announcements! 

Tenant Engagement & Community Economic Development VISTA Project Openings
The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for legal fellows and community advocates to support community economic development and tenant engagement in buildings being converted to project-based Section 8 housing.
Legal Fellows for all sites will start in November or February with rolling applications. Law graduates can apply here to become a Fellow in Gainesville, GA; Rochester, NY; Geneva, NY; Las Vegas, NV; or Cincinnati, OH.

Elder Justice AmeriCorps Project
Equal Justice Works is launching a new AmeriCorps program for legal fellows to work with community legal organizations across the country to identify victims of elder abuse or neglect and represent those clients in securing orders of protections, protecting them from financial exploitation, or through other legal or social services.

We are seeking Fellows to serve in: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; Charlottesville or Richmond, VA; Omaha, NE; Rochester, NY; Fairfax, VA; Helena, MT; and Nashville, TN. 

Find the position announcements here.

VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project Openings
The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project brings together lawyers and community organizers to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. There are currently multiple open positions for both community organizers and legal fellows:
  • Apply here to become a community organizer in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; or Detroit, MI.
  • Apply here to become a legal fellow in Detroit, MI.
Please email for more information.
for more information.
Now Accepting Submissions for Student Justice Center Writers-in-Residence Program
The Student Justice Center resource library is looking for Fall 2016 Writers-in-Residence! If you know a law student or law graduate with personal or professional insight on the field of public interest law, we want to hear from them. We'd also love to feature articles from law school professionals like you!
Submissions must be less than 1,000 words on any public interest law topic. Send your articles and any questions about the Writers-in-Residence program to Ashley Matthews at

2016 Conference and Career Fair Student Registration Now Open!
Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

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