Equal Justice Works

For Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Work

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    12 Months
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About the Grantee
1730 M Street, NWSuite 1010
Washington, DC 20036
Grants to this Grantee
for a campaign to preserve public service loan forgiveness  
Equal Justice Works is the largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers and strives to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Funding from the Hewlett Foundation will support their campaign to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, enacted in 2007. The PSLF program encourages individuals to enter and continue working in full-time public service employment, including public interest law. Advocacy efforts to protect PSLF will include educational meetings, pitching earned media attention, leveraging influential partnerships, and disseminating information for coalition members to use.
for general operating support  
Founded by law students in 1986, Equal Justice Works (EJW) mobilizes legal students and lawyers to "represent people and communities with serious legal needs who cannot afford to hire a lawyer." Studies show that 80 percent of the serious legal needs of 43 million low-income Americans go unaddressed each year due to a lack of access to affordable legal services. Leveraging both private and public funding, EJW offers a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers including postgraduate fellowships, support for law students to spend a summer doing public interest work, and assistance enabling graduates to repay educational debts so that they can take low-paying public interest jobs.

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