Auction Day was a success!!!! We are so appreciative to everyone who participated by either coming to the events this past week or giving a charitable donation. The Equal Justice Foundation raised over $10,000 in ONE DAY to help fund Georgetown Law students engaged in public interest work this summer. We couldn't be more proud.
EJF Live Auction
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Afterwards, they can relive their glory days and stay for the live auction in Hart Auditorium.
Monday, January 5, 2015
This past summer I had the pleasure of working for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina. I worked out of the Charlotte office and had the opportunity to participate in some really interesting cases, including a narcotics and bank fraud trial. The United States Attorney’s Office provided me with meaningful legal research and writing experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my legal career. For example, I wrote my own 4th Circuit brief and was given time sensitive legal research projects regarding jury instructions for several trials.
While I entered law school with an eye toward the private sector, my summer experience exposed my interest in criminal work and has led me to believe I am interested in working for a government agency such as the US Attorney’s Office down the road. This experience and knowledge would not have been possible without the help of EJF. Because most government internship opportunities are unpaid, the financial realities of being a law student would have made it difficult for me to accept the internship and gain this meaningful experience. The knowledge that I would be receiving a stipend to assist with my summer living expenses encouraged me to accept an internship in Charlotte.
Thank you EJF and keep up the good work!
-- Drew Newman
Last summer I had the privilege of working at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty thanks to the Equal Justice Foundation summer funding. Before coming to law school, I knew that I wanted to get experience working with legal organizations dedicated to social justice issues, and the EJF summer funding allowed me to do just that. I chose to complete an unpaid internship at NLCHP this summer because I am passionate about issues facing people living in poverty and suffering from homelessness.
At NLCHP, I joined an amazing group of attorneys in their pursuit to end homelessness in the United States. NLCHP focuses on the criminalization of homelessness, housing, and youth and education. I chose NLCHP because it is an organization that understands the complex nature of homelessness and that no one approach can help solve the problem. As such, NLCHP uses direct advocacy, policy work, and impact litigation to create a comprehensive and effective program. No other organization in the country has such a program, and I wanted to be a part of it.
As a legal intern, I was responsible for helping attorneys edit and research portions of No Safe Place: the Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, speak with advocates, local advocacy groups, and politicians about homeless bills of rights, and attend litigation strategy meetings for a case that challenged Wisconsin’s voting ID law. Each day I had the opportunity to learn more about an issue I am passionate about, gain valuable organizing and writing skills, and help the country end homelessness.
I will never forget my experience at NLCHP, and I have EJF to thank for it. Two weeks before finals, and a month before I started my internship at NLCHP, I had to have foot surgery and was unable to put any weight on my left foot for three and a half months. Without EJF’s summer funding, I would not have been able to afford paying my rent, medical bills, and transportationcosts to and from the office. The EJF funding was absolutely invaluable. I really don’t know what I would have done without it.
EJF’s summer funding allowed me to complete my unpaid internship at NLCHP, and I am forever grateful.
-- Gene Sowa
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My main task as a judicial intern was to resolve parties' motions to dismiss. I also attended oral arguments at every stage in the litigation process: motion calendar, trials, summary judgment proceedings, and other matters before the court. Indeed, most of my work dealt with assisting Judge Freeman in several high dollar controversies. I witnessed very impressive counsel from all over the country, litigating complex civil disputes, and at times the arguments were as sophisticated as those given before appeals courts.
At the same time, Judge Freeman maintained a foreclosure calendar, which allowed me to see a different side of the civil litigation process. The recent housing market decline hit Miami very hard, and each judge at the county courthouse had to take on a docket, loaded with several hundred cases. Twice a week, the judge heard oral arguments on her foreclosure calendar. Given the number of cases, we sometimes had to move to a larger courtroom to fit the litigants. Several parties represented themselves. Some attorney’s represented, on the same day, as many as ten different plaintiffs. I heard arguments from landlords trying to evict to tenants crying with their families, begging the judge for a 30 day stay on a bank’s eviction notice. Some attorneys, barely dressed in business casual wearing sunglasses on their head, perpetually frustrated Judge Freeman. Foreclosed tenants hired attorneys to submit any argument, boarding on the frivolous. The disparity in representation was glaring. Over the course of several days, I would hear arguments and analyze motions from some of the best and worst attorney’s in Florida; from the large law firm to the motions submitted by pro se litigants. The experience provided me an opportunity to compare and contrast legal writing and presentation skills spanning the spectrum of lawyers.
The practical skills I learned in the several weeks at the Miami-Dade Courthouse allowed me to get a first hand experience on the workings in an overcrowded state court, apply my legal skills in a real world environment, establish contacts, and network with potential employers. Such an experience would not have been possible without EJF funding and support.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This summer I am excited to be returning to Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), a community health center, here in Washington, DC. I have built a relationship with WWH, having interned there during the fall, summer, and spring of 2011. WWH is a community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. WWH offers support services beyond just medical care, including a robust legal services department that handles a wide variety of civil legal issues.
I have been a part of DC’s LGBT community for the past several years, but Whitman-Walker beat me to it by decades. It was originally founded as a clinic for gay men and over the decades has come to be a leader in LGBT and HIV/AIDS care. WWH is the medical home to over 15,000 patients from DC, Maryland, and Virginia in need of culturally competent, high quality health services. My interest in LGBT rights law, as well as in other issues like access to health care and workplace rights issues that Whitman-Walker takes on, is what led me to them over a year ago and what continues to drive my interest and passion today.
My biggest project this past summer was to research how the passage of marriage equality in DC would impact access to public benefits for our clients. Because many government programs are funded in part at the federal level, my work included a great deal of analysis as to the effect of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As DOMA orders all federally-funded programs to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and not treat same-sex couples as “married” under the law, the legal situation for these couples who are married in DC can be quite complicated. I spent several months putting together a guide outlining the legal issues involved and suggesting the best course of action for impacted couples. I was also able to work directly with clients, doctors, government agencies, and, of course, the fabulous Whitman-Walker attorneys on a diverse set of cases and issues.
I’m thrilled to be returning to Whitman-Walker soon to continue working on behalf of DC’s LGBT community, those with HIV/AIDS, and the many other clients who come through our doors seeking help and access to the highest quality services. I’m deeply grateful that the Equal Justice Foundation here at Georgetown is supporting this work by guaranteeing funding for myself and my peers so that we might pursue work in the public interest.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Initial EJF Applications: DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at 5PM. This is just a quick and easy questionnaire, so you don't need to have a qualifying job lined up already. The application can be found at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/forms/form.cfm?formid=308
Mandatory EJF Information Session: You MUST attend either ONE of TWO information sessions. The information sessions this year will be held on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 from 3:30-4:30 PM in McDonough 205 and WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29 from 3:30-4:30 PM in McDonough 205.
That's it for now; stay tuned to the blog for live and silent auction updates and more application information. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!