Equal Justice Works Fellowships

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, committed to ensuring access to justice for the poor, partners with Equal Justice Works in the sponsorship of innovative fellowship projects in Texas. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the nation. The program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories.

In 1997, Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law, expanded the fellowship program to encourage partnerships between law firms, corporations and public interest organizations to fund fellowships. The Foundation was instrumental in securing the law firm of Vinson & Elkins as a major fellowship sponsor.

Learn more about the Fellowship program in this video produced for legal aid organizations that utilize fellows to serve the underserved populations in Texas:


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Fellowship News


  • TAJF Names 2015 Fellows

  • Fellowship Updates from the Class of 2014-16:

    Mani Nezami - Providing comprhensive legal services to children in foster care

    Gonzalo Serrano - Bringing wage recovery and employment justice

    Johnathan Sliva - Representing veterans denied their benefits

    Olivia Mathias - Helping victims of human trafficking

  • Class of 2013-15 Fellowship Summaries:

    Peter McGraw - Assisted individuals with psychiatric disabilities to remedy the civil collateral consequences of their involvement in the criminal justice system

    Emily Schools - developed a juvenile division in Abilene that provided education and advocacy for youth struggling with homelessness and opportunity barriers

    Stephanie Troung - Provided legal advocacy and support to youth aging out of foster care in Harris County,

"Fellowship Program Focuses on Public Interest Law" - Texas Bar Journal article, January 2013

Additional Fellowship Information

Fellowship projects and participants 1999-2014 in Texas.


Visit the Equal Justice Works website for more information.

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