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.

The 2017-19 Application Period is open July 6 - Sept. 16, 2016.

 

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

 

Fellowship News

 

  • TAJF Names 2015 Fellows

  • Fellowship Updates from the Class of 2015-17

    • Tovah Pentelovitch- curb problematic use of disciplinary alternative education programs in Austin and underserved regions through outreach and representation of most at-risk students in school disciplinary proceedings.

    • Esther Kim- provide the Asian community in Harris and Fort Bend counties with legal services in guardianship and domestic violence cases through direct representation, outreach, and collaboration with local organizations.

  • 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

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

"Justice for All"  - Texas Bar Journal article, December 2014

Additional Fellowship Information

Fellowship projects and participants 1999-2014 in Texas.

 

Visit the Equal Justice Works website for more information.

To donate to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program:

 

 

Recent News

 

Sept. 19, 2016

Carlos M. Zaffirini, Jr., Apppointed to TAJF Board of Directors  

Sept. 14, 2016

TAJF Names 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellows

Aug. 22, 2016

Parenting Order Legal Line: Increasing Parenting Time for the Benefit of Children - ABA Dialogue 

Aug. 10, 2016

Legal aid groups aid to help poor families make smart decisions - KERA 

July 8, 2016

Help for sexual assault survivors - Corpus Christi Caller-Times  

July 8, 2016

One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can't afford lawyers. - Washington Post

June 6, 2016

Investing in Justice: Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault. - Philanthropy Southwest

May 19, 2016

Undue process: Poor people lose homes, children and money without a lawyer - Salon.com

May 18, 2016

Military Sexual Assault Victims Discharged After Filing Complaints - Time 

May 9, 2016

Rape survivors on a mission to help others... - Dallas Morning News  

Apr. 6, 2016

Texas Legal Hotline Now Available for Sexual Assault Survivors

Feb. 22, 2016

North East Texas Credit Union Joins Prime Partner Program

Dec. 16, 2015

Statement on Fed Funds Rate Increase and Impact on IOLTA

Nov. 17, 2015

Western Bank Joins Prime Partner Program

Nov. 17, 2015

TAJF Honors Jim Harrington with Kleinman Award

Nov. 6, 2015

Nathan L. Hecht and William H. McRaven: It’s our turn to help veterans - Dallas Morning News

Nov. 4, 2015

Nov. 9- 13 is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week

Oct. 26, 2015

Pro Bono Week Celebrated at Texas Access to Justice Luncheon

Oct. 1, 2015

TAJF Announces Grants for Veterans' Legal Services

Sept. 8, 2015

Two New Members Appointed to the TAJF Board

 

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