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 2016 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 1999-2016 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

 

June 6, 2017

First National Bank of Aspermont Joins Prime Partner Program

May 4, 2017

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March 29, 2017

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March 21, 2017

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March 3, 2017

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Oct. 25, 2016

TAJF Luncheon Kicks Off Pro Bono Week: ATJ Community Honors Legislative Heroes  

Sept. 19, 2016

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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

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

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

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Military Sexual Assault Victims Discharged After Filing Complaints - Time 

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