As a result, women and children victimized by domestic violence
do not get the legal help they desperately need. Families
are wrongfully evicted and forced into homelessness. The
elderly and poor have no recourse when they fall prey to
scams in the marketplace. The disabled are discriminated
against without the representation they need to protect
their rights. Bureaucratic abuse and neglect go without
remedy, often causing families to lose life-sustaining benefits.
There can be no justice for those forced to face these struggles
without the help of an attorney.
Equal Justice America - Who We Are
Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation
established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in
providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations
that deliver civil legal services to those most in need.
Our efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to
the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable
citizens. Students at more than 80 law schools now have the
opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship
Equal Justice America - What We've Done
Equal Justice America has sponsored
fellowships for more than 3,550 law students to work
with over 500 legal services organizations across the country. Interning under the supervision
of experienced attorneys, our fellowship recipients
have provided crucial assistance to low-income clients
struggling through the complexities of our civil justice
EJA has paid out more than $9.5 million in grants and has provided approximately
1,235,,000 hours of free legal services with
programs that work to protect the rights of the poor.
In September 2002, we began
funding two-year post-graduate EJA Fellowships, launching the public interest careers of outstanding
young attorneys. More than $1 million has been committed
to these post-graduate fellowships.
In September 2000, Pace University
Law School established the Equal Justice America Disability Rights Clinic with a major grant and an
ongoing commitment from EJA. We have contributed more than $550,,000 to the EJA Clinic, which has become an
integral part of the Law School's highly regarded clinical program.
In the Fall of 1997, Equal Justice America began sponsoring the Yale Law School Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Project at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA). The program puts Yale law students to work assisting battered women in obtaining Temporary Restraining Orders against their abusers. Susan Nofi-Bendici, the Director of NHLAA, calls the EJA sponsored TRO Project "one of the most successful student projects to come out of the law school" and "a demonstration project for law schools and legal services’ programs throughout the country."