What We’ve Done

Equal Justice America helps people every day by putting law students and lawyers to work for legal aid programs across the country.

Here’s how…

Fellowships

Equal Justice America has sponsored fellowships for more than 5,500 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 system.


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Grants

EJA has paid out nearly $12.5 million in grants and has provided approximately 2 million hours of free legal services with programs that work to protect the rights of people in need.

Post-graduate Fellowships

In September 2002, we began funding two-year post-graduate EJA Fellowships, launching the public interest careers of outstanding young attorneys. More than $3 million has been committed to these post-graduate fellowships.

With new policies making life more difficult for our nation’s immigrants, we are proud to sponsor two-year $130,000 EJA Immigration Fellowships for recent law graduates at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago, and Ayuda in Washington, DC. In September 2019, new EJA Immigration Fellowships began at Greater Boston Legal Services and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. Our EJA Fellow in Texas is working at the nation’s largest immigrant detention facility.

Brian Lewinstein Youth Justice Fellowship - In August 2018, a tragic accident took the life of one of our brightest stars and a true champion of social justice. Brian Lewinstein was a Berkeley law student and Summer 2018 EJA Fellow who worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) defending the rights of young people at-risk of entering the criminal justice system. Equal Justice America has established the Brian Lewinstein Youth Justice Fellowship. Our first Brian Lewinstein Fellow began work in September. From now on, we will always have a Berkeley law graduate working full-time at EBCLC in Brian’s name on the issues he most cared about.

Disability Rights Clinic

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 nearly $750,000 to the EJA Clinic, which has become an integral part of the Law School's highly regarded clinical program.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Project

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. Alexis Smith, the Director of NHLAA, calls the EJA sponsored TRO Project "one of the longest standing and most impactful student projects to ever come out of the law school."