In 2008, Equal Justice America launched its Connecticut for Equal Justice campaign to increase legal services to people in need by creating additional Law Student Fellowships in the state, putting more law students to work with Connecticut legal aid organizations.
For more than a decade, Equal Justice America has sponsored the Yale Law School student-run Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Project at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA). The project provides vital assistance to victims of domestic violence who seek to file orders of protection. Susan Nofi-Bendici, the Executive 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.”
Funding for EJA Fellowships for Quinnipiac University and University of Connecticut law students derive from our Connecticut for Equal Justice campaign. (To be eligible for an EJA Fellowship, students from these schools must find placements with legal aid organizations in Connecticut.)
The following law students have received Equal Justice America Fellowships since our launch of Connecticut for Equal Justice. Your support will help us expand our program to put more law students to work in Connecticut on behalf of people in need.
(Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation unaffiliated with any law school.)
Please click the links below to read more about the students’ EJA Fellowships.
Elizabeth Hoffman (University of Virginia) and Miguelina Mercedes (Boston College) worked at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.