Founded in 1986, Equal Justice Works leads the country in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers. Equal Justice Works has managed AmeriCorps programs since 1994, and have since provided legal services to hundreds of thousands of people in need.
In the 2015-2016 program year, Equal Justice Works deployed 126 AmeriCorps Fellows and paralegals to 35 states and the District of Columbia. AmeriCorps Fellows work to increase the capacity of their host organizations by engaging volunteer attorneys and law students, creating partnerships in the community, conducting legal clinics and presentations, and assisting in serving more clients. Forty AmeriCorps Fellows assist veterans and military families in securing permanent housing, acquiring needed services, and accessing the benefits they deserve as part of the Veterans Legal Corps. Forty AmeriCorps Fellows assist individuals seeking employment but facing barriers due to criminal records by providing expungements, certificates of rehabilitation, and restoring driver’s and occupational licenses as part of the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps. Thirty-nine AmeriCorps Fellows and seven paralegals provide direct assistance to immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian as part of the Justice AmeriCorps Program.