Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, this week announced its 2021 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows. Each year, the organization selects a class of public service lawyers and leaders who have designed two-year projects in partnership with legal services organizations to help build sustainable solutions in the communities where they serve. This year, eight of the 77 selected to receive fellowships are from Harvard Law School.
- Jacob Carrel ’21 will be hosted by the National Redistricting Foundation, where he will advocate for fair political maps to be drawn in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the 2020 redistricting cycle. He will work to ensure equal access to voting, education, health, and racial justice. Jacob’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship is cosponsored by The Selbin Family an anonymous supporter.
- Juan Espinoza Muñoz ’21 will equip low-income entrepreneurs and community-based organizations with the legal tools they need to build a more equitable small business economy that moves capital and power into the hands of Los Angeles’ communities of color. Juan will be hosted at Public Counsel and his Equal Justice Works Fellowship is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
- Travis Fife ’21 will be hosted by Texas Civil Rights Project, where he will work on behalf of Texas’ kids ensnared in the school-to-prison to ensure every child has a meaningful opportunity to thrive in school. Travis’ Equal Justice Works Fellowship is sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP.
- Allison Gill Sanford ’19 will advocate for human trafficking survivors in Southern California by clearing criminal records and building community partnerships to expand access to justice at her host organization Free to Thrive. Allison’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship is sponsored by The Vertex Foundation.
- Sam Karlin ’21 will be hosted by Start Small Think Big, where he will work to increase access to traditional transactional legal services for low-income, BIPOC, and women entrepreneurs and help them navigate the legal barriers to raising capital through accessible securities offerings. His Equal Justice Works Fellowship is sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP.
- Eliza McDuffie ’19 will work to stop the solitary confinement of children — particularly children of color — in Georgia’s adult prisons using strategic litigation and public education. Eliza’s will be hosted at the Southern Center for Human Rights and her Equal Justice Works Fellowship is cosponsored by Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP and The Home Depot.
- Dave McKenna ’21 will be hosted by Greater Boston Legal Services, where he will advocate for safe and healthy workplaces for low-wage workers in Greater Boston through direct legal services, community education and outreach, and policy advocacy. His Equal Justice Works Fellowship is cosponsored by Biogen and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
- Erika Sato ’21 will be hosted by The Sustainable Economies Law Center, where she will collaborate with crisis-response mutual aid groups in California to provide legal assistance and develop programs for grassroots economic regeneration as a replicable and sustainable nationwide model. Erika’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship is cosponsored by Baker McKenzie and Salesforce.org.