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 of 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 Program.

Equal Justice America - What We've Done

  • Equal Justice America has sponsored fellowships for more than 4,000 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.
  • EJA has paid out more than $10.5 million in grants and has provided approximately 1.4 million 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 $600,000 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 Garcia Nofi, 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."