Equal Justice Foundation is a student-run organization devoted to the promotion of public interest law. EJF works to provide stipends for UGA law students who have chosen to work in unpaid, public interest positions over the summer. Public interest law is not a lucrative field, and students who pay the high cost of legal education need financial support. EJF’s mission is to:
- Raise money for stipends and distribute the funds to public interest law students in a fair manner,
- Provide networking opportunities for students interested in public interest law careers, and
- Promote the viability of public interest law careers at UGA by our fundraising efforts and supporting other public interest organizations at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Ways to Support EJF
- Check payable to: UGA Foundation
- Phone: 706-542-7637
- Email Lauren Lisauskas, EJF Alumni Outreach Chair, for more information.
- Call Lauren Lisauskas at 630-901-7066
Thank you for considering a contribution to the Equal Justice Foundation! Your support will ensure our fellowship program can continue to support aspiring public interest lawyers who volunteer for vital community organizations.
EJF accepts in kind and cash donations. To make an in kind donation, please contact Melina Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cash donations may be made online by bank draft or credit card through the secure GAIL website. You may also make a cash donation by sending a check by mail. Please make checks out to the "University of Georgia Foundation" with “Equal Justice Foundation” in the memo line.
Checks can be sent to:
University of Georgia School of Law
c/o Phyllis Cooke
Attn: Development Office
Athens, GA 30602-6012
Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions
- Who may apply for the EJF Fellowship Program?
Any first or second year student who (1) has not received an EJF Fellowship previously and (2) who will work in an uncompensated public interest legal position this summer.
- What is public interest law?
The best definition EJF has found of ‘public interest law’ is Equal Justice Works’ definition (seewww.equaljusticeworks.org): “the use of law by nonprofit organizations, law firms and government agencies to provide legal representation to people, groups, or interests that are historically underrepresented in the legal system. Areas of public interest law include, but are not limited to, civil rights and liberties, women’s rights, children and youth services, immigrant issues, worker rights employment law, consumer rights, public benefits, gay and lesbian rights, environmental law, prisoner rights, criminal law, and the death penalty.”
- Are there types of jobs that are ineligible for the EJF Fellowship Program?
- What if my summer public interest employer is only providing a small stipend or minimal reimbursement for my proposed work?
EJF will consider applications for work where the student receives minimal reimbursement for such expenses as parking or transportation. EJF reserves the right to contact employers to confirm that the employer is unable to compensate the student.
- Who chooses the Fellows?
A Selection Committee made up of seven non-applicant students and one non-voting faculty member will determine the 2014 Fellows. The process is anonymous, meaning that the names of applicants will have been redacted from all the applications before they are reviewed by the Selection Committee.
- How competitive is the application process?
The EJF Fellowship Program is very competitive. Only 40% of last year’s applicants were awarded Fellowships.
- How many Fellowships will EJF be awarding this year?
- How much are EJF Fellowships?
A full EJF Fellowship is a grant of $3,500. A partial Fellowship is a grant of $1,500.
- What are the most important factors the Selection Committee considers?
- Once selected, what responsibilities do EJF Fellows have?
The Fellow must (1) work at least 320 hours over the summer at the proposed public interest employer, (2) solicit at least three items for the 2015 Annual Auction, and (3) submit a Fellowship Report to the EJF Board once the summer internship is completed.
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