About

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.

Leadership

Advisor: Professor Emma Hetherington
President: Brooke Carrington
Vice President: Olivia Bowman
Alumni Outreach Chair: William Gaskins
Auction Chair: Mary Blackwell
Auction Chair: Frederick King
Auction Chair: Zachary Perry

 

 

Annual Auction

EJF will host the 34th Annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction featuring both a silent and live auction over Alumni/Alumnae Weekend on the evening of March 28, 2020 at Live Wire Athens. Previous auctions have included weekend getaways, bar prep courses, concert tickets and professor packages. All proceeds go towards funding fellowships for School of Law students taking unpaid public interest jobs. Join us to enjoy a wonderful evening in support of public interest law!

We would like to invite all our Georgia Law alumni to attend this event and help support the Equal Justice Foundation. The auction will be sponsored by Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP.     

Ways to Support EJF

(All levels of support are appreciated and 100% tax deductible as allowed by law. Your employer may match your contribution.):

Donate:

Check payable to: UGA Foundation

For: Equal Justice Public Interest Law Support Fund (9172900)
Attn: Phyllis Cooke Webb
University of Georgia School of Law
Office of Law School Advancement
225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-6012

Online

Make a multi-year pledge
Set up monthly recurring gifts
Make an immediate donation

Phone: 706-542-7637

Contribute an auction item

(100% tax deductible as allowed by law):

  • Email Brooke Carrington, EJF President, for more information.
  • Call Brooke Carrington at 770-910-3855

 

Donations

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 Brooke Carrington (brookec3@uga.edu). 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

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? 

EJF will consider all applications, but gives preference to those working for non-profit organizations or government agencies. EJF usually refrains from giving stipends to students that are paid for their work or are receiving class credit, but a committee of students makes final decisions every year based on the amount of funding available and the number of applicants.

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 competitiveness of the application process depends both on the amount of funding available and the number of applicants. In past years, EJF has awarded stipends to as little as 40% of applicants and as many as 100% of applicants.

How many Fellowships will EJF be awarding this year? 

The number of Fellowships EJF awards varies from year to year. The variation is a product of the amount of money raised at each year’s Auction and the way in which the Selection Committee decides to distribute Fellowships. 

How much are EJF Fellowships? 

The Selection Committee ultimately decides how much money will be awarded. In the past, EJF has awarded more funding to those students that must relocate to another state or will be living in an expensive location, such as New York City. In the past, EJF has also awarded smaller sums to those working in Atlanta and commuting from Athens to help the students with gas expenses.


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