Sponsored by: Equal Justice Foundation
Member of the National Association of Public Interest Law (NAPIL)
The Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) is the public interest law organization of the Washington College of Law at American University (WCL). EJF is a member of the National Association for Public Interest law (NAPIL), a national coalition of public interest law student organizations. The purpose of EJF is to raise the consciousness of the law school regarding public interest law, its purpose in society, and the many opportunities with which it provides attorneys.
EJF is a wholly student run organizations dedicated to providing legal representation to those in society who are traditionally barred from active participation by the overwhelmingly high cost of legal representation. EJF helps fulfill these goals by funding fellowships for law students working with public interest organizations during the summer. EJF raises money throughout the school year from students, faculty, staff, and local businesses in order to fund summer fellowships at a wide variety of public interest organizations. All money raised by EJF through the annual auction and other fund raising events is distributed to deserving WCL students working in the public interest community.
The Equal Justice Foundation was established at the Washington College of Law in 1989. At the end of that year, EJF was able to offer fellowships to two students interested in working in the public sector. Eleven years later, the number of fellowships has grown due to increased support of students, faculty, administration, and the local business community. During the summer of 2000, twenty students were awarded fellowships to work with organizations such as the ACLU, Neighborhood Legal Services, and other organizations.
Each year, EJF strives to increase the number of fellowship available. Competition for summer fellowships is strong, as high caliber, worthy applicants contend for EJF�s limited funds. With the continued support of the community, EJF will continue to provide a growing pool of funds to dedicated and worthy students in the public interest. This year, EJF hopes to raise enough funds to ensure that no WCL student will be financially constrained from working in the public interest.
For more information on summer fellowships contact the Equal Justice Foundation at the Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts, Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. 20016.