EJW Survey for Aspiring PDs, Housing Survey Shows Discrimination is Alive and Well, Post Grad Fellowships Panel at UW Law & CFPB Creates Ed Loan Complaint System

Interested in Becoming a Public Defender?  Take a Quick Survey by Equal Justice Works to Help Improve Resources

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.21.47 PMThe demand in public defense is high, but it can be a challenge to find available positions. Equal Justice Works would like to be a bridge between public defender offices seeking talented new hires with law students and graduates such as you. Equal Justice Works is exploring different options to make this a reality. Please take the time to complete their survey, Public Defense Careers: Are You Trying to Become a Public Defender?, to inform their work and help address the challenges of entering this field.

Long Awaited HUD Housing Discrimination Study Reveals Findings

The decennial report from the Urban Institute for HUD finds continuing persistent racial discrimination in sale and rental markets, though in more subtle forms than in prior decades.  While the report’s careful research methods may actually understate the prevalence of housing discrimination, it underscores the continuing importance of basic fair housing testing and enforcement work.  Read the lead author’s blog post here and watch a great short clip summarizing some of the findings

Interested in Post Grad Fellowships? Attend our Annual July Fellowships Panel and Reception

Group of human hands showing unityWhen? Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:30-5:15 pm, networking reception to follow

Where? University of Washington School of Law, W.H. Gates Hall, Room 117. For map and direction click here.

Sponsored by the Washington State Access to Justice Board Law School Relations Fellowship Sub-Committee.

Come learn more about the process of applying for post-graduate public interest law fellowships, including Equal Justice Works Fellowships, EJW AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Soros Open Society Institute, Georgetown Policy Fellowship and other opportunities. Learn how to research fellowships and hear from recipients about their experiences.

Panelists include: Mary Whisner – UW School of Law Reference Librarian (former Georgetown Fellow); Sara Zier – Soros Fellow; Alex West – Equal Justice Works-Americorps Fellow; Vanessa Torres Hernandez – Equal Justice Works Fellow; Moderator: Shelley Halstead 3L UW

Please RSVP to Ann Spangler by Friday, July 5, 2013

Having Problems with your Student Loan Servicer? Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Student Debt Resources and Online Complaint System

CFPBThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched some great resources on student debt and new tools to help keep your lenders and loan servicers accountable. Also check out their recent op-ed on how student debt drains our overall economy and what we can do about it.