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Rising to the Challenge


The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. For nearly 25 years, Equal Justice Works has collaborated with the nation’s leading law firms, corporate legal departments, bar foundations, law schools and nonprofit organizations to provide the training and opportunities that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to vulnerable populations. • We help laws schools establish and strengthen public interest programs. • We provide public service work experience, professional development and training for students and lawyers. • We build strong support in the legal profession for public service through pro bono work and financial support. • We work to reduce the educational debt barriers to public service through outreach and advocacy.

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Contents

Adetunji Olude

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Year in Review

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Financial Position and Activities

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Sponsors and Fellows

Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP Hosted by Housing and Economic Rights Advocates Oakland, California

Immigrants suffer a higher rate of abusive mortgage practices due to language and cultural barriers. Adetunji Olude is helping immigrant families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California stay in their homes by identifying violations of consumer protection laws and advocating for loan modification. What motivates her? “I am happy to use my law degree to do something so meaningful. A lot of my clients thank me profusely for my help. I used to say ‘De nada’ (it’s nothing). Now I say ‘I’m happy to be in the position to help you.’”

11 Corporation for National and Community Service 13 Institutional Supporters 15 Individual Supporters 17 Board of Directors and National Advisory Committee

In order to protect the identity of individual clients, some photography in this document is stock photography representative of client situations, not actual clients.


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Dear Friend of Equal Justice Works, The past year was challenging for the nation and for the legal profession. The economy continued downward, unemployment rose, and the legal needs of marginalized people grew as funding for legal aid declined dramatically, leaving fewer lawyers to address the increasing demand. Meanwhile, law firms deferred the starting dates for new associates and laid off thousands of lawyers. While too early to say whether the profession is undergoing permanent transformation, there is no question the changes we witnessed in 2009 will impact public interest practice opportunities and legal education. Equal Justice Works was smack in the middle of these phenomena. We saw an increased desire among new lawyers to engage in public interest work, but fewer private firms and corporations providing support for fellowships. In terms of demand, in 2009 we received a record number of applications for Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Some might think that this is a result of the tightening legal market, but in reading their applications, we can tell you that these are not just people in search of a job – they are committed to public interest law and redressing serious injustices. This bumper crop of applicants is consistent with all of the data showing an increased desire among today’s young people to engage in public service. One big win in 2009 was the one-year funding we received under the Recovery Act to place 30 AmeriCorps lawyers and 59 law students to work on behalf of people in economic distress, especially those facing foreclosure. Overall, the loss of five privately funded fellowships was more than offset by the thirty new fellowships created under the Recovery Act. Looking ahead to 2010, our challenge is to manage existing programs while remaining nimble and able to seize new opportunities. We have been laying the foundation for a new fellowship program modeled after Teach for America that would send high quality lawyers to work for three years as public defenders in under-served communities. This year we also aim to expand our AmeriCorps program to include an initiative focused on homeless veterans. In the midst of all the change, one thing remains unchanged: Our resolve to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to justice. On behalf of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors and staff, we thank you for your continued interest and support.

David Stern

Executive Director

Allen Waxman

Chair of the Board of Directors


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The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund helps some of Kentucky’s poorest citizens obtain the basic necessities of life – food, health care, and safe, sanitary housing. As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Ben Long represents Kentuckians facing home foreclosure, often as a result of unfair lending practices. In his first two months, Ben negotiated favorable loan modifications for five clients, including a client whose home was saved from foreclosure when Ben identified several Truth-inLending violations, and an elderly woman who was the victim of a predatory loan.

Ben Long

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Hosted by Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of KY, Inc. Richmond, KY


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Putting lawyers where the needs are greatest In 2009, the country was faced with a serious economic crisis. Unemployment was the highest it had been in decades. People’s financial problems quickly led to legal problems as thousands of families faced foreclosure. At the same time, nonprofit and legal aid organizations hit with financial cuts and staff reductions struggled to meet the growing demand. It is during challenging times like these that Equal Justice Works is needed most. Sixteen years ago, Equal Justice Works received its first grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund a fellowship program to improve access to justice for low-income and underserved communities. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship program has since become one of the most productive and highly regarded service programs in the nation. For the 2009 service year, we received a record 1,421 applications for 36 fellowships. During their 11 months of service, these Fellows recruited a record 3,543 volunteers and held 1,030 legal clinics around the country, providing legal information and assistance to low-income clients. Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is another AmeriCorps program that provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to public service at qualifying nonprofit and public interest legal organizations. This year, 373 members provided crucial legal assistance to communities in 42 states, directly assisting more than 18,000 individuals and families in need of legal services. This year, Equal Justice Works received a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allowing us to immediately deploy 30 more Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and 59 Summer Corps members to provide legal assistance to those facing financial challenges due to the recession. In just six months, these lawyers and law students: provided 1,899 individuals with home foreclosure and housing assistance services; prevented 76 foreclosures and helped 566 people remain in their homes while negotiations were pending; enrolled 92 clients in health insurance and benefits programs; and transitioned 12 homeless individuals into affordable housing.

36 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and their volunteers provided legal advice and representation to 27,983 people at an average cost of $43 per person served.


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For an immigrant woman whose every move is controlled by an abusive spouse, the prospect of finding the resources to leave are slim. At the Head Start Legal Clinic in Chicago, Equal Justice Works Fellow Maria Citino’s typical clients are young, Latina mothers who have no one else to turn to for help. “A client came to me because her husband had violated a protection order. She was depressed, and had pulled her son out of school because she couldn’t get him there. I was able to help her find an apartment, provide her with job search resources, and offer additional support services. Successes like this keep me motivated.” Maria Citino

Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation Hosted by Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago, IL


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The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the nation. In 2009, 155 Equal Justice Works Fellows worked at 124 nonprofits around the country on behalf of underserved populations and causes. These entrepreneurial public interest lawyers design their two-year projects in conjunction with nonprofits that have an intimate knowledge of the most critical needs of the communities they serve. Working on issues ranging from homelessness and community economic development to immigration, juvenile justice and access to health care, this innovative, community-based model ensures that our Fellows are serving the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities.

Growing Tide of People Willing to Serve On law school campuses around the country there has been a growing movement to serve the public interest. To help foster those values, we collaborate with law schools to develop their public interest programs and opportunities, not just for students already committed to public interest careers, but for all students. In October, we launched the re-designed and updated Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools, a free, interactive online resource that describes, in rich detail, public service opportunities, curricula and financial programs at more than 150 law schools in the U.S. Offering an alternative to traditional rankings, The Guide is structured so that schools can highlight their clinics, externships, career services, affordability and financial aid, and public service programs. The Guide’s strength is that it allows users to view law schools based on their individual interests and to choose

“Public interest law is a career path that needs preparation and training unique to that career path, just as a tax lawyer needs unique training. It is the role of law schools to prepare students for their careers, but we can do so only with the help of organizations like Equal Justice Works, that help find our students worthwhile opportunities to further their training and career goals both during and after law school.” Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean Stanford Law School and 2009 recipient of the Equal Justice Works John R. Kramer Oustanding Law School Dean Award


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Growth of Awarded Fellowships Summer Corps Members Equal Justice Works Fellows AmeriCorps Fellows

which school best fits those criteria. In the first three months after its launch, more than 15,000 individuals had consulted the site. Our annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair attracted nearly 1,000 students and lawyers exploring career options with leading nonprofit organizations as well as federal government agencies. The event included skillbuilding and career advising sessions with experts from around the country, workshops on effective public interest organizing strategies and interview opportunities for both summer and permanent positions. Reflecting the economy and its impact on the legal profession, the event attracted a number of deferred and laid off law firm associates seeking opportunities to use their skills to bridge the justice gap.

Reducing the Educational Debt Barriers to Public Service The increasingly high cost of education and the burden of years of loan repayments have prevented many from considering jobs in public service. In July 2009, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) became fully effective, promising to help thousands cope with student debt. This new law enables graduates to pay back their debt

as a percentage of their income, and provides debt forgiveness for people who work for 10 years in nonprofit or government service. The result will be an exponential increase in the number of students who can make public service a viable career option. Equal Justice Works has taken a leadership role in educating students and their advisors on the provisions of the CCRAA by dramatically increasing our outreach and counseling work. In 2009, we offered 20 free student debt relief webinars that were attended by more than 3,300 individuals. Our staff presented workshops at 10 national conferences, and conducted 15 regional trainings for law students, financial aid administrators and public interest advisors, reaching more than 2,500 students from 56 law schools, and hundreds of public interest lawyers. We also developed a free online resource center that provides a comprehensive overview of the CCRAA provisions as well as practical debt-relief tools such as check lists and calculators, podcasts, and a forum where commonly asked questions are answered. Since introducing the resource in mid-March, more than 30,000 unique visitors have consulted the site.


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Financial Position and Activities Year ended June 30, 2009

2009

2008

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$1,190,515

$1,165,589

Grants and Pledges Receivable

2,623,488

3,138,358

Accrued Interest Receivable

19,723

33,486

Prepaid Expenses

98,483

150,971

Assets Current Assets

Other Current Assets

28,747

4,991

Total Current Assets

3,960,956

4,493,395

Investments

6,636,167

8,142,242

Property and Equipment, Net Deposits

158,678 6,060

182,727 30,250

Total Assets

$10,761,861

$12,848,614

Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses

$237,033

$222,894

Accrued Salaries and Benefits

215,477

211,687

Refundable Advances and Sponsorships

739,725

1,007,500

Liabilities and Net Assets Current Liabilities

Other Liabilities

151,632

182,238

Total Liabilities

1,343,867

1,624,319

Undesignated

4,900,589

5,364,385

Designated Total Unrestricted

81,819 4,982,408

1,593,223 6,957,608 3,801,780

Net Assets Unrestricted:

Temporarily Restricted

3,970,679

Permanently Restricted

464,907

464,907

Total Net Assets

9,417,994

11,224,295

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$10,761,861

$12,848,614

$2,288,073

Undesignated Revenue Law Firms

$2,306,600

Bar Associations

356,500

397,500

Foundations

1,005,000

1,170,000

Corporations

366,500

276,000

Other Grants

1,200,000

1,686,633

Federal Grants

1,159,389

1,215,677

Annual Dinner and Events

1,821,060

1,837,083

Membership and Dues

322,175

269,500

Individuals & Other Income Designated Net Assets Used to Fund Expenses

388,905 650,000

300,928 650,000

Total Undesignated Revenue

$9,576,129

$10,091,394

Expenses Fellowships Program

$5,563,341

$5,000,318

AmeriCorps Program

1,280,225

1,125,038

Katrina Project

66,428

572,181

Law School

967,161

762,454

Fundraising

987,511

890,284

Communications Management and General

265,436 909,825

366,490 801,106

Total Expenses

$10,039,927

$9,517,871

Change in Undesignated Net Assets

($463,796)

$573,523


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Sponsors and Fellows Each year, law firms, corporations and private foundations generously sponsor Equal Justice Works Fellows who work on the frontlines of public interest law in the areas of domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud, environmental justice and other critical issues. Sponsors in 2009 included: Key Sponsor Fellow  Host Organization AIG  Alexis Kuznick  Urban Justice Center Nicole Prenoveau  Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP  Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch  American Gateways Theodore Roethke  Asian Law Caucus Jessa Wilcox  The Legal Aid Society ALM  Maria Hernandez  South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. Sandy Mayson  Orleans Public Defenders Erin Shea McCann  Columbia Legal Services Arnold & Porter Foundation  Gillian Chadwick  Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. Talia Inlender  Public Counsel Natalie Nanasi  Tahirih Justice Center Association of Corporate Counsel  Neerav Kingsland  New Schools for New Orleans Baker & McKenzie  Jackie Bliss  Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Patricia Freshwater  Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. Sam Tepperman-Gelfant  Public Advocates, Inc. Bill Brockett Public Interest Fellowship  Kristin Wenstrom  Innocence Project New Orleans Bingham McCutchen LLP  Sharon Balmer  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Linnea Forsythe  Bay Area Legal Aid Eunice C. Lee  ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project Kathryn Scheinberg  Center for Children’s Advocacy, Inc. Jennifer Stark  ACLU of Southern California Bruce J. Ennis Foundation  Emma Llanso  Center for Democracy & Technology Jeffrey Pearlman  Public Knowledge The Chicago Bar Foundation  Jarrett Knox  Legal Aid Bureau Nora Phillips  Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago CIGNA Foundation  Jessa Barnard  Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Cobb Cole  Shelly Campbell  Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.

Equal Justice Works Fellow Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch (third from left) at the 2009 Awards Dinner Reception with other guests.

Contra Costa County Bar Association  Raegan Joern  Rubicon Programs Inc. Samantha Sepehr  John F. Kennedy University Elder Law Clinic Crowell & Moring Foundation  Kaitlin Dunne  ACLU of the National Capital Area Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Heidi Altman  Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem DLA Piper  Michelle Mendez  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington Family of Hyman Edelman  Luke Grundman  Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis Emily Teplin  Minnesota Disability Law Center Fannie Mae  Marie Bedford  Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. Andrew Canter  Mississippi Center for Justice Bethany Li  Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Morgan Williams  Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Fenwick & West LLP  Nina Farnia  Impact Fund Greta Hansen  ACLU of Northern California FJC, A Foundation of Donor Advised Funds  Edward De Barbieri  Urban Justice Center The Florida Bar  Leisa Morrill-Wintz  Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Ariel Patterson  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Peterson St. Phillipe  Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.


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The Florida Bar Foundation  Mariam Ahmedani  Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. Shelly Campbell  Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. Laura Chilcutt  Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Katy DeBriere  Florida Institutional Legal Services Ericka Garcia  Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. Steckley L. Lee  Florida Institutional Legal Services Leisa Morrill-Wintz  Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Ariel Patterson  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Kevin Probst  Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Peterson St. Phillipe  Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc.

Hewlett-Packard Company  Parisa Fatehi  Public Advocates, Inc.

Ford & Harrison LLP  Stephen Reba  Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic Aisha C. Saeed  Georgia State University College of Law

Kaye Scholer LLP  Natasha Merle  Gulf Region Advocacy Center Elizabeth Tossell  The Children’s Law Center

Friends & Family of Philip M. Stern  Elizabeth Cumming  Capital Appeals Project Caroline Hsu  The Legal Aid Society

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP  Edward De Barbieri  Urban Justice Center

Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation  Mariam Ahmedani  Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. Marissa Band  Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. Edget Betru  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc. Flore Blaise Williams  Sanctuary for Families Heidi Boas  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington Sarah Bookbinder  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Dalia Castillo-Granados  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston Alana Chazan  Bay Area Legal Aid Laura Chilcutt  Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Maria Citino  Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Abbi Coursolle  Western Center on Law and Poverty Remy De La Peza  Public Counsel Marissa Dodson  Georgia Justice Project Anya Emerson  New York Legal Assistance Group Glinnesa Gailliard  Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. Rachel Garland  Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Dennis Hsieh  Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Jennifer Levin  The Legal Center Jennifer Luczkowiak  Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Lauren S. Michaels  Education Law Center, Inc. Ambika Panday  Greater Boston Legal Services Olga Porven  University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service Amy Reichbach  ACLU of Massachusetts Diana Reiter  South Brooklyn Legal Services Amy Roehl  MFY Legal Services, Inc. Andrea Saenz  Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) Margaret Wakelin  Equip for Equality

Jenner & Block LLP  Jessa Barnard  Law Foundation of Silicon Valley John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  Laura Chilcutt  Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Dennis Hsieh  Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Leah Jensen  Community Legal Aid Services Laura Sminchak  Ohio State Legal Services Association Johnson & Johnson  Seth Cohen  New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Latham & Watkins LLP  Elizabeth Fischer  Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Silvana Naguib  Equip for Equality Adetunji Olude  Housing and Economic Rights Advocates Leonard, Street and Deinard  Luke Grundman  Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis Emily Teplin  Minnesota Disability Law Center McDermott Will & Emery  Rachael Gardiner  Legal Services for Children Randi Levine  Advocates for Children of New York Lia Monahon  Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc. Microsoft Corporation  Mike Peters  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Parisa Fatehi  Public Advocates, Inc. Morgan Miller Blair  Cassandra Lopez  Centro Legal de la Raza

“As an attorney with a disability representing clients with disabilities, it has been truly moving to hear the joy in clients’ voices when barriers to access are removed. Whether it’s creating a ramp for someone in a wheelchair or accessible phone equipment for someone who is deaf, these concrete changes make me realize that together my clients and I can make a difference in a world that is still largely inaccessible.” Equal Justice Works Fellow Koert Wehberg New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York, NY


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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Foundation  Sienna Baskin  Urban Justice Center Koert Wehberg  New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.  Carmen O’Halloran  Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis Atlee Reilly  Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Seattle University School of Law  Erin Shea McCann  Columbia Legal Services The Sher Family Foundation  Margaret Kwoka  Public Citizen Litigation Group Equal Justice Works Fellow Marissa Dodson (left) and Stephanie Baucus of the U.S. Department of Justice at the 2009 Awards Dinner Reception.

The Morrison & Foerster Foundation  Emily Berger  Alliance for Children’s Rights Courtney Bolin Nash  Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Kathryn Brown  Public Counsel Laura Daly  Lawyers for Children Kristin Link  Legal Services of Northern California Alexis A. McLeod  Public Law Center Fiza Quraishi  National Center for Youth Law Alice Rosenthal  Advocates for Children of New York Hayley Upshaw  Legal Services for Children Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP  Sara Pezeshkpour Kunkel  Housing Rights Center Maria Palomares  Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Meliah Schultzman  National Housing Law Project Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation  Elizabeth Grieser  Ohio State Legal Services Association Kristen Henry  Equal Justice Foundation Leah Jensen  Community Legal Aid Services Melissa Lindsay  Ohio State Legal Services Association Joshua Murnen  Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. Andrew Neuhauser  Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. Abigail Pound  Pro Seniors, Inc. Katherine Rogers  The Legal Aid Society of Columbus Ashley Saltzman  The Legal Aid Society of Columbus Laura Sminchak  Ohio State Legal Services Association Virginia Tallent  Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio Elizabeth Tull  Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio Kari White  Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Caitlin Williams  Community Refugee & Immigration Services, Inc. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Seth Cohen  New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Pfizer Inc  Cristina Dacchille  Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston Zoe Paolantonio  Northeastern University Domestic Violence Institute Shana Platz  New York Legal Assistance Group Erica Pun  Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Rosanna Roizin  Center for Family Representation, Inc. Kendra Thomas  Advocacy, Inc.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP  Lynsay Gott  World Organization for Human Rights USA Christina Nguyen  Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center Sullivan & Cromwell LLP  Alexis Kuznick  Urban Justice Center Nicole Prenoveau  Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A Sutherland  Stacy Braverman  Bread for the City Rebeca Ellen Salmon  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc. Texas Access to Justice Foundation  Jessica Alas  Montgomery County Women’s Center Sarah Bellinger  Advocacy, Inc. Jessica Cassidy  Texas Advocacy Project Helena Coronado-Salazar  Equal Justice Center, Inc. Abigail Frank  Texas Civil Rights Project Patricia Freshwater  Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. Jennifer Landau  Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc. Corinna Spencer-Scheurich  Texas Civil Rights Project Amber VanSchuyver  Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. Jacob Wedemeyer  Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. Colleen Wisdom  Advocacy, Inc. The Westchester County Bar Foundation, Inc.  Karen Tenenbaum  Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Anonymous  Monica Ashiku  South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project Cary Brege  Legal Aid of North Carolina Aparna Garg  Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund Allison Guttu  National Advocates for Pregnant Women Danny Kirchoff  Transgender Law Center Sarah Leberstein  National Employment Law Project Tana Liu-Beers  North Carolina Justice Center Tiffany Mercado  New Mexico Legal Aid Vivek Mittal  National Immigration Law Center Gregory Legare Pleasants  Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. Andrew Sta. Ana  Sanctuary for Families Phoebe Taubman  A Better Balance


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Corporation for National and Community Service In addition to private and foundation sponsors, Equal Justice Works partners with AmeriCorps to make a lasting impact on communities by facilitating pro bono opportunities and expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows working in the field in 2009 included: Legal Aid and Defender Association Gregory Abler Ann Horowitz Cook Tammy Howze Mary Novrocki Legal Aid of Western Ohio Anneliese Gryta Julia Martin Legal Aid Society of Columbus Emily Smith Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati Jeffrey Schoenberger Congressman John Sarbanes with AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Laurie Izutsu-Keener at the 2009 Awards Dinner.

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Nicolas Toman Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Jennifer Ngai

Access to Justice Carrie Henrichsen Joshua Houy Leroy LaPlante, Jr. Daniel Leon Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Andrew Neuhauser Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky Benjamin Long Asian Pacific American Legal Center Lulu Amador Susanna Kim Esther Ro Theresa Tran Florence Yu Atlanta Legal Aid Society Anna-Elisa Mackowiak Central American Resource Center Emily Allenbach Claudia Cubas Community Legal Aid Services Carla Bulford Community Legal Services Kasetta Coleman Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Deyanira Silva

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Frank Hill Legal Assistance of Western New York Alissa Baader Tahira Bland John Busby Bethany Hamilton Katherine Higgins Jill Spayer Nathan Treadwell Lone Star Legal Aid Elizabeth Lockett Louisiana Bar Foundation Caroline Johnson Anthony Sartorio Debra Weinberg Medical Legal Partnership Sam Senft

“There is no shortage of clients; no shortage of people facing unemployment, medical issues or other financial struggles; no shortage of mortgages that are unaffordable; no shortage of scammers willing to take advantage of those desperate to save their homes.� AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Leigh Ferrin Public Law Center, Santa Ana, CA


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Mississippi Center for Justice Whitney Barkley Margaret Enfinger Shalanda Hudson Chanda Roby Seth Shannon Carole Tingle Leigh Ann Tingle Montana Legal Services Association Lori Gradwell Joseph Hardgrave Elizabeth Hayes Tonya Herring Northwest Justice Project Rory O’Sullivan Pro Seniors Rosemary Scollard Public Counsel Banafsheh Amirzadeh Christian Canas Marisol Haro Christine Khalili-Borna Gregory Smith Stacy Zimmerman Public Interest Clearinghouse Salena Copeland Julie Mercer Ingram Phyra McCandless Doan Nguyen Ariadna Renteria-Torres Chio Saephanh

Public Law Center Rebeca Canales Leigh Ferrin Vanessa Leonardo Munmeeth Soni South Brooklyn Legal Services Laurie Izutsu-Keener Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Amanda Furst Amanda Golob Three Rivers Legal Services Patricia Antonucci Deanna Coates Summer Griggs Jorge Tormes U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Maureen Contreni Stacy Jones University of Miami School of Law/ Miami-Dade Public Defender Sarah Borak Volunteer Legal Services Program Allison Anderman Sarah Hoskinson

Summer Corps In addition to the postgraduate legal fellowships, another partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps is Summer Corps. In 2009 we engaged 373 law students at nonprofit legal aid organizations where they spent a summer serving underrepresented individuals, communities and causes.

“This summer was one of the best I have ever had. I had the opportunity to do my dream job – be a public defender.” Summer Corps member Audrey Woosnam Alaska Public Defenders, Ketchikan, AK

Summer Corps Members and Staff at the 2009 Equal Justice Works in New York Reception at Pfizer Inc.


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Institutional Supporters Equal Justice Works acknowledges the generosity of the following institutions that made contributions at $2,500 or more during the period July 1, 2008, through December 31, 2009. $1,000,000 and above Corporation for National & Community Service

$500,000 - $999,999 Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation

Open Society Institute

$250,000 - $499,999

“The true heroes are the folks who are out there every single day improving the lives of people who are underrepresented. These are people who have grasped the nugget that is at the heart of our democracy. The notion that the rule of law has to really mean something and that it can only have meaning if it is accessible to everyone in the society as a matter of right, not as a matter of privilege.” Bruce Sewell, Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Intel Corporation

The Ford Foundation Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

Texas Access to Justice Foundation

$100,000 - $249,999 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Bingham McCutchen LLP DLA Piper Fannie Mae The Florida Bar Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Latham & Watkins LLP The Morrison & Foerster Foundation Pfizer Inc Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

$50,000 - $99,999 AIG ALM Arnold & Porter Foundation Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Fidelity Investments Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Hewlett-Packard Company Jenner & Block LLP Kaye Scholer LLP KPMG LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP McDermott Will & Emery Microsoft Corporation Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Steptoe & Johnson LLP Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Bruce J. Ennis Foundation Fenwick & West LLP The Florida Bar Ford & Harrison LLP Gilbert LLP Howrey LLP Intel Corporation Johnson & Johnson Kilpatrick Stockton LLP Kirkland & Ellis LLP Mayer Brown LLP Morgan Miller Blair O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Foundation Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP Reed Smith LLP Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP The Walt Disney Company Williams & Connolly LLP

$25,000 - $49,999 Baker & McKenzie Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP Bill Brockett Public Interest Fellowship Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP The Chicago Bar Foundation CIGNA Foundation Cobb Cole Contra Costa County Bar Association Crowell & Moring Foundation Crowell & Moring LLP Danaher Corporation Duff & Phelps, LLC


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$10,000 - $24,999 Apple Inc. Association of Corporate Counsel Blakely Sofoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP CIGNA Corporation Cisco Systems Inc. The Clorox Company Covington & Burling LLP Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, L.L.P. Deutsche Bank Americas Dickstein Shapiro LLP Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP The Feinberg Group, LLP Fish & Richardson P. C. FJC, A Foundation of Donor Advised Funds Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

General Electric Company General Mills, Inc. HIRECounsel Holland & Knight LLP Ivins, Phillips & Barker Jackson Lewis LLP Jones Day Keker & Van Nest LLP Leonard, Street and Deinard Linklaters Merck & Co., Inc. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP Navigant Consulting, Inc. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP PEPCO Sara Lee Corporation

Schering-Plough Corporation Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Sidley Austin LLP The Sidley Foundation The Sturdevant Law Firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP WilmerHale Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP Winston & Strawn LLP Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

Kenesis Corporate and Information Consulting, LLC Levick Strategic Communications McCarter & English, LLP Mehri & Skalet, PLLC Mitratech Holdings, Inc. Oracle Corporation Patton Boggs LLP Perkins Coie LLP Public Welfare Foundation

Ropes & Gray LLP Saul Ewing LLP Spencer Stuart Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Troutman Sanders LLP UPS White & Case LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

FTI Consulting, Inc. Hogan & Hartson LLP Hunton & Williams LLP Kraft Foods Inc. Littler Mendelson, P. C. Milberg LLP

RK Auto Socha, Perczak, Setter & Anderson, P. C. Squire Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. Susman Godfrey LLP Tucker Ellis & West

$5,000 - $9,999 Beveridge & Diamond, P. C. Citigroup Inc. Clifford Chance US LLP Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Cozen O’Connor Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Edison International Goldman, Sachs & Co. Hill and Knowlton, Inc. Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC

$2,500 - $4,999 Arent Fox PLLC Baxter International, Inc. Blank Rome LLP The Coca-Cola Company Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Cy Pres Awards We are grateful to the following individuals and firms that recommended cy pres awards to Equal Justice Works to support our work in public interest law. Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. Kaplan Fox & Kilscheimer

Meredith Cohen Greenfogel & Skirnick, P.C. Patrick Morris, Morris and Morris LLC


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Individual Supporters

Equal Justice Works acknowledges the generosity of the following individuals who made contributions of $500 or more during the period July 1, 2008, through December 31, 2009.

$250,000 and above Anonymous

$25,000 - $99,999 Marc Gary The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes Kim Koopersmith

The Sher Family Foundation Friends and Family of Phillip M. Stern Helen B. Stern

Allen P. Waxman Beth A. Wilkinson & David Gregory

John P. “Sean” & Anne Coffey Pamela B. Gilbert & Charles R.E. Lewis III James L. & Eleanor D. Henderson III Irene McPhail

Carol Ann Petren Donn P. Pickett Laura Stein David Stern & Tracey Hughes Mark & Rebekah Wasserman

Katherine Borsecnik & Gene Weil Eldon H. “Took” Crowell

Rachel Kronowitz & Mark Lewis James C. Sturdevant

Susan J. Hackett & Richard E. Hagerty Robert Helm Elizabeth Ann Keeley Martha & Robert Kline Greg Landis & Ann LoGerfo

Allen and Linda Saeks Family Foundation Marc M. Seltzer Henry & Paula Stern

$10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Mary Rose Alexander & Timothy J. Gilfoyle Cesar L. Alvarez David M. Brodsky Family of Hyman Edelman Francis B. Burch Jr.

$5,000 - $9,999 Robert L. Adler Judith Areen Peter M. & Lucy Ascoli

$2,500 - $4,999 Martha Bergmark & Elliott Andalman Michael G. & Linda S. Caudell-Feagan Benjamin G. Edelman Daniel B. & Toby S. Edelman David & Resa Eppler

Annual Awards Dinner The Equal Justice Works Awards Dinner is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of public interest law supporters and recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to achieving equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes.

Equal Justice Works Executive Director David Stern with 2009 Awards Dinner Honorees: Scales of Justice winner Bruce Sewell, John R. Kramer Oustanding Law School Dean Award winner Larry Kramer and Exemplary Public Service Award for a Law School Student winner Scott Burrill.


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$1,000 - $2,499 David R. & Rozan M. Andrews Ram贸n P. Arias Eugene Assaf Blue Tang Enterprises John Boland & James Carroll Donald A. & Ann W. Brown Cait Clarke Mr. & Mrs. F. David Clarke Keith S. & Elizabeth Parker Crow Peter B. & Marian Wright Edelman Kevin Evanich Marcia Feola Brian E. & Marcy Frosh Michael Goldman Barry Goldstein Jamie S. Gorelick & Richard E. Waldhorn Thomas A. Gottschalk

Jeff Graddy Henry Gutman Caitlin Halligan Thomas J. Heiden Benjamin W. Heineman Jr. Eric H. Holder Jr. Paul & Louann Igasaki Michael D. Jones Deborah R. Jospin Barry Kaufman Anastasia D. Kelly Tom Kornbluh Karen Lash Daryl A. Libow Sacha Lindekens Abbe David Lowell James M. & Virginia W. Newmyer

Lawrence S. Ottinger & Cinthia H. Schuman Stephen & Ruth Pollak William H. Pratt Steve Rumery Catherine Samuels Dena Sher Emily J. Spitzer Thomas A. Troyer Mark Tushnet The Honorable Patricia M. Wald & Robert L. Wald Scott Wallace Jeff Westerman The Honorable Ann Claire Williams Jeffrey D. & Mary M. Zients Andrew T. Zovko

R. Michael Gibeault Amos Hartston Sandra Kramer Deborah Lewis Jeff Liebmann Marjorie Lindblom Daniel K. Mayers Alan Morrison Jack H. Olender Joseph & Margot Onek The Honorable Deval L. Patrick

Toni Rembe Michael A. Rothenberg Daniel A. Sasse Leonard B. Simon & Candace M. Carroll James Stinson The Honorable David S. Tatel Bonnie Thomson The Honorable Jon S. Tigar & Caroline Avery Susan P. Willens Mark & Alicia Wittink

$500 - $999 M. Bernard Aidinoff Donald Baer Michelle A. Banks Jacqueline Becker Robert Brandon Janell Byrd-Chichester David Cole Craig Corbitt Sanford Dumain David Elson Diane Fuchs & Ron Simon

Equal Justice Works is grateful for every gift and fortunate to have a broad base of institutional and individual supporters who are too numerous to list in the space available. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our donor lists. Please bring any omissions or errors to our attention.

National Justice Partners National Justice Partners is a valuable network of donors that support Equal Justice Works events with a generous gift of at least $50,000 annually.


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Board of Directors Allen P. Waxman, Chair   Kaye Scholer LLP Marc Gary, Vice Chair   Fidelity Investments Carol Ann Petren, Secretary   CIGNA Corporation Cesar L. Alvarez, Treasurer   Greenberg Traurig, LLP Sabrina Andrus   Seattle University Law School ‘08 Ramón P. Arias   Bay Area Legal Aid Martha Bergmark   Mississippi Center for Justice Francis B. Burch, Jr.    DLA Piper LLP Kathleen Clyde   The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law ‘08 Pamela B. Gilbert,    Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP Amos E. Hartston   Latham & Watkins LLP The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes   KPMG LLP Anastasia D. Kelly   Kim Koopersmith   Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Larry D. Kramer   Stanford Law School Rachel Kronowitz   Gilbert LLP David F. Levi   Duke University School of Law Judith L. Lichtman   National Partnership for Women and Families Tim McNutt   California Western School of Law ‘09 Meagan Mirtenbaum   University of North Carolina School of Law ‘11 Donn P. Pickett    Bingham McCutchen LLP Laura Stein   The Clorox Company James C. Sturdevant   The Sturdevant Law Firm Jessica Sutton   Boston University School of Law ‘09 The Honorable David S. Tatel   Stacy Tolos   Emory School of Law ‘10 Mark D. Wasserman   Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Beth A. Wilkinson   Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP The Honorable Ann Claire Williams   U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

National Advisory Committee Malissa Barnwell-Scott  University of Southern California Law School Laurie Barron  Roger Williams University School of Law Annie Goldman  Tulane University School of Law Taylor Healy  Villanova University School of Law Aliza Kaplan  Brooklyn Law School Marni B. Lennon  University of Miami School of Law Tim McNutt  California Western School of Law Caroline Richardson  Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Leslie Ross  Phoenix School of Law Ezra Rosser  American University, Washington College of Law Cybele Smith  The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law Karthik Subramanian  University of Alabama School of Law Chloe Walker  University of Houston Law Center Daniel Zeno  University of Iowa College of Law


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