News Tag: Equal Justice Works Fellowship
July 23, 2015
More than 40 million people in the U.S. are over the age of 65 today, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Many of these seniors are living on fixed incomes and struggle with legal issues related to caregiving, finances, their homes, and end-of-life planning. As they age, the accessibility of legal services can become as large a barrier to receiving help as affordability.
The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL), one of the organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign, focuses on serving low-income elderly and disabled people in the Chicago area and has promising initiatives in place to better serve this population.Tags: Equal Justice Works Fellowship | Investing in Justice Campaign | Legal Aid Organizations read more ...
March 24, 2015
It’s easy to mark the troublesome students in class as, well, troublesome and punish them as such.
Johnny, for example, is always talking in class. He talks over the teacher, he interrupts the students. His behavior is disruptive, so the easy solution is to throw him out of the classroom, right?
But what if Johnny has undetected autism? Or what if Amanda, who often skips class, is struggling with anxiety due to trauma at home?
As a high school special education teacher, Lee Robbins saw how such students were not receiving the academic and behavioral supports they needed, and as a consequence, they often fell victim to school discipline and even academic failure (students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of school suspension!). She went to law school with the mission of securing educational rights for students with disabilities, and is currently making a splash at Equip for Equality as a CBF-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow.Tags: Equal Justice Works Fellowship | Fellowships & Scholarships | Legal Aid Organizations read more ...
February 27, 2015
Being a teenager already can be a struggle at times¦but imagine being a homeless teenager. The constant worry of having to figure out where you’ll sleep that night is a fraction of your worries. Imagine struggling to stay in school because you’re doing homework on a couch in your friend’s noisy living room. Imagine breaking your leg but not having the legal identification records needed to get medical attention.
Homeless youth need someone to fight for their basic rights to overcome these challenges, and your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign is helping to make that possible.Tags: Equal Justice Works Fellowship | Grants | Investing in Justice Campaign | Legal Aid Organizations read more ...