Equal Justice Foundation Mission:
“…to provide as many Iowa law students as possible the opportunity to work in public interest clerkships around the country and world and to advocate the often overlooked benefits of public service. In doing so, the EJF strives to open windows of opportunity for persons and legal issues untended to, and to create a lasting commitment of the law student to public service and pro bono work.”
About the Equal Justice Foundation:
The Equal Justice Foundation (“EJF”) is a student-run organization at the University of Iowa College of Law. About 200 Iowa law students are active, to some degree, in the EJF. The EJF provides financial support to students that choose to serve in unpaid or minimally compensated public interest and public service summer clerkships. Students that forgo law firm clerkships may sacrifice thousands of dollars in compensation, often taking out loans in order to pay their living expenses during their service. Because the EJF and the University of Iowa College of Law believe that students who serve the public deserve substantial support from others in the legal profession, EJF works with the College of Law to provide grants to students who accept public-interest positions. These grants help to defray students’ living expenses and make public interest and public service clerkships feasible for more law students.
The EJF also advocates for students who dedicate themselves to public interest and works with the College of Law and nationwide organizations to help students find public interest placements. The EJF also works to encourage those law students who enter law firms to maintain a vigorous pro-bono practice. Ultimately, the EJF seeks to improve the legal field by focusing on neglected legal issues and low-income people in need of legal representation.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
–Robert F. Kennedy
Capetown, South Africa
June 6, 1966