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UH Law Center students explore public interest law at Equal Justice Works’ national conference

Professor Seth Chandler, fourth from left, and other honorees display T-shirt “awards” presented by Wolfram Research for their work developing computer research software.

University of Houston Law Center students Nicholas Guillory, left, Bethany Bonsu, Porscha Allen and Nicholas McDowell, right, network during the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. Erika McDonald (not pictured) was also in attendance. 

Nov. 7, 2019 - Five University of Houston Law Center students recently attended the Equal Justice Works 2019 Conference and Career Fair in Washington D.C. The two-day event is one of the premiere public interest and government job fairs in the country.

The students who made the trip were Porscha Allen, Bethany Bonsu, Nicholas Guillory, Erika McDonald and Nicholas McDowell.

"Attending the EJW Conference really brought home to me how few resources our industry puts into supporting public interest careers and how much more needs to be done to encourage students to pursue this type of work," McDonald said.

Participants listened in on breakout sessions on public interest issues including environmental law, gun control, criminal justice reform and how to start a career as a public interest attorney.  Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch served as the plenary speaker.

"Something I really liked about the EJW conference was getting to speak with public interest organizations and government agencies from across the nation," McDowell said. "It’s interesting how much legal policies and objectives can vary. I believe each jurisdiction has something it can learn from another jurisdiction’s practices."

Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit organization that promotes a commitment to public service and equal justice by bringing together a network of attorneys, law students, legal service organizations and other supporters.

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