The Catholic University of America

Rising 3L Selected as a 2009 Summer Corps Member

Matt Even, heading into his final year at Catholic University's School of Law, was among 420 law students nationwide selected to participate in The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program, which engages law students around the country to expand the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Even will spend the summer of 2009 working for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

This year's group was chosen from 1,184 applicants. The first- and second-year law students will each receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of a minimum of 300 hours of summer service at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing.

They serve as legal advocates across a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers' rights.

In 2008, Summer Corps members performed more than 120,000 service hours at hundreds of nonprofit public interest organizations across the country. This summer, the group's major initiative is mortgage foreclosure prevention.