December 10, 2010
Celeste Davis ('12) Appointed to Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee
2L Celeste Davis was appointed in August to serve a two-year term on the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works (EJW), a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing lawyers with careers in public service. The committee, comprised of seven law students and seven law school professionals, serves as a guide for member law schools in promoting the organization’s mission of public service in the legal sector.
EJW works with law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments, and nonprofit organizations to “create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice,” according to its mission statement. To accomplish this, the Washington, D.C. based nonprofit provides training and skills to incoming law students, and offers more postgraduate full-time legal positions in public service than any other organization, according to their Web site.
National Advisory Committee members are tasked with conducting inventory of their schools’ available public interest opportunities, including pro bono and clinical programs, service trips, and internships, providing EJW with a snapshot of the public interest climate in legal education. “This helps them further develop their resources for law school professionals and students,” says Davis. “The great thing about promoting an organization like EJW is that it really has amazing resources for students and schools.”
Davis, who attended Bennett College for Women, then the University of Michigan School of Public Health, says she came to BU Law because of strong programs in health law, and Boston’s reputation of progressive public health programs and advocacy. When the Career Development and Public Service Office announced that EJW was looking for applicants for the committee, she knew it could be a way to put her personal interests to use. “I have always been committed to helping others—especially students—put their passion into practice, and this opportunity seemed like a way for me to do that on a larger scale,” Davis explains.
Davis is excited about her upcoming term on the committee, and believes she can have a positive impact on the public interest community at BU Law by helping her fellow students. “The students at this school have amazing interests and talents and I believe law school can provide an opportunity to give back and become involved in so many different ways,” she explains. “I also would like to help all students realize that public interest work is essential to learning and growing whether you want to work in legal aid or corporate America.”