Inside EJU Part 4: EJU Freshman Class 2011
Author: Sarah Cooper, TALS MSW Intern
As the newest intern for TALS, I have been given the unique opportunity to be a part of the planning and development of the Equal Justice University (EJU), as well as being invited to attend! As the time draws near, I have been asked to share my thoughts so far…
Where do I begin?
I remember the first time I heard the letter’s “EJU”. It was in my initial interview for the internship placement here. Lisa welcomed me in, asked a few questions, and explained the organization (you know the regular interview stuff). I remember being a bit confused with all the roles TALS plays in the Legal Aid community; workshops, trainings, task forces, disaster hotline answerer…the list seemed endless. Then the conversation turned to EJU. The mood in the room changed suddenly from routine to excitement, I knew instantly that this was something BIG!
Over that past couple months, as my knowledge of the organization has grown, so has my interest and enthusiasm in EJU. I have heard countless stories of conferences gone by, from Stewart, Lisa, Linnet, and Eric (always followed by a good hard laugh). I have visited the picturesque Paris Landing, previewed table center pieces and planned meals. All these were done in the same manor of joy and anticipation.
So why all the hoopla?
This is what I have surmised thus far, EJU is a unique opportunity for all people interested in social and legal justice to come together, to learn from each other and professionals in a variety of fields, to network, and to strengthen the bond that connects all of us committed to protecting our Constitutional right to Equal Protection under the Law. I truly believe that everyone here at TALS is committed to this cause and believes in this mission, going above and beyond to make every year even better than the last!
If you are interested in being part of this amazing freshman class, with me, register today! You won’t regret it.