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Equal Justice Under Law is a nonprofit law organization that uses class action impact litigation to set legal precedent and change cultural norms so that our justice system treats rich and poor equally. Through our cases, we have successfully challenged the use of money bail as a price tag on freedom, stopped states from suspending driver’s licenses of people too poor to pay court debt, and sued private probation companies for extorting money out of poor people. Because there are so many areas of wealth-based inequality the criminal justice system that other organizations aren’t addressing, we always seek new ways to force the system to live up to its promise of equal justice.


As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

  • guiding the mission and purposes of the organization
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • strategic and organizational planning
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • monitoring Equal Justice Under Law’s programs and services
  • enhancing Equal Justice Under Law’s public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of Equal Justice Under Law


Each individual board member is expected to:

  • know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve Equal Justice Under Law’s mission
  • give a meaningful personal financial donation
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings, which are held twice per year (in January and July)
  • follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of Equal Justice Under Law

If you believe you would be an asset as a Board Member with Equal Justice Under Law, please contact Phil Telfeyan, Executive Director, at ptelfeyan@equaljusticeunderlaw.org to express your interest and discuss next steps.

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400 7TH ST NW STE 602, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, US

Mission Statement

Equal Justice Under Law is a nonprofit law organization dedicated to achieving equality in the criminal system and ending cycles of poverty across the nation.


Through impact litigation, policy reform, and public outreach we seek radical reform of systemic inequalities in our justice system. We believe the justice system should improve well-being across society, but repeatedly it creates cycles of poverty, ruins lives, and makes everybody less safe. When counterproductive laws trap millions of people in poverty every year communities suffer. A justice system premised on equality should promote opportunities for all including housing, employment, and family relationships. Our mission is to end inequality in the justice system.

Since our founding in 2014, we have developed special expertise to fight the use of pretrial money bail, wealth-based driver's license suspensions, debtor's prisons, abusive private probation practices, and other areas of wealth-based inequality in our justice system. Equal Justice Under Law works to create lasting improvements in our justice system - to end wealth-based discrimination and create a justice system that is truly equal.

Justice & Legal


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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Strategic Planning
  • Capacity Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Legal (General)


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Board meetings are held twice per year. Other communications with Executive Director on an ongoing, as needed basis. Approximately 3 hours per month, on average.
  • Equal Justice Under Law is located in Washington, D.C. Board Members do not need to be local to the D.C. area.

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