Equal Justice Associates

The Equal Justice Associates (EJA) is a group of young lawyers who are dedicated to MLA’s mission of improving access to justice for all Marylanders. EJA members serve as ambassadors on behalf of MLA to help meet the need for civil legal assistance among Marylanders with low income. EJA members organize and participate in meaningful pro bono opportunities; collaborate with influential leaders of the legal community; organize fun and engaging networking activities; receive high-quality training and mentoring in a variety of practice areas and gain valuable experience in the courtroom and working with clients.

EJA Chair Darryl L. Tarver with Equal Justice Council (EJC) Co-Chair Lee H. Ogburn at the 2018 Equal Justice Awards Breakfast

EJA Leadership:

  • Chair:  Darryl L. Tarver, Esq. – DLA Piper (US)
  • Vice Chair:  Ernie Dominguez, Esq. – Office of the Public Defender
  • Secretary:  Aaron DeGraffenreidt, Esq. – Baltimore City Department of Law
  • Treasurer:  Alicia Shelton, Esq. – Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
  • Member-At-Large:  Megan E. Davis, Esq. – Federal Communications Commission
  • Pro Bono Committee Chair:  Joanna Diamond, Esq. – Health Care for the Homeless

Equal Justice Associates:

  • Participate and coordinate a variety of pro bono service opportunities to help meet the legal needs of low-income Marylanders
  • Build camaraderie with peers by coordinating fun and engaging activities to raise funds and awareness of Maryland Legal Aid
  • Receive high-quality training and mentoring from Maryland Legal Aid attorneys in a variety of practice areas.

EJA Impact:

Through participation in EJA, you can:

  • Keep families in their homes by successfully challenging illegal evictions;
  • Provide representation and support for victims of domestic violence;
  • Secure critical medical benefits for older adults and persons with disabilities;
  • Expunge criminal records so that individuals can obtain employment, housing, and child custody;
  • Ensure that veterans receive benefits for which they are eligible.

Member Obligations:

  1. Each EJA member will support Maryland Legal Aid by participating in at least one event, including attending a clinic and/or taking a pro bono case.
  2. If this is not possible, the EJA member can instead make a financial contribution (refer to the chart below to see contribution amounts). This financial contribution can be fulfilled through a personal donation or by raising the amount below through different contributions.

Apply to join the Equal Justice Associates today!

For more information about the EJA, contact Graham Cowger at (410) 951-7706 or gcowger@mdlab.org.