About Us

Although the words “Equal Justice Under Law” are etched into the facade of the United States Supreme Court, too often our legal system falls woefully short of its lofty goals, especially for people living in poverty.

Equal Justice Under Law is a non-profit civil rights organization that provides pro bono legal services to those most in need. The team is dedicated to achieving equality in our justice system by aggressively litigating for systemic change in the most pressing areas of wealth-based discrimination.

Since its founding in 2014, Equal Justice Under Law has filed twenty-seven lawsuits in twelve states and the District of Columbia targeted at ending unequal practices in our justice system. So far, these cases have achieved fundamental changes in cities across six different states and are making significant progress in four additional states. Current investigations will lead to further lawsuits in the near future.

As long as there is inequality in our justice system, Equal Justice Under Law will continue the fight.  Our current staff is led by our Executive Director, Phil Telfeyan.

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Corrine Hornstein, Office Manager

Corrine’s childhood was in rural Southern Delaware. Being a part of a large family she found herself having to be a mediator and became passionate about the law and justice for all. She has worked in various capacities in the legal field and is excited about her current position with Equal Justice Under Law. Corrine resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband. Read More.

 

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Rebecca Ramaswamy, Attorney

Rebecca’s interest in fighting inequality in the legal system flows from her deep commitment to the principles of racial justice and economic justice. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia Law School, Rebecca has aimed to develop a broad knowledgebase in the civil rights field. During her time at Columbia, she interned with the Center for Institutional and Social Change, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Civil Action Practice at the Bronx Defenders. Read More.

 

catherine-staff-photo-high-resCatherine Sevcenko, Legal Director

Catherine graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History and received her M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After serving 11 years in the Foreign Service, she attended George Mason School of Law at night, graduating magna cum laude. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit, was a Supreme Court Fellow, and then joined the Washington DC firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She has also worked at the US Trustees Program at the Department of Justice and, most recently, as the Director of Litigation at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), defending First Amendment rights on college campuses. Read More.

 

steph-low-res-311-e1436552611567Stephanie Storey, Communications & Development Officer

Stephanie has been a national television news and public affairs producer for fifteen years. She was the senior producer at Tavis Smiley on PBS for nearly ten years, producing interviews for the nightly TV show and symposiums on poverty, equality, and discrimination. She was also the Coordinating Producer for the re-launch of the Arsenio Hall Show for CBS in 2014 and produced season one of Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room with Jim Rash, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Her other credits include Conversations from the Edge with Carrie FisherExhale with Candice Bergen, and The Arena with Jesse Ventura. Read More.

 

img_2243-cropPhil Telfeyan, Executive Director

Phil was born and raised in Sacramento, California, where his parents still live.  He left Sacramento for Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Government and a law degree, both from Harvard University.  During law school, Phil was a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review, winner of the Williston Contracts Competition, and the National Champion of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Read More.