Ensuring equal justice for all Kentuckians

Kentucky Equal Justice Center is a non-profit poverty law advocacy center.


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KEJC welcomes attorney Leah Engle as our new program director at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. Leah comes to us from Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, where she served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Veterans Legal Corps.

Earlier, Leah helped survivors of human tracking and domestic violence through the Legal Aid Society of Metro Family Services in Chicago and the Human Trafficking Clinic in Ann Arbor, MI.

Leah received her law degree from University of Michigan in May 2014. She served in the Peace Corps from August 2008 to October 2010 as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Turkestan, Kazakhstan. Leah's first day was March 16. Welcome, Leah!

Congratulations also to Leah's predecessor, Guion Johnstone. Guion is now director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.

Master Bill Tracking Chart for 2017

We're an advocate and watchdog for low-income Kentuckians. We check new bills every day they're filed in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Our bill tracking charts are organized by topic for quick review. They contain links to the legislature's own website, so you can quickly check the status of a bill, read the summary or read the bill itself and any amendments.

Click here for latest version: Bill Tracker 2017 Kentucky General Assembly

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Nonprofit Network recognizes KEJC director

2016 Award.jpg Kentucky Nonprofit Network recognized Kentucky Equal Justice Center director Richard Seckel (second from right) with its 2016 award for Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award at the Network's annual luncheon November 3, 2016.

"This award recognizes achievement in the areas of strategic leadership, community building, ethical integrity, innovation, and commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector," state KNN Director Danielle Clore.

"Mr. Seckel has led the center from its early mission of consolidating services among legal aid programs in Kentucky to its current mission to serve as center for impact advocacy for low-income people."

View Board Chair Chris Frost's Award Introduction
View Rich Seckel's Acceptance Speech

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Maxwell Street Legal Clinic helps immigrant youth

It's a mini-version of the proposed Dream Act, but more limited. It does not create a new legal immigration status or a path to citizenship. But it does something important: it lets immigrant youth with good school and military records know they won’t be deported in the next two years—and provides authorization to work.

It's called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We began helping prepare DACA applications when the program began in June 2012. Since then, we've helped more than 165 young people apply. 72 have been approved—with a success rate of 100% on decisions so far.

Enrolling kids

Our Health Outreach team, Cara Stewart and Miranda Brown, goes to schools, universities, churches, and other community hot-spots to make sure people know about Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment for 2017 coverage.

Miranda has a special focus: enrolling immigrants in coverage. She reaches out to low-income, Spanish-speaking and immigrant Kentuckians. This work is part of a statewide initiative by Kentucky legal services programs.

They're all working together to keep Kentuckians covered by health insurance that works for them. For more information, see the video on this page and our Maxwell St. Legal Clinic page. For help with enrollment, call Miranda at our toll free health outreach number: 1-800-699-0805.

Kentucky Equal Justice Center
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Lexington, KY 40507