For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2021
FAMU Law 2021 Graduate Oliver Telusma Receives Equal Justice Works Fellowship to Help People Avoid Eviction
ORLANDO, Fla – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law 2021 graduate Oliver Telusma is one of the recipients of the annual Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Telusma is assigned to the Community Justice Project.
“This past year has been incredibly tough as COVID-19 has created a slew of economic challenges for marginalized communities across the country,” said Kristen Uhler-McKeown, vice president of fellowships at Equal Justice Works. “We are honored to support Oliver’s work to protect Black and Latinx businesses struggling under the weight of the pandemic in South Florida.”
Each year, Equal Justice Works selects a class of public interest lawyers who have designed one-of-a-kind projects in partnership with legal services organizations. These projects are funded by law firms, corporations, private foundations, and individual supporters. Selected from 466 applications, the 2021 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows includes 77 graduates from 47 law schools who will work at 70 legal services organizations across 20 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
At the Community Justice Project, Telusma will work with small businesses and residential renters impacted by COVID-19 who are at high risk of displacement in South Florida. The work involves direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and movement lawyering. Telusma’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship is funded by The Florida Bar Foundation and his position starts this Fall.
“To me, this was a perfect opportunity to utilize my academic experience and professional skills in service to my community,” said Telusma. “People need to be sure there are professionals dedicated to doing everything in their power to help them stay in their homes and continue to run their businesses. With the support of the Florida Bar Foundation and Equal Justice Works, I’m happy to join the professionals doing that vital work.”