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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Allen Waxman wants to inspire the next generation of lawyers to pursue careers in public interest law.

Mr. Waxman, 49 years old, is a partner in the New York office of law firm Kaye Scholer. He is also chairman of the board of directors for Equal Justice Works, a Washington-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for law students and lawyers to pursue a career representing underserved communities and causes.

The organization runs the country's largest postgraduate legal fellowship program and enables some 170 lawyers to work in civil rights, environmental and human rights law. Some represent victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Key to the organization's work is a debt relief program that helps lawyers find resources to help pay off law school loans to pursue pro bono legal work.

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