WASHINGTON— Nketiah “Ink” Berko, a former NCLC intern, will return to the National Consumer Law Center upon his graduation from Yale Law School as an Equal Justice Works fellow to spend two years advancing access to justice for underserved communities. Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, named Berko, along with 75 other law school graduates to its 2023 fellowship class.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ink back to NCLC, this time with the support of Equal Justice Works,” said Rich Dubois, executive director of the National Consumer Law Center. “During the two-year fellowship, Ink will focus on legal assistance and policy reform to enable Black families to stay in their homes and transfer homeownership to the next generation.”
When he joins NCLC in September, Berko will work with legal services programs in the Washington, D.C., area to provide legal advocacy and representation to Black residents at risk of losing family homes because of unclear or encumbered titles.
“By challenging the various encumbrances that render Black homes and Black wealth vulnerable to dispossession, I hope to help more Black families enjoy the long-denied security – both physical and financial – provided by homeownership,” Berko said.
Selected from 318 applications, the 2023 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows includes graduates from 41 law schools who will work at 70 legal services organizations across 23 states and Washington, D.C. Berko’s fellowship is sponsored by The Rossotti Foundation.
Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. As the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, nonprofit legal aid organizations, and supporters to promote public service and inspire a lifelong commitment to equal justice.