Meaningful work is often what draws most public interest practitioners to not-for-profit employers.

However, with this year’s struggling economy, the bursting burdens of low salaries, poor benefits and mounting workloads have reached dire proportions and have worn down both practitioners and employers.

“The economy has had a huge impact on public interest law,” said Sally Carlson, director of communications at Equal Justice Works (EJW), a non-profit organization that provides Fellowships for public interest attorneys nationwide. “Legal aid budgets have been cut, just as the need for legal aid is increasing. Many legal aid organizations have had to cut staff, and the workloads for those who are left have become untenable.” (full The National Jurist article)