Michael Ball supports our education equity team and will focus on helping build the case to change school funding and governance laws that bend more toward equity and racial justice. Michael recently graduated law school from the University of Southern California. Last summer, he worked with Bet Tzedek in their employment rights division on plaintiff’s issues from harassment to wage issues and learned more about community lawyering through meetings with one of Bet Tzedek’s partner coalitions and organizing groups. In law school, Michael served with the International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) and Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) to help law students advocate for refugees’ right to seek asylum and to foster community within the law school (respectively). In his final year, Michael studied in Brazil where he took personal interest in the education component of the country’s Bolsa Familia program (a social welfare program designed to lift residents out of poverty). Prior to law school, Michael graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 with a BA in criminology, minor in anthropology and a certificate in Latin American Studies.