Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Consumer Rights

 

American Civil Liberties Union - National Prison Project

The National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation focuses on issues relating to prisoners’ rights and conditions of confinement. All clients are prisoners and the project handles a caseload of approximately 25 cases per year, primarily class actions.

http://www.aclu.org/prison/index.html

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.

http://www.adaction.org/

Appleseed

A non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico, Appleseed is dedicated to building a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest. Appleseed uncovers and corrects injustices and barriers to opportunity through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform. Working with our huge pro bono network, we identify and examine social injustices, make specific recommendations, and advocate for effective solutions to deep-seated structural problems. Together, Appleseed and Appleseed Centers form a network for positive change, building a society that provides each individual access to justice and a genuine opportunity to lead a full and productive life.

http://www.appleseednetwork.org/

Archdiocesan Legal Network (ALN)

ALN provides referrals to attorneys and will occasionally directly handle matters in the following areas: domestic relations, labor/employment disputes, public entitlements, bankruptcy or insolvency resulting from medical debt or job loss, wills and probate, guardianship and landlord/tenant relations.

http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/

Center for Auto Safety

The Center handles administrative law cases related to auto and highway safety on behalf of the general public. Various issues include motor vehicle safety, quality, efficiency, and pollution control.

http://www.autosafety.org/

Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Center for Science in the Public Interest deals with legislative issues and government policies related to nutrition, food safety, labeling and advertising.

http://www.cspinet.org/

Center for Study of Responsive Law

The Center for Study of Responsive Law is a nonprofit Ralph Nader organization that supports and conducts a wide variety of research and educational projects to encourage the political, economic and social institutions of this country to be more aware of the needs of the citizen-consumer. The Center publishes a variety of reports on a number of public interest issues.

http://www.csrl.org/

Consumer Federation of America

The Consumer Federation of America is an advocacy, research, education, and service organization. Since 1968, CFA has provided consumers a well-reasoned and articulate voice in decisions that affect their lives. Day in and out, CFA's professional staff gathers facts, analyzes issues, and disseminates information to the public, policymakers, and the rest of the consumer movement.  At present, its national advocacy focuses on issues related to banking, insurance, investments, housing, communications, energy, transportation, food and agriculture, product safety, privacy, and fraud protection.  The size and diversity of its membership – approximately 280 nonprofit organizations from throughout the nation with a combined membership exceeding 50 million people -- enables CFA to speak for virtually all consumers. In particular, CFA looks out for those who have the greatest needs, especially the least affluent.

http://www.consumerfed.org/

Halt, Inc., An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform

Founded in 1978, HALT – An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group of more than 50,000 members, is the nation's largest and oldest legal reform organization. Dedicated to the principle that all Americans should be able to handle their legal affairs simply, affordably and equitably, HALT's Reform Projects challenge the legal establishment to improve access and reduce costs in our civil justice system at both the state and federal levels.

http://www.halt.org/

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) is the primary provider of free legal services and advocacy for low-income seniors in the District of Columbia. Since 1975, LCE has sought to improve laws and policies affecting basic needs of DC’s elder residents in areas of shelter, income, health care, protective services and access to legal representation. Last year, LCE served over 6,000 DC residents age 60 and older in its programs including the DC Law Office, DC Office on Aging Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Real Property Tax Project, Senior Medicare Patrol Project, Self-Help Office Project, Legal Hotline, and the Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court for the Elderly Project.

http://www.aarp.org/aarp/lce/

National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation’s consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice.

http://www.nclc.org/

National Consumers League

The National Consumers League is concerned with consumer and worker protections in the areas of food and drug safety, child labor, health care, consumer fraud, financial services, and e-commerce.

http://www.nclnet.org/

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana/Center for the Study of Drug Policy

NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

http://norml.org/

Neighborhood Legal Services Program Private Bar Initiative

The Neighborhood Legal Services Program, a nonprofit organization, handles cases involving landlord/tenant issues, consumer affairs, public benefits, family law, employment discrimination and health issues for financially disadvantaged DC residents.

http://nlsp.org./

Office of the People's Counsel of the District of Columbia

OPC, a District governmental agency, is the statutory consumer advocate for DC utility (gas, electricity and phone only) ratepayers and consumers. OPC takes individual complaints about billing and service.

http://www.opc-dc.gov/

Public Citizen Critical Mass Energy Project

Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program works to protect citizens and the environment from the dangers posed by nuclear power and seeks policies that will lead to safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy. We also advocate creation of an agricultural and food distribution system that guarantees safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner, and work to protect the world's fragile water resources from commodification, privatization, and mass diversion.

http://www.citizen.org/

Public Justice

Public Justice is a national public interest law firm that marshals the skills and resources of trial lawyers to create a more just society. Through creative litigation, public education, and innovative work with the broader public interest community, we: protect people and the environment; hold accountable those who abuse power; challenge governmental, corporate and individual wrongdoing; increase access to the courts; combat threats to our justice system; and inspire lawyers and others to serve the public interest.

http://www.publicjustice.net/

United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)

U.S. PIRG focuses on research and advocacy in a wide range of areas including consumer rights, product safety, credit issues, banking reform, environmental issues, energy policy and good government issues.

http://www.uspirg.org/