Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Family Law & Policy

 

American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

http://www.abanet.org/publicserv/immigration/home.html

American University Washington College of Law Clinical Program

Civil Practice, Community and Economic Development, Criminal Justice, D.C. Law Students in Court, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, Federal Tax, Women and the Law. Students may only receive pro bono credit of they are not also receiving academic credit.

http://www.wcl.american.edu/clinical/

Appleseed Center - DC Center

The DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving important public policy problems facing the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To advance this mission, DC Appleseed organizes volunteers, including attorneys and other experts, who work in teams to analyze and develop solutions to problems facing the region. Depending on the problem being addressed, DC Appleseed’s projects involve working with broad coalitions, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and meeting with and/or testifying before governmental decision-makers. We are a local organization, working exclusively on a broad array of the biggest public policy problems facing the National Capital area, including healthcare, voting representation, education reform, environmental concerns, jobs, and housing.

http://www.dcappleseed.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 Law and Social Policy

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national non-profit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.

http://www.clasp.org/

Child and Family Services Agency, Office of the General Counsel

The DC Child and Family Services Agency provides important services to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The agency coordinates public and private partnerships to preserve families through foster care, adoption, and child welfare services, and to protect children against abuse or neglect.

http://cfsa.dc.gov

Children's Defense Fund

The mission of CDF is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.

http://www.childrensdefense.org/

Children's Law Center

The Children's Law Center (CLC) helps at-risk children in the District of Columbia find safe, permanent homes and the education, health care and social services they need to flourish by providing a comprehensive range of legal services to children, families, and foster and kinship caregivers. CLC is committed to sharing its expertise with the community, other professionals and policymakers through training, technical assistance, and systemic advocacy. Interns will assist attorneys by doing legal research, intake, and court runs.

http://www.childrenslawcenter.org/

Consortium for Child Welfare

The Consortium is comprised of a number of licensed child-placing agencies with which the District of Columbia contracts to provide foster care and social services to children in the District’s child abuse and neglect system. The organization’s main purpose is to help children be adopted.

http://www.consortiumforchildwelfare.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/

Lawyers for Children America, Inc.

LFCA trains firm and government attorneys to provide high quality pro bono legal services to children and adolescents in the abuse and neglect system. LFCA offers ongoing support to these volunteer attorneys. Interns research child protection issues, prepare materials to educate pro bono attorneys, organize training opportunities for volunteer attorneys, and work with LFCA staff on individual abuse and neglect cases.

http://www.lawyersforchildrenamerica.org/matriarch/default.asp

National Partnership for Women and Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer

National Women's Law Center

Since 1972, the Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in the U.S. The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases in state and federal courts all the way to the Supreme Court; and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families. An experienced staff of nearly 50 takes on the issues that cut to the core of women's and girls' lives in education, employment, family economic security, and health -- with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families.

http://www.nwlc.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/

Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington’s mission is to provide high quality, affordable reproductive health care; promote education programs that empower all individuals to make informed and responsible reproductive choices; and to protect the right to make those choices.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppmw/