Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Government Accountability

 

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

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/

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Since 1947, Americans United has led the way in defending the separation of church and state, the cornerstone of religious liberty in America. As a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization, AU's membership includes Christians, Jews, Buddhists, people with no religious affiliation and others. Democrats, Republicans and independents have joined our ranks. Americans United is an independent organization with no ties to any larger group or political movement.

http://www.au.org/

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/

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/

Center for National Security Studies

The Center brings Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation and challenges against illegal government surveillance and other violations of individual rights by intelligence agencies and others.

http://www.cnss.org/

Common Cause

Common Cause, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, works toward accountability in government with a special emphasis on campaign finance reform.

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8281551

National Whistleblower Center

The Center handles cases related to employee whistleblowing, First Amendment issues, civil rights issues, environment and atomic energy matters, and government incorporated accountability. The Government Accountability Project focuses on whistleblowers within the area of employment law litigation, particularly when government or corporate employees are victims of retaliation for whistleblowing. Cases are selected, in part, based on the public interest component and potential to advance whistleblower rights. The Project will also provide referrals.

http://www.whistleblowers.org/

Native American Rights Fund

The Native American Rights Fund deals solely in Indian Rights Law, focusing on Indian land claim and sovereignty issues. There are criteria for representation which can be found in organizational literature.

http://narf.org/

National Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. NSCLC advocates through litigation, legislative and agency representation and assistance to attorneys and paralegals in field programs.

http://www.nsclc.org/

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a nonprofit organization, designed to help any working journalist faced with issues involving the First Amendment.

http://www.rcfp.org/

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/