Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Health Law & Policy

 

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

ASH is a nonprofit charitable trust primarily involved in advocacy in the area of nonsmokers’ rights. ASH cannot handle cases involving individual rights, but will sue government agencies to protect the rights of nonsmokers and provide testimony on such issues.

http://ash.org/

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 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/

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/

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/

District of Columbia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Legal Counsel for the Elderly

DC Prisoners Legal Services Project

The DC Prisoners Legal Services Project is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in the District of Columbia. Intern activities may include screening and responding to prisoner letters and phone calls as part of the intake process; interviewing clients; performing legal research on prisoners' rights issues including constitutional claims, medical malpractice, negligence, etc.; performing research relating to DC criminal justice policy and legislation; other special projects as needed.

http://www.washlaw.org/projects/dc-prisoners-rights

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

http://www.bazelon.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 Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)

NCCNHR’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with long-term care needs, and it does this through a dynamic and concerned membership of residents, family members, ombudsman programs, consumer advocates, nursing home staff unions, and others.

http://www.nccnhr.org/

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Consumer Voice 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.theconsumervoice.org/

National Health Law Program

The National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.

http://www.healthlaw.org/

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 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/

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/

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/

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Screens and assigns to volunteer lawyers cases of low-income, pro se appellants to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

http://nvlsp.org/

Whitman Walker Clinic

Founded in 1986, the Legal Services Program of the Whitman-Walker Clinic is the only Washington, DC area program offering comprehensive pro bono legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Law student interns help clinic staff provide legal assistance to HIV-positive clients with legal problems related to their health status. Interns participate in direct client work, such as discrimination, insurance, immigration, and public benefits cases.

http://wwc.org/

Women's Research and Education Institute

Since 1977, members of Congress have looked to the Women's Research & Education Institute for nonpartisan information and policy analysis on women's equity issues. Over the years, WREI's reputation as a source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women has traveled far beyond the nation's Capitol. WREI's mission is to identify issues affecting women and their roles in the family, workplace, and public arena, and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues.

http://www.wrei.org/