Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Legal Services (General)

 

Alliance for Justice

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the Alliance has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.

http://www.afj.org/

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 Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area

Assist in the work of the legal program of this ACLU affiliate by reviewing requests for legal help, including fact research (interviewing and field research as needed) and legal research, preparing recommendations for responses to requests, corresponding with requestors, and preparing for meetings of the affiliate's legal committee where action is taken on pending requests.

http://www.aclu-nca.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/

Bread for the City

Bread for the City practices mainly in the areas of landlord-tenant, family, public benefits, and disability benefits law. The Legal Clinic also works with local organizations on systemic reform in areas including housing, immigrant access to public benefits, and child support.

http://www.breadforthecity.org/

Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc.

The Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County’s mission is to educate, represent and empower low-income members of the Prince George’s community regarding civil legal matters.

http://www.clspgc.org/

Corporation for National and Community Service

For more than a decade, the Corporation for National and Community Service—through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs—has mobilized a new generation of engaged citizens. This year, more than 1.6 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds will serve through these programs to help thousands of national and community nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies meet local needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other critical areas. National and community service programs work closely with traditional volunteer organizations to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the ability of America's volunteers to contribute not only to their communities, but also to our nation.

http://www.nationalservice.gov/

Council for Court Excellence

The Council for Court Excellence is involved in advocacy to improve the administration of justice in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia. Current program priorities include adoption system reform, D.C. criminal case flow management, grand jury study, jury modernization, and civil and criminal court improvement.

http://www.courtexcellence.org/

District of Columbia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - 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/

DC Bar Pro Bono Program Advice & Referral Clinic

About 70 percent of individuals seeking free legal services require only brief advice and counsel. Through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Advice and Referral Clinic, members of the private bar effectively assist these individuals by assessing their legal matters and providing general information and advice.

http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/pro_bono/

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

DLA Piper

The lawyers in our Washington office focus on our Federal Affairs and Legislative, Real Estate, Franchise and Distribution, Environmental, Antitrust, Litigation, Communications, Intellectual Property, E-Commerce and Privacy, Government Contracts, Corporate and Securities, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, Biosciences, Labor and Employment, International Commerce and Litigation, and White Collar practices. In Am Law 100's survey of pro bono service, Piper Rudnick consistently ranks in the top third. In 2003, the firm donated approximately 46,963 hours — worth close to $14.6 million — to pro bono efforts. In 1969, one of our predecessors, Piper & Marbury, established a storefront office in East Baltimore to offer legal services to low-income people. Our other predecessor, Rudnick & Wolfe, served for 20 years as general counsel to Bethel New Life, Inc., a national nonprofit housing and community institution. Since 1969 we've been involved in pro bono projects for hundreds of charities including food banks, women's shelters, immigration help centers and emergency assistance organizations.

http://www.dlapiper.com/home.aspx

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

Legal Aid Society of DC

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to "provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs." Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. For over 75 years, tens of thousands of the District's neediest residents have been served by Legal Aid staff and volunteers. In pursuit of our mission, Legal Aid employs a range of strategies to address the legal needs of our clients and our client community. The largest part of our work is direct client service. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy and systemic reform litigation. Legal Aid primarily provides services in the areas of housing/landlord-tenant law, domestic violence/family law, public benefits, and consumer law. Legal Aid also has an appellate advocacy program.

http://www.legalaiddc.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/

Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)

For more than 30 years, the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP) has provided legal representation and a national voice for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. MLAP works to enforce rights and to improve public policies affecting farmworkers' working and housing conditions, education, health, nutrition, and general welfare. The program works with an extensive network of local service providers, including organizations in the fields of migrant education, migrant health, job training, Head Start, and migrant legal services. MLAP staff provides technical assistance and training to these service providers, as well as undertaking high level policy advocacy at the state or local level. Students would undertake research and writing in support of the program's work.

http://mlap.org/

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Attorneys interested in doing public service work with civil legal aid or public defender programs can contact NLADA to obtain information on NLADA membership and programs of interest. Contact: Jane Ribadeneyra, 202-452-0620 ext. 226

http://www.nlada.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/

Pension Rights Center

The Pension Rights Center is the country's only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the pension rights of American workers, retirees and their families. The Center identifies inequities in America's pension systems, proposes realistic reform measures, and helps employees and retirees understand and enforce their legal rights.

http://www.pensionrights.org

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.

PIIPA is an international non-profit organization that makes intellectual property counsel available for developing countries and public interest organizations who seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture and the environment.

http://www.piipa.org/

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is a new public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. This Washington, D.C. based group works with wide spectrum of stakeholders—libraries, educators, scientists, artists, musicians, journalists, consumers, software programmers, civic groups and enlightened businesses—to promote the core conviction that some fundamental democratic principles and cultural values—openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete—must be given new embodiment in the digital age.

http://www.publicknowledge.org/

University Legal Services

University Legal Services provides advocacy services for people with disabilities including litigation related to removing architectural barriers, special education litigation, advocacy for people living in facilities (such as St. Elizabeth’s, and group homes throughout the community), and services related to obtaining assistive technology to enable people with disabilities to perform tasks independently.

http://uls-dc.org/

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

Since 1983, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts has supported artistic expression and creative innovation by serving the legal needs of Washington, Maryland and Virginia’s arts and cultural communities. A 501(c)3 not-for profit organization, WALA provides education, advocacy and volunteer legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics for artists and arts organizations, and pro-bono referral services. More than 350 of Washington’s top lawyers and law firms participate as volunteers in WALA’s legal services program.

http://waladc.org

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless was founded in 1986 to overcome the barriers that prevented people struggling with homelessness from accessing the community’s traditional legal service programs. For seventeen years, we have responded to the legal needs of the homeless community and have worked toward achieving a vision of the District of Columbia as a just and inclusive community. Our mission is to use law and advocacy to end the unnecessary suffering caused by poverty and homelessness and advocate for justice for people in the District of Columbia who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. Our goals are to ensure access to quality legal assistance for those who are homeless and in need of representation, and to secure quality programs and opportunities for our client community. We also strive to assure that our clients have the opportunity to be visible and vocal participants in the policy, fiscal and decision-making processes that so directly impact their lives.

http://legalclinic.org/