Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements
Racial / Religious Discrimination
- American-Arab Antidiscrimination Committee
- American Humanist Association
- American Jewish Congress - National Capital Region
- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
- Armenian National Committee of America
- Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
- Black Leadership Forum
- Global Rights: Partners for Justice
Students will have the opportunity to work on broad-based issues related to domestic civil rights and international human rights. Currently, much of our work is focused on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the prevention of anti-Arab hate crimes and harassment, and the defense of civil liberties. While the program is mainly directed towards Arab Americans, students of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Arabic language skills are desirable but not mandatory. The summer program is full-time and includes an educational component. Positions during the school year can be part-time. If students do not receive course credit for the program, a small stipend is provided.
The American Humanist Association's Humanist Legal Center provides law students with an opportunity to support the organization's work advancing secular Humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality. Pro bono tasks may include supporting legal center staff, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and briefs, and researching potential cases. We look for law students who are enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, with an interest in Humanism and progressive issues.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington periodically provides direct representation to plaintiffs in religious, racial, and gender discrimination cases, with a special focus on cases involving religious liberty and/or separation of church and state. AJ Congress also files amicus briefs in appellate cases pertaining to religious freedom, separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, civil rights, and a variety of other issues. Finally, AJ Congress has in the past provided pro bono legal assistance to disadvantaged members of the local Jewish community, who are in need of legal representation, especially recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The cases cover a wide range of areas, including landlord/tenant and immigration.
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.
Contact: Rena Levin, 202-466-3234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.
Research, plan, and execute targeted legal projects in the D.C. metropolitan area. Past interns have worked closely with the Legal Director on initiatives such as a Street Law Project for at-risk APA youths, coordinating and writing testimony on language access issues, and designing volunteer training materials. Conduct client intake on the hotline by using language skills to help clients in matters involving domestic violence, employment, immigration law, and other legal issues.
The Mission of BLF is to promote creative and coordinated Black Leadership, diverse in membership but clear on its priority, to empower African Americans to improve their own lives and to expand their opportunities to fully participate in American social, economic and political life.
Global Rights works to promote just societies founded on human rights. The Law Group is involved in human rights litigation, advocacy, and training in countries around the world.