Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements



American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project

The National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation focuses on issues relating to prisoners' rights and conditions of confinement.  All clients are prisoners and the project handles a caseload of approximately 25 cases per year, primarily class actions.

American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office

The DC is responsible for the national legislative program of the ACLU.  It advocates civil liberties issues including free speech, privacy, women's rights, separation of church and state, LGBT rights, and civil rights.

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.

Appleseed Center—DC Center for Law and Justice

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.

Appleseed Foundation

Appleseed works in common cause with other professionals, students, and public interest advocates to, among other things, ensure public health, foster economic development, protect children, and make government work better.  Appleseed organizes, assists, and connects public interest law centers which address systematic problems at the local and state levels.  The projects of these centers are driven by the needs and resources of their own areas, and range from government management and campaign finance reform, to reform of state foster care, health care and juvenile justice systems.

Center for Justice and International Law

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded in 1991 by a group of prominent human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean. CEJIL's principle objective is to achieve the full implementation of international human rights norms in the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL's mandate is fulfilled through work in three program areas: the Legal Defense Program, the Training and Dissemination Program, and the Campaign to Strengthen the Inter-American System.

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.

Whitman Walker Clinical Legal Services

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.

Women's Collective

The mission of The Women's Collective is to meet the self-defined needs of women and their families living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and reduce barriers to care and strengthening their network of support and services. As a DC-based nonprofit organization led by women with HIV and their allies/advocates, The Women's Collective fulfills its mission by providing: services that are peer-based, woman-focused, family-centered and culturally sensitive; a safe, non-judgmental environment for all women regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, income, educational level, marital status, personal appearance, place of residence or business, family responsibilities, school enrollment, political affiliation, or source of income; and a voice for women who are at risk for or living with HIV and their families through advocacy at the local, national and international levels. The Women's Collective also creates partnerships among service providers, governmental, non-governmental and private entities.