Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements
- ACCESS Youth
- Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
- Advocates for Justice and Education
- Archdiocesan Legal Network (ALN)
- Campaign for Youth Justice
- Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
- Center for Law and Education
- Center for Law and Social Policy
- Child and Family Services Agency, Office of the General Counsel
- Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
- Children’s Law Center
- Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN)
- Covenant House Washington
- DC Lawyers for Youth
- Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
- Lawyers for Children America, Inc.
- Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)
- National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
- National Women's Law Center
- Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
ACCESS Youth recognizes the unlimited potential of each child and provides youth with access to resources, support and services that empower them to transform themselves and make life choices that positively impact their future. We envision a world where children have the courage and support to dream a bigger dream, trust themselves, and achieve their full potential. ACCESS Youth launches our youth into successful adulthoods and is a place they can always call home.
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.
Advocates for Justice and Education
The mission of Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. We seek to empower youth and parents to be effective advocates and youth to self advocate to ensure that children receive an appropriate education. It is also our mission to make the public aware of the consequences of institutional negligence of children with or without disabilities and to promote school accountability.
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.
Campaign for Youth Justice
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The Campaign works in partnership with state-based campaigns in a number of states. We serve as a clearinghouse of information on youth prosecuted as adults and make our tools and resources available to those interested in learning and taking action on an issue that personally affects them.We strongly believe that any movement must involve those who are most impacted by the laws and policies. Thus, we seek to empower those affected by encouraging them to use their voices and experiences to effect meaningful change.
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.
The Center engages in legal advocacy for the educational rights of low-income students and parents. The Center provides assistance to outside attorneys representing low-income students and parents.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national non-profit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.
The DC Child and Family Services Agency provides important services to promote the safety and well-being of children and families. The agency coordinates public and private partnerships to preserve families through foster care, adoption, and child welfare services, and to protect children against abuse or neglect.
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.
Children’s Law Center
Children's Law Center envisions a future in which every child in the District of Columbia has a solid foundation of family, health and education.We work toward this vision by providing legal services to at-risk children and their families and by using the knowledge we gain from representing our individual clients to advocate for changes in the law and its implementation. Our practice focuses on children who face instability as a result of abuse, neglect or extreme parental conflict, as well as children with special education or health needs.
The Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect is located in the DC Superior Court and interns will be working on legal research and drafting of legal memoranda on issues relating to pending child abuse and neglect matters.
Interns are responsible for researching; assisting with planning and facilitating workshops designed to educate youth about their legal rights and responsibilities, leadership skills, self and community advocacy and empowerment, and identifying existing resources (programs, internships, community service opportunities) for CHW youth.
DC Lawyers for Youth
DC Lawyers for Youth was founded by alumni of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic in 2007. Since then, our Board has expanded to include lawyers, teachers, social workers, mentors and non-profit managers. We believe that improving juvenile justice in the District requires the input and participation of our entire community including youth, parents, teachers, judges, police and various other constituencies. DCLY seeks to bring these stakeholders together in order to develop the most effective policies and projects to promote our youth’s success.
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
-- Mary McLeod Bethune
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.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.
KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being.
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.
Mentoring Today serves youth both before and after they are released from incarceration to support their successful reintegration into their families and community. Mentoring Today’s advocates and mentors help youth with critical issues such as education, employment, and housing as they enter adulthood. Through these comprehensive, client-centered services, Mentoring Today strives to improve the juvenile justice system and empowers our young people to recognize their dreams and realize their aspirations.
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.
The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the Law Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education.
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.
The Committee handles a full range of civil rights litigation, focusing on equal employment opportunity, fair housing, police misconduct, public accommodations, immigrant and refugee rights, and disability rights.