Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Disability Rights Law


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.

Contact: Velma Dessuit, Office Manager, 202-659-4310 or

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.

Contact: Valerie Dulk-Jacobs, 202-785-5980 or

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.

Contact: James Bishop, 202-772-4325,

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.

Contact: Vytas Vergeer, Legal Clinic Director, (202) 561-8587 or

Center for Law and Education

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.

Contact: Paul Weckstein, 202-986-3000 or

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.

Contact: Ivy Lange, Staff Attorney, 202-775-0323 or

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.

Contact: Ira Burnim, 202-467-5730 ext.129

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.

Contact: Jennifer L. Berger, (202) 434-2120 or

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.

Contact: Allen St. Pierre, 202-483-5500 or

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.

Contact: 202-289-6976 or

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.

Contact: Jane Brown, 202-547-0198 or

Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

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.

Contact: Sarah Crawford, 202-783-0857 or