Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements
- Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
- Anti-Defamation League
- Archdiocesan Legal Network (ALN)
- Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
- CASA of Maryland
- DC Employment Justice Center Workers' Rights Clinic
- Government Accountability Project
- Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)
- NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
- National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
- National Partnership for Women and Families
- National Women's Law Center
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program Private Bar Initiative
- Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Women's Research and Education Institute
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.
The ADL handles cases involving religious discrimination.
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.
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.
CASA de Maryland is a community organization that was founded in 1985 by Central American refugees and North Americans. CASA was created in response to the human needs of the thousands of Central Americans arriving in the D.C. area after fleeing wars and civil strife in their countries of origin. Today, CASA serves immigrants from virtually every country in Latin America, as well as Africans, Asians and U.S. citizens. CASA de Maryland has offices in Silver Spring, Langley Park, Wheaton, Shady Grove, and Baltimore. The CASA legal program works with and represents refugees, low-wage workers, day laborers, and low-income residential tenants on issues such as affirmative civil rights litigation, federal and state wage claims, housing law, transit-oriented development, and issues surrounding domestic workers. WCL students are needed for a variety of projects such as: giving “Know Your Rights” trainings to day laborers and tenants, conducting client intakes, research and litigation support. The program’s current caseload includes: MPIA/FOIA litigation, civil rights litigation relating to violations under existing 287(g) programs, housing code enforcement, and rent stabilization,
The EJC holds Workers' Rights Clinics each week where low-income workers can walk in without an appointment and have a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer or supervised law student or paralegal. All areas of employment law are covered: wage and hour, overtime, family and medical leave act (FMLA) violations, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. New volunteer trainings are held on a monthly basis.
The Project focuses on whistleblowers within the area of employment law litigation, particularly when government or corporate employees are victims of retaliation for whistleblowing. Cases are selected, in part, based on the public interest component and potential to advance whistleblower rights. The Project will also provide referrals.
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.
The Committee handles the full range of civil rights litigation with special focus on fair housing, equal employment opportunities, education, voting rights, and environmental justice.
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 NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF's primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans.
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.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
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 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.
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.
Since 1977, members of Congress have looked to the Women's Research & Education Institute for nonpartisan information and policy analysis on women's equity issues. Over the years, WREI's reputation as a source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women has traveled far beyond the nation's Capitol. WREI's mission is to identify issues affecting women and their roles in the family, workplace, and public arena, and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues.