Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements

Prisoner's Rights


American Bar Association Commission on Immigration         

The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

American Civil Liberties Union - Washington Legislative Office

The WLO is responsible for the federal lobbying program of the ACLU. It advocates before Congress and the executive branch on the full range of civil liberties issues including national security, free speech, privacy, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and criminal justice.

American University Washington College of Law Clinical Program

Civil Practice, Community and Economic Development, Criminal Justice, D.C. Law Students in Court, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, Federal Tax, Women and the Law. Students may only receive pro bono credit of they are not also receiving academic credit.

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.

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR)

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) provides services to the immigrant advocacy community in the greater Washington, DC area. Asylum project work includes: conducting intakes (by phone and in-person) for asylum applicants; researching country conditions; writing summaries and other documents as requested; attending some immigration-related meetings; and some general office work. Detention project work includes jail visits, casework for detained immigrants, and legal research.

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.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (―FAMM‖) envisions a justice system where sentencing is individualized, humane and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry. FAMM was founded in 1991 to roll back the onslaught of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and promote fair and proportionate sentencing policies. Through lobbying, advocacy, litigation and media outreach, FAMM educates legislators and the public about the harm caused by mandatory minimum sentences. FAMM’s national membership includes prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is to seek the exoneration and release from incarceration of persons who have been convicted of crimes that they did not commit and who are serving sentences and/or are awaiting execution in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We provide pro bono investigative and legal assistance through a network of law students and attorneys to those prisoners whose innocence can be proved by DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence.

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.

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.