Director, Pro Bono Programs

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization, seeks to hire a full-time attorney to direct its Pro Bono Programs.  Encompassing all of HPRP’s programs is the deep understanding that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness struggle to access legal services offered in a traditional manner. The hallmark of HPRP’s legal program is its ability to reach clients where they live, eat, and spend time.  HPRP’s Pro Bono Programs leverage the resources of HPRP’s staff by recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to complement the work of HPRP’s staff attorneys.  Particularly in these economic times, HPRP’s Pro Bono Programs provide the person power to assist the increasing number of persons seeking legal assistance to prevent homelessness or find housing.

There are three types of pro bono programs at HPRP: 1) Community-Based Intake Program, in which HPRP volunteers conduct intake at shelters, soup kitchens and other community-based organizations and provide representation in legal areas that will directly eliminate or prevent homelessness; 2) Veterans’ Legal Assistance Project, in which volunteer attorneys receive cases by referral from HPRP and represent veterans in claims for service-connected disability benefits and discharge upgrades; and 3) Systemic Advocacy Projects, in which staff and volunteers pursue systemic solutions to homelessness.

The Director of Pro Bono Programs is a leadership position at HPRP.  The Director’s work is closely linked to the work of the in-house Staff and the Director reports to the Executive Director.  HPRP’s Pro Bono Program is substantial and it encompasses the work of over 400 law students, paralegals, and attorneys to date.  HPRP’s law student program is unique; HPRP recruits and trains volunteer law students to conduct intake in 3 of HPRP’s off-site Intake Programs and holds quarterly reflection sessions for the students to discuss their experience.  HPRP operates Community-Based Intake Programs at Our Daily Bread Employment Center, The Franciscan Center, NAACP Satellite Office, My Sister’s Place, the Baltimore VA Medical Center Annex and the Helping Up Mission, all in Baltimore City, at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and at the Chesapeake Health Education Program on the grounds of the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students;
  • Developing written materials for volunteers including registration materials, training manuals, etc.;
  • Maintaining the infrastructure necessary to monitor the work of the volunteer attorneys and provide on-going support and supervision to volunteers as needed;
  • Enhancing the law student volunteer opportunities by continuing to conduct quarterly reflection sessions and expanding the range of volunteer opportunities available to students;
  • Maintaining HPRP’s existing off-site intake programs, including strong relationships with organizations hosting HPRP’s off-site legal clinics and establishing new locations for HPRP’s off-site legal program;
  • Conducting Know Your Rights and informational sessions at local shelters and other community-based programs on topics covered by HPRP’s Pro Bono Program;
  • Representing HPRP in community programs and conference planning and programming including:
  • Maryland Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference
  • The Partners for Justice Conference
  • The Pro Bono Coordinating Council
  • The Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting;
  • Expanding the visibility of HPRP’s Pro Bono Program, including publicizing the program, and developing relationships with the private bar and government lawyers;
  • Supporting Staff Attorneys working with volunteers and advising on the development of new pro bono programs related to the work of in-house attorneys, such as the Homeless Youth Law Project;
  • Supervising the Pro Bono Coordinator, who establishes and monitors the off-site intake schedule, schedules volunteer trainings, and assists with data entry;
  • Training and supervising law student and other interns during the summer and throughout the year as needed;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of HPRP’s off-site locations;
  • Maintaining information about case activity and statistics, as well as volunteer information, in HPRP’s electronic database, and duplicate paper files of all volunteer cases;
  • Participating in fundraising efforts, including working with Executive Director on grant applications, attending meetings with current and potential funders, and assisting with grant reports; and
  • Working with the Executive Director and Office Administrator to plan the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with people in poverty;
  • Prior experience representing clients in claims for VA service-connected disability or Social Security benefits;
  • Ability to think strategically about expansion and visibility of HPRP’s volunteer program;
  • Previous experience in program development and supervising volunteers;
  • Minimum 5 years litigation experience (two semesters of experience in a litigation clinic as a law student will be considered equivalent to one year of litigation experience);
  • Admitted to practice law in Maryland, or willing and eligible to sit for the next available Bar exam or Attorney’s Exam;
  • Ease with computerized databases and producing reports on HPRP’s cases;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Salary: DOE with excellent benefits: Full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays.  Some evening and weekend hours required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply:  E-MAIL resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to (and specify “Director Pro Bono Programs” in the subject line).  We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland.  Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

HPRP is an equal opportunity employer.  All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.

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Although the future of refugee resettlement in Louisiana is uncertain, there are many refugee families Louisiana has already welcomed who need our support. Many of these families arrived with next to nothing, and we encourage you to open your hearts this holiday season by supporting families new to Louisiana.

Loyola University is a Jesuit Institution and as students we aim to engage with and support our community. Please join us by showing Louisiana’s refugee population that we will not turn our backs on those in need.

Since most families arrive here with nothing, they need everything from a place to live to a toothbrush.  All money earned through this Go Fund Me account will be used to buy these necessary items and support families through this major transition.

This Go Fund Me is supported by the following student groups and organizations at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law:

The Journal of Public Interest Law
Lambda Law Society
Public Interest Law Group

Thank you so much for your support! 

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On Monday, November 23, 2015, attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson will deliver the next Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in the Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus.

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The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is seeking exceptionally motivated and organized law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students for the opportunity to gain experience in human rights and development advocacy and communications. Internships may be based in Washington, DC, or completed remotely. Time commitment is flexible, though a minimum of 18 hours a week is required. The internship will start January 2016, with a minimum commitment of 10 weeks. Internships are unpaid, however the Coalition is happy to work with accepted interns to seek course credit for their work.

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LCAC Junior Capital Attorney Fellowship: The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years’ experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana, which represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal and in state and federal post-conviction. In the context of its casework, the LCAC avidly pursues cutting edge legal issues so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Linda Cortéz at cover letter discussing their interest in the position, CV, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information for three references. Applicants must be barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. Application materials should exhibit excellence in legal research, writing and analysis. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2016; there may be some flexibility re start date. More information about LCAC can be found at The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is seeking entry- level Staff Attorneys for fall 2016.

Job Summary: The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Qualifications: Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following to be considered for this position: cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample, references and law school transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be e-mailed to Chasity Barksdale at recruit@opdla.orgThe application closing date is November 6, 2015. No phone calls.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits. OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Learn more about this job and other opportunities.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Legal Department is now accepting applications for our 2016 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in partnership with the Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights.  Applications are due Oct. 23 for 2Ls and Dec. 18th for 1Ls.  Application instructions for all positions can be found here.

The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is a transformational experience for talented and committed law students interested in movement lawyering.  In a unique 10 week curriculum that weaves both theory and practice, interns get first hand experience working alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals.  The NOWCRJ legal department provides strategic legal advice and representation to three grassroots groups and their members: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and the law.


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The Election Protection program will be active in Louisiana on Oct. 24, and is seeking legal volunteers (attorneys, paralegals, law students) to assist by volunteering on Election Day.  Duties on Election Day include possibly poll-watching as well as fielding hotline calls from 866-OUR-VOTE from voters across the state experiencing barriers to casting their ballots.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To volunteer, please email Trevor Ostbye, and be prepared to commit to a 90 minute training next week (times TBD), in addition to working a shift on Election Day.

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