Public Interest Law Employers
ACLU of Maryland: Baltimore, MD
Catholic Charities: Immigration Legal Services, Baltimore, MD
Center for Community Solutions: San Diego, CA
Cleanup Coalition: Baltimore, MD
Contact: Terry Harris
Common Ground Relief: New Orleans, LA
Community Law Center: Baltimore, MD
Fulton County Juvenile Court Child Advocate Office: Atlanta, GA
Greater Pine Island Civic Association, Inc.: St. James, FL
Health Education Resource Organization:Baltimore, MD
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.: Migrant Farmworker Division, Baltimore, MD
Maryland Disability Law Center: Baltimore, MD
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service: Baltimore, MD
National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Washington, DC
Office of the Public Defender: Baltimore, MD
Office of Public Defender: Upper Marlboro, MD
Potomac Conservatory: Silver Spring, MD
The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc.: Baltimore, MD
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia: Washington, DC
The Public Justice Center: Baltimore, MD
Tobacco Free Initiative: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Background reading for law students interested in public interest and pro bono:
1. "Securing Equal Justice for All: A Brief History of Civil Legal Assistance in the United States"
This booklet produced by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides a fascinating overview of
how the civil legal service model developed, why it works, why it doesn't and examines how lawyers in both the private and public sectors can participate in public service.
2. "Gideon's Trumpet" by Anthony Lewis (Random House, 1964).
A (very readable) history of the United States Supreme Court case "Gideon v. Wainwright" (1963), which held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to extend the Sixth Amendment right to counsel to all including the indigent. This case serves as the foundation for the public defender system.
3. "Access to Justice" by Deborah L. Rhode (Oxford University Press, 2004).
Stanford law professor and pro bono guru, Deborah Rhode, analyzes the current model for disseminating legal services to the poor then proposes a number of possible solutions seeking to redress
the weaknesses in the system.
4. Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6.1
Says that "Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay." Read the entire Rule and related Commentary at (http://www.abanet.org/cpr/mrpc/rule_6_1.html). See also the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/)
ABA Directory of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs
Civil Justice Inc.
Equal Justice Works
Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide
Government Honors and Internship Handbook
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (from the CDO website)
Maryland Legal Services Corporation
NALP (National Association of Legal Professionals)
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Public Interest Law Institute (focuses on promoting public interest law worldwide)