Homeless Youth Initiative Law Clerk, Summer 2019
Summer full-time, unpaid position
Are you passionate about access to justice for youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to work with a dedicated and supportive team to provide direct legal representation and advocate for systemic change that prevents and ends homelessness for youth and young adults, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a full-time summer law clerk to assist its Homeless Youth Initiative.
HPRP provides free legal services and advocacy to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Maryland. HPRP’s services are grounded in 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 staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, drop-in centers, health clinics, community centers and the street.
HPRP’s Homeless Youth Initiative provides legal representation, education, and systemic advocacy to youth and young adults under age 25 who are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness and are “unaccompanied,” or not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. HYI operates several community-based legal clinics in Baltimore at locations including the Youth Empowered Society Drop-In Center, Center for Urban Families, and Eastside Youth Opportunity Center, among others. HYI staff provides representation in housing, public benefits, and criminal record expungement matters, and HYI recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to provide representation in various other civil matters through the HYI Pro Bono Network. HYI also engages in local and state systems planning and policy advocacy, and participates in numerous coalitions and work groups including the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative, Youth REACH Maryland Steering Committee, and Maryland Interagency Council on Homelessness Youth and Young Adult Work Group. HYI is passionate about centering youth voice and maintaining authentic relationships with our community partners.
HPRP’s Baltimore office is located at 201 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201.
Reports to: Director of Homeless Youth Initiative
- Engaging with youth and young adults seeking legal assistance, including responding to requests for assistance, screening for civil legal needs, and conducting intake interviews;
- Client outreach, including planning and staffing community-based legal clinics for youth;
- Collaborating to provide “know your rights” presentations for youth and service providers, such as developing presentations with input from youth and supporting youth in facilitating trainings for peers;
- Legal research and writing, including obtaining and analyzing documents to develop a theory of the case and assisting with drafting memoranda for administrative hearings or court documents;
- Communication and collaboration with diverse group of individuals and organizations, including: clients, department of social services, courts, coalitions, and partner agencies;
- Assisting with the HYI Pro Bono Network, such as by helping to develop trainings for volunteers, planning legal clinics, and communicating with volunteers and clients about individual cases; and
- Supporting HYI’s policy advocacy efforts, including conducting research, attending coalition meetings, and drafting correspondence, fact sheets, or other policy-related documents.
- Experience with legal research and writing;
- Interest in working with people experiencing homelessness or with low incomes; and
- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances
- Experience related to youth-serving public systems, such as the education, child welfare, or juvenile services systems; and
- Experience working with people experiencing homelessness or with low incomes
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of two (2) law-related or law school references to Ingrid Löfgren via email at email@example.com (please specific HYI Summer Law Clerk 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. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income for youth. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.
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, sex, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.