Housing and Youth Re-entry Law Clerk, Summer 2018
Summer full-time, unpaid position
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire afull-time law clerk for Summer 2018 to assist its Youth Re-Entry Fellow/Housing Staff Attorney in the Baltimore City office. HPRP’s housing casework focuses on subsidized housing programs, including public housing, housing choice vouchers, transitional and emergency shelter, and other subsidized housing programs. The Youth Re-Entry Fellowship focuses on providing legal assistance in the areas of criminal record expungement and housing to the STRIVE Future Leaders program at the Center for Urban Families. The law clerk would have the opportunity to work on both housing and criminal record expungement cases.
HPRP's mission is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services—including advice, counsel, education, representation, and advocacy—for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
HPRP is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services and advocacy to maximize our clients’ ability to gain and maintain stable income, healthcare, housing, education and employment. The direct representation provided by HPRP informs the organization’s policy work, which deals with complex legal and systemic issues facing people struggling with housing and income insecurity in Baltimore City and around Maryland. Therefore, HPRP provides both direct legal representation and corresponding client and community education in order to foster and promote the public interest.
HPRP’s Baltimore City office is located at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore MD 21201.
- Legal research and writing, including assisting with motions practice and discovery in District and Circuit Courts
- Client interviews
- Assisting with client outreach and legal rights presentations (may include visiting homeless shelters, homeless encampments and soup kitchens)
- Maintaining client files
- Communication with clients, courts, landlords, and housing agencies
- Assisting attorneys with hearing/trial prep
- Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required
- Experience and/or interest in working with low income clients
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of two (2) law-related or law school references to Jasmyn Harrington, Staff Attorney, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons are encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.