Housing Law Clerk, Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Baltimore City Office
Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to use your legal skills to advocate to end homelessness? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to provide direct legal representation and advocate for systemic change that prevents and ends homelessness, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a part-time law clerk for both the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters to assist its housing attorneys representing subsidized housing recipients in eviction and subsidy termination matters. The law clerk is expected to work 20 hours a week, for 13 weeks, each semester. Priority will be given to students available both semesters, although not required.
HPRP provides free legal services and advocacy to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Maryland. 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 staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, government offices, community centers and the street.
HPRP’s housing practice focuses on access to and preservation of shelter and subsidized housing, as well as expansion of affordable and fair housing opportunities. Direct representation of persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness informs our broader advocacy and impact litigation efforts. HPRP monitors and engages in regular advocacy with the local Public Housing Authority, Continuum of Care and Rent Court, and participates in public policy work at the local and state level.
Reports to: Senior Housing Attorney
- Legal research and writing
- Client interviews
- Maintain client files
- Communication with clients, courts, and housing agencies
- Assist attorney with hearing/trial prep
- Create client and community education materials
- Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work
- Students in their second or third year of law school only; no 1Ls, please.
- Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills required.
- Ability to set priorities and handle multiples tasks in a fast-paced environment;
- Aptitude to work well under pressure and meet frequent deadlines;
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other staff and community partners.
- Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness;
- Prior case handling experience, as a law clerk or in a law school clinic;
- Ability to attend the Section 8 Docket at Rent Court on Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 12:00pm.
$15 per hour
E-MAIL resume and cover letter to email@example.com (please specify “Housing Law Clerk” in the subject line). References and a writing sample will be requested if selected for an initial interview. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications and work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who understand how racism and oppression perpetuate barriers to housing and income.
Resume review begins immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority given to applications received by August 30, 2019.
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.