Housing Law Clerk, Summer 2020
Summer full-time, unpaid position
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 full-time Housing Law Clerk for the summer to assist its housing attorneys in our Baltimore office. Although the position is unpaid, HPRP is happy to work with the applicant selected for the position to apply for available funding.
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.
HPRP’s Baltimore office is located at 201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104.
Reports to: Senior Housing Attorney
- Legal research and writing, including assisting with motions practice and discovery in District and Circuit Courts
- Client interviews
- Maintain client files
- Communication with clients, courts, and housing agencies
- Assist attorneys with hearing/trial prep
- Create client and community education materials
- Assisting with client outreach and legal rights presentations (may include visiting homeless shelters, homeless encampments, and soup kitchens)
- Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work
- Work collaboratively and respectfully
- Students who have completed at least one year of law school
- Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills
- Ability to set priorities and handle multiple 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
- Experience working with people experiencing homelessness or with low incomes
- Students who have completed two years of law school
- Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness
- Prior case handling experience, as a law clerk or in a law school clinic
Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Karen Wabeke, via email at email@example.com (please specify Housing Law Clerk, Summer 2020 in the subject line). Writing sample and reference will be requested if selected for an initial interview. 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 understand how racism and oppression perpetuate barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled, although priority will be given to applications received by January 15, 2020.
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.