Veteran Benefits, Youth, & Expungement Law Clerk, Summer 2018
Summer full-time, unpaid position
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a full-time law clerk for the summer to assist in its Veterans, Homeless Youth Initiative, and Criminal Record Expungement work in the Baltimore City office. Hours are flexible.
HPRP's mission is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for persons with low or no income 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. HPRP primarily works with clients located in Baltimore City when providing direct services, however we also conduct intakes at sites in Montgomery County, and other rural areas. The direct representation provided by HPRP informs the organization’s policy work which deals with complex legal and systemic issues facing people struggling with homelessness 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 office is located at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore MD 21201.
Law clerks have the opportunity to:
- Experience significant client interaction at every stage of representation
- Travel around the state to serve a diverse array of clients
- Gain experience in policy, outreach, and lobbying
- Benefit from excellent networking opportunities with both public and private sector attorneys and providers in Baltimore City
- Obtain excellent legal training through extensive work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Maryland District and Circuit Courts
- Work for an organization committed to holistically ending homelessness—outside of our Veterans’ Benefits and Expungement and Homeless Youth Initiative programs, in-house attorneys work on housing and public benefits cases
- Legal research and writing, including—
- Assisting with filing veterans’ benefits claims and drafting correspondence and documents relating to veterans’ benefits claims, at the initial and appellate levels
- Assisting with filing criminal record expungement petitions and drafting correspondence relating to expungement
- Assisting with research and representation on legal issues specifically affecting youth experiencing homelessness
- Interviewing clients and maintaining client files
- Communication with clients, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Department of Human Services, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Maryland District and Circuit Courts, partner agencies, and pro bono attorneys
- Conduct outreach sessions at shelters, youth drop-in centers, soup kitchens, VA medical centers, and government agency offices
- Assist attorneys with veterans’ rights, youth rights, and expungement law presentations
- Other projects as assigned
- Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required.
- Ability and/or interest in working with individuals with little or no income, experiencing homelessness, and those with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of three (3) law-related or law school references to Swapna Yeluri, Esq., Director of Pro Bono Programs, 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 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.