Veteran Benefits & Expungement Law Clerk, Summer 2019
Summer full-time, unpaid position
Want to advocate to end homelessness? Want to eliminate barriers to employment? Want to assist veterans?
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 law clerk for the summer to assist the Pro Bono Program’s Veterans and Criminal Record Expungement work in the Baltimore City Office.
Law clerks have the opportunity to:
- Experience 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 networking opportunities with both public and private sector attorneys and providers in Baltimore City
- Obtain 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
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 Pro Bono Programs leverage the resources of HPRP’s staff by recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to conduct intakes and provide legal representation in criminal record expungement, veterans benefits, and military discharge upgrade matters. HPRP’s Pro Bono Program is substantial, and it currently encompasses the work of over 400 volunteers. Particularly in these economic times, HPRP’s Pro Bono Programs provide the person power to assist the increasing number of individuals seeking legal assistance to prevent homelessness, find housing, or remove barriers to employment.
HPRP’s Baltimore office is located at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore MD 21201.
Reports to: Director of Pro Bono Programs
- 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, soup kitchens, VA medical centers, and government agency offices
- Assist attorneys with veterans’ rights, youth rights, and expungement law presentations
- Experience with legal research and writing
- Interest in working with people experiencing homelessness or with low incomes
- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Fluency in Spanish
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of two (2) law-related or law school references to Swapna Yeluri, Esq., Director of Pro Bono Programs, via email at email@example.com. 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. 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, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.