Veteran Benefits, Youth & Expungement Law Clerk, Summer 2020
Summer full-time, unpaid position
Do you want to use your legal skills to advocate to end homelessness amongst youth, veterans, and other Baltimore City residents? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to assist with 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 in its Veterans, Homeless Youth Initiative, and Criminal Record Expungement work in the Baltimore City office. Hours are flexible. Although the position is unpaid, HPRP is happy to work with the applicant selected for the position to apply for available funding.
HPRP’s Criminal Record Expungement projects focus on removing barriers to housing and employment by expunging eligible convictions and non-convictions from a person’s criminal record. HPRP’s Homeless Youth Initiative provides legal representation and advocacy for homeless youth ages 13 to 25 in the areas of public benefits, housing, and criminal record expungement. Veterans Benefits project focuses on assisting veterans obtain critical disability benefits and military discharge upgrades. Direct representation of persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness informs our broader advocacy and impact litigation efforts. HPRP participates in public policy work at the local and state level.
HPRP operates pro bono supported Community-Based Intake Programs at Our Daily Bread Employment Center, The Franciscan Center, Baltimore VA Medical Center Annex, Chesapeake Health Education Program on the grounds of the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County, and the Three Oaks Center in St. Mary’s County. HYI operates legal clinics at the Youth Empowered Society Drop-In Center and two youth-focused workforce development programs.
HPRP’s Baltimore office is located at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore MD 21201.
Reports to: Director of Homeless Youth and 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, youth drop-in centers, soup kitchens, VA medical centers, and government agency offices
- Assist attorneys with veterans’ rights, youth rights, and expungement law presentations
- Assisting with the development, implementation, and evaluation of a youth-centered “You’re your Rights” curriculum and materials
- Participating in advocacy to related to implementation of the Maryland Ending Youth Homelessness Act
- Other projects as assigned
- Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work, including by supporting the work of the organizational Race Equity Team
- Work collaboratively and respectfully
- Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required.
- Ability and/or interest in working with youth, individuals with little or no income, experiencing homelessness, and those with mental and/or physical disabilities.
- Experience with community outreach;
- Knowledge of Baltimore area programs
Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Akyra Brown, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify Veteran Benefits, Youth, & Expungement Law Clerk 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 15th.
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.