The COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) pandemic has shaken the lives of Marylanders in many ways. You may be concerned about your health, income, or home. We’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions in the links below. While the PJC’s office is closed, we are still working. If you are seeking legal assistance or advice, please contact us by phone at (410) 625-9409.
Have questions about sick leave, unemployment insurance, or other issues relating to workers’ rights during this crisis? Check out these resources.
Get answers to questions about tenants’ rights, utilities, evictions, and other housing issues.
Information about accessing healthcare
For more information about COVID-19, please visit:
Information on free legal help, changes in court procedures, housing, utilities and other essential services, unemployment, immigration, and domestic violence.
Toolkit from the office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi about benefits and protections available to help individuals and communities deal with the pandemic.
Information about eligibility for SNAP benefits, from Maryland Hunger Solutions
Lena joined the PJC in June 2019 as a paralegal in the Workplace Justice Project. She graduated from Haverford College with a BA in Comparative Literature, focusing on contemporary U.S. and Latin American literature. Lena plans to go to law school eventually, after having grown her interest in legal services through several internships in immigration and wage theft advocacy, in Philadelphia, Indiana, Mexico City, and Lima, Peru. She is originally from Indiana, and loves baked goods and museums.
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David Rodwin is an attorney in the Workplace Justice Project. Among other work, David represents home care workers in employment-related claims against the agencies that employ them and works to establish a culture of compliance in a violation-ridden industry. He also does know-your-rights outreach to worker groups and serves as Vice Chair of the Board for the Maryland Regional Direct Services Collaborative.
Before joining the PJC in 2015, David clerked for Chief Judge Catherine C. Blake of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, spent a year in Guatemala studying Spanish and working with landless farmers, and clerked for Judge Andre M. Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. David was a member of the inaugural class at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and graduated summa cum laude in 2012. During law school, he interned at the ACLU of Southern California, participated in the Immigrant Rights and International Human Rights Clinics, co-founded the Orange County Human Rights Association, co-wrote a law review note on the movement for human rights in the United States, and served as a research assistant to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
Before law school, David worked for an anti-caste discrimination human rights organization in India, taught English in Japan, and biked across Cambodia. He is a 2005 graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a proud Big Brother to a great fifteen-year-old.
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Tyra Robinson joined the Public Justice Center’s Workplace Justice Project in August 2019.
Tyra graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where they were a Biskind Public Interest Fellow, volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and had their article published in the National Black Law Students Association’s publication, the Legal Pad. In law school, Tyra was an honoree of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland, an award in recognition of African-American achievement. Also during law school, Tyra participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic and received the Jack Cronquist Award for their performance and demonstrated commitment to clients.
Prior to law school, Tyra taught English abroad in Costa Rica for a short period and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.
In their career, Tyra aspires to make the law more accessible to and navigable for oppressed people. From that basis, they hope to share knowledge of the law with others to empower communities to exercise their rights.
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Sally Dworak-Fisher is currently the lead attorney for the Workplace Justice Project. She joined the PJC in 2002 and has substantial litigation and policy experience. Sally has worked on national class action litigation for gender discrimination; class action litigation for unconstitutional conditions of confinement at the Baltimore City jail; class action litigation for violations of homeless children’s education rights; and numerous collective action cases for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Maryland wage laws. Sally has also led policy efforts to expand and improve protections for low-wage workers and victims of wage theft, including but not limited to Maryland’s paid sick and safe leave law and Maryland’s unpaid wage lien law. She is active in several professional organizations and is the recipient of several awards including the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award and the Julie Martin Korb Excellence in Advocacy Award.
Prior to joining the PJC, Sally clerked for two federal judges and worked at a non-profit representing low-income immigrants. Sally graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and a concentration in International Relations. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of social justice.
Sally enjoys travel, hiking, reading, running, yoga, and spending time with family.
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Monisha Cherayil came to the Public Justice Center in 2009 as a Francis D. Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow, and currently practices as a staff attorney in the PJC’s Education Stability and Workplace Justice Projects. Her accomplishments include helping to launch the Maryland Suspension Representation Project – a statewide effort to provide free legal representation to students facing disciplinary removals from school; securing settlements to recover unpaid wages and damages on behalf of classes of restaurant workers, construction workers, roadside flaggers, and other low-wage employees; and successfully advocating for legislation to allow unaccompanied homeless youth to pursue college tuition-free. Her practice reflects a commitment to the PJC model of enforcing and expanding the rights of oppressed individuals while pursuing systemic change.
Prior to joining the PJC, Monisha clerked for the Honorable Judge Phyllis Thompson on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She also worked for Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Boston, and the Harrison Institute for Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. Monisha graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with honors in 2008 and from Brandeis University with honors and a joint degree in economics and political science in 2005.
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