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The Public Justice Center uses all the tools in the lawyer toolbox to work for economic justice and racial equity. Drawing on insights from clients, community groups, and advocates, we explore the common barriers people face and identify strategies to address them. Here are a few of the ways we stand up for justice.

We advocate:

In the courts

We represent people to enforce their rights, such as preventing eviction or recovering unpaid wages. When we represent many people with the same issue in a class action, we can also pressure the institution we’re suing to change its practices. We also weigh in when cases are on appeal, since appellate decisions can set legal precedent.

Before legislatures and government agencies

We advocate for laws that strengthen the rights of workers, tenants, students, healthcare consumers, and others. These laws may increase funding for things like permanently affordable housing in Baltimore or establish protections for a group of people. We may then use litigation to enforce the rights established by a new law. Government agencies also develop rules and regulations to carry out laws and programs. We advocate to influence how those rules and regulations are implemented.

Alongside community and advocacy organizations

We work in coalition with legal advocates, direct service providers, policy advocates, community organizing groups, and law firms to enforce and expand policies that help ensure people have what they need to thrive. Together, we advocate for laws, file lawsuits, and provide know-your-rights trainings.

Image describing how the PJC makes change: 1) Identify an injustice that is important to a client community. Common sources: Client communities and organizations, conversations with other advocates, internal discussions. 2) Assess what the PJC can do. Is this focus or matter a fit for the PJC? Will it address a significant issue of poverty or racial inequity? Will it effectively impact the problem and contribute to social justice? Will it support collaboration, empowerment, and synergy? Does the PJC have the capacity to effectively undertake this? 3) Choose effective strategies. What will be most effective? Represent clients in the courts. Advocate for legislation, rules, and regulations. Educate the public about the injustice. Educate clients about their rights. 4. Take action. Take action in collaboration with clients and other advocacy organizations. The result: Another step on the road to a just society.