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PJC Summer 2023 Law Clerk/Legal Internship

The Public Justice Center (PJC) is offering two (2) law clerk/legal internship opportunities to law students during the summer of 2023. Each intern will work with all of the PJC’s project teams as needed. The PJC’s projects include (1) Workplace Justice (wage-theft litigation on behalf of low-wage workers and worker-related policy advocacy), (2) Education Stability (advocating for students experiencing homelessness and unlawful disciplinary practices), (3) Health and Benefits (protecting and expanding Medicaid and other public benefits), (4) Human Right to Housing (protecting and expanding tenants’ rights to safe, habitable, affordable, and non-discriminatory housing), (5) the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (assisting local advocates with litigation and legislation to expand the right to counsel), (6) Prisoners’ Rights (focusing on health care in Baltimore jail and pretrial justice reform), and (7) Appellate Advocacy (advancing law reform through appeals and amicus briefs). For more information on each project team works visit our website: www.publicjustice.org.

Hiring Criteria

We are looking for interns who are committed to working toward racial equity and economic justice and willing to learn and contribute to our mission. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a background and/or interest in one or more of the following: public interest law/poverty law, domestic or international human rights law, housing law, and community organizing or community economic development. They will also have legal research and writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, and the ability to work with a class- and race-diverse constituency. Spanish proficiency or fluency is favored but not required.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 remains an ongoing public health issue that necessitates flexibility in the work environment. PJC is currently a hybrid work office with employees working remotely at times and in the office at times. We are willing to consider remote, in-person, and hybrid options with our summer interns.

Applications

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to be assured of consideration, but applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply, please submit, by email only the following documents:

Please send applications to Matt Hill, hillm@publicjustice.org, with “Summer Law Clerk” in the subject line.

Equal Opportunity

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other applicants of color, people with disabilities, and other people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment

The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employment

Attorney, Human Right to Housing Project

Fellowships

Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship

The Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship allows a recent law graduate who has completed a judicial clerkship to spend a year engaging in appellate advocacy in the areas of civil rights and poverty law. The Fellow works at the Public Justice Center in our Appellate Advocacy Project. Applications for each fellowship year are usually due in October of the previous year. Please visit the Murnaghan Fellowship website for further information and application instructions.

Other Fellowships

The PJC may consider being a host for a Skadden or Equal Justice Works Fellowship that would begin in the fall of each year. Please send a letter briefly describing your interests and proposed project ideas to Legal Director Debra Gardner by June 30 of the previous year to receive full consideration. PJC will select a candidate in July and then work with the candidate to complete the application by the September deadline.

For other fellowships, e.g. law-school-sponsored post-graduate fellowships, please send a letter briefly describing your interests and proposed project ideas to Legal Director Debra Gardner in sufficient time to be considered according to the fellowship timeline.

Internships

Summer internships

The Public Justice Center is offering two law clerk/legal internship opportunities to law students during the summer of 2023.

Internships at other times of year

The PJC welcomes interns throughout the year whose interests, abilities, and availability match with a current need of the staff. To be considered, please send a resume and letter explaining your interest, abilities, and availability to Matt Hill and Maria Roumiantseva.