Housing Law Clerk, Summer 2019
Summer full-time, unpaid position
Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to use your legal skills to advocate to end homelessness? 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 Housing Law Clerk for Summer 2019 to assist its Senior Housing Attorney in the Baltimore office.
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 housing practice focuses on access to and preservation of shelter and subsidized housing, as well as expansion of affordable and fair housing opportunities. Direct representation of persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness informs our broader advocacy and impact litigation efforts. HPRP monitors and engages in regular advocacy with the local Public Housing Authority, Continuum of Care and Rent Court, and participates in public policy work at the local and state level.
HPRP’s Baltimore office is located at 201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104.
Reports to: Senior Housing Attorney
- Legal research and writing, including assisting with motions practice and discovery in District and Circuit Courts
- Client interviews
- Assisting with client outreach and legal rights presentations (may include visiting homeless shelters, homeless encampments, and soup kitchens)
- Maintaining client files
- Communication with clients, courts, landlords, and housing agencies
- Assisting attorneys with hearing/trial prep
- 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 regard to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances
- Experience working with people experiencing homelessness or with low incomes
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of two (2) law-related or law school references to Karen E. Wabeke, Esq., via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.