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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Crime & Law, Public Interest Law

Mission: The Public Justice Center (PJC) is one of Maryland’s premiere nonprofit legal advocacy organizations. We work with people and communities to confront the laws, practices, and institutions that cause injustice, poverty, and discrimination. We advocate in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, educate the public, and build coalitions, all to advance our mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.”

Programs: The human right to housing project (housing) seeks the realization of a human right to housing that is fair, affordable, habitable, and accessible with security of tenure and culatural adequacy.

the workplace justice project partners with low-wage workers, community and labor organizations, and fellow advocates to promote justice in the workplace and in the courts.

the appellate advocacy project uses appellate courts to advance progressive law reform and to achieve a right to counsel in basic human needs civil cases.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cousin has worked at the PJC for over 6 years now consecutively. I've visited the office a few times myself. Everyone there has always been so welcoming. When they talk about their work it's inspiring. I see through all the work they do, why my cousin has been doing the work she does for so long. Social justice is extremely important to me. And the PJC frames their work around just that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Public Justice Center is a fantastic organization. The work they do makes a great impact in the community and across the country. As their cocounsel on a case, I have found the attorneys there to be passionate, hardworking, great advocates and writers. I highly recommend this organization -- they are small but mighty in the work they do and their ability to leverage their resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The PJC does not shy away from challenges. Rather, as a volunteer I saw how day in and day out the staff’s commitment to their work and clients was unyielding. The PJC provides legal services for members of the community who may otherwise be unable to access this critical resource. Their care, attention to detail, and willingness to always lend a hand is absolutely tremendous. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for this incredible organization and I am still inspired by the people I met there and their work to this day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a friend who works for the PJC. She talks about the great work that they do. They pride themselves on systemic change. I truly value their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Public Justice Center does great work for the residents of Baltimore. When a low-income individual needs representation in criminal case, that is provided for them of course. However these are not the only situations where a person could need legal advice or representation that they are not able to afford. PJC fills this need wonderfully.

Christine196

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked as co-counsel with the lawyers of PJC and they are excellent lawyers, really committed to their clients, and effective at changing the system through litigation, legislation, and education.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked here for one year as a full-time volunteer through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. All I can say is that this is a genuinely wonderful organization filled with passionate and kind people. They really are working hard for systemic change in so many different ways, in a city that has great need. This was my first job out of college, and I fully expect always thinking back on it as one of my best.

Taylor23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with PJC for a summer and fell in love with the organization. The people are wonderful, and immediately accepted all of the new interns into the family. The organization is a group of passionate, determined, and very hardworking working individuals. Together they are doing amazing work to help the people of Baltimore. PJC will always have a special place in my heart and I am very thankful for the experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome. Excellent. Extremely knowledgeable. You guys have never kept me waiting long. You respond to my calls with excellent information in a timely manner. I couldn't ask for better people to work with."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years I have come to know many of the staff at Public Justice. They work on the cutting edge with innovative legal solutions - on cases where people are most exploited by employers, landlords, banks and others. And, I believe the fact that PJC creates a space for their client(s) to have full voice and decision making control in the direction of their legal representation is hugely important in our society.