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Public Justice Center Inc

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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christine196

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a former Board Member and current donor. I don’t know of any non-profit that has accomplished so much with limited resources. I love supporting PJC because I know they will make the most of every dollar. I have worked as cocounsel with a number of different lawyers at PJC since 1998. They are an extremely talented and dedicated group of professionals, who are well respected in the bar for very good reasons.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I interned for PJC from January to April, under the Human Right to Housing team. I'm interested in becoming an attorney and working in the non-profit sector one day. I am happy to say that my experience at PJC was insightful and educational. As a non-profit, PJC is expansive in their mission's efforts for social justice, equity, and human rights. The organization serves individual clients regarding legal issues, engages in litigation and lobbying for certain laws, and participates in community initiatives, such as the Baltimore Housing Roundtable.

In addition, I appreciate PJC's staff members' commitment in staying at the organization for the long-term. I mention this, because some non-profits have the difficulty in retaining staff members for more than 1 year. I believe this commitment will create improvements and tangible results towards their future projects. One of my favorite moments during my internship was sitting at the staff meeting for their monthly racial justice training. I think it is important that the staff member at PJC are aware of their own biases and have a space to engage in these conversations with their coworkers.

As an intern I valued my experience at the office, because the office environment was always welcoming, friendly, and supportive. Overall, I recommend anyone who is passionate about social justice to participate at the Public Justice Center. I mention the word passionate, because working at PJC is an experience to expand one's knowledge on the injustices occurring in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see a lot of attorneys at the courthouse downtown helping people with rental issues. They always seem very helpful. I have not needed their help professionally but I see the work they do and think we need more people like them.

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PJC is a great team truly dedicated to advocating for the community. Their attorneys do wonders for social justice!

Client Served

Rating: 5

PJC does vital community work and has an incredible team of attorneys and staff who are thorough, dedicated, and responsive to the people they serve.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked at the Public Justice Center for over five years as an attorney. The PJC not only has incredible staff, but it has a great working environment. The leadership is supportive, accessible, and open to new ideas on how best to serve their client communities and effect social change. The staff are incredibly dedicated, smart, and passionate about social justice and race equity work. The PJC makes consistent efforts to ensure their work is accomplishing their goals, including working with grassroots organizations and other community partners . An excellent place to work for passionate social justice lawyers and advocates seeking a smart non-profit that works for social change.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Long before I joined the board of PJC, I admired their work through a friend who is a staff attorney there. Since joining the board, I am constantly amazed and immensely proud of the organizational and individual dedication to serve those most in need. PJC's accomplishments set the standard for Baltimore, Maryland, and the nation. PJC's future is bright, which is good for us all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at the Public Justice Center has been absolutely inspiring. Everyday I see employees who clearly embody the mission of the organization, working towards a just society. In my time at the Public Justice Center, I was treated as a member of the team and was able to truly work with the other employees in achieving the ultimate goal of systemic change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Public Justice Center for more than 10 years and they are with out a doubt the most earnest and committed people I can imagine. But even more importantly they fill the most critical need I can imagine. The need for making sure that we don't just pay lip service to creating a just society, but that it we build one that actually works. PJC does not apply band-aids to social ills, it searches for root causes and tugs on them until they are removed and it often takes many years on a single issue, but the just don't give up.

Suzanne74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With so many issues that taking up our time and energy, it is truly enlightening to know the work that is being done by the staff at the Public Justice Center, Inc. There can be no hope for people to move forward then that of having security in and the ability to practice a trade without barriers in the work place..... THERE CAN BE NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE.......

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the PJC for a year and my experience was nothing short of inspiring and thankful. I observed how the staff worked tirelessly to pursue their goals for driving systemic change for the society. Major historical bills such as Montgomery County Paid Sick leave legislation, would not have been successful without PJC's strong involvement. Whether advocating for renter's rights, education rights, workers rights or other human rights PJC has been and is the place where society gets major benefits. I am glad to have served at the PJC and I will continue to support its mission to keep bringing positive change for the society.