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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.