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.
About ten years ago, I was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Center. The PJC is well respected as a legal services organization in Baltimore and its Board is made up of attorneys and other persons from Baltimore and Washington. The Board guides the Executive Director in developing major case litigation and in supporting legislative directions in the Maryland General Assembly. I have always described the PJC as a small organization with a major impact.