The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is currently accepting applications for Summer 2022 Law Clerks.
Over fifty years ago, the Fair Housing Act and the Housing and Urban Development Act were signed into law to expand housing opportunities for marginalized communities and redress racially motivated discriminatory laws and policies. Unfortunately, far too many of our neighbors continue to face discriminatory policies that are oppressive and create extraordinary hurdles to accessing affordable, clean, decent, and sanitary housing.
Where we live has a powerful impact on our education, employment opportunities, and our mental and physical health. The current public health crisis and the ongoing organizing for a more just society have only reinforced the importance of having a place to call home.
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1968, NHLP has contributed to many critical changes to federal housing policy and programs that have increased housing opportunities and improved housing conditions for communities of color and low-income people. NHLP is a legal advocacy center focused on increasing, preserving, and improving affordable housing; expanding and enforcing the rights of low-income tenants and homeowners; and increasing housing opportunities through fair housing and civil rights laws. We believe that access to safe, decent, and affordable housing is a fundamental human right that should be enjoyed by everyone.
NHLP provides technical assistance to attorneys representing low-income clients, both homeowners and tenants, as well as policy support at the federal, state, and local levels. We also bring impact litigation to challenge policies and practices that inhibit marginalized communities’ access to housing and administer a national listserv called the Housing Justice Network. And while we do not directly represent clients, NHLP aims to center low-income families’ experiences in all its work. Find out more about NHLP and our work at www.nhlp.org.
NHLP’S SUMMER LAW CLERK PROGRAM
NHLP is committed to training law students who are making a commitment to careers in public interest. NHLP truly values the contributions of its law clerks and aims to ensure that each clerk has a meaningful and rewarding experience. Working at NHLP provides a great opportunity for law students to become engaged in local, state, and national housing rights issues that are central to broader social justice efforts. NHLP provides a unique perspective on housing issues by supporting direct legal services attorneys and others who are advocating for solutions to broader, systemic housing issues. NHLP does not provide direct services to clients, so clerks will not have an opportunity to work directly with individual clients.
Our recent clerks have assisted with important work such as drafting a request for rulemaking, providing testimony before a state fair housing council regarding proposed regulations, drafting comments and advocacy letters to federal agencies, and writing legal memos on cutting-edge issues impacting federally assisted housing.
Our attorneys provide supervision, training, and unique work opportunities in the multi-faceted area of housing law and policy. Clerks are supervised by 1 to 2 staff attorneys and often contribute to organization-wide projects as well. NHLP’s work is intersectional, meaning that clerks can gain experience in housing policy through the lens of our focus areas, including, but not limited to:
o Preserving affordable housing;
o Promoting housing rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking;
o Advocating for the rights of persons who have had contact with the criminal legal system;
o Preventing foreclosure; o Advancing fair and equal access to housing free from discrimination;
o Ensuring immigrant individuals and families can access and maintain affordable housing, and;
o Providing housing opportunities for persons with disabilities.
NHLP provides numerous training opportunities, including a summer brownbag series focused on distinct substantive areas of housing law. Clerks will have opportunities to strengthen their legal research and writing and policy advocacy skills. Clerks also attend coalition meetings and participate in advocacy calls. Several NHLP summer law clerks have returned to our organization as post-graduate fellows.
NHLP is happy to work with students who will be receiving credit, work-study, or a stipend from their universities. Additionally, NHLP will offer funding to clerks so that each clerk will receive a total of $6,000 for the summer, regardless of their ability to secure outside funding.
Ideal candidates must be current law students and possess: o An understanding of the impact of housing policy; o A strong commitment to working on issues that impact low-income and marginalized populations; o A willingness and ability to develop outstanding legal research and writing skills, and; o An ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.