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HOMELESS PERSONS REPRESENTATION PROJECT, INC.

2nd Annual Summer Brown Bag Series

Lunch and Learn in the


PUBLIC INTEREST
Wednesdays
June 17 - July 22, 2009
Noon - 1 p.m.

Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.


10 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

June 24 July 1
Emerging Baltimore’s
June 17 Employment 10 Year Plan
Homeless Issues to End
Children Homelessness
& Trauma

July 15 July 22
July
July 22
8
Fellowships Veterans’
Veterans’
Careers in
in the Benefits
Benefi
Public ts
Interest
Law Public Interest
HOMELESS CHILDREN AND TRAUMA
Stress and trauma are very common among families experiencing homelessness. Domes-
tic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and street violence are some of the sources of
stress and trauma for homeless families. The effects are deep and long-lasting. For children,
June 17 a range of emotional and behavioral problems may develop and for parents, major
depression and other mental health disorders occur at a greater rate than in the general
population. One way to care for these families is to provide integrated trauma-informed
services into their routine care. Jessica Statesman, Program Director for Marian House,
will discuss how her program uses trauma-informed services to serve homeless families.
and Kevin Wade from Family Connections will discuss the impact of trauma on the
family system as well as social service organizations. Stephanie Archer-Smith, Deputy
Director of St.Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, will share how trauma-informed services are
being implemented at Sarah’s Hope II, an emergency shelter in Baltimore City.

EMERGING EMPLOYMENT ISSUES


June 24 Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, will
discuss recent legislation passed by the General Assembly providing benefits to low-wage
workers in Maryland and emerging issues affecting unemployed youth between the ages of
16 and 24.

BALTIMORE’S 10 YEAR PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS


Diane Glauber, President, Baltimore Homeless Services, will discuss progress made un-
July 1 der the 10 Year Plan so far, next steps, and ways that advocates can help the City achieve
its goals under the Plan.

CAREERS IN PUBLIC INTEREST LAW


Teresa Schmiedeler, Director of Pro-Bono and Public Service Initiatives at the Universi-
ty of Maryland School of Law; Lauren Young, Director of Litigation for the Maryland Dis-
July 8 ability Law Center; and Kerry O’Brien, Senior Manager of the Legal Program at CASA
de Maryland will share their personal experiences, career advice and answer questions
such as: “Is it hard to get a public interest job?;” “Don’t big firms provide better training?;”
and “If I work in a law firm, can I make the switch to public interest?”

FELLOWSHIPS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST


Learn about post-graduate fellowship opportunities for law students in Maryland.
Panelists will include: Leigh Goodmark, former Skadden Fellow & Associated Professor
July 15 of Law, The University of Baltimore School of Law; Debra Rubino, Director of Strategic
Communications, Open Society Institute (OSI); Michael Franklin, Program Assistant,
OSI Community Fellowships Program; and Jennifer Tschirch, Senior Program Manager,
Fellowships, Equal Justice Works.

VETERANS’ BENEFITS
The number of homeless Veterans in Maryland continues to rise and HPRP is attempting
to address this critical need. Justin Browne, founder of the Military Law Section of the
July 22 Maryland State Bar, and Noah Isserman, University of Maryland Law School student
and Schweitzer Fellow, will discuss volunteer opportunities for law students to assist
Maryland Veterans.