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									                            Lane Evans Home Court Fellowship
                              Program Description & Application 2009
                                    Deadline to Apply: February 27, 2009 – 7pm
The Lane Evans Home Court Fellowship Program
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH) is looking to select dedicated and qualified
Georgetown Law students to serve as Fellows this spring semester. These individuals will gain
valuable public interest work experience while working with WLCH legal professionals on a special
project. All legal work will count towards the Pro Bono Pledge. Projects will vary and may include:
     Researching legal issues and drafting memos and sample pleadings to address current legal issues.
     Preparing materials for a policy briefing of local officials, using lessons from the past 20 years.
     Assisting attorneys with intake at various local shelters.
     Helping community members prepare testimony for City Council policy & budget hearings.
     Developing presentations to give at local clinics and shelters to inform the homeless of their rights.
About the WLCH
Founded in 1986 by a group of local attorneys including several Georgetown Law graduates, the
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing free legal
services to homeless individuals and families in Washington, D.C. WLCH helps over a thousand
individuals each year deal with issues ranging from appealing denials of public benefits to accessing
emergency shelter to securing permanent affordable housing. WLCH also undertakes advocacy on a
range of broader issues affecting people who are homeless. For more information about WLCH, visit
their website at
About Home Court
Started by a group of Georgetown Law students in 1987, Home Court is an annual charity basketball
game featuring a team of Congress members battling a team of Georgetown Law faculty. The charity
fundraiser is organized by Georgetown Law students, with all proceeds going to support WLCH.
About Lane Evans
Lane Evans, a Georgetown Law graduate (L’78), served as a Congressman from Illinois from 1983 to
2007. Evans previously led the “Hill’s Angels” bipartisan roster of Congress members.
Commitment and Important Dates
     Fellows are expected to work 5 hours per week on-site at WLCH’s offices (12th & U Streets).1
      Scheduling of office hours will accommodate Fellows’ class schedules. Fellows will begin
      working the week of March 16th and will complete the Fellowship by April 17, 2008.
     Fellows will give an informal mid-term presentation about their projects to an audience of WLCH
      staff and other Fellows during the first week of April.
     Fellows are also expected to assist in organizing this year’s Home Court charity basketball game
      (tentatively scheduled for the evening of April 2nd or 16th). This involves attending periodic
      Home Court planning meetings on-campus, and participating in either tabling, recruiting, or
      publicity for the event. This is an opportunity for Fellows to network with the greater Georgetown
      Law community.
How to Apply / Questions
Send questions and applications (available on the OPICS website) and a resume to Brendan Ruddy at by 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 27th. Applications can also be obtained
in paper form in the OPICS office and on the Pro Bono & Community Service bulletin board on the
first floor. Completed paper applications can be submitted to the OPICS office. Interviews will be
conducted on March 2nd & 3rd and those selected to be Fellows will be notified by March 12th.

    WLCH’s offices are convenient to the Metro station at 13th & U Streets (Green & Yellow Lines).
                         Lane Evans Home Court Fellowship
                                            Application 2009
                               Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 27th, 2009
                                           Use additional pages if necessary.
          Email the completed application with your resume to Brendan Ruddy at by
                    Friday, February 27nd at 7pm. Interviews will be conducted on March 2nd or 3rd.

Name                                                               Year (1L/2E/etc):
Address                                                            Apt #:
City, State, Zip
Email Address:
Home Phone #:                            ______ Cell Phone #: ______                       ____________
Which Date and Time are you available for an interview (this is only for scheduling convenience and
will not be considered in granting interviews/positions):
____ Monday, March 2nd        ____ Tuesday, March 3rd     ____ Both
____ A.M. (9:30am-12pm) ____ P.M. (1:00-6:00pm)           ____ Both

Describe your work in up to three public interest or community service projects (legal or
non-legal). Please include the organization’s name and your title, if applicable.

Do you have any specific experience working with the homeless?
____No, that’s why I am interested in this program. ____Yes. Please list that experience here:

What specific strengths and skills will you bring to the Lane Evans Home Court Fellowship?

What excites you most about the opportunity to be a Lane Evans Home Court Fellow?

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