FreeState Justice is looking for new energy and talent! If you are interested in supporting our efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ Marylanders, please consider volunteering to join one of our committees at this link: https://form.jotform.com/202518792155155
FreeState Justice advocates for LGBTQIA+ equity in the state of Maryland and beyond. It is the only direct legal services non-profit and policy advocacy organization of its kind in the state.
LGBTQIA+ people are being openly attacked in the courts, in the media, and by the highest leadership of our country. In this difficult political climate, you may be asking yourself, "What can I do to help turn these politics around?" This is your opportunity to step up and create change you want to see for our state’s LGBTQIA communities.
Volunteer for one of FreeState Justice’s Committees and become a part of a team that is making real change every day.
FreeState Justice is looking for talent in any of the areas below:
The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the stability of FreeState’s assets, liabilities, and cash flow. The committee closely monitors FreeState’s financial position, statements, and ensures the organization is on sound and stable footing. The committee makes recommendations for improving our long-term financial health.
The Governance Committee is responsible for vetting nominations to the FreeState Board of Directors, interviewing candidates, and forwarding nominations to the Board of Directors for a vote. The committee keeps in mind the need for diversity of cultures, identities, viewpoints, skills, and professional backgrounds. The committee is charged with ensuring fidelity to our bylaws.
The Policy Committee provides strategic advice and direction regarding legislative and policy advocacy. The committee will help develop our advocacy plans, ensure that our agenda is community informed, and engage our broader community interests across Maryland. Specifically, the committee will help plan strategy in advance of legislative sessions.
The Events Committee creates a comprehensive plan for events each year and provide guidance and direction toward achieving event goals. Committee members will form sub-committees around specific events and help plan and execute them successfully.
The Equity Committee assesses, creates, and supports the implementation of a comprehensive equity plan for mission delivery, program services, internal organizational development, organization and board staffing, and community engagement.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Board or FSJ Leadership Team may call for "ad hoc" committees to support specific projects or programs. Ad hoc committees rely on skills and expertise to advance strategic initiatives, e.g. Data Management Strategy, Medical-Legal Partnerships, etc.
Feel free to spread the word to your personal and professional networks!
If you are interested in joining one of our committees, please fill out this engagement application form to indicate your interest and describe your skills: https://form.jotform.com/202518792155155
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About FreeState Justice
2526 SAINT PAUL ST STE 1, Baltimore, MD 21218, US
FreeState Justice is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ("LGBTQ") Marylanders. Despite recent, incremental judicial victories for the national LGBTQ community, the low-income LGBTQ population continues to struggle with legal challenges such harassment, complex family law issues, and anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, foster care, healthcare and public accommodations. In addition to needing attorneys with specific knowledge of how the law affects LGBTQ citizens, LGBTQ clients need attorneys who will treat them with respect and understanding. FreeState’s mission is to combine direct legal services with education and outreach to ensure that the low-income LGBTQ community Maryland receives fair treatment in the law and society.
FreeState Justice was formed when FreeState Legal Project and Equality Maryland merged in the spring of 2016:
Equality Maryland’s primary focus was achieving legislative victories in Annapolis, and its efforts made Maryland one of the most inclusive states in the country for LGBTQ people. Equality Maryland was responsible for the passage of numerous laws affecting the LGBTQ community including the Anti-Discrimination Act, and the Civil Marriage Protection Act, and the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a 2014 law that prohibits gender identity discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit.
FreeState Legal Project was a legal services organization founded in 2007 by a group of attorneys and law students who recognized that the specific needs of the low-income LGBTQ population in Maryland were not being effectively met. FreeState Legal began accepting cases in 2008 and began building a network of pro bono attorneys who volunteer their time to assist clients, making FreeState Legal the first statewide LGBTQ-specific direct legal services organization in the country.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal
We'll work with your schedule.
2526 St. Paul StreetBaltimoreBaltimore, MD21218
October 8, 2020
Human Resources Diversity
Must be at least 18
Quarterly or monthly meetings and support.
A passion for supporting Maryland's LGBTQIA+ Community!