The Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Division performs a number of diverse yet interrelated duties to protect civil rights and build community partnerships:
We review and respond to constituent complaints involving alleged civil rights violations and discrimination.
We evaluate possible civil rights violations based on patterns or practices that have a significant impact in Maryland.
We work closely with other divisions and units at the Office of the Attorney General, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State's Attorneys, Office of the Public Defender, and other government agencies and organizations.
During the Maryland legislative session, we monitor legislation that involves civil rights or addresses matters relating to discrimination with a view towards making recommendations.
Furthermore, the Division engages in community outreach activities to educate the public about their civil rights through partnerships with advocacy groups, law enforcement, and the faith community.
US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.
The Thurgood Marshall Opportunity Law Clerkship is a summer collaborative effort of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and several local law firms to attract diverse students who demonstrate not only a devotion to public service and the public good, but also exceptional leadership potential. The goal is to encourage these students to consider public sector service during their legal careers, and to provide these students with an excellent summer internship that enhances their future employment opportunities. Selected participants will serve in one of the several divisions at the downtown Baltimore location of the Office of the Attorney General. The clerkship program is 8 weeks and includes various receptions and events for the law clerks as well.