Julia Devanthery

Lecturer on Law

2017-2018

Biography

Julia Devanthéry joined the Legal Services Center as Staff Attorney for the Mattapan Initiative in 2013. She became a Clinical Instructor in April of 2015 and a Lecturer on Law in August of 2017, and now co-teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Housing Clinic. Julia founded the Housing Justice for Survivors Project which trains clinical law students to represent tenants who are facing housing instability due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Julia manages Housing Justice for Survivors Project’s direct client representation, provides housing rights training to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, coordinates amicus brief writing projects, and leads local, state, and federal law reform efforts aimed at improving the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Julia also maintains a caseload of private housing and subsidized housing eviction cases. Julia is the author of Early Lease Termination Under G.L. c. 186 s 24: An Essential Escape Route for Tenants Who are Facing Domestic Violence Sexual Assault or Stalking, which was published in the Boston Bar Journal in August of 2017, and co-author of Chapter 12: Evictions in the 8th edition of Massachusetts Law Reform’s pro se manual Legal Tactics: Tenant’s Rights In Massachusetts. Julia received her juris doctor from Northeastern School of Law in 2009. She graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a B.A. in Sociology.

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