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Join the Journal of Law and Gender for this Author Talk with Lunch!
New York City has recently become the first city in the country to guarantee a civil right to counsel for poor people facing eviction. Eviction threatens severe economic and social harm on individuals and their families, as well as society at large, and disproportionately impacts Black women. NYC legislators have concluded that a right to housing defense counsel is an economically feasible way to promote positive social outcomes by decreasing eviction rates.
This discussion – between Professor Kathryn Sabbeth of UNC School of Law and HLS Housing Clinical Instructor Julia Devanthery – will examine the NYC legislation as a potential step toward a broader civil Gideon, while comparing its development to the landmark case and critiquing the potential limits and drawbacks to such appointment.
Thank you to the DOS Grant Fund & WLA Venture Fund for funding this event, and to our co-sponsors Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Harvard Law School Urbanists, Harvard Women’s Law Association, HLS Homelessness Coalition, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Project No One Leaves, and Harvard Tenant Advocacy Project.