Students engage very actively in client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, pre-trial discovery (including the taking and defending of depositions), negotiation, and motion practice, as well as trying cases in court. Students also have the opportunity to engage in community lawyering and mobilization efforts with long term community partners and to work on legislative and other law reform initiatives. Students participate in a Boston Bar Association Attorney for the Day Program and offer “game day” advice to unrepresented litigants in Court on the day of the litigants hearing or trial. As eviction cases are first scheduled by rule on Thursday mornings, students find it helpful if they are available for clinic work on Thursdays (from around 8:30 to 1:00) as many opportunities arise through the Attorney for the Day Program to argue contested motions and negotiate live client cases.
Housing Justice for Survivors Project
Within the Housing Clinic, the Housing Justice for Survivors Project helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment who need to move to safe housing or who are trying to keep their homes. We represent clients facing eviction, loss of housing subsidies, those in need of safety transfers, and people who need to terminate their tenancies for safety reasons. Below, Project Director Julia Devanthéry talks about the Project and the kinds of cases and work students can take on.
For information about the Housing Law Clinic please contact Maureen E. McDonagh, mcdonagh[at]law.harvard.edu, 617.390.2542