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Justice & Diversity Center Pro Bono Legal Services (JDC)

Eviction Defense


Eviction Defense Project

JDC's full-scope Eviction Defense Project provides representation to clients during their eviction proceedings. These cases provide excellent litigation experience as the procedures are the same as those involved in business litigation−discovery, motions, settlement, and trial−on a more manageable level. Before taking cases, volunteers must attend our free CLE training. After attending the training, volunteers are asked to commit to representing two clients within a year of the training.

Housing Negotiation Project (HNP)

The Housing Negotiation Project (HNP) is JDC's limited-scope project for Eviction Defense. Through this project, volunteer attorneys represent low-income individuals and families being evicted during their mandatory settlement conferences. Representation is limited to settlement conferences only. Through this unique project, every individual in need of an attorney receives representation. Volunteer shifts are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. During one shift, a volunteer will represent one to three clients. It is an excellent opportunity to get valuable negotiation experience without a large time commitment. Volunteers must attend our free CLE training before volunteering for this project. After attending the training, we ask our volunteers commit to four afternoon sessions within six months.


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To sign up for an Housing Negotiation Project training, visit the online calendar.