Eviction Defense Project Attorney

New Orleans, LA
Full Time
The Eviction Defense Project Attorney will join LaFHAC's staff from their hiring date through October 2021, with the possibility of an additional year-long extension as need requires and funding allows. The Project attorney will lead LaFHAC's eviction defense project, with an emphasis on serving clients that fall outside of legal aid's service boundaries. The attorney will work closely with the local LSC-funded legal aid organization, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, to identify the populations that are most likely to be underserved, as well as to provide and be a source for referrals. The Project attorney will appear regularly in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, and in Jefferson Parish courts, to defend tenants facing eviction. Additionally, the attorney will table 1-2 times a week in the Orleans and Jefferson Parish courts to assist tenants who appear for their eviction hearings without having already secured representation. Additionally, the Project attorney will be responsible for serving as LaFHAC’s liaison to locally-based coalitions that are working to protect tenants from eviction, as well as strategizing about how to ensure that court conditions are safe. The Project attorney will also conduct outreach and share information with community members as needed, in addition to planning and identifying outreach events and opportunities. The Project attorney, in coordination with other legal services providers, will make policy recommendations to affinity groups and legislators on systemic changes to improve outcomes for tenants.

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