WAKE COUNTY, North Carolina (WNCN) – Campbell Law School worked with the White House and the Department of Justice last week to address the housing and eviction crisis in hopes of taking immediate action to increase the housing stability and access to justice in Wake County.
Campbell joined 99 other schools in 35 states and Puerto Rico to help prevent evictions, according to a news release. Starting in a few months, these law students will dedicate approximately 81,000 hours to help provide legal assistance to these communities across the country.
“The clinic will represent clients in summary eviction hearings in Wake County Small Claims Court,” said Ashley Campbell, professor at Campbell Law School. “Professor (Tolu) Adewale and I have handled landlord/tenant cases during our respective time at Legal Aid (from the Raleigh office in North Carolina).”
Law schools, including Campbell, rely on the resources, clinical offerings and services of the broader law school community to help struggling families avoid eviction, according to a news release.
“Through assisting with housing assistance applications, volunteering with legal aid providers, assisting the courts to implement eviction diversion programs, among other initiatives aimed at increasing the stability of the housing and access to justice…”, which is how he plans to help, according to a press release.
Attorney General Merrick Garland held a Zoom press conference with schools taking the call to help Americans facing eviction.
“Five months ago, I called on the legal community to answer the call to help Americans facing deportation. Law students and attorneys across the country stepped up to take on cases and helped their customers and communities at a time when our country needed it most,” Garland said in Zoom via the press release. “Today our work is far from complete, and bringing the promise of equal justice under the law remains our urgent and unfinished mission.”
This call to action from the attorney general and the response from 99 law schools is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s whole-of-government approach to help millions of families maintain their rent and stay in their homes, according to the Press release.
Campbell Law School will begin its part in the coming months.