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Dean Guzman joins law school deans nationwide to help address evictions
USC Gould School of Law

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Law deans commit to taking immediate, meaningful action to combat looming housing crisis

USC Gould School of Law Dean Andrew Guzman has joined law school deans around the country in committing to help provide legal assistance to individuals and families affected by the ending of the eviction moratorium.
 
More than 40 deans throughout the United States have signed on to the joint statement — answering the call by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging members of the legal community to help “address the looming housing and eviction crisis.” The expiration of eviction moratoriums may affect millions of U.S. households, noted the attorney general in his Aug. 30 letter.
 
“As law school deans responsible for training the next generation of lawyers to be stewards of an effective, equitable, and just legal system, we feel obliged to do our part,” the joint statement reads, in support of the attorney general’s call to action.
 
The deans go on to write, “Drawing on resources such as our pro bono programs, clinical offerings, and the service of our larger law school communities, we will help ensure that families and individuals facing eviction have the legal representation, counseling, and assistance they need to exercise their rights, that those entitled to the support of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are able to access it, and that eviction proceedings are conducted in a fair and just manner.”
 

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