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NU Law program recognized for its tenant assistance project

By: - January 31, 2022 2:58 pm

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The University of Nebraska College of Law was among the 99 law schools that responded to the U.S. Attorney General’s call in August to help people in their communities access emergency rental assistance.

Law schools overall acted with urgency, the Justice Department said, and over the past five months have continued to draw upon resources such as pro bono and externship programs. Students partnered with community-based organizations to increase access to crucial resources and legal assistance and identified families facing eviction.

Along with NU, Creighton University was recognized nationally. 

NU Law’s tenant assistance project, which grew after the Attorney General’s call to action, was among a half-dozen anti-eviction programs chosen to present during a nationwide webinar last week hosted by the White House and Justice Department, NU said.

Third-year law student Rachel Tomlinson Dick said the NU program has helped in the distribution of nearly $9 million in federal rental assistance funds.

From its inception to late 2021, the program helped keep more than 600 families in their homes and helped avoid a spike in eviction filings seen in other locations, NU said.

 

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Cindy Gonzalez
Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

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