California Eviction Defense: Protecting Low-Income Tenants

  • Evictions

California Eviction Defense: Protecting Low-Income Tenants
March 13, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Live in San Francisco & Via Live Webcast

Why You Should Attend:
In the current economic climate an increasing number of low-income Californians are facing eviction. Unfortunately, many tenants are evicted without the benefit of legal counsel to guide them through the process or the representation necessary to vigorously defend against unlawful actions. As a result, families face the very real possibility of homelessness. This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of eviction defense and housing law and an opportunity to connect with non-profit legal service agencies able to facilitate pro bono representation of low income families facing this predicament.

What You Will Learn:
• Eviction process overview and basics
• Affirmative defenses in Unlawful Detainer actions
• Eviction defense after foreclosure
• Evictions and terminations in subsidized housing
• Evictions in rent controlled jurisdictions and mobile home parks
• Fee Waivers, Requests for Jury Trials and Appellate Division Writs

Who Should Attend:
All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with eviction matters through representation or in clinical settings, law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.

Program Schedule

Program Overview and Introductions
S. Lynn Martinez

Eviction Process: Overview of the Basics and Affirmative Defenses in Unlawful Detainer Actions
The summary nature of the unlawful detainer action makes these cases ideal for pro bono attorneys. The day-long training begins with an overview of state eviction proceedings in both private and subsidized housing, including pre-complaint notices, required allegations, motions, discovery and trials. Considerable time will be given to exploring the affirmative defenses that can be raised in an unlawful detainer answer.
Stephanie Haffner, Laura Lane

Networking Break

Eviction Defense After Foreclosure
As the foreclosure crisis continues, there is an ever increasing need for legal representation for tenants and borrowers faced with eviction after foreclosure. This portion of the training will begin with an overview of the foreclosure process and will cover substantive and procedural defenses that homeowners and tenants have in post-foreclosure evictions. The session will provide an update on new laws that will be effective January 1, 2013.
S. Lynn Martinez, Dean Preston, Kent Qian


Evictions & Terminations in Subsidized Housing
Particular attention must be given to tenants living in subsidized housing and the additional protections against eviction and termination of subsidy afforded by federal law. This session will explore the different types of subsidized housing and the applicable eviction and termination requirements for each program.
Navneet Grewal, Kent Qian

Evictions in Rent-Controlled Jurisdictions & Mobilehome Parks
This segment will explain the additional tenant protections offered by the rent control laws in some cities and under California's Mobilehome Residency Law, and how those protections impact evictions.
Navneet Grewal, Stephanie Haffner, Phong S. Wong

Networking Break

Fee Waivers, Requests for Jury Trials, and Appellate Division Writs
This section will address how pro bono and legal services attorneys can get court fees waived and recoup certain transcript costs on behalf of their indigent clients. The session also will focus on successful jury trial and writ practice in unlawful detainer actions.
Christian Abasto, Phong S. Wong


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