6-Hour Program

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 Scholarships available

Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships.  We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application

Why You Should Attend
Across the state rent is skyrocketing. While tenants organize for rent control, evictions continue. Those who are evicted face not only the loss of their home, but also displacement from their community. Effectively defending an unlawful detainer is a profound way to impact a tenant’s life; housing instability has long-term harmful consequences.

For newer attorneys with limited litigation experience, the fast-paced unlawful detainer is also an excellent opportunity to develop skills; your case may be heading into trial only a month after the summons and complaint are served.  This training provides the basic knowledge you will need to effectively defend tenants from eviction.

What You Will Learn
  • How to draft an effective Answer to an Unlawful Detainer Complaint and spot defects in eviction notices;
  • Strategic use of responsive motions to attack faulty notices and complaints;
  • Trial skills, including evidentiary motions;
  • Legal tools for preserving subsidized housing tenancies;
  • Basics of anti-discrimination laws protecting tenants, and how to assert a fair housing defense in an unlawful detainer;
  • How to craft a settlement agreement that protects your client’s rights.

    Who Should Attend
    All attorneys or law students interested in or currently assisting low-income clients with eviction matters would benefit from this program. Advocates without any experience in unlawful detainers would particularly benefit from the training.

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