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In the Bay Area, a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents have resulted in a displacement crisis among low-income people in the communities surrounding Stanford. As families face unmanageable rent increases, tenancy terminations, and eviction notices, they often lack access to representation to assert their legal defenses.

At Stanford’s Community Law Clinic (CLC), law students and instructors are working to address this crisis through individual cases and policy advocacy.

Professor Juliet Brodie will share more about the CLC, a direct services, trial practice clinic in Palo Alto where Stanford law students represent clients in housing cases as well as social security disability and criminal record expungement matters. Join us to learn more about how clinical education shapes future lawyers while providing critical legal services to underserved individuals and communities. We will also hear opening remarks from Jenny Martinez, the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School.
Discover Stanford for You: Preventing Housing Displacement—One Family at a Time
Day: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PT)
Format: Zoom Webinar
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Jenny S. Martinez is the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School and the law school’s 14th dean. Professor Martinez is a leading expert on international law and constitutional law, including comparative constitutional law. She teaches courses on constitutional law, civil procedure, international law, and international business transactions. She is a senior fellow (by courtesy) of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a faculty affiliate of Stanford’s Center on International Security and Cooperation and Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. An experienced litigator, she serves as a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. She is also a member of the American Law Institute.

Juliet M. Brodie is a professor of law, director of the Stanford Community Law Clinic (CLC), and the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service. An award-winning teacher committed to law school clinics embedded in low-income communities, Professor Brodie has subject matter expertise in tenants’ rights, access to justice, and poverty law generally. She has been a senior consulting attorney to leading nonprofits in the Bay Area on eviction defense and tenant protection practices.

M. Stacey Hawver, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, has been a public interest lawyer for more than thirty years. Ms. Hawver was named Woman of the Year for the 22nd Assembly District in 2020. Ms. Hawver joined Legal Aid as a staff attorney in 1990 where she focused her efforts on administrative law. Ms. Hawver graduated first in her class from Stanford Law School and holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and an A.B. in Economics from Cornell University.

Saraswati Rathod (she/her) is a 3L at Stanford Law School. Her focus at Stanford has been on legal aid, with a specialty in working with LGBTQ+ and HIV+ clients. As a student at the Stanford Community Law Clinic and as an intern at the East Bay Community Law Center, Saraswati has worked on public benefits appeals, petitions for post-conviction relief, and eviction defense cases. As co-leader of the Stanford Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Pro Bono Project, she also helped establish Stanford’s direct service name and gender marker change project. After graduation, she plans to work as an eviction defense attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in San Jose.


For any questions regarding community engagement, please email: [email protected]. For questions regarding registration for the virtual live event, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at [email protected] or 650.725.0326 (phone) by March 29, 2023. 


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