In Durham, a young lawyer raised in public housing teaches elite law students to save poor people from eviction.
Profile (North Carolina)
May 24, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Duke Law School Civil Justice Clinic, Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)
In the spring of 2017, Duke University hired McCoy to teach housing law to students and launch a new initiative to reduce eviction filings in Durham County. The “eviction diversion” program was sorely needed in a county that had one eviction filing for every 28 residents during the fiscal year ending in 2016. Even though most of Durham County’s 311,000 residents are white, black and Latino renters received the majority of 5,000 eviction judgments issued last year.