Sandy’s Fundamental Right to Housing Was Preserved

Sandy* had lived in her home for eight years. But when she applied to add her brother and nephews as tenants to the lease, she was suddenly served with an eviction notice, alleging she had an unauthorized assignment and sublet. She further faced unjust charges for rent and utilities that were wrongly levied on her, even though the Coalition for Abolishment of Slavery and Trafficking had covered them. Sandy came to ICLC and ICLC immediately called on Perkins Coie LLP to assist.

Oliver Gold, Jacob Dean, Lauren Trambley, and Elissa Ronquillo from the firm stepped up to preserve Sandy’s housing. They immediately embarked on an intensive journey, working across offices and languages to prepare the case. First-year associate Elissa conducted a grueling six-hour deposition of the landlord’s representative.

Their efforts led to life-changing results for Sandy—a substantial settlement and dismissal of the eviction case. Thanks to the power of pro bono advocacy, Sandy’s fundamental right to housing was preserved.

* Names have been changed and photos may not depict ICLC clients. We take client privacy seriously and make these changes to protect client confidentiality.