The Tenants' Rights Project is a student-run organization at the Columbia University School of Law. We work with public interest attorneys from the West Side SRO Law Project at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, and from Northern Manhatten Improvement Corporation. Together, we help low-income tenants in New York City fight abusive and delinquent landlords. See "Activities" for more on what we do.
The TRP Executive Board is here to help you succeed with your cases! See the Resources page for our TRP Manual, links to useful sites, and other information for volunteers. If you are a tenant in need of assistance, please see this page.
Congratulations to Anne Coxe, Ian Fisher, Beth Kaplan, and Marissa Schaffer! They have been selected as the co-chairs of the Tenants' Rights Project for the 2012-2013 academic year from a pool of excellent applications. They each have extensive involvement with TRP and also bring greater experiences in public interest work to the group. See the Board Members page.
The Tenants's Rights Project is one of the few organizations where law students (including 1Ls and LLMs) can get real client contact and court room exposure while serving the public interest. As a TRP Volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to perform a variety of work helping low income tenants in New York City against abusive and delinquent landlords. This work includes housing part actions, attorney pairings, research opportunites, intake sessions, and more.
In the housing part actions, you will work with another volunteer, an attorney from the SRO Law Project, and a member of TRP's Executive Board. You'll make a site visit, prepare legal documents for filing, conduct a client meeting, and ultimately see the case through New York City's Housing Part Court.
If you are interested in participating, please email us.