2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Jennifer Klein Joseph

Jennifer Klein Joseph

City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Housing/Homelessness
Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The Project

Jenny provided legal assistance to low-income homeowners facing foreclosure through direct representation, systemic advocacy, and outreach relating to the recently developed early mediation process in judicial foreclosure cases.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Jenny provided legal assistance to low-income homeowners facing foreclosure through direct representation, systemic advocacy, and outreach relating to the recently developed early mediation process in judicial foreclosure cases.
Fellowship Highlights: 
In the past two years, Jenny has:
· Preserved homeownership for many low-income D.C. residents through the early mediation process
· Provided advice and temporary representation to homeowners at the courthouse seeking guidance before making critical decisions in their judicial foreclosure cases
· Presented to hundreds of prospective homeowners on foreclosure prevention strategies
· Created materials for both pro se litigants and practitioners to help them understand and navigate the new foreclosure process in D.C.
Where are they now?: 
Now that the Fellowship is complete, Jenny plans to:
· Continue her representation of District homeowners facing foreclosure as a staff attorney at Legal Aid
· Push for changes to D.C.’s HomeSaver Program to ensure that the program best serves the needs of District homeowners in danger of foreclosure
· Continue advocacy efforts in support of legislation that would require condominium associations to offer mediation before foreclosing on a unit owner

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