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Aurora Martin

  • Hosted by Columbia Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Equal Justice Works
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school University of Washington School of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 1999
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Aurora worked on the housing justice project, a pro bono eviction defense program for low-income tenants.

Fellowship Highlights

During Aurora’s Fellowship, she learned how to coordinate pro bono services for eviction defense and directly represent clients.  Toward the end of her Equal Justice  Works Fellowship, Aurora had the opportunity to address systemic issues related to predatory eviction practices of slum landlords.

Next Steps

After working at Columbia Legal Services from intern to executive director, for a total tenure of nearly twenty years, Aurora stepped down to develop her own consulting business focused on social justice work.  Although she continues to do some consulting for a few nonprofit and legal aid clients, she is mostly now focused on co-leading a coalition-based environmental and climate justice organization, comprised of communities of color-led groups. Additionally, other key engagements include helping to launch the Social Justice Film Institute and coordinating the Federal Acknowledgment efforts of the Duwamish Tribe, the maternal tribe of Chief Seattle.


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Host: Ohio State Legal Services Association

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