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Dan Shupe

  • Hosted by Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Petersburg, Virginia
  • Law school The George Washington University Law School
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance, Housing/Eviction
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Dan’s project focuses on addressing housing instability in and near Petersburg, Virginia through his representation of low-income individuals as a housing attorney with Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. Petersburg has one of the highest eviction rates among small cities in the U.S. and the surrounding cities and counties Dan serves face much the same problem. Eviction disproportionately affects those experiencing poverty, meaning they are less likely to be able to obtain an attorney. Many of these individuals also experience other conflicts with their landlords that can be addressed through the assistance of an attorney.Fellowship Plans

To help address these problems, Dan will represent eligible individuals in housing-related litigation, including eviction defense and affirmative litigation to address issues like poor housing conditions, lockouts, and other abuses by landlords. Dan will additionally engage in community outreach to engage others who can assist and legal training to train more attorneys who can then lend their services to those individuals in need.

Dan became inspired to do this work during his time assisting Central Virginia Legal Aid Society as a pro bono attorney. He realized he could use his skills and education to make a difference in the lives of people who may not otherwise have been able to receive legal assistance. Housing is a fundamental need that so many unfortunately fear the loss of or lose, and Dan desires to make a difference for as many of these individuals as he can.

Through my Equal Justice Works Fellowship, I will put my legal skills to work assisting low-income individuals in Petersburg, Virginia and the surrounding areas who are experiencing housing instability or other housing issues.

Dan Shupe /
2023 Fellow in the Housing Justice Program

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