Patrick Doell

The Project

Patrick’s project will work to establish an eviction help desk in Baton Rouge City Court to provide on-site direct legal services and representation to defend tenants in eviction cases. Patrick will work with the Baton Rouge Mayor-President’s Office and the Clerk of City Court to secure physical space in the city court and to obtain permission from the judges for oral motions and answers to better facilitate same-day representation.

COVID-19 has placed more individuals in danger of evictions than ever before due to loss of income and risks to health. A city court eviction help desk will further the cause of Disaster Resilience as both a reaction to the increase in evictions due to COVID-19 and will act as insulation for individuals against future increases in evictions due to disasters or other causes.

Fellowship Plans

All Patrick wants to do in his legal career is to help people, and public interest work allows him to protect the fundamental rights of those low-income individuals who need aid the most. Housing is among the most basic life needs, and COVID-19 has endangered that need for many. Patrick is thrilled for the opportunity to defend low-income tenants against evictions and ensure that his clients receive every protection available under the law. The Disaster Resilience Fellowship at Equal Justice Works allows him to fulfill his dual passions for justice for the needy and for trial advocacy.

The Project

Immigrant victims of crime in Athens-Clarke County have increased access to no-cost, culturally competent, language accessible legal services in the areas of immigration, protective orders, domestic relations law, and benefits advocacy. Immigrant victims of crime are safer and more secure in their homes and communities, and believe in the ideal of access of justice to all. Increased awareness in the immigrant community and in the community service stakeholders serving the immigrant community of the availability of legal services to immigrant victims of crime. Broadened and deepened community collaboration across law enforcement, legal services, and social services in Athens-Clarke County to effectively identify and respond to trafficking 

Simone provided culturally competent, trauma-informed immigration and civil legal services to immigrant victims of crime. She also conducted outreach and training to immigrant communities, and community stakeholders. Simone is a bilingual attorney with ties to the Athens community. 

The Project

Marissa combatted the civil hardships that accompany criminal proceedings in the areas of employment and housing. Additionally, Marissa addressed the unreliability of the criminal record system in Georgia. Continuing to punish those reentering society after criminal justice encounters calls into question principles of fundamental fairness. It can also compromise public safety and contribute to a cycle of crime because those denied opportunities to better their lives often resort to criminal activity.

The Project

My project focuses on recruiting, training and placing law students in a variety of unpaid legal internships serving the poor in Louisiana.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Project

Represent the interests of those who are elderly and who have disabilities in the community, prison, nursing homes, and other institutions.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

The project allows the Fellow to represent the human and civil rights of persons who are elderly and who have disabilities. This includes lack of constitutionally adequate medical care in prison, unjust solitary confinement (investigation), abuse in nursing home, and abuse in one’s on home.

The Right Person For This Project

Derek is the right person for the project because:
• He took courses specializing in civil rights litigation and systemic and impact litigation
• He knows that many of the issues facing seniors are systemic in nature and need systemic resolutions
• His host organization has a protection and advocacy system and therefore is allowed to do class actions, unlike ordinary legal aid offices