Congratulations are in order for third year law students, Leslie West (left) and Colleen Krisulevicz (at right)!
Working with Community Development Clinic Director Prof. Louise Howells and David Zisser of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leslie and Colleen researched and prepared a white paper that recommended significant reform of the landlord-tenant law in Louisiana. The report's recommendations, which were vetted by local counsel, were based on extensive research of landlord-tenant law in states across the county and on in-depth conversations with housing advocates in Louisiana. The report's findings were presented to the Louisiana State Senate Judiciary Committee in January, along with input from other organizations.
We have just learned that a bill came out of committee incorporating all but one of Colleen and Leslie's recommendations and has been submitted to the Louisiana State Legislature. Information on the bill is available as follows:
Great victory young ladies, now its time to revamp the entire creole/French law that has been holding that state back for years. I had the awesome pleasure of making a very large dent in the CDC movement in the late 90s and the complexity of the legal system down there, brings much pain of laws that were created long ago and punish very low wealth people on an daily basis not just in housing, civil rights, human rights, banking, planning. etc.