Julia Devanthery, JD
Julia Devanthery JD, is Lecturer on Law and Staff Attorney, Housing Clinic of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She joined the Legal Services Center as Staff Attorney for the Mattapan Initiative in 2013 and now is on leave from her role co-teaching and supervising students enrolled in the Housing Clinic to serve as staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California.
At LSC, Devanthery founded and directs the Housing Justice for Survivors Project, which trains clinical law students to represent tenants who are facing housing instability due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The project provides housing rights training to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, coordinates amicus brief writing projects and leads local, state, and federal law reform efforts aimed at improving the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Devanthery also maintains a caseload of private housing and subsidized housing eviction cases.
At the ACLU of Southern California, she is working to protect the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness by challenging unconstitutional government and police policies and working to expand access to safe, affordable housing for all.
She is the author of several articles and textbook chapters on domestic violence and housing law, including Early Lease Termination Under G.L. c. 186 s 24: An Essential Escape Route for Tenants Who are Facing Domestic Violence Sexual Assault or Stalking, which was published in the Boston Bar Journal in 2017.
Devanthery has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Bar Foundation and as President of the Board of Directors of Respond, Inc. She is the recipient of the Excellence in the Law, Up & Coming Award from Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, and the Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program Award.
Devanthery received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law in 2009 and her B.A. from Brown University in 2004.