Julia Devanthery


Dignity for All Staff Attorney



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Julia's work in the Dignity for All Project focuses on safeguarding the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness and expanding access to safe, affordable housing. Prior to joining the ACLU of Southern California, Julia was a Lecturer on Law at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where she co-taught and supervised students enrolled in the Housing Law Clinic.

Julia founded the Housing Justice for Survivors Project at the Legal Services Center, which trains clinical law students to represent tenants who are facing housing instability due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. She represented the tenant in Boston Housing Authority v. Y.A., 482 Mass. 240 (2019) and won a precedent-setting victory that established a domestic violence survivor's right to raise a Violence Against Women Act defense at any stage of an eviction.

Julia is the author of "The Supreme Judicial Court's Decision in Beacon Residential v. R.P. Gives Survivors of Domestic Violence Their Day in Housing Court" and "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," published in the Boston Bar Journal, and co-author of Chapter 12: Evictions in the 8th edition of Massachusetts Law Reform's pro se manual Legal Tactics: Tenant's Rights In Massachusetts. Julia received her juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Brown University.