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Partner Mark Melton spoke with D Magazine about the creation of the Dallas Eviction 2020 campaign, where 150 attorneys offer their services for free to people about to be evicted from their homes. Various levels of government have issued sometimes overlapping measures of protection and moratoriums for tenants facing eviction due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Melton indicated that helping people sort out all of these provisions is something lawyers should be good at, hence why he founded the campaign.
Mr. Melton said he is sympathetic with landlords, too. “But if you are making policy, the absolute worst thing that can happen is to have tens of millions of homeless people who have just been evicted sitting outside tens of millions of empty rental units. It’s not like there’s a line of people sitting out there ready to go rent those places when you evict folks.”