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Sullivan said more than half of the volunteers in Lancaster County are law students.

“They are creating eviction defense packets for cases, notifying tenants of hearings and resources available and, of course, representing tenants during hearings. They are making a difference in our community and in the lives of families facing eviction,” he said.

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Since its inception, the program has helped keep more than 700 families in their homes, a number that continues to grow. The program also connects Lancaster County tenants to available resources, including more than $9 million in federal aid for rental assistance.

“Ryan’s leadership in developing the Tenant Assistance Project has been incredible,” said Richard Moberly, dean of the Nebraska College of Law. “Every day he represents the college and our mission, and this project specifically gives our students opportunities to become leaders themselves, representing clients and advancing justice in the community.”

The tenant project and volunteers have been recognized by the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Clinical Legal Education Association, Legal Aid of Nebraska and Nebraska Appleseed.

Sullivan, who was the state Bar Association’s 2021 Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award recipient, also works with senators in the Nebraska Legislature to advance legislation that would ensure tenants receive legal representation in eviction hearings.

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