Eviction Clinical Instructor
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2010
B.A., Yale University, 2001
Erica K. López is the Clinical Instructor who leads the Eviction Defense Clinic (EDC), a part of the Economic Justice Institute. The EDC started in August 2021 in response to the ongoing need for representation in rental housing cases. The EDC is part of a collaborative community partnership involving the Tenant Resource Center, and local nonprofit legal aid providers Legal Action of Wisconsin, and Community Justice Inc. The goal of this partnership is to provide and expand legal representation and other support (such as rental assistance, housing navigation, and community resource navigation) to low-income Dane County renters facing eviction.
After graduating from Yale University, she did research on immigration and education, as a Bush fellow at the Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale (now called The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy). Before matriculating into University of Wisconsin Law School as an Advanced Opportunity Fellow, she worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in New York City and at the founding site for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships at Boston Medical Center. Most recently, she was a public benefits and housing eviction attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc.