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Nov 5 / Allia McCoy

DAMON J. KEITH STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIP


This is an opportunity for a graduate student to work with a unique information work!

The Damon J. Keith Center, in partnership with The Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures, is seeking graduate students to assist with several research and outreach projects related to the tax foreclosure crisis.

The Coalition’s work focuses on the following problem: From 2011-2015, 1 in 4 Detroit homes have been subject to property tax foreclosure. We have not seen this number of property tax foreclosures since the Great Depression. More troubling, a recent study found that over this period the City assessed between 55%-85% of Detroit homes at rates that violated the Michigan Constitution, placing the unprecedented number of property tax foreclosures in disrepute. For more information, read this op-ed in the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/sunday/dont-let-detroits-revival-rest-on-an-injustice.html Students can expect to do impactful work directly related to solving the ongoing property tax foreclosure crisis in Wayne County.

Projects include but are not limited to:

Helping Detroit home owners file a property tax appeal, and conducting legal research connected to the property tax foreclosure crisis in Detroit. 

Requirements: Applicants must be current Wayne State University Graduate students with stellar research and writing skills, who are able to work independently and meet deadlines. Please indicate in your cover letter the number of hours per week and the time period during which you would be available to work. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Nicholas Norton <nicholas.norton@wayne.edu> and Peter Hammer <phammer@wayne.edu> no later than November 15, 2019. The rate of pay is the standard rate for law faculty research assistants, $12 per hour.