Eric Tars serves as the legal director the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, leading its human rights, civil rights, and children’s rights programs through managing its cutting edge litigation, strategic policy advocacy, and outreach and training initiatives at the international, national, and local levels. Eric helped spearhead the launch of the Law Center’s national Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, has served as counsel of record in multiple precedent-setting cases, including Martin v. Boise in the 9th Circuit, and is frequently quoted in national and local media, including NPR, AP, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and VICE News.
Eric also teaches human rights advocacy as an adjunct professor at Drexel University Kline School of Law, and serves as the vice-chair of board of the US Human Rights Network. Eric received his J.D. magna cum laude as a Global Law Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Haverford College and studied international human rights in Vienna at the Institute for European Studies and at the University of Vienna.