On May 4, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into effect a new law that was spearheaded by the Center on Applied Feminism, Civil Advocacy Clinic and Family Law Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The law provides housing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These individuals will be now be able to (1) terminate leases early if they need to move for their safety; (2) obtain a lock change from their landlord; and (3) have a defense to eviction actions brought on the basis of conduct related to domestic violence or sexual assault. Student attorneys drafted the bill; helped organize a statewide coalition of domestic violence and housing advocates; researched comparable laws in other states; met with legislative sponsors; testified before House and Senate committees; and assisted in negotiations with lobbyists for the property owners. In the Fall, the Center and Clinics will work with the coalition of advocates and turn their attention to community and judicial education about the new law.