(PRWEB) April 12, 2013
The apartment was perfect. The student was in Chicago for a summer job, and this was a sublease for the months of June, July and August.
She had planned to move in a week’s time, but when the leaseholder informed the landlord, she refused to accept the sublease.
The summer tenant was African-American.
This is just one of the more than 900 discrimination cases students at The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic have handled for clients over the past 20 years.
John Marshall remains the only law school in the nation with a clinical program devoted exclusively to training students in fair housing law and enforcement.
“Racism, unfortunately, occurs on a regular basis in many housing transactions and it crosses socio-economic lines,” said Professor Allison Bethel, director of the Clinic. “As with this case, upper- and middle-income African-Americans are vulnerable to discrimination.”
The Clinic’s founding coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. The Clinic also represents victims of domestic violence.
Other protections are available under state, county and city laws. For example, a decision in a Clinic case set a precedent in Chicago that today allows holders of Federal Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly known as Section 8) to count the value of the voucher as income.
The Clinic’s staff continues to build on its successes protecting the civil rights of its clients and training students in the practice of law.
“As the economy improves and cities begin to rebuild and revitalize, the Clinic is uniquely positioned to assist in building more integrated and thriving communities,” Bethel added.
To learn more about The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic visit http://www.jmls.edu/fairhousing/
About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.