Chicago’s John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center and Clinic to Host Conference September 20–21, 2013

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“Many different questions surrounding fair housing will be addressed at the “Implementing the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” conference at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Sept. 20–21, 2013. Local and national academics, attorneys and practitioners will speak at the event.

The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center and Clinic will host the conference “Implementing the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” Sept. 20 and 21, 2013.

Speakers will discuss a breadth of topics: “The Role of States and Local Government—The Consolidated Plan and the Analysis of Impediments and Compliance with the Fair Housing Act,” “The Role of Private and Equitable Relief in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” “The Financial Crisis and Its Effect on the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing,” “The Role of Financial Regulators in Furthering Fair Housing,” “The Duty to Affirmatively Further the Fair Housing Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” and “Olmstead and the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing.”

The two-day conference will focus on the practical realities of implementing the Fair Housing Act through the statutory duty of the government to affirmatively further fair housing. Speakers for “Implementing the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” will discuss what the duty means and how it should be implemented.

The conference will feature local and national academics, attorneys and practitioners: Sara Pratt, deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Sheryl Whitney of Whitney Jennings LLC; Maurice McGough, director for Region V of HUD; Chris Brancart of Barncart & Brancart; James Carr, consultant for Housing Finance, Banking and Urban Policy; David Berenbaum, chief program officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition; Jeanine Worden, associate general counsel for HUD; Stella Adams, executive director for the North Carolina Fair Housing Center; Karen Tamley, commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for the City of Chicago; Kenneth Walden, managing attorney for Access Living; Attorney Daniel Lauber; Joel Williams, executive director of PADS Lake County; and Professor Michael Seng, co-director of the Fair Housing Legal Support Center at John Marshall.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, a reception will be held Friday evening, Sept. 20, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave.

All other conference events will be held at the law school, 315 S. Plymouth Court.
Registration is $395, and is being accepted at http://events.jmls.edu. Attorneys can earn approximately 10.5 hours of CLE for this program.

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.

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