Plenary – VOTING RIGHTS, Race and Housing Civil Rights – The Civil Rights Act of 1866 set an historical pathway for achieving property rights for newly-freed African American slaves. In a post-election environment, the question becomes…Can we make the fair housing case to identify the disruptive link between gerrymandering, voter suppression techniques and housing civil rights violations based on race/other group identities?Click for more information on 'Session I'
Break-Out – Basic Coverage of Fair Housing Laws That Establish Housing Civil-Rights – A Comprehensive Review
This fair housing 101 in-depth review is for new lawyers, advocates, housing counseling staff, community-based agencies, housing providers, professionals working with persons with mental/other disabilities, family/children service agencies, civic organizations, entitlement jurisdiction staff and others who need to gain a working knowledge of fair housing laws.
Plenary – IMMIGRATION REFORM – National Origin-and Housing Civil Rights – Immigration reform has taken an historical path beginning with the Ellis Island immigration era that brought northern, eastern and southern European immigrants to America. Under current immigration patterns immigrants hail from different places, religions and cultures bringing the same or similar economic and political issues, but issues are now laced with concerns about terrorism and deportations. Speakers will highlight important fair housing questions.Click for more information on 'Session III B'
Plenary – IMMIGRATION REFORM – National Origin and Housing Civil Rights – Incorporate Session I – How do we Sort Through the Maze to Understand and Set Fair Housing Standards when dealing with Current Immigration Policies or Future Immigration Reforms?Click for more information on 'Session IV'
Sharing News — Networking — Announcements — Discussing Fair Housing Trends and Cross-overs to Health/Education/Criminal Justice ReformClick for more information on 'Day 2 – Open Mike Roundtable'
Plenary – DISABILITY RIGHTS & FAIR HOUSING – From a Broad Perspective of Housing Civil Rights
In 1988, the FHAA set the tone for a defining era as to the nature, extent and enforceability of individualized requests of persons with disabilities for reasonable accommodations and modifications. The question becomes what lies beyond that milestone. Is there a mandate to set public policy and reach goals of affordable and accessible housing pursuant to HUD regulations and public funding in relationship to anti-housing discrimination laws?
Plenary – Incorporate Session I – If there are Accessibility and Affordability Mandates for Municipalities, are there established or proposed “best practices?”Click for more information on 'Day 2 – Session II A'
Break-Out-Workshop-Limited English Proficiency – The purpose of the workshop is to expose participants to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and HUD’s guidance for addressing limited English proficiency (LEP) clients in the operation of federally-assisted housing. What are the implications for the application of fair housing laws?Click for more information on 'Day 2 – Session II B'
Break-Out – Workshop – Training AFF – A session on the new Assessment of Fair Housing Guidance. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – What are the Guidelines and Evaluations of?Click for more information on 'Day 2 – Session III A'
Break-Out Back by Popular Demand – Ethical Considerations in Fair Housing Litigation – As a standard offering of the conference series for attorneys, this session is complete with invaluable guidance for attorneys as they work with advocates and others in fair housing litigation. Speakers will review important issues concerning conflict of interest, retainer agreements; using separate attorneys when complainants and fair housing centers are litigants and other ethical considerations.Click for more information on 'Day 2 – Session III B'
Plenary – A Review of the Supreme Court
In a prepared video lecture, Professor Erwin Chemerinsky will provide his annual update on the U.S. Supreme Court. This much-heralded and insightful presentation delves into the composition of the Supreme Court, discusses cases heard or with potential to be heard by the court and presents a variety of other perspectives concerning the Supreme Court.
Speaker – Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
In this session the other speakers will continue to highlight the roles of each enforcement entity while showcasing recent cases brought by each involving a variety of “protected class” issues. Speakers will also discuss recent cases coming from the private/non-profit bar and their work with fair housing centers.
Speakers – U.S. Department of Justice – General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD, Washington-Senior Staff Counsel, California State Department of Fair Employment and Housing.Click for more information on 'Day 2 – Session IV'