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February 15-17, 2017
San Diego, CA
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2017 Conference Location

Expert Speakers

Erwin Chemerinsky

Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law

University of California, Irvine School of Law

George Lipsitz

Professor in the Department of Black Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

Richard Rothstein

Senior Fellow

Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Defense and Educational fund, Inc.

Bryan Greene

General Deputy Assistant Secretary - Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Beth Rosen-Prinz

Fair Housing Consultant

Michael Seng

Professor of Law and Executive Director

John Marshall Law School

R. Tamar Hagler

Deputy Chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice

Fernando Gaytan, Esq.

Managing Attorney

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles


(16 CLE for all 3 days) Reflections on Our Past - Questions for Our Future - February 16-17, 2017


February 15, 2017

9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM


Reconciling Fair Housing Civil Rights While Addressing Terrorism and Hate Crimes

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February 16, 2017

9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM

Session I

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?

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10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM

Session II

Plenary – VOTING RIGHTS, Race and Civil RightsIncorporate Session I – If Race/Other Group Identity Impacts Housing Civil Rights, what solutions apply for the future?

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12:15 PM  -  1:45 PM
Dining Room
2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Session III A

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.

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2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Session III B

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.

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3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM

Session IV

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?

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February 17, 2017

8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM

Day 2 – Open Mike Roundtable

Sharing News — Networking — Announcements — Discussing Fair Housing Trends and Cross-overs to Health/Education/Criminal Justice Reform

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9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM

Day 2 – Session I

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?

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11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM

Day 2 – Session II A

Plenary – Incorporate Session I – If there are Accessibility and Affordability Mandates for Municipalities, are there established or proposed “best practices?”

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11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM

Day 2 – Session II B

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?

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12:15 PM  -  2:00 PM
Your Choice
2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Day 2 – Session III A

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?

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2:00 PM  -  03:30 PM

Day 2 – Session III B

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.

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4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM

Day 2 – Session IV

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

Also in this session

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.

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