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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

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

Jennifer Pae

Director of FairVote California



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


February 15, 2017

9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM

Pre-Conference Session I

Plenary – Hate Crimes and Terrorism- Historical Hate Groups- Definitions of- Understanding the Differences
This session will review some of the historical development of hate groups in America. The discussion will also review
federal and state housing civil rights/municipal laws that have been passed to address and respond to hate crimes and
terrorism and that serve both preventive and enforcement functions.

Speakers – R. Tamar Hagler, Esq., Deputy Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S.
Department of Justice- Rebekeh Fretz, Esq., Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice – Alexandra
Seldin, Esq.
, Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Moderator-Mary Scott Knoll, Executive Director-Fair Housing Council of San Diego

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10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session II

Plenary- Hate Crimes and Terrorism- Conditions of and Impacts on Community -Enforcement Measures
The continuum of existing criminal and civil anti-hate crime laws provides a strong safety-net for addressing and abating
this crime and for responding to terrorist’s acts. Discussion of existing enforcement avenues and highlighting of
successful prosecutions for the commission of hate crimes will serve to inform and motivate the audience to Identify
and report hate crime as a united community solution.

Speakers-Oscar Garcia, Esq., San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Hate Crimes Unit- Todd Hemmen,
Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations- Christopher Sedmak, Special Agent, Federal Agent,
Federal Bureau of Investigations- Joanna Mendelson, Senior Investigative Researcher & Director of Special Projects
with the Anti-Defamation League.

Moderator- Lei Chala Wilson, Esq., Law Offices of Lei-Chala I. Wilson

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12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM


Hate crimes spread fear throughout the entire community and threaten or take the lives of targeted victims. These
victims are: Muslim/Other Religious Groups; African-Americans/other group identities/ethnicities; LGBT residents;
persons subjected to cyber bullying; refugees and immigrants who hail from different nations of the world or anyone
subjected to hate. A united and coalesced community response must have at its core, anti- hate crime coalitions, faithbased
communities, businesses and their diverse customers, housing associations, law enforcement, neighbors and
many others.

Faith-based Organizations- Human Relation Groups- Community-Based- Law Enforcement-Others

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2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session III – WRAP-UP

Plenary-Community Resources-Planned Actions -Legislative Cures-Educational Responses to Fight Hate
Crimes in our Communities

This session is participatory and speakers will focus to identify community resources that exist, legislative actions that
may be underway, attitudinal-societal changes that are recommended, cultural competencies that must be achieved
and much more-all connected to resolution of the problem,

Moderator- Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq., Law Offices of Lei-Chala I. Wilson

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3:30 PM  -  4:45 pm


DiversaLINK, is a software firm that is currently working with all three fair housing
councils in Portland, Boise, and Spokane. We have developed a brand-new software program specifically for Fair
Housing agencies that does case management, E&O management, grant management, time management, and
helps ensure secure records for emergency preparedness planning. During the development of our system, we
learned some valuable lessons and I believe the information we have accumulated will be very useful your members
regarding their technology planning. Special waiver for fair housing center staff/others who attend this standalone

Speaker -Roman Battan, DiversaLINK

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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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