Fair Housing Law Matters
Friday, April 12, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Fair Housing Law Matters
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the landmark civil rights legislation signed into law on April 11, 1968, that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing.
The Fair Housing Initiative at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law is marking this important anniversary by bringing together professionals in the Baltimore region’s fair housing community to examine recent legal and programmatic developments in achieving the Fair Housing Act’s purposes and to examine extent barriers to integration.
Conference presenters will discuss implementation and enforcement of the legal duty to affirmatively further fair housing; recent legal developments in litigation around the country, in federal regulatory reforms, and HUD enforcement trends; state and local legislative issues; and emerging policies or programs that promote fair housing, including implementation of the Thompson consent decree, and HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative program.
The conference, which is funded in part by a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is free of charge and open to any individual or agency with an interest in fair housing.
The speakers include a mix of prominent advocates, policy experts, policymakers and community leaders from around the region, doing critical work to accomplish inclusive housing opportunities as intended by the Fair Housing Act.
Featured Speaker: David Rusk
Rusk is a noted urban policy consultant in the U.S. and abroad, and renowned author of Baltimore Unbound and Cities without Suburbs.
Panelists and moderators for the day include:
Stella Adams, National Fair Housing Training Academy
James Neil Bell, Executive Director, Maryland Civil Rights Commission
Peter Engel, Deputy Commissioner for Project Finance & Development, Baltimore Housing
Antonia Fasanelli, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Salin Geevarghese, Senior Advisor at HUD
Megan Haberle, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Glendora Hughes, General Counsel, Maryland Civil Rights Commission
Michael B. Kelly, General Counsel, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Trudy McFall, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
Debra McGhee, Fair Housing Program Center Director, HUD-Baltimore
Michael Mitchell, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Gary C. Norman, Commissioner, Maryland Civil Rights Commission
Carol Payne, HUD Baltimore Field Office Director
Dan Pontious, The Opportunity Collaborative
David Prater, Maryland Disability Law Center
Joe Rich, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Barbara Samuels, ACLU-Maryland
Robert Strupp, Executive Director, Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc.
Melody Taylor, Blancher, U.S. HUD, Region III Fair Housing Director
Lauren Young, Maryland Disability Law Center
David Zisser, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
*Additional panel members will be added later.
I. The Fair Housing Act Requirement to "Affirmatively Further Fair Housing"
II. Current Legal Developments in Fair Housing Law
Plenary with featured speaker, David Rusk
Afternoon sessions have two panels running concurrently in each time slot. Particpants can choose which panels they wish to attend.
III-A: Regional Cooperation in Fair Housing
III-B: Fair Housing Enforcement
IV-A: Fostering Sustainably Inclusive Communities
IV-B: Assistance Animals and the Fair Housing Act