Fair Housing Legal Support Center
The mission of the Fair Housing Legal Support Center is to educate the public on fair housing law and to provide legal assistance to those private and public organizations and persons that are seeking to eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
Since its inception, the Center has presented local and national conferences bringing together leading scholars and practitioners to analyze cutting-edge issues involving discrimination in rental and sales transactions, accessible housing for persons with disabilities, fair lending and predatory lending practices and efficacious enforcement techniques. In addition, the Center has developed training workshops in response to the needs of the fair housing community at large.
Litigation Skills Effective Advocacy under Fair Housing Laws
This two and a half day workshop helps attorneys develop and hone the skills necessary to proceed in contested hearings or trials. Participants receive a case study and each is assigned to represent a client. Cases are prepared and presented during a mock fair housing trial by instructors that in the past have included judges, former HUD ALJ and practicing attorneys who have experience trying fair housing cases. Participants earn CLE credit including one hour of ethics credit.
Spring National Conference/Workshop
A mainstay in continuing legal education programs, the Center’s annual spring conference/workshop has been a highlight since 1992. This conference/workshop, mid-February/April, was created to bring together leading scholars from across the country and practitioners to explore current fair housing issues or respond to specific knowledge sharing requests of the fair housing community.
Fall National Conference
This annual two day event held, late August/early October, features top fair housing professionals from the government, judicial and private sectors to analyze fair housing and fair lending laws and interrelated issues. Attendees may earn continuing legal education credits that may include ethics/professionalism hours.