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The Role of the Fair Housing Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act In Shaping Our Communities

Date and time: 
February 15, 2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: 

Room 25 Mondale Hall
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

A conference on the state of our union regarding fair and affordable housing  The conference is free and open to the public. There will be two subsequent video replays of the conference beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 8th and April 12th. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are encouraged to register by sending an e-mail message to Jean Wells to let her know which session you will be attending. Feel free to invite others. Conference organizers are applying for at least 6.0 hours of CLE credits with 1.0 hour eligible for elimination of bias credit. 

Program Schedule

8:55–9:00 am       Welcome:  Carl Warren

9:009:30 am       Kevin M. Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

State of the Union and our Communities Concerning the Achievement of Fair Housing. How far have we come in our pursuit of fair housing?  What are the indicators and what do they tell us about whether we are gaining or losing ground? What, if anything, can or should be done?

9:3010:45 am      Panel Discussion:  The Role of the Fair Housing Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act In Shaping Our Communities

  • Jack Cann, Senior Attorney, Housing Preservation Project
  • Edward G. Goetz, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), and professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Laura Jelinek, Senior Leadership Attorney, Housing Equality Law Project, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • Myron Orfield, Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School

10:4511:00 am    Break

11:00 amNoon    Integration or Segregation, That is the Question:  Point/Counter Point regarding the Appropriate Use of Government Investments to Spur Development

  • Edward G. Goetz, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), and professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Myron Orfield, Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School

Noon1:00 pm      Lunch Break (on your own)

1:001:30 pm        Doctrinal Analysis of the Following Issues in the Mount Holly Case

  1. Are disparate impact claims cognizable under the Fair Housing Act?
  2. If such claims are cognizable, should they be analyzed under the burden shifting approach used by three circuits, under the balancing test used by four circuits, under a hybrid approach used by two circuits, or by some other test?

by McGee Moot Court Competition Administrative Directors Eva Rodelius, Ronan Slater, and Sharifa Tharpe

1:302:45 pm        Panel Discussion: The Fair Housing Act and Affordable Housing Policies: Compatible or Irreconcilable with Urban Renewal Objectives?

The panel will discuss the legal, factual and societal issues underlying Mount Holly Citizens In Action, Inc. v. Township of Mount Holly as well as the policy-making implications.

  • Jason Adkins, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Susan Ann Silverstein, Senior Attorney for AARP Foundation Litigation
  • Tom Streitz, Director Housing Policy and Development, City of Minneapolis, Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Tim Thompson, President, Housing Preservation Project

2:45– 3:00 pm        Break

3:003:30 pm         Tim Thompson,  President, Housing Preservation Project.  

HUD efforts to compel metro areas to address patterns of racial segregation—Past Struggles and New Approaches:  An Update Regarding the Metropolitan Council’s Pending Fair Housing Equity Assessment

3:304:30 pm         Elimination of Bias Panel Discussion: How to Understand and Serve the Needs of the Low Income Client

  • Martha Eaves, Supervising Attorney, Project Hope,  Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • Martha Delaney, Deputy Director, Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Dorinda Wider, Housing Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis