Fighting for Fair Housing: A conference on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act


Location: Notre Dame Law School


The Fighting for Fair Housing Conference marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, which outlawed housing discrimination across the United States. We will look back at the discriminatory policies that inspired the act, and we will discuss the act itself, what it has accomplished and the challenges of today. Academics, housing advocates, attorneys, and community members will come together in a call to action to once again tackle the issues of housing discrimination.

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Indiana attorneys who attend “Fighting for Fair Housing: A conference on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act” will be eligible to receive 9.5 Continuing Legal Education credits.

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9:30 am – Panel: The Fair Housing Act Today

McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law

Michael Seng, co-executive director of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center and Fair Housing Legal Clinic, John Marshall Law School

Sarah Mancini, Atlanta Legal Aid and the National Consumer Law Center

Amy Nelson, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

12:00 pm – Keynote: Symbolic Racism and the Discrimination that Follows

McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law

Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology and Professor of African American Studies at Yale University

Elijah Anderson is one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House and the U.S. Congress. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana.

1:00 pm – Break

2:00 pm – Panel: Mapping Discrimination

Room 1140, Eck Hall of Law

The Mapping Prejudice Project is working to identify and map racial restrictions buried in historic Minneapolis property deeds. These restrictions were used in most American cities before the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The project is inspired by the idea that we cannot address the inequities of the present without an understanding of the past.

Kirsten Delegard, director, Mapping Prejudice Project, University of Minnesota

Penny Petersen, author and historical researcher

Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, graduate student, University of Minnesota

3:00 pm – Panel: Where do we go from here?

An open discussion with policy makers, academics and local residents on what discrimination looks like today and how we combat it.

“Fighting for Fair Housing” is sponsored by Notre Dame Law School / Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts / Notre Dame Clinical Law Center / St. Joseph County Bar Foundation / Center for Social Concerns / Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture / Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center / The Center for Civil and Human Rights / The Department of Africana Studies / The Notre Dame Institute for Real Estate

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