Fair housing to be subject of School of Law’s colloquium

Civil rights attorney Bradley Blower, J.D., will be the keynote speaker for the School of Law’s colloquium on “America’s Fair Housing and Immigration Challenges” 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall. The annual event is free and open to the public.

Blower, who has successfully represented scores of plaintiffs and public interest organizations in individual and class action discrimination cases for almost 20 years, will speak on “Using Fair Housing Laws to Combat Racial Segregation.”

Co-sponsored by the law school’s Clinical Education

Program and the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council, the colloquium commemorates Fair Housing Month and the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. In addition, 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of Shelley v. Kraemer and the 40th anniversary of Jones v. Mayer, both landmark fair housing cases.

“We also are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Clinical Education Program,” said Karen Tokarz, J.D., the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Public Service.

Among the conference presenters is Sam Liberman, J.D., the plaintiff’s lawyer who successfully argued Jones v. Mayer in the U.S. Supreme Court and the first director of the school’s Clinical Education Program (1973-79).

Tokarz, who has served as the law school’s clinical director since 1980, will step down at the end of this semester.

The colloquium also highlights the intersection of housing and immigration issues and features two of the country’s leading immigration experts. Bryan Lonegan, J.D., visiting assistant clinical professor at Seton Hall School of Law, will speak on “The Land of Oz: Following the Deportation Path” at 11:15 a.m. Stephen Legomsky, J.D., the John S. Lehmann University Professor, will present the closing address on “Debating Immigration in the Twenty-First Century” at 3:30 p.m.

This colloquium is the law school’s eighth annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, designed to foster University and community collaborations to improve access to justice in the region.

For more information, contact Tokarz at 935-6414 or visit law.wustl.edu/clinicaled/index.asp?id=6352.