Disability Discrimination & the Fair Housing Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This program will educate legal professionals about disability discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The program will cover the definition of a disability, forms of discrimination, and reasonable accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This training will be especially beneficial for legal services attorneys, attorneys involved in Legal Aid’s volunteer program, and private attorneys who handle cases involving housing or landlord-tenant law.
Scott Chang -- Scott Chang is currently the Director of Litigation at Housing Rights Center, the nation's largest non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to securing and promoting Fair Housing. Before joining Housing Rights Center, he was Counsel at Relman, Dane & Colfax in Washington D.C., an attorney at Brancart & Brancart and a sole practitioner. The cases Mr. Chang litigated include: a precedent setting case establishing that fair housing organizations have standing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and affirming a large damages award to a fair housing organization, Fair Housing of Marin v. Combs, 285 F.3d 899 (9th Cir.), a fair housing and hate crime case involving a group of Asian American Stanford University students who were intimidated based on their national origin when they attempted to rent a house, and a disability discrimination case against a large city in which 4,000 affordable housing units will be made highly accessible for people with mobility and sensory disabilities.
Kelly Clarke – Since 2011, Kelly Clarke has been a supervising attorney with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. Ms. Clarke was one of lead counsel representing 16 women in a sexual harassment federal case against a housing authority located in Scotland County and two of its former employees. The U.S. Department of Justice also filed a companion case in federal court, and both cases settled in the summer of 2015, including recovery of $2.7 million. From 2002 to 2011, Ms. Clarke was a staff attorney in various offices of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. Ms. Clarke earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, her master’s in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, and her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of St. Ives. Following graduation from law school, Ms. Clarke served as law clerk to The Honorable W. Earl Britt, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.