Fair Housing and Sex Discrimination
This training will educate legal professionals on sex discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act. The program will cover sexual harassment complaints against landlords and other housing providers, fair housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, and gender stereotypes in housing decisions. We have reserved some time at the end of the presentation for questions from the audience.
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.
Lauren Brasil – Ms. Brasil is a staff attorney with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She represents victims of housing discrimination in state and federal court, as well as in fair housing administrative proceedings. She has presented at numerous fair housing training sessions for housing consumers, advocates, attorneys, and housing providers. As a heritage Spanish-speaker, Ms. Brasil has also conducted fair housing educational workshops in Spanish for Limited English Proficient populations, including for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Brasil is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lehigh University and her J.D. at Temple University School of Law.