Fair housing primer and recent HUD updates

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Free for Legal Aid volunteers!

Program Overview This program will educate legal professionals on the Fair Housing Act, and provide guidance on requesting reasonable accommodations/modifications for tenants with disabilities, cover strategies for avoiding eviction, discuss sexual harassment complaints against landlords and property managers, and will go over recent HUD guidance on screening tenants with criminal records. This will be an especially helpful presentation for attorneys who handle housing referrals from Legal Aid, and will be a good introduction for those looking to learn more about fair housing law.  Presenters Kelly Clarke: Since 2011, Kelly Clarke has been a supervising attorney with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Ms. Clarke was one of the lead counsel who represented 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. 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: Lauren Brasil is a staff attorney with the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Ms. Brasil 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. Register