8th Annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium

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The eighth annual Washington University School of Law Access to Equal Justice Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Washington University Clinical Education Program and the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council.  This annual colloquium is designed to foster university/community collaborations to enhance access to justice in the region.   The colloquium is free and open to the public; participants must pre-register to reserve a spot, receive materials, and join the lunch workgroups.  The colloquium will provide 6.5 MCLE. See agenda below.

This colloquium commemorates several events.  April is Fair Housing Month and 2008 is the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the 40th anniversary of Jones v. Mayer, 392 U.S. 409 (1968), and the 60th anniversary of Shelley v. Kraemer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948).  This colloquium also celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Washington University School of Law Clinical Education Program.  Among the conference presenters is Sam Liberman, 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, who served in that role from 1973-79.  Karen Tokarz, who has served as director since 1980, will be stepping down at the end of the spring 2008 semester.


8:30 - Registration - Outside the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

8:45 - Welcome
Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Public Service, Professor of African & African American Studies, Director of Clinical and Dispute Resolution Programs, Washington University
8:50 - Greeting
Myrtle L. Wilson, Director, Region VII, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
8:55 - Introduction
John Baugh, Director of African & African American Studies,  Margaret Bush Wilson, Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Anthropology, English and Education, Washington University
9:00 - Using Fair Housing Laws to Combat Racial Segregation: Bradley Blower, Relman & Dane, Washington, D.C. 
9:45 - First Plenary: Landmark Fair Housing Cases, Immigration, and Race Discrimination: Then and Now

Moderator: Steven Gunn, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University, and Equal Housing Opportunity Council Board member

  • Margaret Bush Wilson, Esq., Shelley v. Kraemer
  • Sam Liberman, Esq., Jones v. Mayer
  • Ann Lever, Litigation Director, Legal Aid of Eastern Missouri - Charleston Housing Authority v. U.S.D.A. and Darst-Webbe Tenant Ass'n. Board v. St. Louis Housing Authority 
  • John Baugh, Washington University – Linguistic Profiling in Housing and Immigration

11:00 - Break
11:15 - The Land of Oz: Following the Deportation Path: Bryan Lonegan, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Noon - Lunch Conversations on Fair Housing and Immigration: Past, Present, and Future

  1. Freedom of Residence and EHOC: 40 Years of Promoting Fair Housing: Will Jordan, Jim Sporleder, John Farley, Sam Liberman – Room 203
  2. FHAA and Disability Protections: Mira Tanna, Sheryl Rose, Gina Hilberry, David Newburger, Max Starkloff, Colleen Starkloff – Room 312
  3. Low-Income Housing Issues:  From Public Housing to Predatory Lending Practices: Ann Lever, Steve Gunn, Mike Ferry - Room 404
  4. Immigration and Housing Discrimination Issues: John Pollock, Florence Streeter, Stephanie Reynolds, Martha Rodriquez, Linda Martinez - Room 201
  5. Immigration Criminal & Deportation Issues: Bryan Lonegan, Nevada Smith, Suzanne Brown, Sue McGraugh – Room 309
  6. Immigration Family, Asylum, and Human Trafficking Issues: Katie Herbert Meyer, Cynthia Wolken, Courtney Prentis - Room 306

1:15 - Second Plenary: Government Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws
Moderator: Ruby Bonner, Director, City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency

  • Cyrus Dashtaki, Missouri Attorney General’s Office - Accessibility Discrimination
  • Marian Honel, Director, Fair Housing Division, Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Sheryl Rose, Director, Missouri Commission on Human Rights - Sex Discrimination
  • Ed Wartts, Director, Fair Housing, U.S. Housing & Urban Development – Familial Status Discrimination

2:15 - Third Plenary: Fair Housing and Immigration Issues on the Horizon
Moderator: Will Jordan, Executive Director, Equal Housing Opportunity Council

  • Sam Bagenstos, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty, Washington University- Fair Housing Advertising Regulations & the Communications Decency Act
  • Mira Tanna, Assistant Director, Equal Housing Opportunity Council - Seniors & Fair Housing
  • John Pollock, Staff Attorney, Central Alabama Fair Housing Center – Sexual Harassment in Public/Subsidized Housing and Immigration Issues in Private Housing

3:30 - Debating Immigration in the Twenty-First Century: Stephen Legomsky, John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law

4:00 - Awards/Reception


Washington, D.C. civil rights attorney, Bradley Blower, will open the conference with a talk on “Using Fair Housing Laws to Combat Racial Segregation.” Mr. Blower joined the Relman & Dane law firm after serving as Assistant Director/Senior Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Financial Practices in the Bureau of Consumer Protection from 1998 to 2004. In addition to managing many of the FTC's landmark lending and financial privacy cases, Mr. Blower was lead attorney on the Capital City Mortgage Corporation litigation, as well as several other lending and privacy initiatives. During his tenure, the FTC took a prominent role in protecting consumers' financial privacy and in enforcing federal consumer protection and credit statutes against predatory lenders. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Blower worked as a senior attorney at the Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Section and a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.

Bryan Lonegan, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, will present “The Land of Oz: Following the Deportation Path.”  Professor Lonegan currently teaches an Immigrant Workers Clinic at Seton Hall. Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Professor Lonegan spent 18 years at the Legal Aid Society in New York City.  He worked in the Society’s Criminal Defense Division, Criminal Appeals Bureau, and Immigration Law Unit, where he specialized in the representation of non-citizens facing deportation because of criminal convictions. He serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions. He has previously taught as adjunct faculty at New York University and Hofstra University Law Schools.

Stephen Legomsky, John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law, will close the conference with a talk on “Debating Immigration in the Twenty-First Century.” Professor Legomsky was the founding Director of the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies at the School of Law until 2002; the 2005 winner of the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award, given annually to one member of the Washington University faculty; and the 2006 winner of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Elmer Fried Teaching award, given annually to one law professor in the United States. Professor Legomsky is the author of Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (now in its fourth edition), which has been adopted as the required text for immigration courses at 163 U.S. law schools. He has testified before Congress and served as a consultant to President Clinton's transition team, the first President Bush's Commissioner of Immigration, the Administrative Conference of the United States, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and several foreign governments on migration, refugee, and citizenship issues.  

Parking Information:  Guests of the law school can park in the Central Underground Garage, located southeast of the law school and accessible off Forsyth Boulevard, near the Mallinckrodt Student Center, east of the Business School and the athletic fields.  The cost is $1.00 per hour with a maximum of $5.00 per day.  Guests may also park in Millbrook Garage, located north of the law school and accessible off Throop Drive or in Snow Way Garage, located west of the law school and accessible from either Snow Way or Throop Drive.  Parking scratch-off tickets will be sold inside the law school for $5.00 each.  Once purchased, guests must return to their cars and hang the placards on the rear view mirror. Disability parking is located on the ground level in all three garages.  [Directions to the Law School]

For more information, please contact:
Professor Karen Tokarz
Director of Clinical Education and ADR Programs
(314) 935-6414