The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

Race, Place, and Fair Housing in Texas

 

A Statewide Conference at the
University of Texas School of Law
October 15th, 2010, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

 

Conference Program and Video:

Program (PDF)
Speaker Biographies (PDF)

8:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
  Mary Crouter, Assistant Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT School of Law
  Heather K. Way, Director, Community Development Clinic, UT School of Law
8:45-9:30 Overview of National Legal Developments
Welcome and Panel Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousing1.wmv
 
  Speaker Handouts
   
  Summary:  This opening session covers new legal developments regarding city and state obligations to further fair housing opportunities for persons of color. The panel includes an overview of fair housing law, a conversation about changes in federal fair housing enforcement, and a discussion of the latest legal cases in this field and what they mean for Texas communities. Leading this session are two national experts on fair housing issues.
  Moderator: Eliza Platts-Mills, Adjunct Professor, Community Development Clinic, UT School of Law
  Speakers:
  • Reed Colfax, Partner, Relman, Dane & Colfax, Santa Fe, NM
  • Michael Allen, Partner, Relman, Dane & Colfax, Washington, DC
9:30-10:45 The State of Fair Housing in Texas Today for Persons of Color
Panel Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousing2.wmv
 
  Speaker Handouts
   
  Summary:  This session focuses on fair housing issues in Texas and highlights some of the barriers that African-Americans, Latinos, and other persons of color face today in accessing desegregated housing opportunities. Panelists discuss some of the latest advocacy efforts in Texas to further opportunities for minority families to access housing in high-opportunity areas. This session includes a discussion of the landmark fair housing settlement between the State of Texas and HUD involving $1.7 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant funding.
  Moderator:  A. Mechele Dickerson, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UT School of Law
  Speakers:
  • Demetria McCain, Director of Advocacy and Education, Inclusive Communities Project, Dallas, TX
  • Kevin Hamby, Senior Counsel, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Austin, TX
  • Shannon Van Zandt, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Michael Daniel, Partner, Daniel & Beshara, Dallas, TX
11:00-12:30 City and Regional Planning for Inclusive Communities
Panel Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousing3.wmv
 
  Speaker Handouts
   
  Summary: Panel members discuss national models for making fair housing an effective aspect of community planning. The panel includes a focus on city and regional planning policies that further the inclusion of affordable housing in high-opportunity communities, along with a discussion on opportunities for planning efforts in Texas.
  Moderator:  Heather K. Way
  Speakers:
  • Kevin Walsh, Associate Director, Fair Share Housing Center, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Theresa O’Donnell, Director, Sustainable Development and Construction Departments, City of Dallas
  • Elizabeth Mueller, Assistant Professor, UT School of Architecture
  • Myron Orfield, Executive Director, Institute on Race & Poverty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
12:30-1:45 Keynote Address
Keynote Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousingatrium.wmv
  Introduction: Michael Gerber, Executive Director, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Austin, TX
  Speaker:  Mercedes Márquez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
2:00-3:00 Creating an Effective Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
Panel Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousing4.wmv
 
  Speaker Handouts
   
  Summary:  This session identifies best practices for developing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (“AI”) that meets federal legal requirements, effectively addresses local racial barriers to fair housing, and integrates fair housing into a jurisdiction's planning processes.
  Moderator: Frances Leos Martinez, Director, Texas C-BAR; Adjunct Professor, Community Development Clinic, UT School of Law
  Speakers:
  • Daniel Lauber, AICP, Attorney/Planner, Planning/Communications, River Forest, IL
  • John Henneberger, Co-Director, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, Austin, TX
   
3:00-4:30 The Rental Housing Toolbox for Building Inclusive Communities
Panel and Closing Video:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/media/Reels/WWJC/fairhousing5.wmv
 
  Speaker Handouts
   
  Summary:  This concluding session presents models from across the country of ways to build inclusive, racially diverse communities using government rental housing programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and the Housing Choice Voucher programs. The speakers on the panel bring experience and expertise from housing programs around the country, including Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, and other cities.
  Moderator: Eliza Platts-Mills
  Speakers:
  • Barbara Samuels, Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project, Baltimore, MD
  • Philip Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Julian, President, Inclusive Communities Project, Dallas, TX
  • Veronica Chapa-Jones, Deputy Director of Compliance, Housing & Community Development Department, City of Houston
4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks
Elizabeth Mueller

 

Return to Fair Housing Conference homepage

 

Speaker Handouts:

Overview of National Legal Developments

The State of Fair Housing in Texas Today for Persons of Color

City and Regional Planning for Inclusive Communities

Creating an Effective Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

The Rental Housing Toolbox for Building Inclusive Communities