The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center’s annual two-day conference will focus on the duty and efforts to implement fair housing law when academics and practitioners meet Sept. 20 and 21, 2013, in Chicago. Participants also will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic.

Maurice Jones, deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will deliver the keynote address at the two-day conference “Implementing the Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” on Sept. 20 and 21, 2013, hosted by The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center and Clinic.

Jones will address participants at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, on “HUD’s Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing—What It Means and How It Is Being Implemented.”

His presentation will be followed by leading academics and practitioners discussing what the duty means and how fair housing laws should be implemented. The morning program will focus on federal, state and local governmental initiatives, particularly in the area of eliminating racial segregation. The afternoon session will focus on the financial crisis and the government’s duty to insure that it does not produce more rather than less segregation.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the program will focus on the special problems experienced by persons with disabilities and how the government can ensure that these individuals have access to housing that meets their special needs.

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