National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity At Suffolk Law School
First Floor Function Room
120 Tremont Street

Hearing Schedule - Boston, September 22, 2008

8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM Introductions and Opening Remarks

  • Tina Brooks, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 9:30 AM Panel 1: More than housing alone: The impact of segregated housing on the quality of life in communities

  • John Brittain, Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Associate Professor, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Ingrid Ellen, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning and Co-Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU
  • David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
  • 10:30 AM Break

    11:00 AM Panel 2: Beyond HUD: The critical role of the private sector in enforcing fair housing laws, educating consumers, and promoting integration

  • Janis Bowdler, Associate Director, Wealth-Building Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
  • Tim Sandos, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Erin Kemple, Executive Director, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Ginny Hamilton, Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
  • Cathy Cloud, Senior Vice President, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • 12:00 PM Lunch

    1:30 PM Panel 3: The federal mandate: Removing barriers to fair housing at HUD

  • John Goering, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College and the Ph.D. Program in Political Science at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Dale Rhines (former Equal Opportunity Specialist, HUD FHEO Office of Enforcement) Michael Allen, Relman and Dane, Ltd.
  • Henry Korman, Attorney, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force
  • 2:30 PM Break

    3:00 PM Panel 4: The Section 8 Voucher program: Promoting housing integration in federal housing subsidy programs 

  • Xavier Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Barbara Sard, Director of Housing Policy, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
  • Cynthia Watts-Elder, Executive Director, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Alexander Polikoff, Staff Counsel and Director, BPI public housing project, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
  • 4:00 PM Additional Commentary

    5:15 PM Adjournment