Real Property Law Section
The Eighth Annual Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Earn up to 4.75 hours participatory MCLE credit. 

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Program Schedule | Essential Information | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form

Program Schedule

Event Time

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Speaker: Jon Ichinaga, DFEH Chief Counsel, Los Angeles

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Emotional Support Animals-Reasonable Accommodations; Best Practices and Challenges


  • Domini Pham, DFEH Senior Staff Counsel, Los Angeles
  • Servando Sandoval, Partner, Pahl & McKay, San Jose

Moderator: Heidi Palutke, Legal Counsel at California Apartment Association, Sacramento

This panel will addressed a myriad of legal issues, starting with What an Emotional Support Animal Is? And what the respective legal rights and responsibilities are for a landlord and a tenant.

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Roya S. Ladan, Staff Councel, CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Los Angeles

Keynote Speaker: Tim Iglesias, Fair Employment and Housing, San Francisco

Residential occupancy standards have been and continue to be an important, complex and controversial issue for landlords, tenants, their attorneys, legislative bodies, regulatory agencies and courts, After providing legal and historical background and cultural context to the residential occupancy standards issue, the presentation will explore attempts to resolve the controversy.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch (Provided)

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Zoning and Land Use Fair Housing Issues


  • T. Peter Pierce, Shareholder Richards, Watson, Gershon, Los Angeles
  • Andrea Steinacker, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
  • Barbara Kautz, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, Oakland

Moderator: Chris Brancart, Partner, Brancart & Brancart, Loma Mar, CA

This panel will discuss recent developments in Fair Housing cases challenging municipal zoning and land-use ordinances. It aims to explore the complexity arising out of the intersection (collision) of local, state and federal laws governing municipal zoning powers. It is intended for attorneys with some knowledge in field; however, basic concepts will be introduced at the start of the panel so that all audiences could benefit.

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Disparate Impact Discrimination: Criminal Background, Insurance/Housing Choice Vouchers, Credit, Domestic Violence


  • Teri Yin, Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Center, Los Angeles
  • Chris Brancart, Partner, Brancart & Brancart, Loma Mar, CA
  • Paula Pearlman, DFEH Assistant Chief Counsel, Los Angeles


  • Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director, Housing Rights Center, Los Angeles
  • David Elder, Litigation Director, Housing Rights Center, Los Angeles

This panel will provide examples, case studies and scenarios where the use of certain criteria was argued or could be argued to constitute a fair housing law violation because of the disparate impact upon people of color, persons with disabilities, women and women of color. There will be also be a brief hands-on disparate impact training designed to give advocates a step by step approach to compiling and analyzing data to build a disparate impact case. It is intended for attorneys and advocates with some fair housing knowledge but all audiences could benefit from and contribute to the discussion.

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Essential Information


For your convenience, we've provided a printable version of the program brochure, which replicates the information on this web page.

Online Registration

Click here to register online. Please note that online registration will close after April 21, 2016.

Registration Fees

Due by April 21, 2016.

  • $120 Real Property Law Section Members
  • $215 Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Real Property Law Section for 2016)
  • $55 Government/Non-Profit
  • $25 Law Students


In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Mail/Fax Registration

Click here for the registration form. To register by mail, send to: Program Registration, The State Bar of California 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. To register by fax, send form to: Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Requests must be received in writing by Thursday, April 21, 2016. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after Apirl 21, 2016.


For registration information call 415-538-2508. For information regarding the program and/or section information call (415) 538-2564. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 415-538-2564.

On-Site Registration:

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.


The State Bar of California and the Real Property Law Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.