The Seventh Annual
Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium

Friday, April 10, 2015
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Essential Information
Printable Brochure
Mail/Fax Reg. Form
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Earn up to 5.25 hours participatory MCLE credit. 

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.


Time Program
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Speaker: Mari Mayeda, Associate Chief Counsel, California Department of Fair Employment & Housing

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

Public Accommodations and Fair Housing: Compare and Contrast


  • Shawn K. Bankson, Partner, Kimball, Tirey, & St. John LLP
  • Nelson Chan, Associate Chief Counsel, CA Department of Fair Employment & Housing

Moderator: Heidi Palutke, Research and Legislative Counsel at California Apartment Association

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to all "public accommodations" while fair housing laws require "reasonable accommodations and modifications" to be made for disabled individuals. On residential rental property these requirements occasionally overlap and often cause confusion. This panel with provide an overview of both legal schemes and discuss the applicability to common scenarios including service v. assistive animals, parking requirements and swimming pool lifts and other accessibility issues.

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

Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Heidi Palutke, Research and Legislative Counsel at California Apartment Association

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Stein, Associate Director- California Reinvestment Coalition, San Francisco

Attendees will hear about recent developments relating to the intersection between fair housing, fair lending, and foreclosures. Specific topics include federal and state efforts to protect successors in interest (widows and orphans) from foreclosure, a bank merger protest that concerns reverse mortgages and surviving spouses, concerns about disparities in which communities are receiving loan modification relief, and efforts to hold financial institutions accountable.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Affordable and Inclusive: How Do We Ensure That Subsidized Affordable Housing Contributes to Promoting Inclusive and Diverse Communities?


  • D. Scott Chang, Counsel, Relman, Dane, & Colfax PLLC
  • Michael Rawson, Director, The Public Interest Law Project
  • Dara L. Schur, Director of Litigation, Disability Rights California
  • Renee Williams, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project

Moderator: Ilene J. Jacobs, Director of Litigation, California Rural Legal Assistance

Attendees will hear about the role that HUD's new regulations regarding the duty to affirmatively further fair housing play in this mandate and what it means for local governments. Further, panelists will discuss the potential impact of the pending Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and the continued responsibility of California housing agencies to site and build affordable housing in a manner consistent with fair housing law.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Post-Foreclosure Update and the Revolution in Consumer Protection


  • Kent Qian, Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Je Yon Jung, Senior Fair Lending Counsel, West Region, Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Moderator: Susan Saylor, Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office

As the number of foreclosures diminishes, what does the landscape look like for homeowners, home-buyers, and secured borrowers? To what extent does federal and state regulation protect consumers in the housing market? What implications does this revolution in consumer protection have for fair housing and lending?

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Essential Information

Pre-Registration Deadline:

On-Line Registration:


Mail to:

Program Registration
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Fax to (415) 538-2368. Credit card payment is required.

Registration Fees (Due by April 3, 2015)

  • $120 - Real Property Law Section Members
  • $215 - Non-Section Members
    (Includes enrollment in the Real Property Law Section for 2015)
  • $55 - Government/Non-Profit
  • $25 - Law Students


Requests must be received in writing by Friday, April 3, 2015. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after April 3, 2015

On-Site Registration:

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

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 415-538-2590.


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


For registration information call (415) 538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (415) 538-2582.