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

image of housingThursday, April 13, 2017
8:30 a..m. – 4:30 p.m.

The State Bar of California San Francisco Office
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA

Earn 4.75 hours MCLE credit!


In-person registration deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

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

Program Schedule

Registration & Breakfast

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

Introductory Remarks


  • Shawn K. Bankson, Partner, Kimball, Tirey & St. John, LLP.
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The New Other: Criminal History Discrimination in Rental Housing

This panel will discuss the concept, challenges, and impact of using criminal history as a basis for making housing decisions. This will include an overview of the potential disparate impact of such policies, recent guidance from HUD regarding criminal background policies, and cases on these issues.


  • Christopher Brancart, Brancart & Brancart


  • Deborah Thrope, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Tamisha Torres-Walker, Executive Director, Safe Return Project
  • Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


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

Keynote – Fair Housing Enforcement in 2017, Trends, Challenges, and a View to the Future

Kevin Kish is the Director of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). He will discuss the work of the DFEH, including how it seeks to fulfill its mission, current trends in discrimination claims, and what the future may hold for antidiscrimination work in the state.


  • Denise Levey, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing


  • Kevin Kish, Director, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
11 a.m. - 12 noon

Lunch (Provided)

12 noon - 1 p.m.

The Fair Employment and Housing Council’s Consideration of Housing Regulations: History and Update

This panel will discuss the administrative rulemaking process generally, and will provide some insightful history behind the Council’s decision to adopt the DFEH’s first Regulations in the area of housing. There will be a summary of the proposed Regulations on Harassment; Liability for Harassment; Retaliation; Select Disability Sections, including Assistive Animals; Discriminatory Effect, Discriminatory Land Use Practices and Use of Criminal History Information. The panel will also provide an update on the status of the proposed Regulations, and identify the Council’s intentions on future rulemaking.


  • Shawn K. Bankson, Partner, Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP


  • Dara Schur, Director of Litigation, Disability Rights California and Councilmember, Fair Employment and Housing Council
  • Janet L.S. Powers, Senior Shareholder, Fiore Racobs & Powers, APLC
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


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

Securing the Fair Housing Rights of Targeted Populations: Using the Law for LGBTQ and Immigrant Groups

Panelists will discuss upholding fair housing rights of individuals and households who are LGBTQ, immigrants and large or complex households. This will include an overview of the Department and Housing and Urban Development Equal Access Rule, Guidance regarding fair housing and immigrant populations, occupancy standards and more.


  • Ilene Jacobs, Director of Litigation, Advocacy, and Training, California Rural Legal Assistance; Navneet Grewal, Senior Attorney, Western Center on Law & Poverty


  • Scott D. Chang, Relman, Dane, and Colfax
  • Lisa Cisneros, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
  • Timothy Iglesias, University of San Francisco School of Law
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Denise Levey, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Essential Info

Printable Brochure

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Register Online

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Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to The State Bar of California. In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by Monday, April 10, 2017.

Mail To:

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

Or Fax 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.)

Pre-Registration Fees

  • $120 Real Property Law Section Members
  • $215 Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Real Property Law Section for 2017)
  • $55 Government/Non-Profit
  • $25 Law Students

On-Site Registration

On-site registration will be on a space available basis. Call to confirm space availability.

Cancellations / Refund Policy

Requests must be received in writing by Monday, April 10, 2017. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after April 10, 2017.

Special Assistance

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


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


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