J. Damian Ortiz
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
BS, Loyola University of Chicago
JD, The John Marshall Law School
LLM, The John Marshall Law School
Damian Ortiz is a clinical professor at The John Marshall Law School. He teaches fair housing, fair lending, civil rights, legal writing, and other courses. He has litigated fair housing cases in administrative, state, federal, and appellate courts. His most noteworthy case is Sullivan-Lackey v. Godinez, 815 N.E.2d 822 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2004). Lackey held that the federal housing assistance program, Section 8, is a lawful source of income. The court further stated that such a finding is consistent with the City of Chicago's policy to assure full and equal opportunity to obtain fair and adequate housing without discrimination against them because of their source of income. In Ho v. Donovan, 569 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 2009), the court affirmed the trial court's decision on liability and damages.
Professor Ortiz conducts fair housing, lending, and civil rights trainings nationally. He supervises staff attorneys and law students at the nationally renowned Fair Housing Legal Clinic. Professor Ortiz has received a number of awards for his community service and dedication to civil rights. Previously he worked as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman of the United States Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
He is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Hispanic Bar Association, Illinois State Bart Association's Judicial Review Committee, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Clinical Legal Education Association. Other community activities include the Cook County Hospital Interpreter Program, the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Youth Motivation Program, Coordinated Advise and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), and Minority Legal Education Resource Volunteer (MLER). He serves on the boards of Public Interest Law Initiative, Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, and St. Augustine College.
"Condemnation: Its Application to Residential Real Estate" in Residential Real Estate, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2011)
A Layperson's Guide to Fair Housing Law (translated into Spanish), The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic (2011)
How to Deal with Foreclosures (a guide in English & Spanish), ABA CBA Young Lawyers Section (2011, 2008 & 2005)
The Foreclosure Process (a guide in English & Spanish), The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic (2011 & 2004)
Speaker: The John Marshall Law School's Fair Housing Center's Conference, "Undocumented Immigrants & National Origin discrimination in Housing," The John Marshall Law School (August 27, 2011)
Speaker: The John Marshall Law School's Fair Housing Center's Conference, "Setting Up and Executing an Effective Investigative Plan," The John Marshall Law School (April 8, 2011)
Speaker: Justice Corps's Pro Bono Program Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training, "How to Deal with Difficult Clients and What to Do," Chicago, Illinois (January 14, 2011)
Speaker: Fair Housing/Fair Lending: New developments in American & International Law, "Discrimination in the Private Market," Chicago, Illinois (October 2, 2010)
Speaker: West Palm Beach County Civil Rights Conference, "Fair Housing Law and Enforcement," West Palm, Florida (April 20 & 21, 2010)
Speaker: The John Marshall Law School's Fair Housing Center's Conference, "Fair Housing Law & Enforcement: A Basic Survey of the Law and Practice," The John Marshall Law School (April 16, 2010)
Speaker: Illinois Department of Human Rights housing Conference, "Housing Challenges Affecting Veterans Today," The John Marshall Law School (April 16, 2010)
Speaker: American Bar Association Law Student Division's Conference, University of Valparaiso Law School (February 27, 2010)
Speaker: "Fair Housing Law and Enforcement: A Survey of the Law and Practice," The John Marshall Law School (April 2009)
Midyear Meeting & the Illinois Judges Association Annual Convention, "Housing & Mortgage Law Updates," Illinois State Bar Association (December 2008)
Presenter: 3rd Annual Forum on Quality of Life Issues for Women, "Challenges Faced by Single Women and Mothers in Search of Affordable & Quality Housing," Women's Bar Association of Illinois (October 2008)
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