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Damian Ortiz

Damian  Ortiz

Clinical Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.786.2267

BS, Loyola University of Chicago
JD, The John Marshall Law School
LLM, The John Marshall Law School

Blog: Fair Housing/Lending News

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J. Damian Ortiz is a clinical professor at The John Marshall Law School. He teaches fair housing, fair lending, civil rights, Illinois civil procedure, 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 speaks on fair housing, lending, foreclosure and civil rights issues 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 ARDC Hearing Board, the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Youth Motivation Program, Coordinated Advise and Referral Program for Legal Services, Minority Legal Education Resource Volunteer and both ISBA and CBA's Judicial Review Committees. He serves on the boards of the Public Interest Law Initiative, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, and St. Augustine College.

Full Curriculum Vitae


"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 (The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center 2010) (translated into Spanish)

How to Deal with Foreclosures, ABA CBA Young Lawyers Section (2011 & 2008) (in English & Spanish)

More Publications


Speaker: "Veterans and Housing Challenges Affective Veterans Today," Lincoln, NE (April 2013)

Speaker: Illinois State Bar Association, "Tenants Rights in Subsidized Housing," (February 2013)

Speaker: "The Fair Housing Acts and Section 504's Prohibition of Discrimination in Housing against Persons with Disabilities, and the Acts' Relationship to other State and Federal Disability and Housing Discrimination Laws," Chicago, IL (November 2012)

Speaker: "From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy & the Pursuit of Access to Credit," Chicago, IL (September 2012)

Speaker: The Foreclosure and Fraud Annual Conference, "Lender and Servicer Comparative Disparate Treatment in Loan Services and Modifications," Northern Illinois University School of Law, DeKalb, IL (April 2012)

Speaker: "An Overview of the Fair Housing Act, Recent Trends and Emerging Issues," The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 2012)

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