Fair Housing Legal Clinic
Advocating for Fair Housing in Chicago for More Than 20 Years
John Marshall has a strong commitment to providing students with a practical legal education and to serving the community. The Clinic, a Qualified Fair Housing Organization, is an integral part of education at John Marshall. In 1985, John Marshall partnered with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities to provide law students with externship experiences by working on fair housing cases in a clinical setting. In 1993, John Marshall transitioned the externships in house and established the Fair Housing Legal Clinic, staffed with full-time attorneys to train and educate law students how to represent victims of housing discrimination. At that time, the Clinic launched a comprehensive testing program designed to facilitate enforcement activities. The Clinic regularly conducts systemic and complaint-based for fair housing violations, and its program is a model for fair housing testing throughout the U.S.
The Clinic continues to strengthen partnerships with local fair housing agencies and organizations, as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chicago Human Rights Commission, and collaborates with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, a Fair Housing Assistant Program (FHAP) agency to combat the problem of housing discrimination. Staff and students regularly conduct outreach activities in the community in an effort to educate the public of their housing rights under federal, state, and local laws and regulations.