The Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was selected by the Illinois Department of Human Rights for the 2018 Human Rights Day Award. The award was presented at a Human Rights Day celebration last month.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights, in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago, recognized organizations, cities, and universities from across the state, including John Marshall, that went above and beyond in promoting fairness, equality and human rights in Illinois.
According to the IDHR, “The John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Clinic was selected for its dedication to educating the public about fair housing law and providing legal assistance to individuals facing discriminatory practices and private or public organizations working to promote fair housing practices in their communities.”
“We accept this award on behalf of the thousands of clients, hundreds of students and countless community partners whose hard work and commitment led to the successes we have had,” said Professor Allison Bethel, Director of John Marshall’s Fair Housing Clinic. “We are not done yet…we will continue fighting for housing justice until every neighborhood in Chicago reflects ‘the dream’.”
Since 1992, the Fair Housing Legal Support Center has offered specialized trainings and annual conferences that tackle the nation’s most pressing housing and discrimination issues. Over the years, the Center has established several projects and programs dedicated to serving clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who have been denied housing because of discrimination. The Clinic’s testing and investigations program is an invaluable resource and assists the attorneys and student interns with case development and enforcement activities. In addition, the Clinic is involved in various education and outreach activities to raise awareness of fair housing laws and the rights of individuals under the law.