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Contact: Kim Betton, (202) 238-2332

HOWARD LAW TO DEVELOP NEW FAIR HOUSING CLINICAL PROGRAM

- $1,000,000 HUD Grant Provides Funding –

(Washington, DC, March 30, 2005) – As part of its mission to train outstanding social justice engineers, Howard University School of Law has begun the development of a comprehensive clinical legal education program focusing on the provision of fair housing opportunity to all citizens.  This new clinical program is funded initially by a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Education and Outreach Initiative.  The grant provides for the development of a program that will be a national model for fair housing clinical programs.

Howard’s new Fair Housing Clinic will be composed of several innovative components and will be designed as a comprehensive clinical program focusing on the education of law students, outreach to citizens, residents and the public and the training of attorneys from diverse backgrounds to enter the field of fair housing.  Some of the Program’s notable highlights include:

  • Implementation of a concentration program in fair housing law for Howard Law students;
  • Establishment of additional course curricula in fair housing, housing-related courses and other civil rights related courses;
  • The initiation of a citizen outreach and education program, which will produce publications and educational materials, as well as the operation of a Fair Housing Resource Center;
  • Providing a continuing legal education program;
  • Sponsoring a series of training programs in fair housing law and curriculum development for HBCUs with law schools, and assist other law schools in the development of similar or equivalent fair housing clinical legal education programs;
  • Developing a mock trial training and moot court program to complement the learning process for the Clinic’s students;
  • The promotion of fair housing principles, research and scholarship through symposia and guest lectures.

“Howard University School of Law is committed to the development of this model clinical program,” said Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean of the Law School and former Mayor of Baltimore.  “The new curricula and opportunities for experiential learning will provide further cutting-edge legal educational training for our graduates.  We expect that law students who take part in these programs will leave the law school with the skills and training needed to continue the struggle for equal access and opportunity in housing.”

"The new program will build upon the Howard Law legacy and mission to train social justice advocates who will lead the legal, sociological and policy changes that are necessary to make fair housing a reality for all,” said Howard Law Clinic Director Tamar M. Meekins. “The students are excited about this program and eager to get to work on designing and implementing the comprehensive program.”

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. 

For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at www.Howard.edu.

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