Fifth Annual


Friday, April 29th

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Western New England College School of Law

1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA


Edgar S. Cahn, PhD, JD
Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law

University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law

Professor Cahn teaches Law and Justice, and directs the Community Service Program at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A, Clarke School of Law.  He is a co-founder with his late wife Jean Camper Cahn of the Antioch School of Law, the first law school in the United States to educate law students primarily through clinical training in legal services to the poor.  Of Professor Cahn’s numerous articles, “The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective,” co-authored with Jean Camper Cahn, was credited by Sargent Shriver, Director of President Kennedy’s Office of Economic Opportunity, as the “genesis of legal services.” It is one of Yale Law Journal‘s most cited articles.  In an effort to involve communities in promoting systems of self-help in the late 1980s, Professor Cahn began the Time Dollars project, a service credit program that now operates in more than 70 communities in the United States, Great Britain and Japan.  He has authored a number of books including  “No More Throw Away P People,” “Our Brothers Keeper: The Indian in White America” and  his most recent publication (with Cynthia Robbins) is “An Offer They Can’t Refuse: Racial Disparity in Juvenile Justice and Deliberate Indifference Meet Alternatives That Work.”


  • · Predatory Lending/Foreclosure Response- Part I & II     Legal

A practitioner’s guide on: How to develop a legal response to mortgage fraud and residential foreclosures.  Discussion includes the Ibanez decision, Bank of America Settlement and current financial programs available to assist clients in avoiding foreclosure.

  • · Challenging Discrimination in Our Neighborhoods Part I & II

Promoting strategies that foster integration and examine the structural forces that perpetuate segregation.  Discussion includes how to develop and sustain diverse communities by creating  open and inclusive neighborhoods and examines best practices for affirmatively furthering fair housing, responding to the foreclosure crisis and developing successful affordable housing projects.

  • · Fair Housing ; “It’s not just for non-profits”

Making the case for fair housing; expanding your business by adding fair housing to your legal practice.  Learn how to develop a fair housing case. This training will include evaluating a fair housing case, establishing liability,  proving damages and obtaining attorney’s fees.

  • · Employment Discrimination

Learn the key phases of the administrative process of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) from the initial investigation to the adjudicatory hearing.  procedural aspects,  rules and effective techniques of working with the MCAD  about recent employment cases and legislation, including CORI reform, discrimination based on association and disability.

  • · Community Organizing – Eliminating Racial & Ethnic Discrimination

Learn how to organize and advocate for communities/individuals in order to respond to racial and ethnic discrimination in health care, housing, environment, law enforcement, employment and education.

  • · Cultural Competency in the Workplace

Understanding the benefits and overcoming the challenges of diversity by learning how to effectively develop, implement and manage workplace diversity plans.  Learn how to avoid discriminatory practices in the workplace.

There is no charge for registration (which includes continental breakfast and lunch).  However, space is limited, so register now.

For more information or to register, contact the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center at:

[email protected]

800-675-7309 Last Day to Register April 25, 2011

The Regional Fair Housing Conference is sponsored by:

HAPHousing~MCAD~MA Fair Housing Center~WNEC School of Law and grants from MBF& HUD.

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