Race-Based Housing Discrimination in the 21st Century
February 13, 2024
Presenters: Michelle Ewert, JD, MPP; Nis Wilbur, MPPA
Description: This presentation will describe current race-based disparities in poverty rates, income, assets, homeownership rates, and home values. Then, the presentation will discuss how those disparities came about, including early efforts to limit access to place and capital through lynching, exclusionary zoning ordinances, racially restrictive covenants, and redlining. The presentation will describe legal challenges to these practices and the development of statutory fair housing protections at the federal and state level. The presentation will conclude by summarizing recent cases relating to reverse redlining, appraisal discrimination, and home insurance discrimination and how courts are handling these claims.
Presenter- Professor Michelle Ewert & Nis Wilbur
Washburn University School of Law
$20 for TBA Members
$10 for TBA Members- Thank you for being a valued TBA member!!
$40 for Non-Members
Approved for 1 hour CLE in KS
Michelle Ewert is a professor at Washburn University School of Law and Director of the Washburn Law Clinic. Prior to starting clinical law teaching, she was staff attorney and housing law supervisor at the Homeless Persons Representation Project in Baltimore, Maryland, where she litigated subsidized housing cases; staff attorney at Central California Legal Services in Visalia, California, where she litigated domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse cases; and staff attorney at HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, Illinois, where she litigated fair housing cases. Michelle received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on systemic race and gender-based discrimination in housing policy.
Nis Wilbur studies at Washburn University School of Law, where she also enjoys being a Professionalism Mentor, a Research Assistant, and the Secretary of the Native American Law Students Association. She also serves on the KBA Diversity Committee and clerks for the Third Judicial District of Shawnee County. Nis has a background in early childhood public policy, working for various tribal, state, and national organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in ‘Youth, Culture, and Social Justice’ from Washburn University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Nis hopes to make a positive impact in her community.