» Diversity and Social Justice Forum Fall 2018 Symposium

Inequality Rising: A Decade After the Housing Crisis

November 16, 2018
Kennedy Hall, Room 237
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presented by the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Diversity and Social Justice Forum

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for up to four (4) MCLE credits.

Panel 1: Litigation, Policy and Politics

A look inside litigation that gets national attention, how to effectuate change in the courtroom and inform the public.


  • Brooke Weitzman, co-founder of Elder Law & Disability Rights Center and plaintiff's attorney in Orange County Catholic Worker v. United States
  • Eve Garrow, Homelessness Policy Analyst and Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California.
  • David Gillanders, Jr., Executive Director of Pathways to Hope
  • Moderated by Professor Wendy Seiden, Law Professor and Co-Director of the Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic at Chapman University's Fowler School of Law.

Keynote Address

Doug Smith, a Public Counsel attorney and community lawyer behind the Los Angeles Street Vendor campaign and Senate Bill 946 (Safe Sidewalk Vending Act).

Panel 2: Homelessness, a Humanitarian Crisis

Addressing the causes of displaced individuals and marginalized communities, and exploring the impacts on the dignity of the individual.


  • Brian Peterson, Artist and founder of Faces of Santa Ana
  • Ugochi Anaebere-Nicholson, Directing Attorney for the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit at Public Law Center
  • Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at LGBT Center OC
  • Moderated by Ricky Reneer, Jr., Chapman Fowler School of Law Alumnus

Panel 3: The Road to Affordable Housing

A discussion regarding zoning reform, the necessary steps, the widespread impacts, and overcoming the biggest hurdles.


  • Professor Kenneth Stahl of Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Director of Environmental Land Use and Real Estate Law Program
  • Elizabeth Hansburg, Co-Founder and Director of People for Housing Orange County
  • Cesar Covarrubias, Executive Director of the Kennedy Commission
  • Moderated by Jill Replogle, KPCC Orange County reporter.

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