Amicus Brief Submitted to U.S. Supreme Court
The Network submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of October, 2013 supporting the importance of “disparate impact” in the Fair Housing Act for protecting victims of housing discrimination. The National Community Land Trust Network was approached by the National Fair Housing Alliance to work with a pro bono attorney, Peter Romer-Friedman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, to prepare the amicus brief from the Network to the U.S Supreme Court on one of the most important civil rights cases on the Court’s docket for this term. The U.S. Supreme Court was to review a key provision of the Fair Housing Act in Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., specifically whether claims under the Fair Housing Act require proof of intentional discrimination rather than proof of “disparate impact” shown through statistics. The case was settled this past week, and the parties will ask the Supreme Court to dismiss the case.