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Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Publishes Article by Professor Oliveri

January 29th, 2016

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Professor Rigel Oliveri recently published an article in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. In the article, “Disparate Impact and Integration: With TDHCA v. Inclusive Communities the Supreme Court Retains an Uneasy Status Quo,”  she discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. The ruling upheld the use of disparate impact theory in cases brought under the Fair Housing Act. Professor Oliveri argues that although the ruling was a good one for fair housing advocates, it might be of limited use in practice. That is because the opinion itself casts doubt on whether the current case and ones like it will succeed on the merits. In particular, “the Court cautioned against allowing disparate impact claims to interfere with the complex, multifactor decisions of housing developers and municipal officials when they seek to improve neighborhoods and housing conditions, even when such decisions exacerbate or entrench segregated patterns.”

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