Law Reform Clinic Set to Represent Clients in Landmark Housing Trial

A student panel during a moot court competition.

For the past several years, Hofstra Law School’s Law Reform Advocacy Clinic has represented nine Latino tenants who have sued the Village of Farmingdale under the Fair Housing Act. On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, United States District Court Judge Denis Hurley denied the Village of Farmingdale’s motion for summary judgment in the case and set the case for jury trial.

The lawsuit alleges that the village violated the Fair Housing Act by implementing a redevelopment plan that targeted a 54-unit apartment complex  in which the tenants were predominantly Hispanic  resulting in their displacement from the building.

According to Stefan Krieger, professor of law and director emeritus of Hofstra Law’s Clinical Programs, Judge Hurley’s decision has “significant ramifications” in regard to municipal liability under the Fair Housing Act.

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