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Scott Chang
Counsel
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Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

A.B., University of California, Davis

Bar Admissions

California
District of Columbia

 

 

 

Practice

Mr. Chang practices in the areas of fair housing and public accommodations.  

Before joining Relman, Dane & Colfax he was a sole practitioner specializing in fair housing cases and an associate and of counsel with the California fair housing law firm Brancart & Brancart.  The cases Mr. Chang litigated include: a precedent setting case establishing that fair housing organizations have standing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and affirming a large damages award to a fair housing organization, Fair Housing of Marin v. Combs, 285 F.3d 899 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 1018 (2002); a class action case representing a class of disabled tenants excluded from public housing; and a fair housing and hate crime case involving a group of Asian American Stanford University students who were intimidated based on their national origin when they attempted to rent a house.  He is a frequent speaker at national fair housing conferences.

Professional Activities

Mr. Chang was President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley in 2004. Also a member of the State Bar of California Committee on Federal Courts from 2004 to 2005 and a member of the State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services from 2002 to 2003.

Selected Published Cases

Mr. Chang's better-known cases include:

  • Fair Housing of Marin v. Combs, 285 F.3d 899 (9th Cir. 2003) (holding that fair housing organizations have standing under the Fair Housing Act and affirming district court's default sanction for discovery violations);
  • Egan v. Schmock, 93 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (N.D. Cal. 2000)(holding that neighbor-to-neighbor harassment is actionable under Section 3617 if conduct is designed to drive plaintiffs from neighborhood); and
  • Ambruster v. Monument III Realty, 963 F. Supp. 862 (N.D. Cal. 1997)(finding that emotional distress damages under the Fair Housing Act survive the death of a plaintiff).

Presentations

Mr. Chang has spoke at numerous conferences including National Fair Housing Alliance Annual Conference 2004-2009; HUD Fair Housing Assistance/Initiatives Programs National Policy Conference 2000, 2004 and 2008; John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center National Conferences 2000-2004; HUD Regional Fair Housing Initiatives Programs - Fair Housing Assistance Programs Conference Training Conferences 2001 and 2003; and San Diego Fair Housing Law and Litigation Conference 2001-2009.