Ongoing litigation brought by fair housing organization against City of Peoria alleging discriminatory enforcement of a chronic nuisance ordinance on the basis of race and sex in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
Ongoing case brought by nonprofit organization The Fortune Society against apartment complex that refused to rent it units once they learned that formerly incarcerated individuals would reside in them, pursuant to the complex's policy prohibiting anyone with a criminal record from renting an apartment or living there. The Fortune Society alleges this "blanket ban" is discriminatory and has a unlawful disparate impact on the basis of race.
First reverse redlining case filed against a for-profit school in the country, alleging that it used a variety of deceptive practices to encourage students to take out large federal student loans for an education that the school knew was inadequate, while targetting African Americans and residents of low-income neighborhoods for enrollment. The final settlement required the school to pay $5 million to to a class of over 4,000 members.
Multiple challenges to attempts to prevent construction of affordable, multi-family housing within St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans. After three evidentiary hearings in less than one year, the Court found that the Parish acted with racially discriminatory intent and that its actions had a discriminatory effect on African Americans.
Jury verdict of $10.8 in favor of sixty-seven plaintiffs challenging the City of Zanesville, Ohio and Muskingum County's refusal to provide water services to a predominately African-American community.
Housing Discrimination Practice Manual, West Group (updated annually).
J. Relman and S. Samberg-Champion, “At the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Fair Housing,” in The Fight for Fair Housing (G. Squires, ed.) (2018).
M. Allen, J. Crook, & J. Relman, Assessing HUD's Disparate Impact Rule: A Practitioner's Perspective, 49 Harv. C.R-C.L. L. Rev 155 (Spring 2014).
J. Relman, G. Schlactus, and S. Goel, "Creating and Protecting Pro-Integration Programs Under the Fair Housing Act," in The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (2009).
Foreclosures, Integration, and the Future of the Fair Housing Act, 4 Ind. L. Rev. 629 (2008).
J.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
A.B., Harvard University, cum laude
- District of Columbia
- Massachusetts (inactive)
- Hon. Sam J. Ervin III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Hon. Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia