Relman Colfax secured relief for Leslie Puryear and potentially hundreds of other people in his position in this habeas corpus case, filed with the ACLU of Virginia. The case involved a challenge to continued confinement by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) after Mr. Puryear had earned sufficient sentence credits to secure his release.
Relman Colfax filed a brief on behalf of Alabama’s fair housing centers, appearing as amici curiae, in this Voting Rights Act (VRA) challenge to Alabama’s congressional district map.
On September 21, 2021, Relman Colfax filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the Town of Brookline, New Hampshire, its Planning Board, and its Selectboard discriminated on the basis of familial status, race and national origin—in violation of the Fair Housing Act—when they resisted the development of an 80-unit affordable “workforce housing” development proposed by Brookline Opportunities, LLC. The Town is 93% White, with very small African-American and Latino populations, has a high per household median income, and very few rental units
Relman Colfax filed suit against the City of Peoria, alleging that the City intentionally targeted enforcement of its “chronic nuisance ordinance” in predominantly African-American neighborhoods and against buildings with predominantly African-American tenants, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. On August 31, 2020, HOPE settled its claims. Pursuant to the settlement, the City amended the ordinance and police department policies to ensure nondiscriminatory enforcement of the Ordinance and to protect tenant rights.
This systemic housing discrimination case against the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) challenges Fannie Mae’s discriminatory maintenance of its “real estate owned” (REO) properties around the country.
This case against McIntosh County and the State of Georgia alleges that the denial of basic municipal services to one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities on Sapelo Island, Georgia violates plaintiffs' constitutional rights.
R. Livengood, Note, Organizing for Structural Change: The Potential and Promise of Worker Centers, 48 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 325 (2013)
Brief for American Civil Liberties of New Jersey as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondent, Brown v. New Jersey, 165 A.3d 735 (N.J. 2017)
In the Media
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 03.19.2020
J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude
B.A., Yale University
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- Hon. Michael A. Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Hon. Stewart Dalzell, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania