This lawsuit, brought under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and state law, challenged the Dallas Housing Authority’s cancellation of project-based housing subsidies that would have permitted adults with disabilities to live in integrated homes in the community.
The firm represented a fair housing organization in developing initiatives with a lender that are designed to ensure that individuals who are on, or plan to be on, maternity, paternity or adoptive leave receive fair and equal access to mortgage loans.
In this Fair Housing Act lawsuit against a Virginia landlord, which challenged a racially discriminatory policy of rejecting all applicants with criminal backgrounds, the defendant agreed to adopt a new policy to ensure equal access to its properties.
This lawsuit, brought on behalf of an organization and two individuals against HUD challenging its delay of the Small Area Fair Market Rent pilot program, secured a decision allowing poor families in major markets around the country to immediately use rental subsidies to move to higher-opportunity areas.
S. Pratt, Criminal Background Screening in Housing: Emerging Enforcement Tools, Federal Bar Association's Civil Rights Insider (Winter 2020)
S. Pratt, Fair Housing Act at Fifty, 53 U. Rich. L.R. 1021 (2019)
S. Pratt, Civil Rights Strategies to Increase Mobility, Yale Law Journal Forum (2017)
S. Pratt, Exclusionary Zoning in the Spotlight, Federal Bar Association's Civil Rights Insider (Fall 2017)
R. Schwemm & S. Pratt, Disparate Impact under the Fair Housing Act: A Proposed Approach (2010)
S. Pratt & M. Allen, Addressing Community Opposition to Affordable Housing Development: A Fair Housing Toolkit, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (2004)
S. Pratt, M. Allen, and B. Milstein, “Reconstructing Fair Housing,” National Council on Disability (2001)
“Damages for Embarrassment and Humiliation in Housing Discrimination Cases,” Ky. Comm. on Human Rts. (1983)
In the Media
- New York Times, 09.03.2019
- Sojourners, 03.18.2019
- House panel hearing is Tuesday on HUD's failed oversight of Cairo public housing ... and HUD wasn't invitedThe Southern Illinoisan, 09.22.2018
J.D., University of Arizona
B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College
- District of Columbia