Mary Scott Knoll, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, spoke to professors and students TJSL on Thursday, April 11.
Her presentation helped the audience understand the changes the Fair Housing Act has gone through since its inception in 1966. She detailed how the Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of being part of a protected class. Knoll spoke of the numerous ways potential tenants can be discriminated against and the federal and state laws that protect their rights.
The discussion prompted questions by the audience members relating to which individuals are protected from discrimination and where they can go to obtain more legal information. Her presentation was unique in that she demonstrated how landlord-tenant law can work hand-in-hand with fair housing laws and civil rights claims.