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Fair Housing Law Project
Through community education and enforcing the fair housing laws, FHLP's efforts help make housing available to everyone.
Through direct representation and individual counseling, FHLP provides free legal services to people who have experienced discrimination in acquiring or keeping housing in Santa Clara County. FHLP is a client-driven program, which means that each client's preference about his or her legal enforcement options is critical.
FHLP's four attorneys represent victims of housing discrimination and predatory lending at every stage of the process - including early advocacy, investigation, administrative complaints, mediation, and, when necessary, federal and state court litigation. Any resolution includes policy changes and education in conformity with the fair housing and fair lending laws. Statutory attorney fees received through resolved lawsuits augment grant funding and donations, enabling FHLP to expand its reach and increase the number of people helped.
Private Firms working in partnership with FHLP
Many private firms have increased their pro bono representation by co-counseling predatory lending cases with FHLP. In addition to helping needy clients, the firms gain litigation experience for their attorneys. The following firms have provided pro bono assistance for FHLP clients in the past year:
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP
Fenwick & West, LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Latham & Watkins
Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Thelen, Reid & Priest LLP
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati LLP
If you work for a law firm and are interested in donating your time to stop people losing their homes to unscrupulous mortgage brokers and lenders, contact Kyra Kazantzis at email@example.com for more information.
Updated: November 2008