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Service and Assistance Animals in Housing: Understanding Fair Housing Act, ADA, and Rehabilitation Act Requirements
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 Service and Assistance Animals in Housing: Understanding Fair Housing Act, ADA, and Rehabilitation Act Requirements

Starts: 4/8/2020 12:00 PM
Ends: 4/8/2020 1:30 PM

Type: Live webcast



General Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits:
Substance Credits:
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Credit Status: Pending Approval

Cost: $65.00

Free for Legal Aid volunteers!


Program Overview:

This training will cover federal and state law regarding the rights of people with disabilities to have assistance and/or service animals in housing, including provisions under the federal Fair Housing Act, North Carolina's State Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. In addition, HUD's 2020 guidance on this subject will also be reviewed.


Jeffrey D. Dillman is the co-director of Legal Aid of North Carolina's Fair Housing Project. From 2005-2011, he was the executive director of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center, a nonprofit fair housing organization in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he was an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught and supervised students in the civil and immigration law clinics from 2002 to 2005. He has also taught in the clinical program at the University of Dayton School of Law and was a supervising attorney for the Asylum and Refugee Law Project at the University of Michigan School of Law. For six years, Mr. Dillman was in private practice in Michigan, with a practice focusing on prison civil rights litigation. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Lisa Nesbitt joined Disability Rights NC in 2012. Her work involves disability-related housing matters and helping children and adults obtain necessary medical services, including mental health and developmental disabilities services. She received her bachelor's degree from Cook College at Rutgers University and her law degree from George Washington University. She practiced law with several private firms in Washington and New Jersey before taking time off to raise three children.

Richard S. Boulden is the Agency Counsel for the North Carolina Human Relations Commission. The NCHRC, which is part of the Office of Administrative Hearings, is the state agency that enforces the NC Fair Housing Act and other state civil rights laws. From 2004-2006, Mr. Boulden was a Fair Housing investigator with the NCHRC. He has been an attorney since 1986 and has worked for private law firms in Chicago and Durham, as well as non-legal jobs in business. He has also served as an Assistant Public Defender in Guilford County. Richard received a B.A. in history from Princeton University in 1983 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1986.