Fair Housing and Lending Seminar

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Fair Housing and Lending Seminar
Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:15a.m. to 1:00 pm
City of Columbia City Hall
701 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fair Housing and Lending Seminar on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Columbia City Hall.

The seminar is hosted by the City of Columbia’s Human Rights and Disabilities commissions, along with Central Bank of Boone County, Columbia Housing Authority, Columbia Apartment Association and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

This free public event will include presentations by fair housing and lending experts. University of Missouri Law Professor and Fair Housing Expert Rigel Oliveri will discuss fair housing and lending laws and HUD action. St. Louis Attorney Amanda Biondolino will speak on the topic of service animals, fair housing and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Housing Programs Manager Randy Cole will present information on affordable housing and the community land trust. Dr. Molly Metzger, a Washington University Assistant Professor of Social Work, will talk about her research on the history of structural racism in housing, and the importance of fair and affordable housing.

The event also includes free breakfast and a City programs fair. The programs fair will allow participants to meet with representatives of different housing, neighborhood, energy efficiency and sustainability programs. Registration, breakfast and the programs fair begins at 8:15 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m.

This seminar has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 3.9 MCLE hours.

Pre-registration is appreciated

Event Schedule
8:15 a.m. Registration, programs fair, and Breakfast (sponsored by Central Bank of Boone County)
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Presentation of Mayor’s Proclamation presented by Ward 2 Councilmember Michael Trapp 
9:15 a.m. Fair Housing and Lending Laws and HUD Action – Professor Rigel Oliveri
10:15 a.m. Service Animals, Fair Housing and the ADA – Attorney Amanda Biondolino
11:15 a.m. Break and Programs Fair – Snacks sponsored by Columbia Apartment Association
11:45 a.m. Affordable Housing and the Community Land Trust – Housing Programs Manager Randy Cole
12:15 p.m. The History of Structural Racism in Housing: Why We Need Affordable Fair Housing – Professor Molly Metzger
1:00 p.m. Program concludes.

Biographies of Speakers:

Rigel C. OliveriRigel C. Oliveri
Associate Professor of Law – University of Missouri
Professor Oliveri is a nationally recognized expert on fair housing law. Her scholarship focuses on housing discrimination, residential segregation, zoning and property rights, and sexual harassment. Her published work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Florida Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among other journals. She teaches Fair Housing, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure. Rigel joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2005 and served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development from 2009 until 2015.

Amanda BiondolinoAmanda Biondolino
Associate Attorney – Smith Amundsen LLC
As a member of Smith Amundsen’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Amanda provides clients with advice and counsel on a wide range of business matters. Her goal is to help her clients grow and protect their business. Her experience includes insurance defense on a variety of matters including employment and housing discrimination, wrongful termination, trademark infringement, and health care liability, among other issues affecting business owners. Amanda previously worked as a Human Rights Attorney for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights where she provided legal analysis and advice on discrimination matters and litigated claims of housing and employment discrimination.

Randall ColeRandall Cole
Housing Programs Supervisor – City of Columbia, MO
Randy oversees the City’s affordable housing efforts as well as other community and economic development efforts funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program and local funding. He has overseen expanded efforts in improving energy efficiency and universal design in HUD funded projects and implemented the development of Columbia’s first affordable net-zero energy use home. Randy holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs, where he was inducted into the Rollins Society for his volunteer and public service involvement during graduate school. Prior to working for the City, Randy worked for Central Missouri Community Action as the Energy Conservation Coordinator, where he oversaw the Department of Energy’s Low-Income Weatherization Program serving eight counties in mid-Missouri. Randy was responsible for CMCA’s award of the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers Grant through the Department of Energy, resulting in the installation of 15 geothermal systems and 27 solar water heaters in Columbia low-income households.

Molly MetzgerMolly Metzger
Assistant Professor – Washington University
Dr. Molly W. Metzger is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School. She also serves as chair of the Domestic Social and Economic Development concentration at the Brown School, Faculty Director for Thriving Communities at the Center for Social Development, Community Engagement Fellow at the Gephardt Institute and board member at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Carleton College in 2001 and Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2012. Prior to her doctoral training, she worked in low-income housing in Chicago as a social services coordinator.

– Columbia Housing Authority
– Missouri Commission on Human Rights
– Central Bank of Boone County
– Columbia Apartment Association

Contact information:
Rose Wibbenmeyer
Assistant City Counselor
City of Columbia