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Jim Crow in the 21st Century: Policing-Based Housing Policies and Racial Segregation

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

America is profoundly segregated along racial lines. Many people view this as a relic of long-overturned legal systems, but in fact, modern laws continue to sustain racial segregation. Policing-based housing policies are one of the most salient examples. These are local laws – growing in number — that either encourage or require landlords to evict or exclude tenants who have had varying levels of contact with the criminal legal system. Though formally race neutral, this web of restrictions is rapidly expanding against a backdrop of mass criminalization. Professor Archer will discuss the central role that mass criminalization plays in locking people out of housing, and how these laws facilitate racial segregation and import the racial biases of the criminal legal system into private housing markets.

Deborah N. Archer is a Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU School of Law. Deborah is also the President of the American Civil Liberties Union and a leading expert in civil rights, civil liberties, and racial justice. She is an award-winning teacher and legal scholar whose articles have appeared in leading law reviews. Deborah has also offered commentary for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, National Public Radio, CBS, Monocle, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Deborah is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Charles G. Albom Prize, and Smith College. She previously worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, and school desegregation. Deborah is also a former chair of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Civil Rights and the Section on Minority Groups. She previously served as Chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the nation’s oldest and largest police oversight agency.

Deborah has been honored by numerous community organizations and legal institutions, including Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, Boston University School of Law, New York University, Smith College, New York Law School, the American Association of Law Schools, and the Law and Society Association. In 2021, the Law and Society Association awarded her the John Hope Franklin Prize, Honorable Mention for her article “‘White Men’s Roads Through Black Men’s Homes’: Advancing Racial Equity Through Highway Reconstruction” which appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review. Deborah also received a 2021 Podell Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2020-2021 Jacob K. Javits Professorship from New York University, the 2021 Stephen Ellmann Memorial Clinical Scholarship Award from the American Association of Law Schools, the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award from New York Law School, and the Haywood Burns/Shanara Guilbert Award from the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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