Conference Speakers 2020

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Richard Rothstein

Mr. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law documents how American cities, from San Francisco to Boston, became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation, with: undisguised racial zoning, public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, and routing of highways to separate African American and white neighborhoods. Such programs still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Scholars have separately described many of these policies; The Color of Law uniquely brings them together to show how they interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation in every metropolitan area. Once we understand that our racial landscape has been created and maintained “de jure,” by governmental law and policy, we can engage in a national conversation to design remedies.


Sarah Adams-Schoen, Esq., Assistant Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

Donald L. Elliott, Esq., FAICP, Director, Clarion Associates, LLC

Peter Feroe, AICP, Sr. Technical Director / Planning, AKRF, Inc.

Melissa Kaplan-Macey, AICP, Vice President, State Programs & Connecticut Director, Regional Plan Association

Steven G. Leventhal, Esq., Leventhal, Mullaney & Blinkoff, LLP

Sarah Malpass, Associate, Skeo Solutions Inc.

Gina Martini, AICP, ENV SPSenior Project Manager, VHB

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP Attorney at Law

Valerie Monastra, AICP, Principal Planner, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC

Thomas Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute Americas

John R. Nolon, Esq., Counsel, Land Use Law Center and Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Larisa Ortiz, Managing Director, Research + Analysis, Streetsense

Bonnie Von Ohlsen, AICP, RLA, LEED Green Associate, Kimley-Horn of New York, P.C.

Michael Allan Wolf, Esq.Professor of Law & Richard E. Nelson Eminent Scholar Chair in Local Government, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Michael D. Zarin, Esq., Partner, Zarin & Steinmetz