The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is proud to announce that Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will serve as keynote speaker at the Center’s 6th Annual Fit for King Celebration on January 18, 2013. Professor Guinier will address conference attendees during a keynote luncheon at the [...]
Fit for King Celebration is GNOFHAC’s annual tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year, GNOFHAC staff organizes a series of events- trainings, seminars, film screenings and concerts- to educate the community about fair housing, celebrate the Civil Rights Movement, and inspire change.
The theme for Fit for King 2013 was Disparate Impact: A Vital Tool for Building Equity. Disparate impact analysis is an established legal doctrine that civil rights advocates use to help enforce laws like the Fair Housing Act. Disparate impact arguments usually rely on statistical analysis to demonstrate that a policy that may seem facially neutral actually has a disproportionate effect on a protected group of people. Disparate impact analysis is a vital tool for civil rights advocates to have in their quest to build equity. However, the concept has seen recent challenges, including a renewed attack on the concept by the banking industry. Fit for King 2013 explored the use of disparate impact as a tool in the areas of criminal justice, education, and housing.