On Demand Audio

The Fair Housing Act: A Primer on Analyzing and Avoiding Discrimination Claims

(357 reviews)

Produced on January 29, 2018

Taught by
$ 89 Civil Rights In Stock
Get started now

$299 / year - Access to this Course and 1,500+ Lawline courses


Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Civil Rights

Course Description

The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C§ 3604 (the “FHA”) was originally enacted in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is one of our country’s most important laws. It protects people from discrimination when they rent, buy, or secure financing for housing. The categories of people protected are those who claim that they have been discriminated on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.

This course, taught by Deborah Koplovitz, a New York City-based shareholder at Anderson Kill P.C., will take a deep dive into the FHA from the perspective of a housing provider as well as a person covered under the act. It examine the implications of private and public conduct, which are both covered under the law. The viewer will gain a understanding of the standards of law that apply to various types of claims, from unfair lending practices, to requests for reasonable accommodations and  retaliation claims. In addition, the program will cover the legal thresholds that potential claimants are required to meet, and equip practitioners to both make and defend against claims under the FHA. Viewers will also broaden their knowledge about the types of damages that are at stake with an FHA claim and how to comply with the law and avoid any such claim in the first place.

Ms. Koplovitz is a real estate lawyer who has regularly defended against FHA claims as well as pursued requests for individuals under the FHA. She has previously presented a CLE program for Lawline on the 2017 SCOTUS case on the FHA, Bank of America v. City of Miami. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Grasp the fundamentals of the scope and terms of the FHA
  2. Gain familiarity with HUD guidelines and the Code of Federal Regulations, which are the implementing regulations for the FHA
  3. Identify the obligations that the FHA imposes on housing providers as well as lenders
  4. Review the differences between the FHA and the ADA
  5. Discuss the types of claims that plaintiffs can make, and the risks to housing providers who violate the FHA

Credit Information

After completing this course, Lawline will report your attendance information to {{ accredMasterState.state.name }}. Please ensure your license number is filled out in your profile to ensure timely reporting. For more information, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements page . After completing this course, {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} attorneys self-report their attendance and CLE compliance. For more information on how to report your CLE courses, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements FAQ .


Deborah Koplovitz

Anderson Kill P.C.

Deborah B. Koplovitz is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office and concentrates her practice in real estate, business law, general representation of privately held corporations, partnerships and business entities, commercial litigation, representation of foreign sovereigns and their heads of state, representation of condominiums, cooperatives and sponsors as well as legal malpractice prosecution and defense.

Ms. Koplovitz has a particular interest in appellate practice at the State and Federal levels and cross-border transactions. She is fluent in German and Norwegian, and proficient in French.


Representative Matters

  • Defense of boards, their officers and directors in lawsuits claiming breach of fiduciary duty, waste, fraud, negligence, property damage, and breach of contract
  • Prosecution and defense of employment and housing discrimination claims under New York State, City and Federal laws
  • Defense of legal malpractice claims, claims that a plaintiff’s federal civil rights have been violated, and in wrongful conviction and false imprisonment cases
  • Representation of outdoor advertising companies and buildings in administrative proceedings and in court with respect to alleged violations of the New York City Administrative Code
  • Representation of purchasers and sellers of cooperative and condominium apartments and seller of multimillion-dollar commercial real property
  • Representation of purchaser of condominium unit in dispute against sponsor for return of contract deposit Representation of condominium boards in claims against sponsors for construction defects
  • Prosecution and defense of shareholder and election disputes Representation of foreign heads of state in U.S. contract dispute Representation of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Representation of cooperatives and condominiums in the sale/license of hallway space and common areas Representation of licensors and licensees for use and access to adjacent property for purposes of Local Law 11 work
  • Advise companies on compliance with U.S. Treasury regulations, New York State Attorney General Regulations, New York State Public Service Law, the New York State Public Service Commission Regulations, and the New York City Administrative Code
  • Prosecution and defense of foreclosure actions Commercial leasing and buyouts 


Opal B.

Good course and lecturer.

Isaac M.


Julie A.

Excellent course. Highly recommend

Daniel W.

Highly knowledgeable; hope this attorney does a more in-depth follow up

Antoine M.

Well presented. Moderator Karen excellent. Lawline is fabulous

Alastair D.

Great presenter! The lawline staff also did a great job quickly resolving a technical difficulty.

shelley b.

good presenter

Lucia T.

Excellent presentation.

J Gregory F.

very understandable

Carly N.

Good presenter

Amy F.

very good presenter

David G.


Load More