California Rural Legal Assistance Employment Education Outreach Project, 2019 California State University, Monterey Bay
California Rural Legal Assistance Employment Education Outreach Project, Daisy Leon Melendrez
Capstone Projects and Master's Theses
California Rural Legal Assistance is a nonprofit law firm that provides no cost legal services to low-income individuals in Santa Cruz County. The social problem is that too many workers face employment rights violations. The agency problem is a reduction in the number of people seeking employment legal services from CRLA. This outreach project focused on spreading awareness of CRLA’s employment legal services by attending local grocery stores and farmer’s market, with the purpose of promoting agency’s services to the community. Agency materials were distrusted and a questionnaire was used to determine why people are not seeking ...
Fighting The Undead: Why States Should Use Forced Vesting To Kill Zombie Mortgages, 2019 Boston College Law School
Fighting The Undead: Why States Should Use Forced Vesting To Kill Zombie Mortgages, Roman Ibragimov
Boston College Law Review
Following the financial crisis, many home mortgage borrowers found themselves living in properties encumbered by debt that far exceeded their value. The result was an increase in mortgage default rates, followed by a wave of foreclosures as lenders scrambled to minimize the financial damage to their investments. From the wreckage, a new creature emerged that threatened to devastate borrowers who believed that foreclosure was their chance for a fresh start: the zombie mortgage. With a spike in lenders failing or declining to foreclose on properties, borrowers were unexpectedly facing an unwanted burden of homeownership that would cause them and their ...
The Right To Housing: Possessing Home In California, 2019 Golden Gate University School of Law
The Right To Housing: Possessing Home In California, Golden Gate University School Of Law
GGU Law Review Blog
In an area where the median home costs $820,000, San Francisco’s Bay Area is currently experiencing an affordable housing crisis. Unsurprisingly 25,951 people lack stable housing in the Bay Area. A recent Brookings Institute income inequality study ranked the San Francisco metropolitan area (including San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin Counties) the third highest in income inequality in the United States. In the Bay Area, where the median fair market rate for a two bedroom apartment is $3,121, the highest earners were making eleven times more than the lowest.
Among those most affected by the ...
Supbrime Lending/Foreclosure Crisis, 2019 Brigham Young University - Provo
Supbrime Lending/Foreclosure Crisis, Jacob Rugh
All Faculty Publications
Subprime mortgage lending in the USA rose alongside home prices and lasted about 15 years, ending abruptly in late 2007, setting off a national foreclosure crisis. Between 2007 and 2012 there were 9 to 12 million foreclosures filings and 4 to 5 million completed foreclosures. The ensuing foreclosure crisis stemmed more from falling home prices but its unequal distribution across society by race and space was also the product of legacies of exclusion and a shared consensus on the expansion of mortgage credit and home ownership. Modest federal interventions to buffer communities and homeowners from the crisis likely reinforced the ...
Commercial-Property Leases As A Means For Private Environmental Governance, 2019 The Florida State University
Commercial-Property Leases As A Means For Private Environmental Governance, Darren A. Prum
Georgia State University Law Review
Commercial-property leases as a means for private environmental governance routinely get overlooked despite their noticeable presence. The applicable theoretical models used in environmental law and the standards that typically measure legal activity fail to detect the commercial-property lease as a regulatory action as well. Moreover, the public and positive law and policy approach of the past that heavily relied on administrative authority now follows more of a private law and governance approach. The private law and governance approach responds to the marketplace where standards are set, enforcement occurs, and dispute resolution takes place between parties involved in the transaction outside ...
Desegregating Schooling In Hartford, Connecticut: The 1996 Sheff V. O’Neill Court Case And Two Decades Of Integration Policy, 2019 Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut
Desegregating Schooling In Hartford, Connecticut: The 1996 Sheff V. O’Neill Court Case And Two Decades Of Integration Policy, Adam Bloom
Senior Theses and Projects
No abstract provided.
Why Consumer Defendants Lump It, 2019 University of California, Irvine School of Law
Why Consumer Defendants Lump It, Emily S. Taylor Poppe
Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy
No abstract provided.
Bank Of America Corporation V. City Of Miami, 2019 Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
Bank Of America Corporation V. City Of Miami, Veronica Nicholson
Ohio Northern University Law Review
No abstract provided.
Bringing Home The Right To Housing To Advance Urban Sustainability, 2019 Texas A&M University School of Law
Bringing Home The Right To Housing To Advance Urban Sustainability, Lisa Alexander
Lisa T. Alexander
No abstract provided.
More Color More Pride: Addressing Structural Barriers To Interracial Lgbtq Loving, 2019 Fordham University School of Law
More Color More Pride: Addressing Structural Barriers To Interracial Lgbtq Loving, Praatika Prasad
Fordham Law Review Online
Through an examination of State-supported racial structures, this Essay illustrates that even after the legalization of interracial and same-sex marriages, the State’s control over housing, education, and employment prospects impedes the formation of interracial LGBTQ relationships. This Essay suggests that reducing residential segregation can be a first step in dismantling structural barriers to interracial LGBTQ loving, as truly integrated housing would increase cross-racial contact, lead to better educational and employment outcomes, and give LGBTQ people of color a chance to improve their social capital. This, together with altering how issues of race are framed within the LGBTQ community, will ...
Affordable Housing: Of Inefficiency, Market Distortion, And Government Failure, 2019 Georgetown University Law Center
Affordable Housing: Of Inefficiency, Market Distortion, And Government Failure, Michael R. Diamond
Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works
In this essay, I examine the types of costs that are imposed on society as a whole due to the absence of a sufficient number of decent housing units that are affordable to the low-income population. These costs present themselves in relation to health care, education, employment, productivity, homelessness, and incarceration. Some of the costs are direct expenditures while others are the result of lost opportunities.
My hypothesis is that these costs are significant and offer, at the very least, a substantial offset to the cost of creating and subsidizing the operation of the necessary number of affordable housing units ...
Table Of Contents, 2019 Seattle University School of Law
Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review
Seattle University Law Review
No abstract provided.
When A Tent Is Your Castle: Constitutional Protection Against Unreasonable Searches Of Makeshift Dwellings Of Unhoused Persons, 2019 Seattle University School of Law
When A Tent Is Your Castle: Constitutional Protection Against Unreasonable Searches Of Makeshift Dwellings Of Unhoused Persons, Evanie Parr
Seattle University Law Review
This Note will argue that all jurisdictions should follow the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II in validating makeshift dwellings used by people experiencing homelessness as spaces protected from unwarranted police intrusions by shifting evaluations of “reasonable expectations of privacy” to a more equitable standard that appreciates the realities of economic disparity. This approach to constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures is imperative to protect the rights of people experiencing homelessness, given that such individuals are regularly subjected to invasions of privacy and heightened exposure to the criminal justice system.
Midat Sodom And The Housing Affordability Crisis, 2019 Touro Law Center
Midat Sodom And The Housing Affordability Crisis, Michael Lewyn
Michael E Lewyn
Path To Destruction: Cook County's Property Tax System Is A Cause For Concern As It Mimics The Defunct Taxing Procedures That Led To The Detroit Foreclosure Crisis, Robert Romano
Chicago-Kent Law Review
For decades, Cook County, Illinois, has had one of the highest property tax rates in the country, and as a result the County has begun to experience unprecedented foreclosure rates which has contributed, in part, to the State’s significant population decline. Residents are forced to endure a property tax system that disproportionately burdens low-income homeowners, while providing tax breaks to higher-income individuals and commercial owners. The primary causes and characteristics of Cook County’s defunct property tax system are strikingly similar to those that sent the City of Detroit spiraling into bankruptcy in 2013.
This note provides a comparative ...
Anti-Social Behaviour, Expulsion From Condominium, And The Reconstruction Of Ownership, 2019 Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
Anti-Social Behaviour, Expulsion From Condominium, And The Reconstruction Of Ownership, Douglas C. Harris
Statutory condominium regimes facilitate massive increases in the density of owners. The courts are responding to this spatial reorganization of ownership by reconstructing what it means to be the owner of an interest in land. This article analyzes the ten cases over eight years (2008-2015) in which Canadian courts grant eviction and sale orders against owners within condominium for anti-social behaviour. The expulsion orders are new. Until these cases, ownership within condominium in Canadian common law jurisdictions was thought to be as robust as ownership outside condominium such that owners could not be evicted from and forced to sell their ...
Regulating Short-Term Accommodation Within Condominium, 2019 Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
Regulating Short-Term Accommodation Within Condominium, Douglas C. Harris
Owning land within condominium, or strata property as it is known in British Columbia, includes holding an individual strata lot, a share of the common property, and the right to participate in governing the uses of the private and common property. Owners participate in governing through membership and voting rights in a strata corporation which has the responsibility to maintain the common property and the authority to establish bylaws that restrict the use of the common and private property. The corollary of membership and a voice in the affairs of the strata corporation is a duty to accept its governing ...
When Deciding Whether To Allow A Taking Of Property We Need To Ask What We Want Property Rights To Do, 2019 Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
When Deciding Whether To Allow A Taking Of Property We Need To Ask What We Want Property Rights To Do, Douglas C. Harris
In recognition of the dangers inherent to a regime that enables a majority of owners to terminate the individual property interests of a dissenting minority, the Strata Property Act requires that strata corporations secure court confirmation of dissolution votes. Not surprisingly, the shift to a lower dissolution threshold, the rapidly rising land values in British Columbia’s urban centres, and the increased costs of maintaining aging buildings, have precipitated a growing number of dissolution votes and a steady flow of applications to the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) to confirm the votes.
Owning And Dissolving Strata Property, 2019 Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
Owning And Dissolving Strata Property, Douglas C. Harris
Strata or condominium property creates multiple privately owned lots or units within an association of owners. Dissolving strata property involves winding-up the association and terminating the private interests. As a result, the non-consensual dissolution of strata property involves the taking of property from those owners who oppose dissolution. The owners of individual lots become co-owners of the land formerly within the association, but the non-consenting owners have their property interests in separate lots taken from them. Beginning with the observation that non-consensual dissolution of strata property results in a taking of property, this article analyzes British Columbia’s move to ...
Housing, Healthism, And The Hud Smoke-Free Policy, 2019 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Housing, Healthism, And The Hud Smoke-Free Policy, Dave Fagundes, Jessica L. Roberts
Northwestern University Law Review
On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule prohibiting residents of public housing from smoking within twenty-five feet of any housing project took effect. These new regulations—HUD’s “smoke-free policy”—received near-universal acclaim as a means to improve public health, in particular by reducing vulnerable populations’ exposure to secondhand smoke. This Essay analyzes the smoke-free policy from the perspective of healthism—discrimination on the basis of health status. We argue that banning public housing residents from smoking is unfairly discriminatory for a variety of reasons. To start, the rule may not achieve ...