WBEZ | John Marshall Law School http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-marshall-law-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Study: Segregation persists in Chicago with hurdles to fair housing http://www.wbez.org/news/study-segregation-persists-chicago-hurdles-fair-housing-107627 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_Chicago_man_JM.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Barriers to fair housing are exacerbating segregation in the Chicago area, according to a new study by the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic.</p><p>A team looked at housing discrimination cases between 2009-12 and found a 30 percent increase in clients who alleged &lsquo;source of income&rsquo; discrimination. In housing terms, that&rsquo;s when landlords turn down renters because they have subsidized housing vouchers.</p><p>The housing clinic released <a href="http://www.jmls.edu/fairhousing/pdf/2013-chicago-segregation-study.pdf">the study</a> Monday and gave a slew of recommendations.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s one thing to say we should do a massive integration plan for the city, but I don&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s very likely in this political climate,&rdquo; said Michael Seng, director of the clinic.</p><p>Although Chicago and Cook County protect such low-income renters, Seng says a federal statute is needed because it would have more teeth and apply to other parts of Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;That has been a factor in recent years on the problems of minorities, particularly African Americans and others in getting housing in Chicago,&rdquo; Seng said. &ldquo;All of these areas that we have identified would have an impact on segregation in Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>Other recommendations include legislation to end discrimination against ex-offenders who haven&rsquo;t committed a serious or recent offense.</p><p>Seng said immigrants who don&rsquo;t speak English often face discrimination, and state and federal changes should make them a protected class. The study found that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth comprise a significant percentage of Chicago homeless. While sexual orientation is a protected class under Chicago and state law, Seng said more training is needed in homeless shelters and various agencies dealing with LGBT youth. He noted that there are no shelters for these young people on the South and West Sides.</p><p><em>Natalie Moore is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/natalieymoore" target="_blank">@natalieymoore</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/study-segregation-persists-chicago-hurdles-fair-housing-107627 Assessing the legality of drug testing in schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/assessing-legality-drug-testing-schools-92887 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/Drug test.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There was often a mixed reaction from parents and students to drug testing at schools: proponents saw it as a way to curb or prevent drug use but critics argued that the tests were a violation of privacy. Still, some Illinois schools drug tested students involved in extracurricular activities--including sports.</p><p>Recently, <a href="http://www.lz95.org/" target="_blank">School District 95 in Lake Zurich</a> announced that it wanted to do the same; and on Wednesday night the district held a forum to get feedback on the high school’s proposed policy. To discuss the legality of these programs, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://www.jmls.edu/directory/profiles/schwinn-steven" target="_blank">Steven Schwinn</a> from the<a href="http://www.jmls.edu/" target="_blank"> John Marshall Law School</a>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>also spoke to Wayne Sobczak, president of the board of education at <a href="http://www.d117.org/" target="_blank">Community High School District 117</a>, which is just south of the Wisconsin border that has been drug testing some of its students for a number of years.</p></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/assessing-legality-drug-testing-schools-92887