Fair Housing and Accessibility: An Overview

Posted: August 9, 2010

September 13, 2010, 8AM – 5PM

Free to attend.

$25 for 6.6 hours of Continuing Legal Educations units (CLEs) (pending).

West Virginia Advocates is pleased to sponsor a seminar for attorneys, architects, landlords and advocates. This full day of training is being presented by two experienced professionals, who have years of experience in the area of disability law and housing.   Michael Jansen, J.D.,  is the Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in HUD’s Pittsburgh Field Office.   George Williams, D.P.A., is an independent consultant with years of experience presenting training on HUD’s behalf about the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.  The seminar will focus on the requirements of the Fair Housing Act as it impacts individuals with disabilities, including issues related to accessibility and reasonable accommodations.   The professionals attending this seminar will learn what the Fair Housing Act requires when constructing a new building, and when renovating an existing building, as well as what buildings are not subject to its requirements.


8:00 Registration/ Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:00 Introduction by William F. Byrne, Legal Director, WV Advocates
9:15 Overview of the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines by George Williams
10:15 Morning break (Refreshments provided)
10:30 Disability Rights Laws by George Williams
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 Fair Housing Enforcement by Michael Jansen
2:30 Afternoon Break (Refreshments provided)
3:00 Common Design and Construction Violations and Solutions by George Williams

Panel Discussion


George D. Williams, Sr., DPA
President & CEO
Diversity Dynamics, LLC

George Williams has more than 30 years experience in fair housing/civil rights program management, administration and enforcement. He was Regional Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for HUD in two of HUD’s ten regions.   Dr. Williams was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA as a fair housing, civil rights and public policy expert and Consent Decree Monitor for a major fair housing and civil rights case in the City of San Francisco, CA. The Consent Decree and Order settled a major federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the San Francisco Housing Authority. Dr. Williams has his own consulting business, Diversity Dynamics, and is also a trainer for Fair Housing Accessibility First.  He holds the degree of Doctor of Public Administration (DPA).

Michael Jansen, Esq., Director
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Pittsburgh HUD office

Michael Jansen is the Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in HUD’s Pittsburgh Field Office.  His office performs Title VIII and Other Authorities investigations, and the full range of civil rights program work within HUD.  Mr. Jansen has an undergraduate degree in History with a secondary teaching certificate.  He is a licensed attorney, and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, was a member of the law review staff and Editorial Board, and was appointed to the Order of the Coif.  He practiced management-side labor and employment law for approximately six years.  He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he served on both a full-time (ten years) and part-time (18 years) basis as a navigator in three different aircraft, and as a Staff Judge Advocate.  He is married and has two adult children.


Deadline to Register: September 3, 2010

Please request accommodations/sign language interpreters by September 1st.

  • By Mail: Attn: Fair Housing, West Virginia Advocates, 1207 Quarrier St Ste 400, Charleston, WV 25301
  • By Phone: 800.950.5250
  • By Fax: 304.346.0867

Fair Housing Registration Form (pdf)