According to the MVFHC's Web site, here's how the mock trial will work:
- It will be based in part on facts from an actual fair housing case.
- It will examine one or more legal issues most commonly associated with fair housing compliance, such as steering, occupancy standards, and reasonable accommodation and modification request denials.
- There will be a presiding judge, with community members and industry players taking on the roles of plaintiffs, defendants, and jurors.
- All workshop attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the mock trial and ask questions about the issues that arise.
- During jury deliberations, participants will engage in a discussion of real-life tricky situations, such as how housing professionals should respond to prospects' questions about a community's demographics.
Return tomorrow for the seventh part of this special "Fair Housing Month" feature at Fairhousingblog.com.