Richard Rothstein is the Keynote Speaker at 32nd Annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference

Conference Examines Housing Inequality, Transportation Infrastructure, and Climate Actions Plans

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (January 10, 2018)— UCLA Extension welcomes Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” as the keynote speaker, at the 32nd Annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference on Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in Downtown Los Angeles.

Rothstein’s keynote speech is expected to offer a powerful historical view of American cities and the explicit discriminatory housing policies and practices on a local, state, and federal level. Extensively researched, “The Color of Law” was designated one of the ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017. Rothstein is an authority on housing policy and is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley).

“The Land Use Law and Planning Conference is known as an important multi-disciplinary program offering attorneys, planners, environmentalists, and developers context and depth on current policy issues and legislative updates affecting their interests,” said Stephanie Hoekstra, Program Director, Applied Sciences and Public Policy. “Richard Rothstein’s insights add layers to the complexities of solving the housing crisis in American cities.”

Other notable conference speakers include Barbara Kautz, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP; Tina Thomas, Founding Partner, Thomas Law Group; Sen. Scott Weiner (D, 11th District); Steve Preston, City Manager, City of San Gabriel, and others.

The one-day conference updates, trends, and assessments panels include:

  • CEQA 2017: The Supreme Court Weighs In
  • The Housing Crisis: The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same
  • Transportation Infrastructure: Mobility, Choice, and VMT
  • Planning, Zoning, and Development Law – A Heapin’ Helping of Housing, and So Much More
  • Climate Actions Plans: Embracing or Retreating Post-Newhall?

For a complete list of topics and speakers see agenda.

The Land Use Law and Planning Conference chairs are David Smith, Partner, Stice & Block; Matthew Burris, Deputy City Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga; Susan K. Hori, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Philips; Steven A. Preston, City Manager, City of Gabriel, Margaret M. Sohagi, President, The Sohagi Law Group.

The Land Use Law and Planning Conference is approved for seven hours of American Planning Association (APA) credit and Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit.

The enrollment fee is $595 and includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Please register here. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is located at 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, (213) 624- 1011. Please note: Copies of “The Color of Law” will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Book Soup. Please contact April Michelle Enriquez at or call UCLA Extension at (310) 825-7093.

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