Howard Law Fair Housing Clinic Students Issue Public Comment to HUD

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The Fair Housing Clinic at Howard University School of Law recently issued another public comment in response to a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which, if enacted, would allow for discrimination against transgender individuals.   

"The Trump Administration's proposed change to the Equal Access Rule creates more barriers for transgender individuals seeking emergency shelter in their time of need,” said Keeshea Turner Roberts, Howard Law adjunct professor and supervising attorney for the Fair Housing Clinic.  “These barriers, especially during a pandemic, needlessly places many lives at risk." 

Public comment student drafters were as follows: 

Olivia Jenkins
Olivia Jenkins is from San Diego, California. She graduated from Spelman College in 2019. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she was heavily involved with gender equity and Title IX-related issues. As a 2L at Howard University School of Law, Olivia is a student attorney with the Fair Housing Clinic, team member of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team, and sisterhood co-chair for Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Inc. In the future, Olivia aspires to advocate for human and civil rights issues through impact litigation. 

Daniel W. Leal
Daniel W. Leal is a Los Angeles, California native and passionate advocate for housing justice. Through Howard University School of Law, he is currently a student attorney for the Fair Housing Clinic, the Student Bar Association's Academic Affairs co-chair, and a co-founding member of the student legal advocacy group Students Taking Action Against National Discrimination ("STAAND"). Prior to law school, he obtained his B.A. at Lehigh University and worked for a number of years at commercial real estate law practice. Ultimately, Daniel aspires to be a real estate attorney and an advocate for equitable community development.

Adrienne Parms
Adrienne Parms is a student attorney with the Fair Housing Clinic at Howard University School of Law. As a 2L, she additionally serves as an associate solicitations & submissions editor of the Howard Law Journal, treasurer of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated and secretary of the Business Law Society. Prior to law school, she worked in media and marketing in New York City. As an advocate of giving back to her community, she dedicated many years to mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Adrienne was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan. 

Asiyahola Sankara
Asiyahola Sankara is an organizer, activist, and student attorney at Howard University School of Law’s Fair Housing Clinic. Prior to law school, he lived in Los Angeles and managed the Alliance for Community Transit’s organizing campaigns to raise equitable development and inclusive land-use standards citywide. He currently serves ACT-LA remotely, leading its work to reimagine public safety on transit by steering funds away from policing and towards design and infrastructure improvements. Born in Atlanta and raised in New York City, Asiyahola lived in California for almost a decade before moving to DC for law school. He obtained his B.A. from Pomona College.