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Environmental Justice, Redlining and the Housing Crisis

Racial discrimination in mortgage lending in the 1930s shaped the demographic and wealth patterns of American communities today, a new study shows, with 3 out of 4 neighborhoods “redlined” on government maps 80 years ago continuing to struggle economically. A study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition indicates that the overwhelming majority of neighborhoods marked “hazardous” in red ink on maps drawn by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corp. from 1935 to 1939 are much more likely than other areas today to consist of lower-income, minority residents. This panel of expert legal professionals and policymakers addresses the long-term impacts of redlining on community development, housing, education and economic justice.


  • Dr. Margot Brown – Vice President, Justice and Equity, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Marianne Engelman-Lado (Virtual) – Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, U.S. Environmental Protection
  • Charles Lee – Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Quentin C. Pair – Adjunct Instructor, Howard University School of Law; Co-Chair, ABA Task Force on Environmental Justice


  • Gwen Keyes Fleming – Partner and Co-Chair, DLA Piper; Co-Chair, ABA Task Force on Environmental Justice


ABA Environmental Justice Task Force

Dr. Margot Brown Presentation

Thank You to our Partners

Summit Supporters: Truist, Georgetown University Law Center, DC Bar, American Tax Policy Institute, ABA Section of Taxation, Hip Hop Caucus, Francine J. Lipman & James E. Williamson, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Summit Co-Sponsors: ABA Business Law Section, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Young Lawyers Division

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