No More Toxic Housing: Creative Legal, Policy, and Grassroots
Solutions for Buffalo and Beyond
Local activists, academics, community organizers and state
experts exchanged ideas toward making Western New York's homes
and communities healthier at a daylong lead and toxic housing forum
on April 11.
The program's sponsors include SUNY Buffalo Law School and its
Healthy Homes Legal Practicum, the Community Foundation for Greater
Buffalo's Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Neighborhood Legal
Services, and UB's Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research
Students participating in the Law School practicum provide legal
support to the community with a direct service-learning component
through Neighborhood Legal Services. Students in the '13-'14
practicum have assisted 72 households including 166 individuals
(102 adults and 63 children) who have been challenged by unsafe and
unhealthy living conditions.
Professor Kim Diana Connolly, who directs the Law School's clinical
program and is one of three instructors of the practicum, says of
the conference: “We have made progress in the Buffalo
area on Green and Healthy Homes and lead poisoning in particular.
We have, however, far to go to have the kind of impact that the
citizens of this region deserve, and that can serve as a model for
The conference recognizes a staggering number of lead poisoning
cases reported in New York State occur in eight zip codes in
Buffalo, and while this has been a well-known fact for many years,
as a community we need to devise a plan with what’s next with
lead? The forum seeks to explore strategies for homes and
communities that are dealing with lead and other toxic housing
CLE: SUNY Buffalo Law School will offer a total of 3.0
non-transitional CLE credits in the area of Professional Practice
for the Friday panels. SUNY Buffalo Law School has been certified
by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an
Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of
New York for the period of March 11, 2011 - March 10, 2014.
Our status as an Accredited Provider continues while our
application for renewal is pending.