On April 22, 2020, University of North Dakota School of Law Professor Margaret Moore Jackson presented at High Plains Fair Housing Center’s 3rd Annual Fair Housing Conference. High Plains Fair Housing Center serves as North Dakota’s only nonprofit fair housing advocacy organization, which works to strengthen communities and ensure equal access to fair housing throughout the region. Their annual conference promotes equal housing opportunity and access in a bias-free and open housing market.
Professor Jackson opened the conference with an introduction to fair housing law and then provided an analysis of the new 2020 HUD Guidance on Assistance Animals. She also contributed a recorded session on establishing a prima facie case under the Fair Housing Act, including sexual harassment in housing and zoning decisions that discriminate by perpetuating segregation.
The annual fair housing conference was originally scheduled to take place in Bismarck on April 2, 2020, but High Plains converted to a virtual conference to ensure pandemic-related physical distancing. A combination of live and recorded sessions connected over 200 conference participants, with technological know-how provided by HB Sound & Light.
Professor Jackson teaches courses on anti-discrimination law (Housing Discrimination, Employment Discrimination) and the rules of practice (Evidence, Civil Pretrial Practice). Her scholarship focuses on employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and inclusion in communities.
Professor Jackson earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law. After clerking at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in Berkeley, California, and with the Redevelopment Agency of San Francisco, she practiced employment, housing, and civil rights law in the San Francisco Bay Area before she joined academia.