J. Damian Ortiz is a clinical professor at The John Marshall Law School. He teaches
fair housing, fair lending, civil rights, Illinois civil procedure, legal writing, and
other courses. He has litigated fair housing cases in administrative, state, federal, and
appellate courts. His most noteworthy case is Sullivan-Lackey v. Godinez, 815 N.E.2d 822
(Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2004). Lackey held that the federal housing assistance program,
Section 8, is a lawful source of income. The court further stated that such a finding is
consistent with the City of Chicago's policy to assure full and equal opportunity to
obtain fair and adequate housing without discrimination against them because of their
source of income. In Ho v. Donovan, 569 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 2009), the court affirmed the
trial court's decision on liability and damages.
Professor Ortiz speaks on fair housing, lending, foreclosure and civil rights issues
nationally. He supervises staff attorneys and law students at the nationally renowned
Fair Housing Legal Clinic. Professor Ortiz has received a number of awards for his
community service and dedication to civil rights. Previously he worked as a judicial
clerk for the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman of the United States Court for the Northern
District of Illinois.
He is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Hispanic Bar
Association, Illinois State Bart Association's Judicial Review Committee, American
Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.
Other community activities include the ARDC Hearing Board, the Chicago Chamber of
Commerce Youth Motivation Program, Coordinated Advise and Referral Program for Legal
Services, Minority Legal Education Resource Volunteer and both ISBA and CBA's
Judicial Review Committees. He serves on the boards of the Public Interest Law
Initiative, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Metropolitan Housing Development
Corporation, and St. Augustine College.
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