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About J. Damian Ortiz

J. Damian Ortiz is a clinical professor and the director of the Pro Bono Program & Clinic at The John Marshall Law School. He teaches fair housing, fair lending, civil rights, prisoners rights, Illinois civil procedure, legal writing, and other courses. He has litigated civil rights 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 Bar Association's Judicial Review Committee, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Clinical Legal Education Association. Professor Ortiz has been reappointed to the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission's Hearing Board. 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.


Present Clinical Professor, John Marshall Law School
Present Director, Pro Bono Program & Clinic, John Marshall Law School

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The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.786.2267


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