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Robert L. Schonfeld To Speak At The Association For Community Living’s Annual Conference


Garden City, New York; October 19, 2007 — Robert Schonfeld, of counsel at the Garden City law firm of Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP, will speak at the Association of Community Living’s 28th Annual Conference on November 6-9, 2007 at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George, New York.

The three-day conference will address a multitude of issues pertaining to the day-to-day rehabilitative activities performed in community, residential and other settings for individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent psychiatric disabilities.  Mr. Schonfeld’s presentation “Anti-Discrimination Laws and People with Psychiatric Disabilities” will focus on how providers and consumers can use the anti-discrimination laws (Federal Fair Housing Act, American with Disabilities Act, and New York State Human Rights Law) to obtain housing for people with psychiatric disabilities in the face of discrimination.  In addition, Mr. Schonfeld will also speak about dealing with municipal officials, landlords, and condominium and co-op boards, the constitutionality of the New York City Rent Stabilization Code and related suburban laws, as well as the constitutionality of the Padavan Law.

Robert L. Schonfeld focuses his practice in fair housing discrimination litigation in the state and federal courts to enforce the right of persons with disabilities to live and access services in the community.  Mr. Schonfeld secured a landmark decision from the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Jennings v. City of Albany, which restricted the ability of localities to object to the establishment of group homes under the New York State Selection Law (Mental Hygiene Law Section 41.43), as well as a landmark Federal Fair Housing Act decision in the United States District Court in Oxford House v. Babylon.  He has successfully litigated over 100 site selection law cases.  Prior to private practice, Mr. Schonfeld served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York where he represented OMH, OMRDD and other state agencies in litigation involving the development and operation of OMH and OMRDD licensed facilities.  Mr. Schonfeld received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

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