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Friday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Lead Hazards in Housing: Advocacy to Address a Moral Outrage

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The rates of lead poisoning in Detroit are obscene: 9 percent of children in Detroit have lead poisoning. The primary source of lead exposure to children is lead hazards in housing due to lead‐based paint. First, the panel will discuss the nature, scope, and impact of lead poisoning and lead hazards in housing. Second, the panel will discuss various opportunities for local collaboration among: (1) health departments; (2) medical personnel; (3) lead inspectors/risk assessors; (4) government enforcement agencies; (5) legal services attorneys; and (6) private bar. Third, panelists will discuss the impact of local housing codes and local code enforcement efforts. Finally, Lakeshore Legal Aid will provide legal aid-specific advocacy solutions for both affirmative and defensive litigation, including the potential for impact litigation and practical considerations (including evidence gathering, expert witnesses, emotional distress/mental anguish damages, separation of parent as client, and preservation of personal injury claims for the child).


Lyke Thompson

Professor, Dep't of Political Science and Director, Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University
Dr. Thompson has many years of experience as a professor, teacher, author, evaluator, innovator, and administrator. He is the director of Wayne State’s Center for Urban Studies, and, in that role, he has developed and sustained programs in the areas of community policing, community... Read More →

Eli Savit

Senior Advisor and Counsel to the Mayor, City of Detroit-Mayor's Office
Since 2016, Eli Savit has served as senior adviser and counsel to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. As the top attorney in the Mayor's Office, Mr. Savit provides legal counsel on issues concerning the city and its executive branch and oversees legal strategy on high-profile legislation... Read More →

Aimee Surma

Lead Program Manager, Detroit Health Department
Aimee Surma received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. Aimee is the program manager for the Detroit Health Department Lead Prevention and Intervention Program. She oversees the case management of children with elevated... Read More →

Todd Pierce-Ryan

Staff Attorney, Systemic Advocacy Unit, Lakeshore Legal Aid

Friday November 8, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
LaSalle A 5th Floor