Law and Policy In Action Community-Based Projects

Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Ordinance

  • Project Summary

    The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission initially asked us to review the existing code, bring it in line with state law, and research best practices. The project’s mandate was expanded to include adding disability-related protections for patrons of ┬ápublic accommodations, streamlining the investigation and dispute resolution process and making the language of the code consistent without overhauling it. After the floods of 2008 our focus shifted; law students conducted comparative law research and drafted provisions that would outlaw housing discrimination based on lawful sources of income, provide across-the-board coverage for other protected classes, define and provide guidance about animals used by persons with disabilities, and hold companies more accountable for failing to design or construct buildings to meet minimum accessibility features. ┬áThe complete history of this ongoing project is chronicled in the Project Reports and Documents Section.


  • Project Reports and Documents

    2010 Civil Rights Commission Update Letter

    Fact Sheet: Proposed Changes to Cedar Rapids Civil Rights
  • Chart: Civil Rights Protections In Cedar Rapids
  • Letter Requesting that HUD Certify the Ordinance
  • Student Legal Interns Assigned To The Project
  • 2007
    Patricia Meier
    Michelle Croft
  • 2008
    Emily Evers
    Andrew Ward
    Liz Van Deusen
    Mingzhao Xu
    Lauren Hansen
    Jayne Lady
  • 2009

    John Crees
    Jude Pannell
    Jacob Dunshee
  • 2010
    Ashley Marr
    Jessica Susie
    Jacob Wicks

  • Pictures & Videos

    Jessica Susie

    Student Legal Intern

  •  Ashley Marr
    Student Legal Intern

  • Surveys & Checklists


  • Drawings & Floor Plans


  • Helpful Links & More


Featured Projects & Students

Clinic Releases Sustainability Checklists To Celebrate the ADA's 20th Anniversary

Universal Design & Green Home Survey Checklist: Design your
home to be both livable and

Contractor in hardhat reviewing blueprints.

Checklist in English (.pdf file)
Checklist in English (.doc file)
Checklist in Spanish (.pdf file)
Checklist in Spanish (.doc file)

Conduct Your Own Universal Design Survey: Plan for your current and future housing needs.

Exterior wood walls of house under construction.

Survey in English (.pdf file)
Survey in English (.doc file) Survey in Spanish (.pdf file)
Survey in Spanish (.doc file)