Michael Rawson is the director of the nonprofit California Affordable Housing Law Project and co-director of its parent organization, the Public Interest Law Project, a state support center for California legal services programs. Mr. Rawson founded PILP in 1996 after a 16 year career as managing and senior attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County. For 29 years, he has represented lower income persons in need of affordable housing and their advocates in state and federal courts and in the state legislature. Michael focuses on legal strategies to increase and preserve affordable housing and prevent displacement of lower income communities. He works in the areas of land use, community redevelopment and fair housing. He has litigated many housing related cases with legal services programs, including suits addressing the adequacy of local housing elements, legality of inclusionary zoning, displacement of lower income households and discrimination against persons protected by the fair housing laws. He was co-counsel in Urban Habitat Program v. Pleasanton.
Please listen to his presentation at the BCLI Climate Action Discussion Panel.