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Valerie Schneider

  • Clinical Law Center, School of Law
  • Faculty, Law Department
  • Faculty, Law Department


Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Law Center

J.D. (with honors) from the George Washington University Law School
B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania



Professor Schneider is a Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Law Center at Howard University School of Law.  In addition to serving as Director of the Clinical Law Center, she teaches the Fair Housing Clinic as well as doctrinal courses including Property, Sexuality, Marriage and the Supreme Court and Legal Methods.

Prior to joining the Howard University School of Law faculty in 2012, Professor Schneider was an associate at Goulston & Storrs, p.c. in Boston, where she practiced in the areas of commercial real estate transactions and affordable housing development. In private practice, Professor Schneider maintained an extensive pro bono practice through which she counseled non-profits, community development corporations, and affordable housing cooperatives on a variety of issues related to maintaining and developing affordable housing.

Prior to her work at Goulston & Storrs, p.c., Professor Schneider served as a law clerk to Judge Deborah Eyler on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Before becoming an attorney, Professor Schneider worked extensively in the field of education.

Professor Schneider received a J.D. (with honors) from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania.


Scholarships and Substantial Briefs

Locked Out by Big Data: How Big Data, Algorithms and Machine Learning May Undermine Housing Justice, 52 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 251 (2020).

Racism Knocking at the Door: The Use of Criminal Background Checks in Rental Housing, 53 U. Rich. L. Rev. 923 (2019).

The Prison to Homelessness Pipeline: Criminal Record Checks, Race, and Disparate Impact, 93 Ind. L.J. 421 (2018).

Property Rebels: Reclaiming Abandoned Bank-Owned Homes for Community Uses, 65 Am. U. L. Rev. 399 (2015).

In Defense of Disparate Impact: Urban Redevelopment and the Supreme Court’s Recent Interest in the Fair Housing Act, 79 Mo. L. Rev. 539 (2014).

Brief of Amicus Curiae Empower D.C. in Support of Respondents, Twp. of Mount Holly, New Jersey v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens

Brief Of Amicus Curiae Howard University School Of Law Fair Housing Clinic And Civil Rights Clinic

Selected Short Articles and Blog Posts

The Sweetness of the Status Quo: The Court Upholds Over Forty Years of Precedent, SCOTUSblog: Texas Dept. of Housing v. The Inclusive Communities Project symposium (June 25, 2015 12:15 PM)

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, served as resident scholar for a Humanities DC-funded project using GIS data to map racially restrictive covenants in Washington, DC (June 2015).

What We’re Talking About When We Talk About Disparate Impact, American Constitution Society: ACSblog (Jan. 20, 2015)

Settlement in Fair Housing Case — A Sigh of Relief, American Constitution Society: ACSblog (Nov. 14, 2013)