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Thomas Silverstein

Associate Director

Thomas Silverstein is the Associate Director of the Fair Housing & Community Development Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He oversees the Project’s impact litigation docket, using the Fair Housing Act to foster the development of inclusive communities, expand access to opportunity, and fight displacement. He also provides technical assistance to states, local governments, and public housing authorities seeking to comply with the duty to affirmatively further fair housing. He is a national leader in the provision of legal and policy support to grassroots housing justice organizers. He has written extensively on the intersection of civil rights law and land use law and frequently participates in conference panels and webinars addressing a range of topics in civil rights and housing law and policy.

Prior to serving as Associate Director, Thomas was Counsel in the Fair Housing & Community Development Project. He began his legal career as the Lawyers’ Committee’s 2013-2014 George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Legal Fellow after earning his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2013. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Maryland and New York, as well as the District of Columbia. He is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and for the Eastern District of New York.