Charlotte Law Students Train to Become CHA Hearing Officers

September 21, 2012

Charlotte School of Law hosted a training session on Friday September 14th for students and faculty interested in becoming hearing officers for grievance hearings conducted at the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA).  Henri Smith, David Samloff, and Cedric McCorkle from CHA, along with attorneys Chad Crockford and Isaac Sturgill from Legal Aid of Charlotte were in attendance as facilitators for the training.

The prospective hearing officers received a training manual, and watched a presentation of the essential elements necessary to successfully facilitate a grievance hearing for persons who have been notified by CHA that their Housing Voucher is being terminated.  Hearing Officers provide a judgment on whether or not the recipient will have their voucher terminated, or continued, based on a hearing of evidence from both CHA employees and the voucher recipient.  Though the hearing officer’s decisions are not final, the Director of the Charlotte Housing Authority may only overturn the decision if it is contrary to applicable Federal, State or local law including HUD regulations.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a hearing officer, please contact Cleat Walters III at

Written by Cleat Walters III

The Legal Dose – Episode 5

May 1, 2012

On this week’s episode of the Legal Dose hosts Ashely Washington and Jordan Dupuis will talk with Civil Rights Clinic members Leandra Murray and Karen Vaughn about their clinic projects. Leandra will address Ban the Box and Karen will discuss the project she created in conjunction with the Charlotte Housing Authority where law students as serve as hearing officers in Section 8 voucher termination proceedings. Then the Legal Dose original Laws of Nature with Jason Huber. And we will conclude the episode with Get to Know Charlotte Law Professor Lenne Espenchied. Enjoy.

You can find episode 5 of the Legal Dose, along with all our past episodes on our U Stream channel:

Clinic Members Acting as Hearing Officers for Section 8 Hearings

March 1, 2012

There are currently 5,000 families receiving assistance from the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) with 1,900 more who are waiting for assistance.  The CHA is responsible for $3 million monthly in rent payments.

These were just a few pieces of information that the Clinic learned on Friday, February 3rd when the CHA presented this semester’s training for students who are preparing to be hearing officers at Section 8 termination hearings. Charlotte Law students and faculty attended this training,along with personnel from the CHA and housing rights advocates from Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Clinic Members attending the Clinic’s second Hearing Officer training session

Several students who have already completed the CHA training sat for the first hearings of the semester on February 15.  The panel, which Professor Jason Huber supervised, consisted of Karen Vaughn, Windy Majer, and Charlie Schmidt, all third year students.  They heard cases and rendered decisions involving alleged criminal activity of a household member and failure to maintain utilities.

Until now, the hearing officer program has been limited to Clinic students. The Clinic however has expanded the training to all interested Charlotte Law students.  Also, in the near future the Clinic will be training students to  perform similar roles in the public housing aspect of the CHA.   If you are interested in becoming a fair and impartial hearing officer for this project, please e-mail Karen Vaughn at

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