On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The case presents the question of whether the Department's award of a disproportionate amount of financial aid to affordable housing projects in North Texas minority communities violates the Fair Housing Act. Brent Rosenthal of Rosenthal Weiner represents Frazier Revitalization Inc., a charitable organization supporting the revitalization of the urban core of Dallas. The district court allowed Frazier to intervene as a party in the case to represent the interests of groups who depend on state and federal financial support to promote their mission of improving living conditions in the inner city. Because of its successful intervention, when the case reached the Supreme Court Frazier enjoyed party status, and filed opening and reply briefs urging the Court not to interpret the Fair Housing Act to require government agencies to allocate the limited resources available for affordable housing by race rather than by need.
Brent Rosenthal attended the one-hour argument in the Supreme Court and memorialized his attendance through the "selfie" appearing above. The Court is expected to issue its decision in the case by the late spring.