Steven H. Rosenbaum has been the Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice since April 2003. The Section is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Under his leadership, the Section has created over 12,000 housing opportunities for persons with disabilities through the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act's multi-family housing accessibility requirements; filed and settled three major fair lending cases, including the first cases in which the Department has alleged discriminatory redlining regarding consumer or small business loans; obtained a 1.1 million dollar verdict in a sexual harassment case, the largest verdict the Department has ever obtained in a Fair Housing case; and filed and settled a case alleging racial discrimination in public accommodations against a large, national restaurant chain. Steve is a 28-year veteran of the Civil Rights Division who has served as Chief of two other Sections, the Special Litigation Section and the Voting Section. He also has served as the lead counsel on some of the Division's most demanding and complex litigation in previous positions in the Appellate, Voting and Employment Litigation Sections. A recipient of the Walter W. Barnett Award, the Division's highest recognition for achievement in litigation, he also has been honored with numerous Special Achievement, Special Commendation and Senior Executive Service Performance Awards. Steve was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. in History, with Honors, from Harpur College at Binghamton University in 1975, and was enrolled in Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Michigan Law School and received a J.D., cum laude, in 1978.
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