Kathleen Pennington

Assistant General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement


Kathleen Pennington is HUD’s Assistant General Counsel for Fair Housing Enforcement. She began her work with the Fair Housing Act and HUD in March of 1989, when the amendments to the Act became effective. From 1989 until 1998, she was a trial attorney litigating cases before HUD’s administrative law judges. Many of these cases involved issues of first impression under the new law, including the first cases dealing with the housing for older persons exemption and the design and construction requirements. In 1998, Ms. Pennington left HUD to become a trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. At DOJ, she litigated fair housing cases in federal district court, including pattern and practice cases involving sexual harassment, disability and race discrimination. Ms. Pennington received numerous awards for her work at DOJ, including a Special Commendation from the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2008, she returned to HUD in her current position. As the Assistant General Counsel, she works closely with OGC attorneys around the country and FHEO, as well as DOJ, to coordinate HUD’s national fair housing enforcement efforts. Ms. Pennington has received numerous awards for this work, including a Secretarial Award and a Curry Award.