Title: Federal Government Executive
Company: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Laurence Pearl, Federal Government Executive at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil rights and fair housing.
Inspired by watching his father practice as a commercial lawyer, Mr. Pearl knew one day that he would follow in his footsteps and enter the legal profession. While studying at Antioch College, one of his professors mentioned that he could get a social science research scholarship if he was not in the field of sociology and social sciences. He majored in government, but the fact is that government is social science and he was eligible for the scholarship. He earned an AB from Antioch College in 1955 and continued his studies at Harvard University before earning an LLB from Yale University in 1959.
After admittance to the District of Columbia bar in 1959, Mr. Pearl began practicing briefly at Trammell, Rand & Nathan as an associate. In 1969, he worked as a research associate at George Washington University before joining the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as an attorney and advisor. From 1967 to 1969, he served as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, and then subsequently as the Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Equal Opportunity up until 1972. From 1972 to 1974, he was tapped as the Director of Program Standards and Data Analysis with the department. For nearly the next decade, Mr. Pearl put in his service as the Director of Program Compliance. His latest position with the department was as Director of Program on Standards and Evaluation. He also served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Program Operations and Compliance before his retirement in 1998.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pearl was involved with the Senior Executives Association and the American Bar Association. From 1955 to 1956, he served as a Ford Foundation Fellow. On a civic level, he has put to use his skills to serve as President of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society from 1990 to 1992 and as a volunteer with the University of Los Angeles. He was a charter member of the for the DC Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, as well as the commission’s chair from 2012 to 2014. Outside of work, Mr. Pearl enjoys music, gardening, cross-country skiing and Bridge. He is the co-author of Survey: Fair Housing Laws-Design for Equal Opportunity, 16 Stanford Law Review 849 and has also published Community Development and Fair Housing: A Work Still in Progress, Housing Policy Debate.
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