Baird & Warner Double Downs On Chicago’s Fair Housing Needs With $215,000 Scholarship

May 17, 2021

Every April marks Fair Housing Month – an opportunity for the real estate industry, and all citizens, to reflect on this country’s past and future in fighting housing discrimination. Taylor Johnson is proud to represent an advocate like client Baird & Warner, which has been on the frontlines since the 1960s when then-President John Baird testified for fair housing regulations in Chicago. As reported in two feature stories TJ placed in the Chicago Tribune and Inman, firm President and CEO Steve Baird and his daughter – Lucy Baird, Baird & Warner historian and director of community impact ­– are continuing John Baird’s work today. In fact, Illinois’ largest family-owned independent real estate services company recently announced the establishment of $215,000 for the John Baird Scholarship Fund to support law school students pursuing fair housing advocacy through UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Law’s Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic. To learn more about Chicago’s history in fair housing and segregation, visit the website for the five-part documentary Shame of Chicago.

Lucy Baird, Baird & Warner historian and director of community impact, researched letters and documented her grandfather’s role in supporting fair housing in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune.


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