July 23, 2018

About Us

About Us

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.

Welcome to the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Our diverse membership of more than 3,000 lawyers and 6,000 law students shares the passion of strengthening the affordable housing and community development environment of our nation’s communities. We encourage you to join us!

The Forum is led by a Governing Committee of 12 members elected by the membership, with advice from liaisons from other ABA entities with interests complementary to the Forum’s mission. 

The primary mission of the Forum is to provide educational opportunities for our members. In that regard, we offer a number of services and benefits to encourage and facilitate professional development and communication. 

We sponsor conferences on a regular basis, including an annual conference. Thousands of members participate in our listserv, discussing the most current practice issues. Another benefit of membership is a subscription to the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, the only law journal devoted solely to our field. It is comprehensive in its coverage and written for the practitioner. 

We make particular efforts to attract new lawyers to the field. We start by outreaching to law students and have increased student membership to more than 6,000. In the last few years, we have organized career panel programs at more than a dozen law schools to encourage students to make housing and community development a career choice. Each year, we also recognize the winner of our law student writing competition at our annual conference. 

Housing and community development is a broad field, and to better serve our members, we work closely with other ABA entities with overlapping interests.

Lawyers from many practice areas benefit from membership in our Forum. We encourage you to take advantage of our programs and resources to enhance your professional skills and knowledge.

Mission Statement

This Forum's objectives are to:

(1) serve as a clearinghouse for lawyers of information and programs related to affordable housing and community development;
(2) serve as a coordinator of educational and training programs within the ABA for lawyers practicing in the area of affordable housing and community development;
(3) during each Association year, hold one or more educational meetings; and
(4) provide training programs focusing on new issues or ongoing concerns.

A journal facilitates communication among housing lawyers, provides a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and solutions, and helps coordinate the efforts of ABA entities whose work involves affordable housing and community development law.

The forum facilitates liaison among ABA entities concerned with housing. It also promotes activities of state and local bar associations, ABA entities, and other legal groups that educate the legal community about affordable housing and community development matters and provide assistance by way of special projects.

Forums Bylaws

Dawn R. Holiday
Manager, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Yolanda Muhammad
Forum Director


Amy McClain
, Chair
Ballard Spahr LLP
Baltimore, MD


Dina Schlossberg, Immediate Past Chair
Regional Housing Legal Services
Multifamily Housing
Glenside, PA


George Weidenfeller, Chair-Elect
AFLCIO - Housing Investment Trust
Washington, DC


Kelly B. Rushin,
Liles & Rushin, LLC
Birmingham, AL


Richard Froehlich, Budget Chair
New York City Housing Development Corporation
New York, NY


Rochelle E. Lento
Publication Chair
Dykema Gossett PLCC
Detroit, MI




Althea J.K. Broughton
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Atlanta, GA


Patience Crowder
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO


Glenn Graff
Applegate Thorne Thomsen
Chicago, IL


Michael Hopkins
Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Ardnt LLP
Bethesda, MD


Hillary Jafee
Holland & Knight
Boston, MA


Margaret Jung
Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Oakland, CA


Kenneth Lohiser
RBC Capital Markets
Cleveland, OH


Kelly Longwell,
Coats | Rose
New Orleans, LA


Sarah Molseed
Reno & Cavanaugh
Washington, DC


Alan L. Pasternack
Butler Snow LLP
Portland, OR


Sarah Perez
Gubb & Barshay
San Francisco, CA


Dan Rosen
Klein Hornig LLP
Boston, MA




Stephanie Smith
Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
Bethesda, MD


Tim Iglesias, Editor in Chief, Forum Journal,
Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
San Francisco, CA




Antoinette M. "Toni" Jackson, Liaison, ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
Jones Walker
New York, NY


Randall B. Shorr
Liaison, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Shorr Law
Cleveland, OH


Theresa Omansky, Young Lawyer Liaison
Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP
New York, NY


Penina K. Lieber
ABA Board of Governors Liaison
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP


Hillary Jafee
Law Student Initiative Program
Holland & Knight
Boston, MA