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April 29, 2024 Save the Date

Save the Date: 2024 Affordable Housing Summit, SLG Spring CLE, and Networking Conference

May 2, 2024 – May 4, 2024

Join us at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University this May to learn from our distinguished panelists as they speak on hot topics in finance, affordable housing, and climate change.

May 2, 2024

Financing Affordable Multifamily Housing with Municipal Bonds

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ET


Panelists will discuss how municipal bonds have been used to finance multifamily affordable housing projects and provide an overview of conduit bond basics.

Practical tips and emerging trends from across the nation will be explored.


Stephen Adnopoz

Pearlman & Miranda LLC

Jessica Grimm

Career Associate

Global Operations & Innovation Center

Jeffrey Carl Philp



Successful Public-Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET


Panelists will discuss how local governments can partner with the private sector to develop affordable housing. Discussion will include land acquisition, financing, and land use regulation for successful projects.


Rose Noonan

Executive Director

Housing Action Council

Ken Regan

Vice President

Regan Development Corporation

“What the National Zoning Atlas Reveals About Housing”?

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


The National Zoning Atlas aims to unlock zoning’s black box by centralizing, standardizing, and making accessible information about local governments’ most important power: zoning. Hear more about the methods the NZA team has used to collect and analyze thousands of legal texts, what those texts say, and how the NZA can be used to explore housing affordability, climate resiliency, transportation investment, and more.

Keynote speaker:

Sara C Bronin


Cornell University

Unlocking Affordable Housing: Exploring the Potential of Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET


The purpose of this session is to discuss what CLTs are, how they operate, as well as their benefits and risks.

The workshop will cover:

  1. an overview of the structure of CLTs
  2. case studies of successful CLTs
  3. perspectives on using CLTs as a tool for racial justice


Tony Pickett

Chief Executive Officer

Grounded Solutions Network

Christina DeIasi

Special Counsel

Goldstein Hall

And Now a Word from Our Professors

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET


Unfortunately, in the last few decades, the gap between the practice of, and professors’ scholarship about, many areas of the law has widened. In land-use law, that gap between practice and theory exists, but to a lesser extent. The purpose of this session is to allow three professors to share their works-in-progress with section members and to receive helpful feedback from the folks on the front lines. Topics include:

  • Putting the “Why” in YIMBY
  • Zoning Undone (and Redone): A Thought Experiment


Shelby D Green

Professor of Law and Co-Counsel

Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Brian Connolly

Assistant Professor of Business Law

Stephen M. Ross School of Business University of Michigan

Nestor M Davidson

Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law; Faculty Director

Urban Law Center, Fordham University, the School of Law

Michael Allan Wolf

Richard E. Nelson Eminent Scholar Chair in Local Government

University of Florida Levin College of Law

New Member Reception

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

May 3, 2024

ULAB Breakfast Meeting w/ Pace Students

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

Board of Elections Tour

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. ET

Climate Action in the Hottest Year Ever

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET


2023 is confirmed as the hottest year ever recorded, and likely the hottest going back an unfathomable 125,000years. With this backdrop of rapid warming, and adverse climate impacts hitting all corners of the globe, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held its 28th meeting, in Dubai, with delegates from across the world. Join this panel to learn about what was discussed and agreed upon, who was represented, and what next steps are required to prevent the worst effects of climate change. On the ground in the United States, many renewable energy, infrastructure, and emission mitigation programs must be run at the state level – learn about what strategies are succeeding and if New York, or any other state, will successfully implement Programs aligned with international emission goals.


Jordan Lesser

Associate Counsel

New York State Department of Public Service

Michael Gerrard

Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, founder and faculty director

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Cynthia Swann

Chief of Staff

Hip Hop Caucus

Achinthi Vithanage

Associate Director of Environmental Law Programs, Adjunct Law Professor

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Law Student Election Networking Lunch: Road Map to Defending Democracy

12:00 PM – 1:00 p.m. ET


Wanted: Democracy warriors for US elections

Actionable steps that you can take right now to defend democracy It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 . . .

  1. Take a tour of your local election authority to learn how our electoral process really works.
  2. Ensure the safety of election workers in your community.
  3. Volunteer as a poll worker.
  4. Volunteer to provide pro bono assistance to election workers who have been the victims of threats and harassment.
  5. Volunteer to assist organizations engaged in nonpartisan efforts to protect fair elections and the right to vote.


Elizabeth Yang


WStrong LLC

Presumptive Mediation in New York and Maryland, a Blueprint for the Future

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET


Speakers will explain highly successful presumptive mediation, in Maryland Courts at the appellate and trial level, and in State and Federal Courts in New York.


Erica Levine Powers

Past Chair, ABA Section of State & Local Government Law, 2020-2021, Editor, Heirs’ Property

Pamila Brown

Administrative Judge, District Court of Maryland

District Ten

John Kiernan

Special Advisory Committee on Presumptive Mediation

Annamaria M Walsh


ADR Division of the Appellate Court of Maryland

Zoning and Leasing: Land use issues in leases and for lessors

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET


Speakers will explain land use representations and warranties in leases, workarounds for private use restrictions, and common land use issues that arise in lease litigation.


Meghan Gordon


Arnall Golden Gregory

Brett Morgan

Managing Associate


Gianni A Corleone

Senior Managing Associate

Rebecca Davis


Arnall Golden Gregory

Anamaria Hazard Meanes

Senior Managing Associate


Ethics Jeopardy! Where Knowing the Questions is Half the Game

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET


There are ethical landmines in everyday municipal practice for attorneys and their clients. This program highlights routine dilemmas in the land use space so that attorneys can spot the issues and consider whether these problems present ethical challenges for themselves, or legal and other regulatory challenges for clients, as well as guiding how to best advise clients. The game format allows viewers to consider their responses before the panel discusses the answers/approaches.


W. Andrew Gowder, Jr.


Austen & Gowder, LLC

Evan A Davis

Senior Counsel

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Jennifer G Rodgers

Lecturer in Law

Columbia Law School

Donna Frazier

Caddo Parish Attorney

Caddo Office of the Parish Attorney

May 4, 2024

Dentons US LLP, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

All Committee Breakfast Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Revenue Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Content Advisory Board / Social Media / Electronic Communications

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Council Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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