Past Meetings

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Ohio Mortgage Lending:  October 12, 2012

Esteemed guests for this meeting include:


           HILARY MASON KING, Executive Director, Housing Research & Advocacy Center

           MARILYN TOBOCMAN, Principal Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Section, Ohio Attorney General's Office


TANGLED TITLES AND TITLE INSURANCE: September 14, 2012

Esteemed guests for this meeting were:

           DAVID MARTYN, Associate Senior Underwriter, Stewart Title
           CAROLE HEYWARD, Clinical Professor of Law, Transactional Law Clinic


Investigating & Pursuing Bulk-Holders of Foreclosed Properties: April 13, 2012 

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

Ronald J. H. O'Leary, Assistant Director, Department of Building and Housing, City of Cleveland

 

Title Issues & Redevelopment: March 9, 2012

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

  • DAVID MARTYN, J.D., Vice President, Associate Senior Underwriter, and Manager of the Stewart National Title Services office in Detroit, Michigan
  • Moderator: Carole O. Heyward, Clinical Professor

 

Identifying and Resolving Brownfields Issues in Urban Redevelopment Projects: February 3, 2012

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

Maureen A. Brennan, Of Counsel at Baker Hostetler

 

Legal & Financial Challenges of Developing Affordable Housing: Fairfax Intergenerational Housing: November 11, 2011

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

  • Carole O. Heyward, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Clinical Professor of Law in the Urban Development Law Clinic                          
  • Denise Van Leer, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
  • Donovan Duncan, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

 

Land Bank Update: A Progress Report on the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC): October 7, 2011

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

  • Gus Frangos, President of the CCLRC
  • Noreen Kuban, Economic Development Director, City of Garfield Heights
  • Sally Martin, Housing Manager, City of South Euclid


Legal Issues and Developments in Community Development: Retrospective and Prospective: September 9, 2011

         The Roundtable brings together law students, faculty and practitioners interested in housing and community development             law for discussions of legal issues and practice.

 

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:


Kermit Lind, Former Clinical Professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Urban Development Law Clinic and co-founder of the Roundtable



Bank-Owned Houses And Other Challenges Affecting Neighborhoods: March 25, 2011

NPI’s systematic analysis of data illuminates the challenges facing community developers.  It is gaining national recognition as a tool to combat the harmful and illegal effects of the mortgage crisis.  This presentation and discussion will look at how this resource is being used by community development corporations in Cleveland.

Esteemed guests for this meeting from Neighborhood Progress Inc. included:

  • Justin Fleming
  • Frank Ford 
  • Jennifer Grasso
Materials for this meeting included:

Fair Housing Law Training Webinar: March 4, 2011

Presented by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Housing Counseling Training Series: Washington, DC.


Housing counselors, non-profit and government housing professionals were invited to attend a Housing Counseling Training webinar hosted by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Participants gained knowledge of 42 U.S.C. 3608, the applicable section of the Fair Housing Act, and how it applies to government agencies and programs.  Further, participants learned about the obligations of Community Development Block Grant and Neighborhood Stabilization Program recipients to ensure compliance with the Fair Housing Act and Title VI provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Fixing Toxic Titles: Case Studies and Potential Solutions: January 28, 2011

This program provided an examination of the issues surrounding toxic titles to real property and the problems associated with clearing these titles. An introduction to the broader issues was presented as well as two case studies from the UDLC's current docket which explored the finer details of toxic titles and the problems in clearing them.  The slides used in the presentations are available below along with a bibliography on the subject.  

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

  • Robb Hern - Housing Court Fellow
  • Kermit Lind - Clinical Professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Sunny Nixon - Housing Court Fellow
You can download any of these presentations by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page dated January 31, 2011.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants: Legal Requirements and Compliance: November 5, 2010

This program examined the implications of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, the legal requirements for receiving these grants, and the compliance requirements for the grantees who receive these funds.

Michael Cosgrove, the Administrative Manager of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program at the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, discussed how the city handles the funds once they are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and how the city keeps each grantee in compliance.


The Impact of Mortgage Fraud on Community Development in Cleveland: The Mark Kellogg Case
: October 1, 2010

This program examined the implications of the recent sentencing of Mark Kellogg for mortgage fraud. Mr. Kellogg, ordered to serve 14 years in prison and to pay $6 million in restitution, was a key component in the demise of the housing market in Cleveland's Slavic Village—often cited as the epicenter of the mortgage crisis.

Michael Jackson, the prosecuting attorney in the case, presented the prosecution’s unique sentencing request and how the neighborhood’s injuries were measured. City Councilman, Anthony Brancatelli, commented on the view of the crime and punishment from the neighborhood's perspective.


Involving Community Development Entities in Large-Scale, Mixed-Use Projects
: The Uptown Project
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September 10, 2010

This program examined the roles that community development entities can play in large-scale, mixed-use redevelopment projects. In particular, the Roundtable focused on the Uptown Project, a mixed residential and retail project composed of lofts, apartments, offices, and retail space located in Cleveland's University Circle.

The speakers addressed legal issues that arise in this type of development, from public finance to real estate to tax, and how lawyers are involved in carrying out the various transactions required by the project.

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:

  • Robert Jaquay, Associate Director, The George Gund Foundation
  • Linda Warren, Interim Executive Director, Neighborhood Progress, Inc. 
  • Tom Mignogna, Senior Director of Real Estate Development, University Circle, Inc.

Careers in Community Development Law and Public Policy:
April 9, 2010:

The topic of this meeting was Careers in Community Development Law and Public Policy and provided a discussion for the benefit of young attorneys and law students interested in pursuing careers in Community and Economic Development.   This session was educational and informative, as young attorneys considered different career paths and learned of the experience and education required to achieve those objectives. 

Esteemed guests for this meeting included:
  • Robert Rink, Vice President Legal Affairs at the CCLRC
  • Raymond Keyser, Chief Counsel, U.S. Dept. of HUD, Cleveland Office
  • Kurt Karakul, President and Executive Director, Third Federal Foundation
  • T.J. Dow, Cleveland City Council
The Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation: February 19, 2010:

At this meeting, the Roundtable discussed the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC), the newest example of advanced land bank operations in the nation.  With the receipt of NSP funds, the CCLRC and its local government partners is poised to play a major role in neighborhood land reutilization and redevelopment.  Click here for more details on the CCLRC.

Enforcing Ohio Consumer Sales Protection Act in the Mortgage Service Industry: March 26, 2010:

The Roundtable invited Thomas D. McGuire, Senior Assistant Attorney of the Consumer Protection Section at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, to lead the discussion on the AG's role in regulating the mortgage service industry.  To learn more about the mortgage service industry's role in the subprime mortgage meltdown, here are a number of key articles:

Lucrative fees may deter efforts to alter loans: New York Times
The Next Mortgage Mess: Loan Servicing?: Forbes
Congressional Testimony on Mortgage Servicing Practices and Foreclosure Mitigation
New York Times editorial on Obama's efforts to curb foreclosure
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