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Newsletter of the ABA Business Law Section Committee on
  Community Economic Development
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About the Committee

Message from the Chair

2013 Annual Meeting Panel
How Law Firms Can Better Serve Their Corporate Clients - and Get and Keep Their Business

Featured Article
  "Streets of Dreams": A CLT Vision


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Editorial Board:

Dana Thompson
    Editor/Committee Chair
Amanda Spratley
    Editor

  About the Committee
   
The Committee on Community Economic Development (CED) provides a forum for lawyers to share their expertise and perspectives derived from working with (i) entrepreneurs and community-based organizations seeking to revitalize communities and (ii) the institutions that finance such initiatives. The Committee provides an opportunity to (i) share knowledge and develop policies on the emerging law of CED, (ii) support transactional lawyers involved in CED, and (iii) work with other committees of the Business Law Section, as well as other ABA entities. To join the Committee go to http://apps.americanbar.org/committee_join/ocj_action.cfm?comid=CL746000.

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  Message from the Chair
   
Dana Thompson, Committee Chair

Dear Fellow Members of the Community Economic Development Committee:

Welcome to the summer 2013 edition of the Community Economic Development Committee's newsletter. The Community Economic Development Committee is pleased to provide a medium for our committee members to find useful legal tools and resources to assist your practices and to engage in conversations about significant community economic development endeavors. In this edition, we are featuring an article on community land trusts written by Barbara Corkrey, Senior Attorney in the Community Economic Development Unit of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. The article examines how organizations use this community economic development tool to protect affordable housing in rural and urban communities in the United States. We will also host a webinar on August 28, 2013 with Barbara Corkrey, who will further explore the use of community land trusts as a community economic development tool. We will provide you with additional details concerning the webinar in the near future.

There is an important new publication for community economic development practitioners from the Forum of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The book is entitled "Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster" and is co-edited by Dorcas R. Gilmore and Diane M. Standaert. This publication examines equitable disaster recovery frameworks that provide opportunities in communities for affordable housing and strong local economies. Contributors to the book include the General Counsel and staff of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a variety of housing and community economic development practitioners. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, you may contact Dean Pappas, Director, Marketing Planning and Promotion, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-988-6804, E-mail: dean.pappas@americanbar.org

We hope that you will be able to attend the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco from August 8-11. The Community Economic Development Committee is co-sponsoring a program with the Corporate Counsel Committee on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is entitled "How Law Firms Can Better Serve Their Corporate Clients - and Get and Keep Their Business" and will discuss how law firms can implement practices and procedures that build strong client relationships and increase law firms' revenues and profits while enhancing their corporate clients' bottom line. We look forward to seeing you at the program.

If you are interested in writing an article for the next newsletter, presenting a webinar, becoming a director of an administrative committee or otherwise becoming more involved in the Community Economic Development Committee, feel free to contact me.

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!

Dana Thompson

Chair, Community Economic Development Committee

drthomp@umich.edu


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  2013 Annual Meeting Panel
   
How Law Firms Can Better Serve Their Corporate Clients - and Get and Keep Their Business
Friday, August 9, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
»Annual Meeting Website

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  Featured Article
   
"Streets of Dreams": A CLT Vision
Barbara Corkrey

CED practitioners should see Streets of Dreams, an Open Studio Productions2 work-in-progress, because it examines an important CED tool - the community land trust ("CLT"). Streets of Dreams will tell the stories of U.S. nonprofit organizations and leaders who use CLTs to preserve, stabilize, and perpetually shape the future of affordable housing in their rural or urban communities. The series of stories will open with aptly named "Arc of Justice," a preview of which I saw last September at the National Community Land Trust Network ("NCLTN") Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont. The title of the series and its opening story are paraphrases of Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes - "I have a dream…" and "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." They are inspiring titles because, to paraphrase President Obama, the arc doesn't bend unless we use the tools we have to bend it. As CED practitioners we can use the CLT tool to bend the arc to ensure affordable housing justice for all.



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  Submit Articles for the Community Economic Development Newsletter
   
The Committee on CED invites you to submit an article for possible publication in future issues. The articles do not need to be long. Submitting an article is a great way to share your perspective and/or expertise with fellow practitioners and to participate in Committee activities. If interested, please email your article to CED Committee Chair Dana Thompson at drthomp@umich.edu. Thanks.

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