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    03.27.09 Symposium: Getting it Right: Government's Role in Housing and Economic Development
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    About the Symposium
    Historically, all levels of government have taken an active role in housing and economic development. As the federal government undergoes a change in administrations during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, this conference took a fresh look at two of the key roles that government plays in this arena. The two morning panels evaluated the role of federal and state governments in housing finance, especially in light of the ongoing crisis. The two afternoon panels explored local government innovations in the economic development sector. Panelists explained and evaluated how government’s role is changing in response to this new political and financial environment. Papers from the symposium will be published in the Journal of Law and Policy.

    Symposium Co-Chairs
    Brooklyn Law School Professors David Reiss and Debra A. Bechtel organized this symposium.

    About the Sparer Program
    The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program honors the late Ed Sparer, Professor of Law and Social Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a 1959 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Established in 1985, the program inspires Brooklyn Law School students to work for justice and provide legal services to under-represented constituencies, and also fosters a strong public interest community at Brooklyn Law School. Directed by Professor Elizabeth M. Schneider, Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law, the program provides Sparer Fellows with paid summer internships and sponsors programs and symposia on public interest law.

    This course provides 6.5 transitional and non-transitional Professional Practice CLE credits in the State of New York.

    Co-sponsored by the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship and the Journal of Law and Policy


    Registration and Continental Breakfast


    Welcoming Remarks

    Dean Joan G. Wexler
    Joseph Crea Dean and Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Elizabeth M. Schneider
    Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School


    The Future of Federal Housing Finance Policy

    David Reiss
    Associate Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Anthony B. Sanders
    Bob Herberger Chair of Arizona Heritage
    Professor of Finance and Real Estate
    W.P. Carey School of Business
    Arizona State University

    Thomas H. Stanton
    Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

    Peter J. Wallison
    Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies
    American Enterprise Institute


    11:15am Stopping the Next Subprime Crisis

    Arlo Monell Chase
    Senior Vice President for Policy Initiatives
    New York State Housing Finance Agency/SONYMA
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Ingrid Gould Ellen
    Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, NYU Wagner
    Co-Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

    Linda E. Fisher
    Professor of Law
    Seton Hall Law School, Center for Social Justice

    Winnie F. Taylor
    Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    12:30pm Luncheon and Keynote Address
    Seth W. Pinsky
    New York City Economic Development Corporation


    Community Input in Megadevelopments

    Aliza B. Kaplan
    Instructor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Ben Beach

    Staff Attorney
    Community Benefits Law Center
    Lecturer in Law
    UCLA School of Law

    Patricia A. Jones
    Manhattan Community Board #9

    Patricia E. Salkin
    Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law,
    Associate Dean, and Director, Government Law Center
    Albany Law School



    Local Government Innovations in Economic Development

    Debra A. Bechtel
    Associate Professor of Clinical Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Ira S. Goldenberg
    Goldenberg & Selker, LLP
    Adjunct Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Meredith J. Jones
    General Counsel
    New York City Economic Development Corporation

    Leonard M. Wasserman
    Chief, Economic Development Division
    New York City Law Department
    Adjunct Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School