The Future of Housing – Equity, Stability and Sustainability

Washburn Law's Business and Transactional Law Center in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal are pleased to host a symposium that will explore and discuss the current state and future direction of property law and regulation in America following the 2008 housing crash and the subsequent steps taken to address the many causes and factors in the crash. Distinguished experts will make presentations and participate in several panels, including:

  1. Equity: Fair Housing Problems and Equitable Solutions
  2. Stability: Market Re-Stabilization After 2008
  3. Sustainability: Planning for the Future - Creative Solutions

"The Future of Housing - Equity, Stability and Sustainability" will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center at SW 17th Street and SW Jewell Avenue on the Washburn University Campus (map). Free parking is available south and west of Bradbury Thompson.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 26, 2015

8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:50 a.m. – Welcome

  • Thomas J. Romig, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law
  • Andrea J. Boyack, Assistant Director, Business and Transactional Law Center and Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

9:00 a.m. – Opening Presentation

Photograph: Kali Murray.

  • Kali Murray, Associate Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
    Equity, Stability and the Sustainable Market

9:45 a.m. – Panel 1 - Equity: Fair Housing Problems and Equitable Solutions

This panel will focus on concepts of equality in housing and issues of intended, as well as unintentional disparate impact of housing policy, law, and trends. Panelists will talk about the current and future trends in the law as it impacts and molds the areas of modern property law.

Photograph: Jamila Jefferson-Jones. Photograph: Marc Roark. Photograph: Rigel Oliveri.

Photograph: Patricia McCoy. Photograph: Mary Szto.

  • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
    Disparate Housing Impact of the Housing Crisis
  • Mark Roark, Associate Professor of Law, Savannah Law School
    Human Housing Impact Statements
  • Rigel C. Oliveri, Associate Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty Research Law, University of Missouri School of Law
    Beyond Disparate Impact – How the Fair Housing Movement Can Move On
  • Patricia A. McCoy, Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
    Access to Mortgages in the New Era of Safe Credit
  • Mary Szto, Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law
    Real Estate Agents as Agents of Social Change - Red Lining, Reverse Redlining and Green Lining

11:25 a.m. – Box Lunch (provided to registrants)

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Address

Photograph: Kathleen Engel.

  • Kathleen Engel, Research Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
    Can Technology Solve the Problem of Complex Consumer Contracts?

12:15 p.m. – Panel 2 - Stability: Market Re-Stabilization After 2008

This panel will address sustainability issues in modern real estate markets and housing in America. Particular focus will be made on the current status and issues moving forward as opposed to cause based evaluations and discussions. Of particular import is the issues of what happens now with issues related to the subsequent fallout from the 2008 crash. How does the legal process and policy adjust and adapt to the outcomes that were simply not contemplated even ten years ago?

Photograph: Kristen Barnes. Photograph: Robert Berger. Photograph: Andrea Boyack. Photograph: Christopher Odinet.

Photograph: Stephen Clowny. Photograph: Linda Fisher. Photograph: David Weber. Photograph: Judith Fox.

  • Kristen Barnes, Associate Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law
    Reigning in Lenders and Building Stronger Consumers: Policy Recommendations for Residential Mortgage Loans
  • The Honorable Robert D. Berger, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas (Kansas City, Kansas) and Andrea J. Boyack, Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law
    Bankruptcy Weapons to Terminate a Zombie Mortgage
  • Christopher K. Odinet, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center
    The Home as Castle: Reforming the Mortgage Contract After Dodd-Frank
  • Stephen Clowney, Associate Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law
    The Improvement Expenditures by Homeowners in the Wake of the Financial Crisis
  • Linda E. Fisher, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
    (topic to be announced)
  • David P. Weber, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Creighton University School of Law
    Zombie Mortgages: Dealing with the "Threat" of Home Ownership when it Refuses to go Away
  • Judith Fox, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
    The Future of Judicial and Non-judicial Foreclosure in Light of the Crisis

2:30 p.m. – Panel 3 - Sustainability: Planning for the Future - Creative Solutions

This panel will focus on the future and new models to sustain housing policy and process in the emerging new housing dynamic markets. Focus will be made on new approaches and contemplations of simple issues like planning, zoning, and environmental law related to new home development and ownership trends. Thought will be given to development of sustainable policy and law in these areas.

Photograph: Tim Iglesias. Photograph: Shelby Green. Photograph: Blake Hudson. Photograph: Michael Lewyn.

  • Tim Iglesias, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
    Inclusionary Zoning: Opportunities and Risks for Affordable Housing and Fair Housing
  • Shelby D. Green, Associate Professor of Law, Pace Law School
    Building Resilient Communities in the Wake of Climate Change: Keeping Affordable Housing Safe from Sea Changes in Nature and Policy
  • Blake Hudson, Burlington Resources Associate Professor in Environmental Law and Edward J. Womac, Jr. Associate Professor in Energy Law, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
    Realigning Metrics of Economic Well-being in Housing and Land Use Planning
  • Michael E. Lewyn, Associate Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
    Smart Growth Oriented Density and Parking Regulation

4:00 p.m. – Closing Speaker

Photograph: James Kelly.

  • James J. Kelly, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
    Sustaining Neighborhoods of Choice

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Registrations for this symposium are no longer being accepted.
You are welcome to attend the symposium but we are unable to provide lunch for individuals who have not pre-registered.

Washburn Law Journal Special Issue

Washburn Law Journal, volume 54, issue 4 (summer 2015), will be dedicated to the topic of this symposium, and articles written by the participants will be featured. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an article, essay, etc., to take advantage of this opportunity for publication. Authors who cannot attend the symposium, but would like to submit, will also be considered for publication in the Journal.

Recent symposium issues of the Washburn Law Journal have focused on Brown v. Board of Education at 60, immigration law, oil and gas law, the rule of law and the war on terrorism (part 1 | part 2), and humanizing legal education. See the Journal's archive for other past issues.

Inquiries about publication opportunities in the Washburn Law Journal should be directed to Gabrielle Ilaria, Editor-in-Chief, at or (913) 220-3212.

General Inquiries

Shawn Leisinger
Executive Director, Centers for Excellence
(785) 670-2464

Professor Andrea Boyack
Assistant Director, Business and Transactional Law Center
(785) 670-1664.

Media Contact

Shelia Summers
Director of Marketing Communications
(785) 670-1784

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