940 Housing & Economic Development Law - §013, Fall 2010

Categories: Real Estate, Land Use, and Community Law Administrative and Regulatory Law

Instructor(s) Alexander, Lisa

Housing & Community Economic Development Law


This is a multi-disciplinary
course in which students will study the specific laws and regulations, as well
as the business and policy considerations, that underlie efforts to create neighborhood-based
non-profit organizations, develop affordable and low-income housing, stimulate
jobs and entrepreneurship, establish community-based financial institutions, and
develop commercial real estate in low-income primarily urban communities.  Although recent manifestations of Housing
CED policy have their roots in earlier
war on poverty, urban renewal, redevelopment and community action efforts of
the 1960’s and 1970s, the new market-based approach to
is a distinct movement that began to flourish in the 1980’s during a period of
increased privatization and devolution of federal government stewardship of
public services.  Students will contrast
this predominately market-based philosophy of
with the emerging equitable and accountable development movements. These
movements seek to ensure that low-income individuals are the primary stakeholders
and beneficiaries of development in their communities.


The central question in this course is: “What role do lawyers play in
CED efforts?”: We will address this
question from multiple perspectives including: (1) learning the substantive
legal skill set of
CED lawyers; (2)
performing in-class exercises; (3) hearing guest speakers discuss “live deals”;
(4) visiting
CED projects; and (5)
conducting research on critical
CED policy
initiatives, through group service learning projects with Madison area


The main course requirements are
a 10-15 page final paper and participation in a research-based group service
learning project.  This course is a
3-credit class and will be subject to a cap of fifteen students. Permission of
the professor is required.


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