Our diverse membership of more than 3,000 lawyers and 6,000 law students shares the passion of strengthening the affordable housing and community development environment of our nation’s communities. We encourage you to join us!
The Forum is led by a Governing Committee of 12 members elected by the membership, with advice from liaisons from other ABA entities with interests complementary to the Forum’s mission.
The primary mission of the Forum is to provide educational opportunities for our members. In that regard, we offer a number of services and benefits to encourage and facilitate professional development and communication.
We sponsor conferences on a regular basis, including an annual conference. Thousands of members participate in our listserv, discussing the most current practice issues. Another benefit of membership is a subscription to the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, the only law journal devoted solely to our field. It is comprehensive in its coverage and written for the practitioner.
We make particular efforts to attract new lawyers to the field. We start by outreaching to law students and have increased student membership to more than 6,000. In the last few years, we have organized career panel programs at more than a dozen law schools to encourage students to make housing and community development a career choice. Each year, we also recognize the winner of our law student writing competition at our annual conference.
Housing and community development is a broad field, and to better serve our members, we work closely with other ABA entities with overlapping interests.
Lawyers from many practice areas benefit from membership in our Forum. We encourage you to take advantage of our programs and resources to enhance your professional skills and knowledge.
This Forum’s objectives are to:
(1) serve as a clearinghouse for lawyers of information and programs related to affordable housing and community development;
(2) serve as a coordinator of educational and training programs within the ABA for lawyers practicing in the area of affordable housing and community development;
(3) during each Association year, hold one or more educational meetings; and
(4) provide training programs focusing on new issues or ongoing concerns.
A journal facilitates communication among housing lawyers, provides a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and solutions, and helps coordinate the efforts of ABA entities whose work involves affordable housing and community development law.
The forum facilitates liaison among ABA entities concerned with housing. It also promotes activities of state and local bar associations, ABA entities, and other legal groups that educate the legal community about affordable housing and community development matters and provide assistance by way of special projects.