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Condo, Homeowner Association Lawyers Tackle Innovative CC&Rs, Difficult Owners

12/21/1998  -  Alexandria, VA

Drafting user-friendly, flexible documents and dealing with difficult owners top the list of critical issues attorneys specializing in community association law will explore at the Community Associations Institute's 20th Annual Law Seminar, Jan. 15-16, 1999 at the Ritz-Calton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. Using mediation to reduce litigation, negotiating insurance coverage and claims and resolving construction defects also will be addressed by nationally recognized legal experts.

An in-depth review of the most significant cases in community association law this year will kick off the conference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The Wayne Hyatt Lecture Series will offer a review the legal and social issues in developing and operating community associations at 10:15 a.m. The Friday program also features "New Trends in Documents Drafting," a 'must-attend' session for attorneys who write covenants, codes and restrictions (CC&Rs); "Covenant Enforcement and Assessment Collection;" and networking sessions.

Saturday's program features concurrent sessions, "Director and Officer Liability," a review of the different standards courts have used in reviewing personal liability cases, and "Dealing with a Difficult Owner," providing an arsenal of techniques and strategies to diffuse conflict, at 9:00 a.m. Sessions on the mediation and insurance coverage and claims follow at 10:45 a.m. Running productive association meetings and elections and handling construction defect/warranty transition cases are offered in concurrent sessions at 12:30 p.m.

Distinguished speakers include Prof. Edward J. Blakely, co-author of Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States and dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California; Prof. James L. Winokur, University of Denver, author of "The Mixed Blessings of Promissory Servitudes: Toward Optimizing Economic Utility, Individual Liberty and Personal Identity;" Prof. Katherine Rosenberry, California Western School of Law, drafter of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, which controls the operation of community associations in California; and Wayne S. Hyatt Esq., noted writer and adviser to the restatement of the Law Third Property (Servitudes).

Representatives from CAI's College of Community Association Lawyers include Donald E. Dykeman Esq., dean; Lisa J. Anderson Esq.; Seth Emmer Esq.; Ross W. Feinberg Esq.; Richard S. Fiore Esq.; Thomas J. Hindman Esq.; Mary M. Howell Esq.; F.Scott Jackson Esq.; E. Richard Kennedy Esq.; Robert M. Meisner Esq.; Mark D. Pearlstein Esq.; and Roger D. Winston Esq. The College was established in 1993 to recognize member attorneys who have distinguished themselves through ethics, character, professionalism, service, and leadership contributing to the evolution or practice of community association law.

Other speakers include Gurdon H. Buck Esq., author of Condominium Development - Forms with Commentary; Marshall Frost, P.E., P.P., Municipal Engineer responsible for supervision of construction and inspection of multi-family projects throughout northern New Jersey; Lori Ann Long, vice president, Community Association Underwriters of America insurance agency; and Clifford J. Treese, CPCU, ARM, a nationally recognized practitioner in community association risk management and insurance.

For more information, call CAI at 703/548-8600 or register on line at

The Community Associations Institute is a nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent the nation's 205,000 community associations̬condominium associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives. CAI members include homeowners, associations and related professionals and service providers.

Phone: 703-970-9235