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VAHCDO 2019 Legal & Policy Seminar

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Friday, December 06, 2019
  • Richmond Omni Hotel

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Join us for our annual VAHCDO Legal & Policy Seminar and kick-off the holiday season with VAHCDO!

The VAHCDO Legal & Policy Seminar is a must for Housing Authority leaders, municipal community development officials, and attorneys involved with housing and community development issues.

These seminars will be held at the Richmond OMNI on December 5 - December 6, 2019. As in years past, attorneys will earn CLE credits; previous annual seminars have been awarded up to 5 CLE credit hours by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of the Virginia State Bar. In addition to a briefing on proposed legislative activity, we will hear about relevant court cases from around the country, as well as issues with expanding and preserving affordable housing opportunities.

The Richmond OMNI Hotel is the official hotel of the 2019 VAHCDO Legal and Policy Seminar. The hotel is located at 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA. Register online or call (804) 344-7000, and mention you are with the VAHCDO group to get the rate of $159.00 per night!

Cut off for group rate is Friday, November 15th.

VAHCDO Legal & Policy Seminar Schedule

Thursday, December 5th

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. : Registration

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  :  Networking Reception


6:00 - 8:00 p.m. : Dinner and Keynote

Friday, December 6th

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. : Registration

6:30 - 7:45 a.m.  :  Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. : Seminar

** Schedule is subject to change.**

Speakers include:

Lisa L. Walker, Esq., CEO and General Counsel

Lisa L. Walker is CEO and General Counsel of the Housing and Development Law Institute ("HDLI"). Ms. Walker is responsible for managing all business, marketing, and financial affairs of HDLI, writing and publishing HDLI's legal publications, authoring HDLI's amicus briefs and other legal submissions, drafting HDLI's model policies, providing personalized legal information to HDLI members, and planning and overseeing HDLI's legal conferences, legal trainings, and other educational endeavors. Ms. Walker developed HDLI's successful on-site and online staff trainings for public housing agencies and other housing providers or managers. Formerly a partner and commercial litigator at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P., a regional law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Walker actively represented the Housing Authority of Baltimore City in important public housing reform litigation in Thompson v. HUD, and has focused on issues facing public housing agencies for more than fifteen years.


John G. "Chip" Dicks, Partner, Gentry Locke Attorneys

Chip Dicks is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and served on the Courts and Education committees. Chip also served on the Virginia Housing Commission as a House member. Since leaving the Legislature in 1990, he has represented associations and businesses on administrative, legislative and regulatory matters before state government agencies and the General Assembly. He has substantial experience representing developers on a variety of land use applications across Virginia. Chip has represented Virginia Realtors as Legislative Counsel in the Virginia General Assembly for almost 30 years and has had a hand in writing a significant portion of the state real estate and landlord tenant statutes during that time.  He is an expert in the field of landlord tenant and fair housing laws. Chip joined Gentry Locke in 2018 to practice with their Government & Regulatory Affairs group in Richmond.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Recent Changes in the 2019 General Assembly & Likely Topics in the 2020 General Assembly
  • Update on the Eviction Crisis in Virginia
  • Avoiding Board of Commissioner Meeting Snafus
  • Case Law Review and Fair Housing
  • Housing Residents with a Criminal Background

The registration fee is fully refundable (less a $25 administrative fee) if VAHCDO receives written notification postmarked or emailed no later than Friday, November 29, 2019. No refunds will be given for cancellations emailed or postmarked on or after November 30, 2019. All refund requests should be sent to the attention of Alisa Winston at VAHCDO c/o PRHA, 3116 South Street, Portsmouth,  VA 23707 Attn: Alisa Winston or to awinston@prha.org. No refunds will be given to registrants who fail to attend. No-shows who have registered but have not paid are still liable for fees and will be invoiced.

You may bring your check or money order to the registration table if you had registered via email or have a balance due. Make checks payable to VAHCDO. Cancelled checks will result in a $35 returned check fee.

I acknowledge that VAHCDO, its contractors, or agents may take photographs of attendees in connection with the seminar, and I hereby agree VAHCDO may publish my photograph without compensation. I acknowledge that VAHDCO may use my name or company name to appear on a public list of attendees and/or sponsors. Requests for registration confirmation must be received in writing.


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