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State’s Three Law Schools to Co-Sponsor May 21 Conference in Trenton on Homeowner Associations

April 24, 2007 – 

As the State awaits a decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court in the Twin Rivers case, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Rutgers School of Law–Camden, and Seton Hall Law School will co-sponsor a conference on “Homeowner Associations: Problems and Solutions” on Monday, May 21, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

The conference will feature brief presentations by members of common interest communities from throughout the state on disputes they are having with their private governments and why they believe greater legal protection for homeowners’ rights is necessary.

Responding to the homeowners’ complaints will be several New Jersey legislators, the State Public Advocate, a representative of the Department of Community Affairs, and the homeowner ombudsman from the State of Florida.

An opening panel at 9:30 am will feature Professor Evan McKenzie of the University of Illinois at Chicago, author of the celebrated book Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government; Professor Paula Franzese of Seton Hall Law School; and Professor Frank Askin of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, attorney for the plaintiffs in the Twin Rivers case.

In addition to the three law schools, participating organizations are the AARP, ACLU of New Jersey, the League of Women Voters, New Jersey Appleseed, and the Common-Interest Homeowners Coalition.