Heirs' Property in the South: Fostering Stable Ownership to Prevent Land Loss and Abandonment - June 15, 2017

Agenda

8:00 a.m. Registration, breakfast, and networking
8:30 Welcome
Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Monica Schwalbach, Assistant Director, Southern Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
8:40 Introduction
Ann Carpenter, Senior Community and Economic Development Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
8:45 Keynote
Heirs' Property Ownership: Moving from Seemingly Intractable Problems to Workable Solutions
Thomas Mitchell, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
9:15 Panel 1: Estimations of Heirs' Property in the South
  Estimates of African American Heirs' Property in Black Belt South
Conner Bailey, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Identifying Heirs' Property through CAMA Data
Scott Pippin, Public Service Faculty, University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Heirs' Property at the Micro, County, Level: An Example Using a New Deal African American Resettlement Program
Robert Zabawa, Professor, Tuskegee University [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
10:15 Break
10:30 Panel 2: In-Depth Investigations of Heirs' Property Owners
  Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program
John Schelhas, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
Alan McGregor, Vice President for Communities, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities 
  Heirs' Property and Persistent Poverty in Appalachia
Brady Deaton, Professor, University of Guelph [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Heirs' Property and Housing Vulnerability
Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
11:30 Networking lunch
12:15 p.m. Panel 3: Perspectives from the Field: Direct Service Providers
  Resolving Heirs' Property in Coastal South Carolina
Jennie Stephens, Executive Director, Center for Heirs' Property Preservation [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Georgia Heirs Property Law Center: State Wide Resources for Rural and Urban Property Owners, Municipalities, and Nonprofits
Skipper StipeMaas, Executive Director, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Heirs' Property Complications after Natural Disasters: Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Christy Kane
, Executive Director, Louisiana Appleseed [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Fractionated Native American Land and Solutions
Cris Stainbrook, President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
1:30 Networking break
1:45 Panel 4: Heirs' Property as a Non-Rural Phenomenon
  Community Solutions for Building the Westside: Collaborative Development of Infrastructure and Human Capacity
Christian Braneon, Chief Civil Engineer, Hummingbird Firm [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  Impacts of Heirs' Property on Urban Communities
Craig Baab, Lawyer, Montgomery, Alabama
  Heirs' Property and the Enforcement of Property Maintenance Codes in Memphis
Steve Barlow
, President, Neighborhood Preservation Inc. [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
  From Cities to Colonias: Strategies to Stop the Regeneration of Heirs' Property
Heather Way, Clinical Professor, University of Texas School of Law [Presentation Adobe PDF file format]
3:00 Wrap-Up Conversation: Setting a Research and Policy Agenda
Sara Toering, General Counsel, Center for Community Progress
3:30 Adjournment