Forum on Kansas City’s Abandoned Housing Problem Held at School of Law

Legal Aid Attorney Michael Duffy speaks at Abandoned Housing Forum

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, The Urban Lawyer, in conjunction with a number of law school student organizations, sponsored a lunchtime forum in the School of Law’s student lounge addressing Kansas City’s Abandoned Housing problem. The packed crowd included students, faculty, staff and community members.

Panelists included Allison Bergman, Senior Counsel at the Hardwick Law Firm, LLC and UMKC’s School of Law 2013 Achievement Award Recipient; Michael Duffy, Managing Partner at Legal Aid of Western Missouri; Councilman Scott Wagner, Kansas City, Missouri City Council; David Park, Deputy Director of Kansas City Neighborhoods and Housing Services; and Erica Dobreff, Kansas City Equity Fund. They acknowledged that the issue of abandoned houses is very difficult, with few effective solutions having been identified. They discussed efforts that have been made to address the problem and made suggestions for actions that could be taken.

Allison Bergman will be honored at the UMKC Alumni Awards luncheon on April 18th with the School of Law’s Alumni Achievement Award. She is being recognized for her demonstrated commitment to the Kansas City urban core. During her career, she has worked on a number of downtown development projects, including the redevelopment of the old federal courthouse into affordable housing and efforts to redevelop the 90-acre Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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