Committee on Public Interest

Committee on Public Interest


Mission Statement

Dated: July 2007

General Mission:

The general mission of the Public Interest Committee is:

1. To educate, share information, and provide support and networking to committee members regarding current issues and developments that specifically relate to the public interest aspects of real property law including, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:

  • Subsidized, Assisted and Supportive Housing Programs;
  • Affordable Multifamily Housing Preservation and Development
  • Zoning and land use (including eminent domain and takings);
  • Fair Housing Legislation, Litigation and Enforcement;
  • Foreclosures, Lending, Vacant and Abandoned Properties;
  • Property Maintenance Code Development and Enforcement;
  • Lead-Poisoning Prevention; and
  • Homelessness Prevention

2. To monitor and recommend changes in law and regulations to the Section with respect to each of the above categories and related areas.

3. To prepare reports, forms and administrative or legislative proposals with respect to these areas of interest for presentation to the Committee and to the Section.

4. To provide information regarding the activities of Committee members to the Section, the Bar Association, and the public.

5. To coordinate with other bar groups and associations, both within and outside of the Real Property Law Section, who may be working on similar initiatives.

6. To provide information regarding the range of views of Committee members to the Section, to the Bar Association, and the public.

7. To create a forum for dialogue between attorneys representing public consumers and constituencies (e.g., tenants, purchasers, community organizations, civil rights organizations) and the attorneys acting as counsel for agencies administering programs affecting these consumers and constituencies (agency counsel, regulated lenders, housing providers, program administrators, etc).


All members of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association are welcome to join the Committee. In particular, attorneys working in public interest practice areas are encouraged to join.

It is the objective of the PIC to assure participation of counsel not only from the ”consumer” perspective (home purchasers, mortgagors, other borrowers, tenants, co-op members, racial and ethnic minorities), but of agency and governmental counsel (state and federal agencies, other public bodies, and private parties whose activities entail responsibilities to be responsive to affected communities, such as regulated lenders).

Organization and Meetings:

The Committee has two co-chairs, one from downstate and one from upstate.

Currently the Committee is scheduled to meet annually at the time of the Section's annual meeting (historically, January). In addition, the PIC will meet at the time of the Real Property Section's summer meeting, provided that a sufficient number of members are available to conduct business.

Any member of the Committee may request that the co-chairs convene a meeting, and the co-chairs shall give due consideration to convening such a meeting, which may be held either in person or by conference call.

The Committee may meet at other times as circumstances warrant, upon notice from the Co-Chairs.

Meetings typically consist of: (1) reports of standing subcommittees; (2) reports on current legislative, case law and other developments; and (3) discussion of topics of general interest.


The PIC shall communicate regularly by email through a distribution list of the members. Upon the request of a member posting information to the email list, that information shall be kept confidential to the members of the Committee and the members of the Executive Committee of the RPLS.


Once critical mass has been achieved for this new Committee, the Co-Chairs will propose standing subcommittees for: (1) Lending and Foreclosures; (2) Assisted Housing /Multifamily Housing Preservation (3) Fair Housing Enforcement and Litigation; (4) Continuing Legal Education; (5) Legislation.

Additional subcommittees or temporary work groups may be appointed by the co-chairs as the circumstances warrant.