Interdisciplinary Conference 2006

Current Issues Issues in Community Economic Development

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  

Panel 1: The Future of the Community Reinvestment Act
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Michael Barr, Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law
Cassandra Jones Havard, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
Keith Hylton, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Andrew Olszowy, Managing Examiner for the Supervision and Regulation of Consumer Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Moderator: Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Panel 2: The Impact of Professional Sports on the Local Economy
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Russ Denver, President, Affiliated Chambers of Commerce, Springfield, Massachusetts
Chris Nikolis, Vice President, The American Hockey League
Howard Nuchow, Executive Director, Mandalay Sports Entertainment Group

Moderator: Sharianne Walker, Professor, Western New England University College of Business

Luncheon and Keynote
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Richard Walker III, Vice President, Boston Federal Reserve Bank

Panel 3: Eminent Domain and Public Use Takings After Kelo v. New London
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Harry Carroll, City Solicitor, City of Springfield, Massachusetts
Patricia Lee, President and General Counsel, National Institute for Urban  Entrepreneurship
Jonathan Macey, Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law, Yale Law School
Eddie Perez, Mayor, City of Hartford, Connecticut

Moderator: Eric Gouvin, Associate Dean and Professor, Western New England University School of Law

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Panel 4: Barriers to Access to Financial Services for Disenfranchised Groups
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Leonard Baynes, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law
Kathleen Engel, Professor of Law, Cleveland State School of Law
Margaret Henningsen, President, Legacy Bank
Chris Sikes, Executive Director, Western Mass Enterprise Fund

Moderator: Patricia McCoy, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut Law School

Wrap up and Closing Remarks
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Richard Walker III, Vice President, Boston Federal Reserve Bank

Richard Walker has nearly three decades of experience in business and community development in Boston.  For the past 15 years, he has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he is currently Vice President and Community Affairs Officer of the Public and Community Affairs Department.  he has been instrumental in developing the Boston Business Collaborative, a project that links major corporations with existing minority businesses.  Richard was an initial participant in the formulation of the Black/Jewish roundtable with the American Jewish Committee.  Previously, he served in executive positions at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University, and the Greater Roxbury Development Corporation.  In September 200, the Governor of Massachusetts appointed Richard to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

In his work, Mr. Walker has been actively involved in promoting fair and equal access to finance and credit through a variety of media.  he is the excutive producer of the award winning video To Their Credit: Financing Women-Owned Business, which was first broadcast on KQED in San Francisco in July 1999.  He was instrumental in the development of the Federal Reserve Bank's widely distributed publication Closing the Gap: A Guide to Equal Opoprtunity Lending, designed to help banks avoid possible discriminatory lending practices.  Most recently, Mr. Walker produced the highly popular consumer video, Identity Theft: Protect Yourself, and its companion publication, Identity Theft.