3-27-21. Partners Nathan McGuire and Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, presented Legislative Update - What's Happening in Law Law Land at ECHO's Saturday HOA Law Seminar. The past few years have resulted in significant legislative changes which require associations to take ACTION. This very educational event, from 8:00am - 1:30pm, featured experts from across the landscape of HOA law to get Board members and homeowners up to speed with the latest developments.
3-24-21. Attorneys Laurie S. Poole and Robert Diamond, co-chairs of CAI's College of Community Association Lawyers' (CCAL) Governing Principles Task Force, presented the live webinar, Guiding Principles: How the Right Governing Documents Can Improve Your Community. The session covered how Governing Documents, if drafted properly, can reduce conflict and allow board members to respond to issues as they arise. They described how to draft new documents and amend existing ones. Attendees not only earned one credit hour toward CMCA® recertification, or AMS® or PCAM® redesignation, they gave the webinar the highest rating of EXCELLENT!
3-11/12-21. Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, presented New California Case Law from 2:15-3:30pm on 3‑12 at CACM's 2021 Law Seminar & Expo. Several hundred managers and industry partners joined a virtual community management safari to reconnect with colleagues, establish new business relationships, and ensure they're prepared to tackle the industry’s wildest, most beastly challenges. This Managers-only event offered earn up to 12 CEUs. Oh, and many stopped by the ADAMS | STIRLING "booth" (D43) to say hello to Rob Ward, Esq. and Southern California Client Relations Director Candace Schwartz!
UPDATED CALL TO ACTION!
3-2-21. Thank you to everyone who emailed their Representatives last week! Because of you, the pandemic relief package that includes the Homeowner Assistance Fund has now moved on to the Senate. This targeted, needs-based assistance for your neighbors and your community is vital to stop preventable foreclosures. Please click here to let your Senators know you support targeted, needs-based assistance to help your community association neighbors keep their homes.
2-19-21. Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, and Nick Melloni, Assistant Planner at City of Palm Desert, presented ADUs: They Are Here to Stay at CAI Coachella Valley's February 2021 Educational Program & Mini Trade Show. Like it or not, Accessory Dwelling Units are here to stay, and associations may not prohibit or unreasonably restrict them. This program, which focused on ADUs in the Coachella Valley and best practices for communities to embrace them, covered topics such as "Reasonable" Restrictions, Insurance, Architectural Approvals, and Parking Enforcement. This very timely virtual event drew a crowd of 40+!
2-11-2021. CAI California North Chapter invited managers and homeowner leaders to join its Valentine’s Day Coffee Break, sponsored by ADAMS | STIRLING. Managers and Homeowner Leader attendees each received a $5 digital Starbucks gift card, and there was be a raffle prize at the end of the networking. Attendees report it was a fun event!
2-2-21. Partner Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, was joined by Brian Kalmenson, CIRMS, of Kirk Miller Insurance Agency, Inc., to present When — and When not — to Open an Insurance Claim, a webinar for the CAI San Diego Chapter. The session covered topics such as whether, when a homeowner's insurance company demands that the HOA open an insurance claim, the HOA has to comply. Managers and homeowners were able to attend the not-to-be-missed session for free.
1-27-21. Nancy I. Sidoruk completed a 2-year term of service on CAI’s National Case Law Update Team. Last year, their team analyzed nearly 300 cases nationwide involving community associations. Summaries are published in CAI’s Case Law Database, with key decisions presented at CCAL’s Law Seminar on January 26-27. Lawyers nationwide use the summaries for analytical guidance on case law trends.
1-25-21. Laurie S. Poole, CCAL, 2021 CCAL President-Elect, moderated an exclusive meet and greet, as CAI introduced the Women in Community Association Law Forum at CCAL's 2021 Community Association Virtual Law Seminar being held January 25-29. This networking event aimed to establish and facilitate connections between women attorneys specializing in the practice of common interest community law. The forum offered a place to exchange best practices, discuss industry developments and opportunities, and gain different perspectives. The inaugural forum shone the spotlight on amazing women in community association law, and generated great conversation and tremendous feedback.
1-10-21. We are pleased to introduce a series of animated 2-minute videos on HOA management and law. These are produced in collaboration with the Cline Agency Insurance Brokers. Due to the pandemic's impact on association budgets, our first one is on Borrowing from Reserves to cover operational shortfalls. Watch our video and give us feedback.
1-1-21. Nathan McGuire was appointed by the CAI Board of Trustees to serve a 2-year term on its Government & Public Affairs Committee.
The Committee provides oversight, support, and counsel in the development of public policy positions and model language on issues that affect community associations throughout the nation.
Laurie S. Poole, CCAL
, has been named President-Elect to CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)
for 2021, and will serve as President for 2022. The College is the most prestigious designation and organization in the Community Association industry, with stringent criteria to even be considered for admission.