Upcoming Rooftops Project Events

We are pleased to announce our winter and spring programming for 2014-15. We welcome your participation. Details of each programming are below, along with information on how to register now. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. We hope to see you there.

Rooftops for Coffee: Workshops for Not-for-Profits

Our Rooftops for Coffee workshop programs are designed as small group, highly interactive programs, so space is limited. They are intended for not-for-profit executives, staff, and board volunteers. Several complementary sessions will be offered back-to-back in early January (you may select one or more in combination), others through the spring. Each workshop will explore a focused topic relevant to real estate occupied by not-for-profit organizations. The first segment of each workshop will be a moderated discussion to introduce the selected topic. In the second segment, not-for-profits will be invited to join in an active dialogue, introducing questions and issues of greatest interest to their organizations and operations.

All events are free of charge and are held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway (at Leonard). We encourage you to reserve now. To save a spot, please email James.Hagy@nyls.edu, tell us the program name(s) and date(s), and include the name of your not-for-profit organization and the names, titles, and contact emails of the persons you wish to attend.

Sharing Thoughts about Sharing Space: When Not-for-Profits Wish to Co-Locate. Thursday, January 8, 2015, 9:00-11:45 a.m. This popular Rooftops Project workshop will use discussion and interactive exercises in a small group setting to explore legal, programmatic, and practical issues arising in proposed shared space arrangements among two or more not-for-profit organizations. Professor James Hagy, Director of the Rooftops Project at the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School, will share observations from his dialogue with not-for-profits around the country, suggest a framework from his own research, and lead an interactive discussion and small group exercises exploring these issues.

Leasing Fundamentals: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 1:15-4:00 p.m. A panel of lawyers and real estate industry professionals will provide an inside look at leasing office and commercial space. Whether your organization is a tenant, leasing space as landlord to other not-for-profits, or shares space, this workshop will give you both an overview and insights into business, practical, and legal aspects of selecting, occupying, administering, renewing, and exiting leased space. Professor James Hagy will moderate with guest panelists Andrew L. Herz (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP), Jeremy Moss (Silverstein Properties, Inc.), Robert Shansky (Scarola Malone & Zubatov LLP), and Richard Warshauer (Colliers International NY LLC). 

Risk Management: Friday, January 9, 2015, 8:45-11:00 a.m. Industry professionals will explore risk management in the occupancy and operation of physical space. Topics will include risk assessment, property management from the lens of risk avoidance, property/casualty and general liability insurance, risk allocation in leasing and transactional contexts, coverage in connection with construction and renovation, and claims management. Panelists will be Alan DiSciulo (Shearman & Sterling LLP) and James A. Fenniman (Bollinger New York Division, A.J. Gallagher & Co.).

Planning and Managing Capital Projects: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:45-11:00 a.m. Two seasoned New York architecture professionals will share their perspectives about not-for-profit new construction and capital projects, from dream to grand opening. Topics explored will include linking design to mission and programmatic vision, building a consensus both within the organization and in the community, and steps from the initial programmatic needs assessment to design, construction, and project management. If you are thinking about that future new building or major renovation, this workshop is for you. Panelists will be Kenneth D. Levien (Levien & Company, Inc.) and William Morrish (Professor of Urban Ecologies, Design Strategies, Parsons The New School).  

Real Estate Tax Exemption Workshop: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Glenn Newman (President, New York City Tax Commission) will be our guest panelist first to review the basics of what qualifies a property (and what doesn’t) for real estate tax exemption in New York and how to secure and maintain real estate tax exempt status, after which the workshop will explore advanced topics and how to avoid common property owner mistakes. This session offers a chance to learn from New York City’s top official in the field.

The Rooftops Conference NYC 2015

Our popular, main annual conference is now in its fourth year. This year’s program will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway (at Leonard). Preregistration is now open. Click here to register. More details to follow. Save the date and plan to join us!

The Rooftops Conference Chicago 2015

We will be bringing our conference format on the road to Chicago for the first time this winter, on Thursday morning, February 5, 2015. The event will be co-hosted by The Rooftops Project at New York Law School and the Business Law Clinic at the Center for Business Law at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law on East Pearson Street (just west of Water Tower Place and Michigan Avenue) in downtown Chicago. Preregistration is now open for this event as well. Click here to reserve your spot. More details to follow. We hope to see many of our not-for-profit friends in Chicago and the Midwest at this event!