CRA Legal Workshop: Ethics Laws for Redevelopment

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

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This course is geared toward CRA attorneys and others who want to learn about ethics requirements specific to CRAs, as well as general requirements for all governments. This course features instructors who are members of the Florida Bar with a great deal of specific CRA legal ethics experience. We will break down basic ethics requirements for CRA practitioners, board members and volunteers who work with community redevelopment agencies in Florida. The topics specifically that will be covered include: important attorney general and ethics opinions, gift laws; conflict of interest law for CRAs; doing business with one’s agency; 1% statutory rule on conflicts of interest test; public records and social media lessons learned; and sunshine and financial disclosure for CRA board members and volunteers.

Moderator: Renée A. Jadusingh, Esq., FRA-RA, Executive Director, City of Delray Beach CRA, and Board Member, Florida Redevelopment Association

Speakers: Isiaa Jones, Chief Legal Officer, City of Miami Omni CRA and David N. Tolces, Attorney, Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A.

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Renée A. Jadusingh Ms. Jadusingh is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, recently promoted from Assistant Director. Alongside her work with the Delray Beach CRA, Renée serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Redevelopment Association. Prior to working with the Delray Beach CRA, Renée was Staff Counsel for the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency where she oversaw all legal matters and was responsible for drafting grant agreements, leases, board resolutions, and other legal documents. She has extensive experience in the public and private sector working with redevelopment and management in the South Florida area. She is dedicated to working for the public interest and revitalizing communities in the areas in which she serves. Ms. Jadusingh received her Juris Doctorate and LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights – Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law and serves on the Board of Directors for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

Isiaa Jones Ms. Jones is the Chief Legal Officer at the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. She is the in-house counsel. She was previously with the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office. She has background in construction, finance, immigration, contract and document review. Originally from Jamaica, she previously lived in Jacksonville Florida. She attended undergraduate school at NSU in Davie, Florida. She graduated with her MBA from Jacksonville University and her law degree from the Law School at Florida Coastal. Isiaa is very passionate about local government and redevelopment.

David N. Tolces Mr. Tolces is a Board-Certified City, County, Local Government Lawyer and a Shareholder with the firm of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, and Delray Beach, Florida. His practice includes governmental law, commercial transactions, real estate, and environmental matters. Currently David serves as legal counsel for the Delray Beach, Lake Worth Beach, and the Margate Community Redevelopment Agencies. Mr. Tolces also represents municipalities and other governmental agencies in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, including the Broward County Housing Authority, the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority, the Dania Beach Housing Authority, the Hillsboro Inlet District, and the City of Doral Charter Review Commission. Mr. Tolces has served as Special Counsel for the Port Canaveral District Charter Review Committee, and as General Counsel to the Brevard County Charter Review Commission. His private practice includes representing clients in real estate, land use, administrative, and civil litigation matters that are an outgrowth of acquiring, selling, or owning real estate in Florida. He received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1989. Mr. Tolces is certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law.