John H. Rice, partner in the firm’s Gulfport, Miss., office and member of the Real Estate Practice Group, and Ann Bailey, counsel in the firm’s Gulfport, Miss., office and member of the Litigation Section and Health Law Practice Group, spoke at two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-sponsored Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Regional Training symposiums. The attorneys spoke in New Orleans on July 13 – 15, 2015, as well as in Chicago on August 18 – 20, 2015. Mr. Rice spoke on designing and implementing CDBG-funded disaster programs, and Ms. Bailey spoke on CDBG-funded housing programs. Conference attendees included representatives of various states, including those affected by Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Katrina and Rita; Nashville floods; Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornados; Minot, North Dakota floods; and California and Colorado wildfires.
Mr. Rice and Ms. Bailey currently serve as outside counsel to the State of Mississippi on all CDBG Katrina Disaster Programs, and have also represented MEMA on the successful FEMA-funded Katrina cottage program.