The 2022 CAI Community Association Law Seminar, organized by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) is taking place this week in Palm Springs, Calif., and includes a virtual experience for attendees such as attorneys, community association managers, and insurance and risk management professionals.

One of the highlights of the event is the Case Law Update, which looks at the past year’s most significant court cases and developments shaping community association law. This includes a review of relevant statutes and regulations setting precedent for future cases and a focus on emerging trends in community association jurisprudence. CAI’s case law update team reviewed 450 cases from 2021 relevant to the community association housing model and summarized 300 of them. Of these cases, 70 were presented by CCAL fellows during the Case Law Update.

Trends in litigation coincide with what the community association industry sees in legislation each year. Last year, these trends included cases around assessments, association operations, civil procedure, covenants enforcement, developer transition, fair housing, foreclosure, and governing document and statutory interpretations.

The Case Law Update features several cases where CAI submitted amicus curiae briefs in 2021. CAI’s amicus curiae (friend of the court) program educates and informs the court about important legal and policy issues in cases related to the community association housing model. To find more information on CAI’s amicus briefs, visit www.caionline.org/Amicus.

Summaries of these cases are contained in CAI’s case law database, an indispensable resource for community association lawyers across the country. Whether your practice focuses on community association litigation, regulation, or legislation, please keep CAI’s database in mind as a resource. View the database here.

Thank you to the 2022 Case Law Update team and presenters for volunteering their time and expertise in researching, organizing, and summarizing the most important cases to the community association housing model from 2021.

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Director of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers

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