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Florise Neville-Ewell

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Florise Neville-Ewell

Professor

B.A., cum laude, Yale University 1981
J.D. Yale University 1984

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I teach Property Law and Ethics and have taught Contracts, Real Estate Finance, and Sales. Through my classes, designed to make students “practice-ready,” students not only learn substantive law, but also have an opportunity to enhance their analytical skills by receiving exclusive access to my infamous “Tools, Templates, and Sample Documents” materials.

Prior to becoming an academic, I practiced law in the private and public sectors. Immediately after clerking for the Honorable Julian A. Cook, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, I was an associate at Sidley, Austin LLP and Honigman LLP.

Thereafter, in the public sector, I was General Counsel for the Detroit Housing Commission and Chief of Contracts for the city of Detroit. Appointed by former Governor Jennifer Granholm, I was also on the board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and ultimately became chair of the board.

Through my public and private practice experiences, I have expertise in addressing issues related to commercial contracts, residential and commercial financing, commercial, municipal, and residential property matters, and housing development, generally, and affordable housing, in particular.

Since 1985, in conjunction with clerking, practicing law, and teaching, I have simultaneously been dedicated to educating the public about legal issues. In 1985, I hosted an “Ask the Lawyer” program produced in Macomb County, Michigan. Thereafter, I hosted a similar, weekly program on WVON, a talk radio station in Chicago, my hometown.

Since that time, in response to the housing and mortgage crises, to be part of a holistic effort to reverse economic disparities, I have empowered the public with information through a number of platforms; namely, via the production and presentation of weekly radio segments; by being a special columnist and writing monthly articles for the Michigan Chronicle and the former Charter One Bank, as its ghostwriter; through providing educational seminars to adults and youth as the founder of the Ten Commandments of Real Estate Law Society (10CORE® Law Society); and, as host of the recently established Housing Gap Podcast.

These platforms have enabled me to connect with the public and work with a myriad of lawyers from different bar associations, real estate professionals, and passionate law students, thereby acting as a catalyst to promote what I call “housing literacy.”

Although I have received a number of awards and acknowledgments, I am particularly humbled by having won the Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Social Justice (awarded by the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association) and being recognized nationally as an “Outstanding Woman Lawyer/Hidden Figure Impact nominee by the National Bar Association – Women Lawyer’s Division.

Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Neville-Ewell, F. R., Slice of History Underlying the Current Financial Pandemic Black Women and Property 1800 to 1850: Black Women as Property, 2 J. Race Gender & Poverty 1 (2011).
  • Neville-Ewell, F. R., Residential Real Estate Transactions: The AIDS influence, 5(2) Hofstra Prop. L.J. 301 (1993).

Short Works

  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Organize and Understand Your Real Estate Documents with the FLO-FOLDER®, (2015) https://www.flofolder.com/
    • Special to the Michigan Chronicle: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Black Newspaper Collection
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle (reprinted), May 25, 2005 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 30, 2005 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Starting from the top: A moment with Sandra E. Pierce, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 30, 2005 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, Feb. 23, 2005 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real, Michigan Chronicle (Credit Reports), Feb. 23, 2005 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 26, 2005 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (HUD-1 Settlement Statement), Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 26, 2005 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Dec. 21, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Credit Application), Michigan Chronicle, Dec. 21, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, 'On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...' an opportunity to own my own home, Michigan Chronicle, Dec. 21, 2004 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Nov. 23, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Metamorphosis of the Brightmoor community, Michigan Chronicle, Nov. 23, 2004 at C7.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Anatomy of a journey toward homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, Oct. 27, 2004 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Oct. 27, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real: Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure Statement, Michigan Chronicle, Oct. 27, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Sep. 29, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, From one BUSINESS to another: Economic empowerment through exchange of ideas and experience, Michigan Chronicle, Sep. 29, 2004 at D1.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real: Home Inspection: Don’t buy a house without it, Michigan Chronicle, Sep. 29, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville Ewell, Making Documents Real (Servicing Disclosure Statement), Michigan Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Real estate success stories: First-time homeowners' dreams realized, Michigan Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2004 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Jul. 21, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Borrower’s Certification and Credit Authorization and related forms), Michigan Chronicle, Jul. 21, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Jun. 23, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Choose your mortgage package like you choose your home--find a good fit, Michigan Chronicle, Jun. 23, 2004 at D1.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Good Faith Estimate), Michigan Chronicle, Jun. 23, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, May 19, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real: Real Estate Broker-Client Rules to disclose or not to disclose, Michigan Chronicle, May 19, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Apr. 28, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Property Survey), Michigan Chronicle, Apr. 28, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 31, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real: Uniform Residential Loan Application, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 31, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Title Insurance, reprinted), Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, Feb. 25, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Title Insurance, reprinted), Michigan Chronicle, Feb. 25, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2004 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Title Insurance), Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2004 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One: Do different types of deeds exist, Michigan Chronicle, Dec. 17, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (HUD-1), Michigan Chronicle, Dec. 17, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville Ewell, Making Documents Real (Warranty Deed), Michigan Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Oct. 29, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville Ewell, Making Documents Real (Purchase Agreement, Part II), Michigan Chronicle, Oct. 29, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Sep. 24, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Purchase Agreement, Part I), Michigan Chronicle, Sept. 24, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Aug. 27, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real, Michigan Chronicle (Good Faith Estimate), Aug. 27, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Jun. 25, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real, Michigan Chronicle (Uniform Residential Loan Application), Jun. 25, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, May 21, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Credit Report), Michigan Chronicle, May 21, 2003 at D3.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Apr. 30, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (RESPA and Good Faith Estimate), Michigan Chronicle, Apr. 30, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, The rebirth of the Seven Mile Road and Gratiot area, Michigan Chronicle, Apr. 30, 2003 at D1.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Title Insurance), Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 26, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, The quiet resurgence of Highland Park, Michigan Chronicle, Mar. 26, 2003 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One, Michigan Chronicle, Feb. 26, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real: Uniform Residential Loan Application, Michigan Chronicle, Feb. 26, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Stratford place signals new life for Inkster, Michigan Chronicle Feb. 26, 2003 at D1.
  • Ask Charter One: The road to homeownership, Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Making Documents Real (Uniform Residential Loan Application), Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2003 at D3.
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, A new beginning: Detroit branch NAACP hosts free home buyers fair, Michigan Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2003 at D1.

Presentations

  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Amplifying Housing Literacy, Jali Podcast (June 23, 2021)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator, Community Forum: District of Columbia Tenants’ Eviction Rights, Housing Gap Podcast (Jun. 9, 2021)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Contemporary Issues Impacting Our Interpretation of Ethics Rules: Toward the Introduction of a Construct for Young Attorneys (sponsored by the Midwest Region of the Black Law Students’ Assoc.), (February 5, 2021)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator, Community Forum: Detroit Tenants’ Eviction Rights During the Pandemic, Housing Gap Podcast (Dec. 2, 2020)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Housing Gap Podcast (2020)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Facilitator for weekly one hour program at River Rouge High School to educate students about landlord/tenant law and acquiring their first “homes” (October 2019 – March 2020)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Introducing 10CORE® S.W.A.G. Academy (2018)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Proposal for HUD’s Envision Centers: Introducing S.W.A.G.: Self, Wealth, Achieving Greatness Academy (2018) (2017)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, HUD's Past, Present and Future (Detroit, Mich., Nov. 13-14, 2017)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Arc of Justice: Ossian Sweet Case (Detroit Public Library) (2017)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, 21st Century Proposal: Toward the Use of Financial and Housing Literacy to Build Sustainable Communities (Wayne County, Mich. 2015)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Impact of the $25 Billion Dollar National Mortgage Settlement (sponsored by the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, April 2013)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Understanding Your Rights as a Service Member: Financing and Owning a Home (sponsored by the 10CORE® Law Society and Selfridge Air National Guard Base, November 4, 2013)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Introducing the 10CORE® Triage/Help Desk (presented to the Illinois Circuit Court Bench, 2013)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Executive Summary of the Ten Commandments of Real Estate Law Society Student Organization (10CORE™) (Know Your Foreclosure Rights: There’s Hope, Aug. 18, 2012)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Panelist, Mortgage Fraud (selected by the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan and President Obama’s Task Force on Mortgage Fraud, April 2010)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator/Presenter, HELP! I need a housing LIFELINE (sponsored by the American Bar Association Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice and the 10CORE® Law Society, October 29, 2011)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator/Presenter, Raising the Bar on Foreclosure Prevention Efforts-Implementing Pro Bono Programs to Help Michigan Homeowners: Statistical Overview of Foreclosure in America and ((sponsored by the American Bar Association Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch, October 28, 2011))
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator, The War Against Foreclosures: Combating Foreclosures and (the) Mortgage Crisis in Communities of Color (sponsored by the American Bar Association Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, the National Bar Association, and the 10CORE® Law Society in Baltimore, Maryland, July 22, 2011)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Moderator/Presenter, Foreclosure and the Mortgage Crisis Forum: Legislative (and Judicial) Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis and Proposals for the Future (sponsored by the American Bar Association Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice and the 10CORE® Law Society in Atlanta, Georgia, February 12, 2011)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Ways to Protect Your Home from Foreclosure (translated and sponsored by Thomas M. Cooley Law School, October 30, 2009, in Dearborn, Michigan)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Housing Forum: HELP! I NEED A HOUSING LIFELINE (sponsored by Thomas M. Cooley Law School, September 24, 2009)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Financial Literacy Seminars (sponsored by AARP and the State of Michigan, Spring 2009 and Fall 2009)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Real Estate Topics Impacting Seniors (periodic guest on a radio program sponsored by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, since 2009)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Foreclosure at a glance: rights and strategies (Avoid Foreclosure Forum, Detroit, Mich., Dec. 13, 2007).
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Post foreclosure basics (Avoid Foreclosure Forum, Detroit, Mich., Dec. 13, 2007).
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Foreclosure at a Glance (Summit for homeowners sponsored by Attorney General Cox, 2007)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Community Belief Banking Symposia, The Ten Commandments of Becoming a Non-Profit Developer (sponsored by Fifth Third Bank (Sept. 10, 2005 and Fall, 2006)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Real estate basics and weekly “hot tips” for consumers (radio spot sponsored by Comerica Bank (1994-1995)
  • Florise R Neville-Ewell, Town Hall Meeting(s) on Foreclosure (sponsored by NAACP, Detroit Chapter, Attorney General Granholm, and faith-based groups within Detroit, 1991-1994)