We are pleased to announce that Tray Hairston recently served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law’s 2018 Mid-Winter Boot Camp.
This two-day conference occurred on Feb. 1-2 in Phoenix and featured in-depth introductory sessions on Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) workshops for beginning lawyers and New Market Tax Credits 101. Seasoned lawyers in the industry led sessions including LIHTC and tax-exempt bond basics, an overview of the HUD rental assistance demonstration program, a partnership agreement negotiation simulation and a projections 101 course.
This year, the Forum added a new feature for more experienced lawyers called Advanced Officers Academy sessions. These sessions featured advanced courses such as minimum gain and capital accounts, tax opinion matters and interactive industry roundtable discussions on LIHTC hot topics and tax issues.
The Forum has a diverse membership of more than 3,000 lawyers and 6,000 law students, and its primary mission is to provide leading-edge educational opportunities that advances the practice of law in a rapidly changing industry.
Hairston focuses his practice on public finance, economic development and government relations. Before joining the firm, he served as counsel and economic development advisor to Gov. Phil Bryant. He has served as bond counsel for various cities and counties throughout Mississippi, and is also an adjunct law professor at Mississippi College School of Law. Hairston regularly publishes scholarly legal articles. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Mississippi Bar Association.
Hairston was named a fellow of the Delta Leadership Program, to the inaugural class of the Tougaloo College Top Forty Under Forty in 2016, the Young Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law in 2013, and the Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2013. He was also listed as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017.