Articles, Seminars, and Press Clips

Tom Schild frequently writes articles and presents educational programs concerning legal issues affecting community associations. Additionally, Tom Schild has been consulted by various newspapers and broadcast stations for his expertise on condominium and homeowners association legal issues.

Tom is a member of the National Faculty of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). He regularly teaches a course concerning Community Governance as part of CAI's Professional Manager Development Program for community managers.   He has also taught the CAI course on The Manager and The Law.

He also teaches CAI's course for homeowner boards of directors: The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership. Tom has also presented  CAI  programs on FHA Condominium Approvals, Conflict Resolution, Developer to Homeowner Transition,  Meeting Procedures, and Condominium Insurance; and Assessment Collections.

Tom also teaches the board member training class required by the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities.


Upcoming and recent seminars presented by Tom Schild include:

Maryland Legislative Update

  • Washington, D.C.: February, 2017 and February, 2019
  • Baltimore, Maryland: October, 2016

Community Governance (CAI Manager Training Class M-204)

  • Nashville, Tennessee: October, 2019
  • Baltimore, Maryland: September, 2018,  April, 2017 and August, 2015
  • Fort Myers, Florida: June 2018
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: September, 2017 
  • Falls Church, Virginia: August, 2016
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: May, 2015
  • Sarasota, Florida: September, 2014
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: September , 2013
  • Phoenix, Arizona: October, 2011
  • Seattle, Washington: July, 2011

Community Governance Fundamentals (CCOC Board Training Class)

  • Silver Spring,  Maryland: February, 2018 and October, 2016
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland: April, 2017

Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership

  • Gaithersburg, Maryland: May, 2014
  • Silver Spring, Maryland: October, 2008
  • Rockville, Maryland: October, 2007

Maryland Landlord Tenant Law

  • Annapolis, Maryland: July, 2014
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland: April, 2014
  • Rockville, Maryland: January, 2014

Other seminar topics have included:

  • Woodstock Remembered: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
  • 10 Tips for Staying Out of Court
  • FHA Condominium Approvals
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Community Association Meetings
  • Condominium Insurance
  • Condominium and Planned Community Practices in Maryland
  • Developer to Homeowner Transition
  • The New Insurance Marketplace
  • Investor -- Owners and Tenants -- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • The Manager and the Law
  • Hey! Hey! Tow Them Away – How to Establish an Enforceable Parking Policy
  • Kids, Cats, and Cars – Community Association Rules Enforcement
  • Home-based Businesses in the High Tech Era
  • Federal Pre-emption of Antenna Covenants
  • Dollars and Sense - A Common Sense Approach to Collecting Assessments
  • Contract Essentials for Community Associations
  • Bylaw Basics for Governing Associations
  • Community Governance
  • Fair Housing for the New Millennium
  • Amending Association Bylaws
  • Community Association Board Ethics
  • Establishing and Operating Condominium and Homeowners Associations
  • Maryland Legislative Update
  • Problem Solving for Condominium and Homeowners Associations


Recent articles authored by Tom Schild include:

Press Clips

Tom Schild has been consulted on condominium and homeowners' association legal matters by various publications and broadcast stations -  including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The Daily Record, The Gazette Newspapers, The Washington Post Express, Community Association Management Insider, and Fox News.

Tom's comments regarding the continuing financial stress many Maryland condominiums are facing were included in a September, 2016 article in The Washington Post.

During the Great Recession in 2008, Tom was featured in a Fox TV news story about lender foreclosures and the financial impact of unpaid assessments on condominium and homeowner associations.  Tom explained  that the rising number of owners behind in payment of assessments cuts across all geographic and demographic areas and could result in higher association assessments to make up for any budget shortfall.

Recent news articles include:

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