Rolan Joni Young

SENIOR PARTNER

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Milford, Connecticut

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Biography

Attorney Young is a Senior Partner whose practice concentrates in Commercial Real Estate, Affordable Housing, Community and Economic Development, and Public & Municipal Law.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and American University, Washington College of Law, and was a visiting lecturer at the Yale University Law School. Rolan brings to Berchem Moses PC more than 26 years of experience in leading legal services for significant real estate development projects throughout Connecticut.

Rolan assists commercial developers, lenders, public housing authorities, healthcare institutions, and for profit and non-profit organizations by stewarding projects through the many legal complexities involved in building consensus and support for development proposals.  From conceptualization to site selection, business formation, ownership progression, construction contracting, land use and zoning compliance, financing, and dispute resolution, she works with clients to achieve the final delivery of major real estate development projects. In a variety of capacities, Rolan has championed social justice initiatives which have removed obstacles and created meaningful quality-of-life improvements for disadvantaged communities in Connecticut.

Rolan was Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority from 2006-2011 and is a former Chair of the Board and board member of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.  She served as the first woman President of the Greater New Haven NAACP and was a member of the Executive Board of the NAACP Connecticut State Conference. Rolan was honored as the Minority Business Person of the Year by Business New Haven in 1999 and was named one of 20 Noteworthy Women the same year.  In 2013 she was honored by her alma mater, Hamden Hall Country Day School, with the Alumni Achievement Award.  In 2019 Rolan was inducted into Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Business Hall of Fame honoring business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the prosperity of the region and the strength of its communities.  She was also selected in 2019 by New Haven Biz Magazine as one of seven honorees at its inaugural “Women Who Mean Business” luncheon keynoted by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. Additionally, Rolan was honored by the Urban League of Southern Connecticut with their prestigious diversity award in 2019. Rolan serves as Chair of the Board of Start Community Bank, is a member of the Greater New Haven Chapter of Links, Inc. and is on the Board of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation. She is actively involved in the statewide community and has been a member of the Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ since 1960.

 

Practice Areas

  • Affordable Housing
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Municipal Law
  • Public Law

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
    • A.B. - 1982
    • Major: Government

Classes & Seminars

  • Yale Law School Clinic on Housing and Community Development, Faculty Advisor, 1996 to 2001
  • Macklin Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale University Law School, 2002 to 2003

Representative Clients

  • Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
  • Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport
  • City of Bridgeport
  • Non-Profit Developers; For Profit Developers
  • Lenders

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Chairperson, Board of Directors, 2006 to 2011
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development, 1994
  • National Bar Association, 1999
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1994
  • Connecticut Chapter of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, 2000
  • Connecticut Housing Coalition, 1998
  • State of Connecticut Conference NAACP, Member - Executive Board, 1997 to 2001
  • Greater New Haven NAACP, President - 2000, 1993
  • Visiting Nurses Association of South Central CT, Member of Board of Directors, 1998 to 2000
  • NHSB Community Development Corporation, Member of Board of Directors, 2000 to 2004
  • Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund, Member - Board of Directors, 1998 to 2000
  • Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ, 1960
  • Quinnipiac University Law School, Externship Program, Attorney Supervisor, 2000 to 2002
  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, former Chair and Board member
  • Start Community Bank, Chairperson, Board of Directors
  • Greater New Haven Chapter of Links, Inc., Member
  • New Haven Free Public Library, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2006

Honors

  • Minority Business Person of the Year
  • 20 Noteworthy Women
  • Hamden Hall Country Day School, Alumni Achievement Award, 2013
  • Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Business Hall of Fame, 2019
  • New Haven Biz Magazine’s inaugural “Women Who Mean Business” honoree, 2019
  • Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Diversity Award, 2019