Heirs' Property and the Racial Wealth Gap

LEARNING AREA: Racial Equity, Real Estate Development
Mar. 2024
Partner Events



March 21st:
Graduate Student Panel, Roundtable, & Gaining Ground Film Screening

March 22nd:
All-Day Conference


Full schedule and registration coming soon!


Property in the form of homes and land represents the cornerstone of wealth for Black and brown communities. Too often, this ownership is unstable, second-class, so-called 'heirs property' ownership, which has exacerbated the racial wealth gap. This conference will discuss a wide range of rural and urban heirs' property problems, including owners who lack clear title (tangled title), and will address proposed solutions, including the widely enacted Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.


Panelists include representatives from local, state, and federal government offices and departments, nonprofits, academics and researchers. The conference will feature a screening of the award-winning film 'Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land' (Al Roker Entertainment), which features BC Law Drinan Professor and ILHPR founder and director Thomas Mitchell. It will also include a panel of acclaimed investigative journalists who have published award-winning media pieces addressing heirs' property ownership, and a panel for graduate students who are conducting heirs' property research.