Brandon M. Weiss

Associate Professor of Law 2-311 LAW
Phone: (816) 235-2387
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Brandon Weiss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). His research focuses on property law and theory, as well as the relationship between housing, economic mobility, and government intervention, with a particular emphasis on federal subsidized housing policy. His writing on topics like privatization and the spatial distribution of low-income housing tax credit projects has been accepted for publication in law reviews, including the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the UC Irvine Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He teaches property, fair and affordable housing law, and an interdisciplinary entrepreneurial urban development course.

Weiss serves on the Executive Board of the Property Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, the Executive Committee of the Provisional Section on Community Economic Development Law, and as Chair of the Legal Educators Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He has also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. In spring 2019, Weiss visited at Yale Law School, where he taught the entry-level and advanced Community and Economic Development courses.

Prior to joining the UMKC faculty, Weiss taught at UCLA School of Law, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy Fellow, Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow, and an affiliated faculty member at the Ziman Center for Real Estate. He has also practiced law in Los Angeles as a Skadden Fellow at Public Counsel Law Center, working on the preservation of subsidized housing, and in transactional practice focused on the development and financing of affordable housing.

Weiss graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Concurrently, he earned a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on urban policy and housing finance. Weiss received his Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems (Cognitive Science) from Stanford University.

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Areas of expertise

Property, housing law & policy, community economic development, entrepreneurial urban development