Amy M. Glassman

Tel 202.661.7680
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Amy M. Glassman represents public housing authorities, developers, nonprofits, and other recipients of HUD funds in regulatory, administrative, transactional, and related matters.

Amy has extensive experience with HUD regulatory and statutory compliance issues. She works closely with housing authorities on applications for and implementation of HUD's Moving to Work (MTW) program, including negotiation of MTW agreements and development and implementation of MTW policies and programs. She assists clients on matters such as federal procurement requirements, relationships with public housing affiliates and instrumentalities, uses of program income, the Uniform Relocation Act (URA), and tenant-based and project-based housing choice vouchers. She also advises clients on litigation or potential litigation matters including those involving lead-based paint and other hazardous materials. Amy advises clients on fair housing, accessibility, and disability issues related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Fair Housing Act, including policy development and fair housing investigations. She also defends clients in HUD debarment actions and Office of Inspector General audits and investigations.

Amy's transactional practice includes extensive work with public housing authorities on portfolio repositioning strategies and implementation, including mixed-finance redevelopment projects, HUD demolition and disposition applications, and conversions to Section 8 using various methods, including disposition, voluntary conversion, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. She also advises clients on a variety of HUD multifamily housing matters involving project-based rental assistance, including HAP contract transfers and assignments.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Amy worked as an affordable housing consultant at the Cambridge Housing Authority and at TAG Associates.

Recognition & Accomplishments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Ms. Glassman to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2012 and 2014, for providing 50 hours or more of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.


Co-author, "President Trump Utilizes Executive Power to Issue Order Addressing Race and Sex Stereotyping," Ballard Spahr alert, September 24, 2020

Co-author, "Disparate Impact One Year After Inclusive Communities," Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Fall 2016

Co-author, "HUD Issues Statement on Applicability of Disparate Impact Liability to Insurance Industry," Ballard Spahr Alert, October 10, 2016

Author, "Beginner's Guide to the Fair Housing Act," ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, published May 2016

Co-author, "Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case," Ballard Spahr Alert, January 28, 2015

Co-author, "HUD Proposes Rule To Overhaul Demolition/Disposition of Public Housing," Ballard Spahr Alert, October 24, 2014

Co-author, "Treasury Department and OCC Sued for Discriminatory Conduct in LIHTC Program," Ballard Spahr Alert, September 12, 2014

Co-author, "HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard," Ballard Spahr Alert, May 30, 2014

Co-author, "HUD Guidance Addresses Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls, Tenant Protection Vouchers," Ballard Spahr Alert, March 21, 2014

Co-author, "HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," Ballard Spahr Alert, July 29, 2013 

Co-author, "HUD Issues Revised Instructions for Rental Assistance Demonstration," Ballard Spahr Alert, July 3, 2013

Co-author, "HUD Announces New Category of Funding To Address Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls Resulting from Sequestration," Ballard Spahr Alert, May 30, 2013

Co-author, "Bipartisan Policy Center Proposes New Directions for National Housing Policy," Ballard Spahr Alert, February 28, 2013

Co-author, "HUD Grants Temporary Administrative Flexibilities to Housing Authorities," Ballard Spahr Alert, January 24, 2013

Co-author, "HUD Issues Request for Moving to Work Applications," Ballard Spahr Alert, February 28, 2012

Co-author, "House Subcommittee Marks Up Housing Reform Bill," Ballard Spahr Alert, February 17, 2012

Co-author, "HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Physical Needs Assessments and Energy Audits," Ballard Spahr Alert, July 22, 2011

Co-author, "HUD Releases NOFAs for FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Demonstration Program and HOPE VI Revitalization Grant Program," Ballard Spahr Alert, September 21, 2010

Co-author, "HUD Issues Guidance on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Capital Fund Formula Grants," Ballard Spahr Alert, March 23, 2009

Co-author, "HUD Issues Final Rule Requiring Use of EIV System," Ballard Spahr Alert, February 10, 2009

Co-author, "HUD Issues Notice Regarding Implementation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act," Ballard Spahr Alert, December 4, 2008

"Project-Based Voucher Reforms Will Facilitate Development of Affordable Units but Should Be Taken Further," Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Fall 2008

"HUD Guidance on Public Housing Agencies' Affiliates and Instrumentalities," Ballard Spahr Alert, June 2007

"Housing Choice Voucher Funding for Demolition or Disposition of Public Housing Units," Ballard Spahr Alert, May 2007

Co-author, chapter, "Housing and Urban Development," Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, American Bar Association, 2006-2007

Co-author, chapter, "Housing and Urban Development," Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, American Bar Association, 2004-2005

Board Memberships

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association

Housing and Development Law Institute

Recent Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Plenary Session: Resolving HUD and DOJ Enforcement Actions," National Leased Housing Association Annual Membership Meeting, June 19-21, 2019

Speaker, "Costly Procurement Mistakes to Avoid," Housing and Development Law Institute Spring Conference, May 9-10, 2019

Speaker, "Avoiding Lead-Based Paint Judgments," Housing and Development Law Institute Spring Conference, May 17-18, 2018

Moderator, "HUD Highlights," Ballard Spahr's 2018 Western Housing Conference, Denver CO, April 13, 2018 

Speaker, "Taking Advantage of HOTMA Reforms," Ballard Spahr webinar, March 20, 2018

Moderator, "Addressing Sexual Harassment for Housing Providers: Organization, Staff, and Residents," Ballard Spahr webinar, January 25, 2018

Moderator, "Heard on the Hill," Ballard Spahr's 2017 National Housing Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 9, 2017

"Compliance and Enforcement Update," National Leased Housing Association’s Seminar: The Mature Section 8 Project, October 19, 2017

"HOTMA Update," ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Annual Meeting, May 24, 2017

"Front Burner Fair Housing Issues - Legal Treatment of Transgendered Persons & Gender Identity, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, National Origin and Disparate Impact Liability, and More!" HDLI Spring Conference, May 11, 2017 

Moderator, "Heard on the Hill," Ballard Spahr's 2016 National Housing Conference, Washington, D.C., November 3-4, 2016

"Boundaries for the Use of Arrest Records and Criminal Histories," HDLI's 2016 Fall CLE Conference, New Orleans, October 15, 2016

"Go Forth and Have No Fear! Notice of Complaint: OIG, Civil Rights, Fair Housing," National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, July 28, 2016

"What Is Next in Disparate Impact Liability?" ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, May 26-28, 2016

"Latest Fair Housing Issues - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Liability for Discriminatory Effects, Avoiding Gender Identity Discrimination, and More," Housing Development Law Institute, April 28-29, 2016

"Structuring Partnerships with Public Housing Authorities," National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, February 24, 2016

"Hot Topics in Fair Housing! Best Practices to Address Liability Based on 'Disparate Impact' & Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," Housing Development Law Institute, 2015 Fall CLE Conference, October 16, 2015

"Fair Housing: Impact on Affordable Housing Preservation and Development," New York Housing Conference and National Housing Conference, New York, September 11, 2015

"Fair Housing and Multifamily Properties," Consequences of Disparate Impact for Multifamily Housing, Novogradac webinar, July 22, 2015

Panelist, "What Does the Lawyer Representing HUD/FHA Multifamily Developers, Owners and Managers Need to Know About Fair Housing?" American Bar Association: ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2015

"Does Disparate Impact Theory Belong in Fair Housing Enforcement?” Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition Annual Meeting, January 27, 2015

"After the RAD Closing," National Leased Housing Association's 43rd Annual Membership Meeting – Practitioner’s Guide to Assisted Housing and Mastering the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Washington, D.C., June 19, 2014

"Hot Topics in Fair Housing and Accessibility," Ballard Spahr CLE webinar, December 5, 2013

"Fair Housing and Accessibility: Multiple Standards and Compliance Difficulties," Ballard Spahr CLE webinar, October 30, 2013

"New & Hot Reasonable Accommodations Issues for 2013," HDLI's 2013 Fall CLE Conference, October 25, 2013

"Solutions for Inclusive Communities," National Housing Conference – Solutions 2013, September 17, 2013

"Health Care Reform – Decisions for Employers in 2013," Ballard Spahr Housing webinar, July 16, 2013

Yale Law School (J.D. 2004)
Recipient, Charles G. Albom Prize for excellence in appellate advocacy

Brown University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1998)

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Supreme Court