With the publication of our attorney Rich Slavin‘s new article, “How Different Is Construction From Online Dating? Not Too Much,” in The Legal Intelligencer, we asked Rich a few questions about the inspiration behind the piece and what else he’s been up to lately.

How did you get the idea to compare construction and online dating?

As I was writing an article about construction issues for young developers, my thoughts began to turn to how many hire contractors quickly just by looking at photos online.  That reminded me of how others have described online dating to me, and some aspects like “ghosting” and “catfishing” seemed just as applicable in the construction arena.  I’m really happy with the way it came together and hope others enjoy the light-hearted take on the important topic.

As Co-chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia’s Young Leaders Council, you get to see many of the newest projects in the city and hear from the people behind them. Who will you be bringing in next to speak to the Council?

We are always looking to keep a good diversity in our speakers—in terms of industry, in terms of neighborhoods, and of course in terms of being inclusive of all perspectives.  Our next speaker is Danielle DiLeo Kim, who worked on the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for the North District Station, an undeveloped area of North Philadelphia that boasts some of the best transit connections in the entire City and even the Northeast Corridor.  A TAP brings together people from various specialties to study a particular area over a few days and issue a report with recommendations.  Danielle will discuss the outcome of the TAP to teach us about their findings as well as to show our members the different ways ULI has an impact in the City.

You’re the next Philly VIP Volunteer of the Month. What first interested you in the organization?

Philly VIP’s mission of helping people in housing trouble in Philadelphia spoke to me, and I also saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about local real estate law and practice as a young lawyer.