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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

2016 Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium

Fair Housing and Public Accommodations SymposiumThursday, April 28, 2016

The State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Earn up to 4.75 hours participatory MCLE credit. 

Register Online Here

Program Schedule | Essential Information | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form

Click here for details on panels, speakers, and more!

35th Real Property Law Section Retreat, May 20-22, 2016, Monterey

The 35th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat will be held: 

Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa

Network and share ideas with Real Estate Professionals from around the State.

Earn up to 12 hours of participatory MCLE credit, including 1.5 hours in Legal Ethics

April 28: Hotel Reservation Deadline
May 13: Early Program Registration Deadline

Hyatt Regency Monterey3-day registration fee includes Education Sessions, Program Materials, Friday Welcome Reception and Dessert Party, Saturday and Sunday Continental Breakfast, Saturday Lunch.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Please note that online registration will close on May 13, 2016.

Schedule of Events | Essential Information | Hotel | Social Events
Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form | Register Online

For more information, see Real Property Retreat.

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) — Frequently Disputed Clauses

Presented by the Real Property Law Section and Co-sponsored by the San Diego Central Library

Thursday, May 26, 2016
San Diego Central Library Main Auditorium, First Floor
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

In-person program. Earn 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. 



  • Martha J. Mosier, Esq., General Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, California Properties, San Diego, CA
  • Jane A. Rheinheimer, Esq., Rheinheimer & Smigiliani, APC, San Diego, CA
  • Neil D. Kalin, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, California Association of Realtors, Los Angeles, CA

Get more info here!

CEB Programs

Bernhardt's Take on the One-Action Rule (On Demand  – 1 hour  MCLE)

The one-action rule generally prohibits a secured lender from pursuing any other judicial cause of action, such as suing the borrower directly, without first foreclosing on all real property collateral. Join Professor Roger Bernhardt as he explores this unique facet of California real property law. For more information or to enroll, please see  the following link:  One-Action Rule

Antideficiency in the Wake of the Financial Crisis (On Demand  – 1 hour  MCLE)

California has several antideficiency rules intended to protect borrowers.  Within the last few years, there have been significant amendments to several of those provisions.  Join Chuck Hansen of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP as he explores California’s Antideficiency Rules. For more information or to enroll, please see  the following link:  Antideficiency.

Recent Trends in Eminent Domain Law:  “Takings” and the Roles of Judge and Jury (On Demand – 3 hours MCLE)

Consider how the law of Eminent Domain developed and where it may surprisingly be headed with Rick Friess of Allen Matkins and Gale Connor of Miller Starr Regalia. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Eminent Domain

Recent Legal Developments

DFEH Reaches an Agreement with a Housing Provider to Settle Claims Alleging Housing Discrimination Against Families with Children

Yesenia Soto and her three (3) children lived in Salinas at an apartment complex owned by the responding party for approximately three years. The housing provider had a written policy which stated that there was not enough space at the complex for children to play and children were prohibited from playing along the stairs or in the parking lot. Read more.

2nd Appellate District Settles Divide in Los Angeles Superior Court: But did it go too far?

In July 2013, the Appellate Division for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in a unanimous decision held in the case of NIVO 1 LLC v Antunez that a landlord may not evict a tenant for the tenant’s failure to maintain renter’s insurance. In that case, the landlord attempted to modify the lease unilaterally by inserting a forfeiture clause making any violation of the lease grounds for eviction. Read more.

Current Real Property Tweets From CEB

The following are California real property law tweets and links for January 26-February 24, 2016, provided  courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on at CEB_CA: Read more.

Selected Developments in Real Property Law—Retail Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease

Courtesy of CEB, we are bringing you selected legal developments in areas of California real property law that are covered by CEB’s publications.   This month’s feature is from the January 2016 update to Forming California Common Interest Developments, (Cal CEB).  References are to the book’s section numbers.  See CEB’s RPLS landing page for special discounts for section members ... Read more.

Section News

Congratulations to the Winner of the California Real Property Journal Law Student Writing Competition

Congratulations to Joseph Lewis of the University of San Francisco School of Law! He's the winner of the the 2016 California Real Property Journal Law Student Writing Competition!

Mr. Lewis' article, Can a Rent-Controlled Lease Be Exempted from a Bankruptcy Estate?, will appear in a future edition of the California Real Property Journal.

See Writing Competition for more information.

The California Real Property Journal Is Looking for Article Editors

Interested in getting more involved with the California Real Property Journal but don't have time to write an article? The Editorial Board is looking for interested candidates for the position of Article Editor (AE). The AE is assigned one article (preferably on a topic relevant to the AE's practice) and works directly with the article author to edit his/her article at both the macro and micro level. AE's do not need to check the accuracy of cites or to correct endnote formatting. Some prior editing and/or writing experience is helpful. For additional information, or if you are interested in applying, please contact the Journal Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Kilgore at with a statement of interest, your qualifications, and a short summary of your practice.

Our Own E-Bulletin Cartoonist, Scott Miller!

We are delighted to publish legal cartoons from one of our own -- Scott Miller. Scott is Of Counsel to Dudnick Detwiler Rivin & Stikker LLP in San Francisco. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and environmental law. Check out to order Scott's book on real estate cartoons, entitled A New Lease on Life. If you have any suggested topics for Scott, please feel free to contact him at, and who knows? You might get your idea immortalized in the next E-Bulletin!

© 2016 Scott H. Miller

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

The Real Property Law Section Is Now on Facebook and Twitter

We're pleased to announce that the Real Property Law Section has its own social media presence now. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We're looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Real Property Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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Real Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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