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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

The State Bar of California Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

The State Bar of California Annual Meeting returns to Anaheim for four days of legal education, networking events, fantastic speakers and more. The Real Property Section is presenting:

  • Program 21: Converting Public Housing to Private Ownership Under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program
  • Program 44: Real Property Law: The Pros and Cons of Using Standard Residential and Commercial Leases
  • Program 47: Practical Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases for Franchise Locations
  • Program 54: Real Estate/Mortgage Issues: Dodd Frank Act
  • Program 90: 10 Things Non-Condemnation Lawyers Should Know About Eminent Domain
  • Program 99: Evolution of Easements in California and the Rise of the Equitable Easement

Dodd Frank & the New Federal Mortgage Rules

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Earn 1.5 hours of participatory MCLE credit.  You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act introducing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a new independent Federal agency, to protect consumers and the economy from dangerous financial products. The Bureau moved to formulate new mortgage rules which are transforming mortgage lending from originations to securitizations.  Topics to be discussed include the ability to repay rule, qualified mortgages, higher cost mortgage rules, the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, new loan servicing rules and the application of the above to lenders, borrowers, and third-parties in mortgage transactions.


  • Gary M. Laturno, Goode Hemme, San Diego, CA
  • Bella Titiyevskaya, Vice President, Guild Mortgage Company
  • Sanford "Sandy" Shatz, McGlinchey Stafford, Irvine, CA

Registration Fee: $25.00

Questions: For program content or registration information, call 619-741-9652.

For more information about the program, see Dodd Frank.

The Basics Conference 2015 (12 hours MCLE)

September 3 and 4 -- Downtown Monterey, CA

New to the Real Property law practice? Need a general refresher? Join us in beautiful Monterey for this very special conference. Network with attorneys from each of our four Basics tracks - Real Property, Estate Planning, Employment, and Family Law. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: The Basics 2015: Real Property.

SCOTUS: The 2014-15 Term (Now On Demand - 1.0 hours MCLE)

Professor Adam Winkler or UCLA Law and Rex Heinke of Akin Gump recap the decisions from the Supreme Court's just-completed 2014-15 term - including the review of administrative actions by the EPA, delegation of powers relating the railroads to a private entity, disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act, and much more. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: SCOTUS

Drones: A New (Legal) Frontier (Now On Demand - 1.5 hours MCLE)

Drones are everywhere - landing on the White House lawn, taking photos for realtors and the media, monitoring and spraying crops, and, someday soon, delivering your packages from Amazon. Drones are also being used for very different purposes by our law enforcement and military. As the use of drones proliferates, regulators are struggling to keep up and fighting amongst themselves over who has jurisdiction to determine the new rules. Learn the players and issues in this potentially far-reaching legal arena and how both you and your clients may be impacted. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Drones

Recent Legal Developments

Homeowners Associations Beware: The FEHA is here!

This article sets forth some of the many challenges facing landlords, homeowners associations and property managers in complying with California's anti-discrimination legislation, the Fair Housing and Employment Act. Specifically, the article emphasizes the importance of the proper response when a disabled person requests an exception to a rule or policy because of a disability. The article discusses common scenarios where "reasonable accommodation" requests often arise, such as with parking and pets.

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Terminating Co-Ownership of Real Property: The Partition Remedy

Owners who wish to terminate shared ownership of real property should consider a partition, a court remedy afforded to all owners that allows for the segregation and termination of common interests in the same parcel of property. Real property owners in a co-owner (non-marital) relationship should become familiar with the partition remedy and the procedures for pursuing this option.

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law tweets and links for June 23 - July 21, 2015 provided courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on at CEB_CA:

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Selected Developments in Real Property Law - Real Property Sales Transactions

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 May 2015 update to CA Property Insurance: Law and Litigation (Cal CEB). References are to the book's section numbers. See CEB's RPLS landing page for special discounts for section members.

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Section News

Real Estate Litigation Subsection Presents MCLE Program on Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes

On July 16, 2015, the Real Estate Litigation Subsection of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California presented an MCLE program on potential pitfalls in commercial landlord-tenant disputes. The panel, which consisted of Ivan M. Gold and Kyle Schriner, and was moderated by Subsection Co-Chair Mark J. Seifert, addressed traps for the unwary that can exist in pre-lease negotiations, monetary and non-monetary default situations, unlawful detainer cases, and post-eviction situations. The panelists discussed statutes, recent cases, and real world examples to illustrate the issues facing parties in these dispute contexts.

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! 

Figure with arms flailing about him, with the legend, I am a licensed alarmist.

I'm a licensed alarmist.

© 2015 Scott H. Miller

The California Real Property Journal Welcomes Your Contributions

The California Real Property Journal is currently soliciting articles. The CRPJ welcomes and encourages the submission of articles and ideas from our Real Property Law Section members. Submissions and questions can be sent to the Editor-in-Chief of the CRPJ, Teresa Klinkner, at

RPLS ♥s Social Media: Friendly Reminder to Check Out Two New RPLS Animated Videos on YouTube

We’ve been getting some great feedback on our two YouTube videos. In case you haven’t checked them out yet, here’s the information you need, and let us know what you think!

RPLS, The Movie! Well, sort of. Your Real Property Law Section Executive Committee has been working overtime to explain what we do and how it helps you in your life and in your law practice. Now you can tune in and get the score in a couple of minutes.  Search "Real Property Section" on YouTube, and find the Real Property Section channel. The video titled "Introduction" tells you about what we do and how we do it, and why you want to be a part. "Subsection Leadership" reviews some of the great ways you can get involved in RPLS, from Subsection Chairs and steering committees, to the Real Property Law Journal and the Executive Committee. Tell your friends and colleagues, loved ones and relatives, and your “Friends”, “Connections”, and followers as well; we want these videos to go viral, or at least give you the sniffles.

Set up your Facebook and Twitter Accounts. The State Bar Real Property Law Section is now on Facebook and Twitter!

Like us on Facebook Graphicfollow us on TwitterWe'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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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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