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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

Avoiding Traps for the Unwary in Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Lunch provided at 11:30 am)

Presented by The Real Estate Litigation Subsection of the Real Property Law Section Presents

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Three Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor
San Francisco

Earn 1 hour MCLE credit. You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.

Please join us for a pragmatic and informative discussion of commercial landlord-tenant dispute issues, with a special focus on traps for the unwary. This program is designed for practitioners who are new to this subject matter, as well as non-lawyers such as property managers and asset managers. Topics will include setting up and avoiding rent defaults and non-monetary defaults; an overview of unlawful detainer litigation and other options for resolving disputes; unexpected risks with letters of intent; and the scope of available remedies. This program will include commentary from the perspectives of tenant’s counsel and landlord’s counsel.

Moderator: Mark J. Seifert, Esq., Allen Matkins et al


  • Ivan M. Gold, Esq., Allen Matkins et al - Landlord's perspective
  • Kyle Schriner, Schriner Law Firm, PC - Tenant's perspective

Registration Fee: $ 65. The deadline to pre-register is Friday, July 10, 2015.. Cancellations and refunds must be received in writing by Friday, July 10, 2015. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after Friday, July 10, 2015.On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.  For special assistance, please call 415-538-2564.For registration information call 415-538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content call Mark J. Seifert at 415-837-1515.

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.

Recent Legal Developments

Supreme Court Case of Bank of America N.A. v Caulkett: "Tempest in a Tea Pot" or new Opportunity for Secured Creditors?

The Supreme Court confirmed that "lien strips" in Chapter 7 cases cannot occur on valid claims, whether or not there is equity supporting the claim. The holding in the case leaves room to expand the ruling to other bankruptcy chapters, and could recapture significant ground lost to creditors in the 9th Circuit over recent years.

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Partnerships and §1031 Exchanges: Available Options for Partners and Partnerships

Like any taxpayer, a partnership (and a limited liability company taxed as a partnership, generally referred to herein as a "partnership") can engage in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 to defer paying tax on capital gains. Difficulties can arise, however, when the individual partners desire different outcomes with regard to the sale of property by the partnership. Some partners may wish for the partnership to stay together and do an exchange; others may want to do their own exchange with their portion of the property; still others may wish to receive cash and simply pay the tax. What alternatives are available to the partners?

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law tweets and links for May 28, 2015 - June 22, 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 June 2015 update to CA Title Insurance Practice (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

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! 

Stick figure modestly espousing, I pride myself on prividing gluten-free legal services

I pride myself on providing gluten-free legal services.

© 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 Sections (including the Real Property Law Section and CYLA) are now on Facebook and Twitter!

Like us on Facebook Graphicfollow us on TwitterSocial media, anyone? The State Bar Sections (which include the Real Property Law Section) and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now have a page on Facebook and a new Twitter account, where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events.Do not delay! Set up your accounts now.
We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets. "

(The CYLA definition of "young" is any California attorney under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice.)

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
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