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Real Estate Broker Law Update 2015

Presented by Real Estate Sales and Brokerage Subsection

Date: April 22, 2015, 11:30 am -- 2:30 pm
Location: The State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, 4th floor, San Francisco, CA

This program offers 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit

This program will discuss the most recent developments in the laws effecting real estate brokers in California, including broker liability, lending and landlord/tenant law. Speakers include Shannon Jones, Esq., Jann Van Heaver, Kavita Sharman, Esq. and Pater Catalanotti, Esq.

You can now register online for this program. For more information see Real Estate Broker Law Update 2015.

2015 Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat

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

Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Carlsbad, CA

You can now register online for this program.

Earn up to 12 hours of MCLE credit which includes Legal Ethics.

April 9: Hotel Reservation Deadline
April 24: Early Program Registration Deadline

  • Section Members Only $495 (Reduced Registration Fee)
  • Public Non-Profiit Entity Attorney, Government Attorney or Professor $375
  • Special Saturday-only Early registration fee of $300
  • Full-Time Law Student $50

3rd Annual Real Property Person of the Year Award (RPOY) and Morning Star Awards will be announced at this year’s Retreat.

For more information, see Real Property Retreat.

Drones: A New (Legal) Frontier (Upcoming Program -- 1.5 hours MCLE)

Monday, May 18th -- 12:00 pm -- 1:30 pm -- Livecast Webinar

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

It's Raining Cats & Dogs! Renters are Making More Requests for Waivers to No Pet Rules

This article discusses the rules that protect people with service pets, allowing such pets in properties with a "no pet" rule. The cases are based on the Federal Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law tweets and links for December 16, 2014 - January 20, 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 -- Condemnation Practice in California

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 October 2014 update to Condemnation Practice in California (3d ed 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

Residential Landlord-Tenant Subsection Hosts February Networking Mixer for Real Estate Professionals at Historic Rindge House in Los Angeles

On February 26, 2015, the Residential Landlord-Tenant Subsection of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California hosted a networking mixer in Los Angeles featuring special guest speaker Jan Perry, General Manager of the Economic & Workforce Development Department of the City of Los Angeles. The event was co-sponsored by The Law Firm of Harold Greenberg, Apartment Association Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Housing and Community Development Department, Korean Roundtable, Minority Apartment Owners Association and Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Board of Realtors.

The event was held at the newly renovated historic Rindge House, located in the West Adams neighborhood with approximately 50 guests in attendance. Guests were able to admire the unique architecture of the House and collection of antiques while enjoying wine and networking with real property attorneys, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, property managers and property owners.

A highlight of the evening, Jan Perry discussed the importance of the creation in 2013 of her department to help revitalize business activity and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In particular, Ms. Perry discussed her departments' plan not only to encourage the development of affordable housing in the Crenshaw neighborhood but also to create businesses including retail and recreation to serve its residents.

Kavita Sharma ( is partner at Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C., in San Francisco and serves on the Real Property Law Section Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on residential property disputes including landlord/tenant, partition, non-disclosure and HOA litigation.

U.C. Davis School of Law Student Declared Winner of Inaugural Real Property Law Section Journal Law Student Writing Competition

Victoria Wong, a third year law student at U.C. Davis School of Law, has been declared the winner of the inaugural Real Property Law Section Journal Law Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to all students of California accredited law schools. Applicants must analyze some are of California real property law. The articles are evaluated on overall content, how well the article addresses their topic, the relevance of the subject matter to the issues facing California real estate practitioners, quality of legal scholarship, and whether the article complies with the Real Property Journal's formatting requirements.

Ms. Wong's winning article describes the disproportionate impact of the subprime mortgage and foreclosure crisis on minority residents, specifically in Oakland and Richmond, advocates for a legislative solution to predatory lending, and highlights lessons from these communities to address and prevent similar events in the future. The piece is an academic, yet compassionate look at the foreclosure crisis in these two communities and a strong voice for change.

Ms. Wong received her B.A. in Social Welfare from U.S. Berkeley. While in law school, Ms. Wong was a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Louis Mauro (Third District Court of Appeal), and worked as a summer associate in the Mountain View office of Fenwick & West. After graduation, Victoria will join Fenwick & West as a corporate associate.

Her article was published in an upcoming issue of the California Real Property Journal and Ms. Wong will be recognized at the Real Property Law Section Retreat on May 2, 2015 at a special award ceremony.

The RPLS Journal Law Student Writing Competition is a yearly competition meant to encourage California law students to explore California's wide array of real property practice areas, and showcase the scholarship of law students interested in real property law. The RPLS Journal Editorial Board and the Journal Writing Competition Committee congratulate Ms. Wong on her accomplishment.

For additional details on the competition, please contact the Real Property Journal Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Kilgore, at

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! 

A less than forceful ultimatum

© 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
FAX 415-538-2368

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