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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

REAL SymposiumFourth Annual Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University
Building 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA

1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
Networking Cocktail Reception to Follow

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. For more information, see Real Symposium.

Real Property Law Practice: Year in Review (Live program - 3 hours MCLE)

Seven locations throughout California:

  • Friday, January 9 - Sacramento and Costa Mesa
  • Friday, January 17 - San Luis Obispo
  • Friday, January 23 - Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Friday, January 30 - San Diego and Santa Clara

1:15 pm to 4:30 pm at each location

Bring your practice up to speed with CEB's annual review of case law developments and recent legislative changes. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Year in Review.

Save the Date! 2015 Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat

Dates:  May 1-3, 2015
Location:  Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA

Recent Legal Developments

San Francisco Mayor Signs "Airbnb Law"

San Francisco passes legislation legalizing short-term rentals. Although the new law attempts to resolves several issues related to short-term renting, for instance, by creating a registry, requiring participants to pay taxes, and placing other restrictions on hosts, it appears to disfavor landlords, causing several potential problems for them. Click here for full article.

L.A. Court Awards $45,000 to Residential Tenant in Sex and Race Harassment Case

DFEH recently prevailed at trial in a case regarding sex and race harassment in housing. The tenant was renting a room in the defendant's apartment and was subjected to numerous, egregious instances of harassment during her three week tenancy. The Court awarded damages in the amount of $15,000, trebled to $45,000 to the tenant, plus attorneys' fees and costs to the DFEH. The Court further ordered affirmative relief in the form of a restraining order, mandatory FEHA training, and requiring the defendant to prominently post the judgment at the rental unit. Click here for full article.

Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law case tweets and links for October 15 - November 14, 2014 provided courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on at CEB_CA. Click here for full article.

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. Click here for full article.

Section News

Finance Subsection Hosts SoCal Networking Event

On October 16, 2014, the Finance sub-section of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California hosted its inaugural Southern California networking mixer and educational seminar geared towards practicing attorneys in the real property arena. Finance Subsection Co-Chair, Thomas E. Lombardi, introduced Councilman Mitch O'Farrell (13th District of Los Angeles) to the attendees, who provided insight and updates with respect to the state of affordable housing in Los Angeles County, and statewide measures designed to address public concerns with respect to availability and funding of housing to low-income families and residents. Click here for full article.

Residential Landlord-Tenant Subsection Hosts Networking Mixer

On October 23, 2014, the Residential Landlord-Tenant Subsection of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California hosted a San Francisco Networking Mixer for Real Property Attorneys. The Honorable Harry M. Dorfman offered insight into how he awards damages and attorney fees in default judgment prove-up hearings in real property cases. He also provided information on civil harassment restraining orders, with an interesting discussion of restraining orders in the roommate context. Click here for full article.

Matt's Musings, by Matt Henderson

So there's been a lot of news about space exploration lately, a lot of it not terribly good.

There was an Antares rocket blown up shortly after launch back in October, and then the highly publicized crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (which, laying aside the obvious tragedy for a moment, is a spectacular example of highly unimaginative naming - c'mon guys, we've had Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Voyager, the X-15, Challenger, Endeavour, etc., and now SpaceShipTwo? that's a pretty uninspiring name for an enterprise that is supposed to be inspirational by design if not nature). The European Space Agency scored a huge success by putting a lander on a comet (I shudder to even contemplate the math inherent in such a mission), but even that moment of glory was somewhat undone by Philae's ping-pong ball-like response to the comet's surface, bounding off into some unknown crater where it now lies cold and dark and silent. Click here for full article.

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! 

Drawing of abstract figures occupying a tiny room. Caption: "The landlord problem of tracking premises occupants in an incubator space".

The landlord problem of tracking premises occupants in an incubator space

© 2014 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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