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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

Programs on Contract Comparison in Berkeley, San Francisco, Cupertino

The Real Property Law Section is putting on programs on Contract Comparison, in association with the Oakland Berkeley Association of REALTORS®, San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®, and the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®, respectively.

The programs cover the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) / San Francisco Association of REALTORS®’ (SFAR ) and PRDS Contract Comparison.

Earn 1 hour of MCLE credit.

  • Berkeley, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 -- More Information
    Oakland Berkeley Association of REALTORS®, 1553 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA, 94709
    • 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.  Registration; 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Program -- Networking immediately following
  • San Mateo, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -- More Information
    San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®, 850 Woodside Way, San Mateo, CA, 94401
    • Morning Session
      • 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Registration; 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 a.m. Program -- Networking immediately following
    • Afternoon Session
      • 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. Registration; 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Program -- Networking immediately following
  • Cuptertino, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 -- More Information
    Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®, 19400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 100, Cupertino, CA, 95014

    NOTE: This program is SOLD OUT.

Fifth Annual Real Property and Law (REAL) Symposium - February 16, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
555 Salvatierra Walk
Paul Brest Hall (Law School)
Stanford University

Earn 2.5 hours of MCLE credit

Keynote Speakers:

  • Angela Kleiman, CFO and Executive Vice President, Essex Property Trust, Inc.
  • Alvin Roth, Nobel Laureate, Economic Sciences; Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Panel topics include:

  • Space on Demand
  • Risk and Resiliency in Financial and Real Estate Markets

Register Now

Early Bird Pricing:
SPIRE/RPLS Members: $125
Non-Members: $175
Young Professionals:  $95

For more information, see Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium.

The Top Ten Mistakes by Real Estate Investors & How to Avoid Them

Presented by The State Bar of California Real Property Law Section and Co-sponsored by The San Diego Central Library

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Registration & Networking: 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon
MCLE: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Seating is limited! RSVP Required!

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

A discussion of the legal, tax, estate planning and financial mistakes by real estate investors and how to avoid them.


  • Elaine Andersson, Attorney, Of Counsel Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP
  • Leonard Baron, MBA & CPA

Moderator: Gary M. Laturno, Esq., Goode Hemme & Peterson 

The registration fee is $25. For more information, see The Top Ten Mistakes by Real Estate Investors & How to Avoid Them.

Save the Date! 2016 Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium

2016 Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The State Bar of California
Los Angeles, CA

Stay tuned for more info!

Save the Date: 35th Real Property Law Section Retreat, May 20-22, 2016, Monterey

Hyatt Regency 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.

More information will be posted at Real Property Retreat as the dates draw nearer.

CEB Programs

Documenting the Sale: Deeds (Livecast webinar - 1.5 hours MCLE)

Monday, February 22, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Experienced transactional attorney, and former professor, Jim Camp and senior title insurance underwriting counsel Sharon Yarber will guide you through all the essential elements and potential areas of concern to help you understand the different types of deeds you may encounter. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Deeds.

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

An Introduction to the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys

The ALTA/NSPS Liaison Committee (consisting of both the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors) has approved modifications to the 2011 version of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. The new version will be referred to as the 2016 Standards. These standards will be effective on February 23, 2016. Why was this date chosen? In ancient Roman religion, Terminus was the god who protected boundary markers. The name “Terminus” was the Latin word for a boundary marker. On February 23rd, Roman landowners celebrated a festival called the “Terminalia” in honor of Terminus. This article is intended to provide a broad overview of those changes to the land title survey standards that will be of the most significance to the title insurance industry and real estate practitioners. Read more.

The DFEH Reached an Agreement with San Diego Property Owners & Management Company to Settle Claims Alleging Housing Discrimination Against Families with Children

Housing opportunities for families with children have increased at numerous rental properties in San Diego, California under a voluntary agreement between the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and two property owners and their management company. The agreement resolves allegations that the occupancy restriction implemented at various rental properties in San Diego, California, violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Read more.

Current Real Property Tweets From CEB

The following are California real property law tweets and links for December 23, 2015-January 25, 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 December 2015 update to Advising California Common Interest Communities, 2d ed (Cal CEB). References are to the book’s section numbers.  See CEB’s RPLS landing page for special discounts for section members. The most significant legal developments affecting common interest development practice since the last update include the following ... 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!

Scott Miller cartoon
© 2016 Scott H. Miller

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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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
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