REAL Symposium
SPIRE and The Real Property Law Section Host
The Sixth Annual REAL Symposium

Sixth Annual Real Estate and Law Symposium

Thursday, February 9, 2017
555 Salvatierra Walk
Paul Brest Hall (Law School)
Stanford University

Registration: 12 noon - 1 p.m.
MCLE: 1 pm. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Earn 3 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit

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Program Schedule and Speakers
Essential Information
About the Real Property Law Section

Stanford Professionals
 In Real Estate (SPIRE)

SPIRE, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate.  Click to go to the SPIRE website

The Real Property Law Section
of The State Bar of California  

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Program Schedule and Speakers

Event Time


12 noon - 1 p.m.

Welcoming - Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Christine Gregorak, Real Estate Law Group; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
  • Steven Cvitanovic, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
  • Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird, Executive Director, Stanford Professionals In Real Estate

1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Featured Panel 1:
The New Village People: Transit Oriented Development in the Bay Area


  • Rafe Rabalais – Long Range Asset Development Manager, SFMTA


  • Sean Brooks – Real Estate and Property Development Department Manager, BART
  • Hillary Gitelman – Planning Director, City of Palo Alto
  • Nathan Hong – Sr. Vice President, AvalonBay Communities

The Bay Area’s long commutes and challenging geography make it an ideal place to make transit-oriented development (TOD) happen. Both BART and SFMTA have made TOD projects a central part of their strategic plans and have hired strong teams to get TOD projects in place on land they control along key commuter corridors.

Everyone says they are in favor of getting people out of their cars and using public transportation – less parking requirements, less pollution, and ending the tyranny of the long commute for so many Bay Area workers. But the Bay Area’s commitment to local character and fear of dense, generic projects changing that character make meaningful TOD harder to do than it appears.

Meet the people who are putting these ambitious plans in place – the policy-makers, the real estate teams at BART and SFMTA, and the Planning Directors, all of whom have to balance local concerns with the larger goals of finding places to put workforce housing and make long-term solutions for the bay area as a whole.

The panel will give practical advice to attorneys on how to navigate the implementation of Transit Oriented Development projects and how to ensure that their clients remain engaged during this process.

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Networking Break and Refreshments

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

 Keynote Speaker –Keith Hennessey (’90), Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Business, Policy, and Legal Risk in a Trump Presidency

How should real estate professionals think about DC-based risk in the early days of a Trump Presidency? What are the potential upsides for the economy, the real estate industry and for  specific firms in the new policy era? What are the downside risks, how big are they, and how might they differ from a more traditional Republican Presidency? Mr. Hennessey will discuss how the economic, business, policy, and legal environment may change over the next few months and years and how will that affect the real estate industry. 

2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Networking Break and Refreshments

4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Featured Panel 2:
Retail – Got Growth?


  • Bruce Christy – COO & CIO Cadence Asset Management and United Growth Development


  • Michael Schumer – CFO -  THOR Equities
  • Joel Tomlinson – Senior Vice President Acquisitions – Realty Income
  • Jonathan Lischke – Managing Director – Merlone Geier Partners

Retail is experiencing monumental changes it hasn’t seen since rise of the suburbs, fueled by new fundamental technology and consumer trends. Retail has grown and performed over the last 20 years, what transformation can we expect over the next two years?  The lifecycle of many retail assets is approaching a peak, retail contributes 2/3 to the economy while a recession may be looming, transaction volume and capital markets liquidity are moderating, there is pricing disparity among property subtypes and tenants are gaining power in landlord negotiations.

This panel will explore the key trends impacting investing in retail over the next two years and how these trends may reshape the retailing experience, format, location and pricing of retail assets. This panel will give practical advice to attorneys on how to navigate changes in leasing, development and investment in the tech driven retail world.

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.


5:35 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

2017 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

  • Gold Sponsors Glaser Weil
  • Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP

Silver Sponsors

  • Silver SponsorsBuchalter 
  • CEB
  • First American Exchange
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • Real Estate Law Group, LLP
  • Shartsis Friese LLP
  • Venable LLP
  • Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bronze SponsorsAMPAM Parks Mechanical
  • Cooper White & Cooper
  • Jackson Square Insurance
  • Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP
  • Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP
  • Regency Capital Partners

In Kind Sponsors

  • In-Kind SponsorsBerbay Marketing & PR
  • The Registry
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • San Francisco Business Times

Founding Core Sponsor of SPIRE

  • Founding Core Sponsor of Spire Allen MatkinsAllen Matkins

Essential Information

Registration Fees

Seating is limited. RSVP Required.

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Members SPIRE / Real Property Law Section Members



Young Professionals
(10 years from college or 5 years from graduate school)



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You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Please note: online registration will close at the pre-registration deadline.

Pre-Registration Deadline

The deadline to pre-register is Tuesday, February 7, 2016.


Requests must be received in writing by Tuesday, February 7, 2016. Refunds will not be available after Tuesday, February 7, 2016.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call 415-538-2508 to confirm space availability.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 415-538-2564.


For registration information call  415-538-2508. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 415-538-2564.


The Real Property Law Section is a State Bar of California-approved provider of MCLE credit.


Founded in 2009, SPIRE's goals are to provide a forum for the professional development of Stanford alumni in the real estate industry, to create opportunities for current Stanford students in the world of real estate, and to promote the University's development of a robust multi-disciplinary real estate education and research program. SPIRE adopted these goals -- its Three Pillars -- as guiding principles for the organization. To date, SPIRE has built an international network of over 1,500 alumni involved in all real estate disciplines, including development, construction, engineering, design, planning, brokerage, law and other related fields. Go here for more information about SPIRE and membership opportunities.

About The State Bar of California Real Property Law Section

Organized in 1979, the Real Property Law Section has approximately 7,000 members and is the third largest California State Bar section. The Section serves as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law. The Section is an approved California MCLE provider, and offers educational opportunities for real estate lawyers throughout the year. For more information about the Real Property Law Section, go here.


Paul Brest Hall - 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA, 94305

The nearest parking lot to Paul Brest Hall is Parking Structure 6. This is an underground parking lot located off of Campus Dr. and Wilbur Way.


Map of Paul Brest Hall and Parking
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