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

Fifth Annual Real Estate and Law Symposium

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


About the REAL Symposium
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  

Real Property Law Section Skyline Logo

About the Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium

The 2016 REAL Symposium will cover several legal topics such as the legal implications of the evolving use and management real estate in the new sharing economy in the areas of land use, financing, enforcement of existing regulations, and the potential for litigation.  New financing products and trends in the real estate financing markets will be discussed as well as legal issues facing transactional and financing lawyers.In addition, the lead deal maker for the largest West Coast multi-family REIT will give an inside look at the largest merger in recent history and its implications on future transactions.

Program Schedule and Speakers

Event Time


12 noon - 1 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

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

Featured Panel 1: Space On Demand

Tech innovations and the new sharing economy are changing how we work, travel and play. We are increasingly demanding accessible, fluid and fungible physical space. However, there are significant legal and financial ramifications to creating space on demand. This panel will discuss a variety of topics related to the sharing economy.

Moderator: Curtis Smolar,  Partner, Browne George Ross LLP

  • Scott Weiner, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Diana Rothschild, CEO & President, NextSpace
  • Deborah Boyer, Executive VP & Director of Asset Management, The Swig Company
  • Fourth panelist to be announced

1:15 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

 Keynote Speaker: Alvin Roth

Nobel Laureate 2012, Economic Sciences; Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Professor Roth has made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, market design, and market matching, and is known for his emphasis on applying economic theory to “real-world” problems. Under the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design, he uses mathematical algorithms to assign people or things to stable matches. Professor Roth’s work, which spans decades, culminated in him being awarded a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Professor Roth is currently the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University and he is the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University. Professor Roth received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his master’s and doctorate from Stanford University.

2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.


3 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Angela Kleiman

Essex Property Trust, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Essex Property Trust, Inc. is a fully integrated REIT that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages apartment communities located in highly desirable, supply-constrained markets.  Ms. Kleiman led the overall transaction management of Essex’s merger with BRE Properties at the end of last year, creating the largest West Coast multi-family REIT. Ms. Kleiman oversees the Private Equity, Capital Markets, Economic Research, Accounting, Financial Planning and Investor Relations departments. She joined Essex in 2009 to manage the company’s Private Equity Platform and grew it to $3 billion in gross assets. Prior to joining Essex, Ms. Kleiman served as Senior Equity Analyst and Vice President at Security Capital and as Vice President with J. P. Morgan Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking Group. Ms. Kleiman received her Bachelor’s from Northwestern University and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Featured Panel 2:  Risk and Resiliency in Financial and Real Estate Markets

The US economy has rebounded from the real estate and market crashes in 2007 and there continues to be abundant opportunity for real estate investors, developers and entrepreneurs.   At the same time real estate professionals are faced with new and not-so-new challenges in the rapidly changing real estate/financial industries and world economies.   This panel will discuss how real estate entrepreneurs, investors and financiers identify and manage opportunity and risk in the evolving economy.

Moderator: Jeff Weber, Senior Managing Director, Eastdil Secured


  • Bill Hosler, COO, Catellus
  • Mark Myers, Executive VP & Group Head of Commercial Real Estate, Wells Fargo
  • Scott Hooker, Embarcadero Capital Partners

3:55 p.m. - 5 p.m.


5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

2016 Sponsor List (partial list and growing)

REAL Symposium 2016 gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors:

Reception Sponsor

  • Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP
Lubin Olson and Niewiadomski LLP

Gold Sponsor

  • Glaser Weil
  • Union Bank

Glaser Weil


Silver Sponsors

  • Asset Preservation, Inc.
  • Berbay Marketing & Public Relations
  • Business Journal
  • CEB
  • First American Exchange
  • Gilchrist & Rutter
  • Kawakami Barron & Lam LLP
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • RB Capital Partners
  • Real Estate Law Group, LLP
  • The Registry
  • Shartsis Friese LLP
  • SSL Law Firm LLP
  • Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

 Berbay Marketing and Public Relations
 Business Journal
Gilchrist and Rutter logo
Kawakami Baaron and Lam logo  
RB Capital Partners  Real Estate Law Group LLP
 The Registry

SSL Law Firm LLP

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bellwether Enterprise
  • GKL Corporate/Search, Inc.
  • Jackson Square Insurance
  • Justman Associates
  • Regency Capital Partners
  • Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo


Essential Information

Registration Fees

Registration Type Register BY or ON 2/9/2016 Register AFTER 2/10/2016

Members SPIRE / Real Property Law Section Members






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



Register Online

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


In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or  credit card information must be received by Tuesday, February 9, 2016.


Requests must be received in writing by Tuesday, February 9, 2016. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call 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 call 415-538-2564. For Section information call 415-538-2564.


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


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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