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Upcoming Educational Programs

Bernhardt’s Take on the One Action Rule (Livecast webinar! – 1 hour MCLE)

Save the date — Tuesday, July 22, Noon – 1 p.m.

For more information or to enroll, please see http://ceb.com/progURL.asp?prodno=RE78931

The State Bar is returning to San Diego for its 87th Annual Meeting!

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Diego

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts.See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The Section is presenting:

Program 41

Wrongful Eviction Revisited

Program 51

Current Legal Issues Affecting the Telecommunications Industry

Program 77

What’s Hot in California Environmental Quality Act

Program 87

Latest Legal Trends in In-Fill Development

Program 108

Pitfalls of the Rogue Fraudulent Real Estate Agent and Errors and Omissions Insurance

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Antideficiency in the Wake of the Financial Crisis (Livecast webinar! – 1 hour MCLE): Save the Date -  Monday, September 8, Noon – 1 p.m.

In addition to the One Action Rule, California has several antideficiency rules which further protect borrowers, and 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.

More details and online sign-ups coming soon at CEB's CLE Programs page.

The Basics 2014:  Real Property Law  (12 hours MCLE)

Save the Date – September 18 and 19 – Santa Barbara
Considering a Real Property law practice? Need a general refresher?  Get the fundamental details and inside practical tips you need through The Basics 2014: Real Property. You will learn the essentials of this practice area, all while enjoying the sunny shores of beautiful Santa Barbara. Join us for special social and networking events outside the panel sessions.

More details and online sign-ups coming soon at CEB's CLE Programs page.

Recent Legal Developments

Settlement Alert: $8.73 Million Settlement Against Law School Admission Council Levels the Playing Field for People With Disabilities

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached an historic settlement with Law School Admission Council, Inc. that ends the practice of “flagging” or annotating the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score reports of people with disabilities who take the test with the accommodation of extended time. The settlement also establishes a victims’ compensation fund of $6.73 million for eligible individuals who applied for testing accommodations between January 1, 2009 and May 20, 2014.

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E.J. Franks Construction, Inc. v. Sahota Pen: Contractor Who Transferred License to Corporation Was Never Unlicensed

In an opinion certified for partial publication, the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, held that a licensee who transfer a contractor’s license from a sole proprietorship to a corporation during the course of a project is not unlicensed. E.J. Franks Construction, Inc. v. Sahota Pen LEXIS, (June 5, 2014).

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law case tweets and links for May 16-June18, 2014 provided courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on Twitter.com at CEB_CA.

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Selected Developments in Real Property Law -- Neighbor Disputes

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 April 2014 update to Neighbor Disputes: Law and Litigation  (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

Matt's Musings, by Matt Henderson

So last year I set my personal record for longest book read.  It wasn’t a resolution, per se, but I’d been meaning for some years to pick up David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and actually read it (instead of just admiring it for its more-than-impressive bulk) and decided that the beginning of 2013 was just the time to do it.  So on January 1 I dutifully picked the book up and started to read.  And read.  And read.  Almost 1,000 pages later I finished the book, somewhat dazed, tired, and satisfied, like I’d eaten too much of a really good meal. 

You might think to ask at this point what Infinite Jest has to do with California real property law.  I might cagily respond, what doesn’t Infinite Jest have to do with California real property law?  (I can, if pressed, bring it round via a circuitous route through the graveyard scene in Hamlet, but that would be too literal and take too much time, so please just bear with me here.) 

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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 http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2646318 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 miller@ddrs.com, and who knows? You might get your idea immortalized in the next E-Bulletin!


Cartoon of man with a long cylindrical piece of metal or wood stuck to his chin. Caption: In tough times I use my keep-your-chin-up bar.
In tough times I use my keep-your-chin-up bar.

© 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 tbk@klinknerlaw.com.

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
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