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Upcoming Educational Programs

Don't Miss it! Networking Lunch for Real Property Attorneys

Presented by the Real Property Law Section Finance Subsection

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
HG Litigation
915 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Featured Guest Speaker: Councilman Mitch O'Farrell of the 13th district Los Angeles, will be speaking on affordable housing issues in Los Angeles.

Special Guest: Hon. Lawrence W. Crispo, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Retired) will be speaking on hot topics in real estate litigation.

Please email your RSVP to RSVPLA@hglitigation.com or call Kristin Neerhof of HG Litigation, at 310-650-0597. All attendees must RSVP. No walk–ins will be allowed. A complimentary lunch will be catered by Peppercorn Kitchen

A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Writs in the Court of Appeal

Presented by the Litigation Subsection of the Real Property Law Section

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12 noon – 1 p.m. (Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m.)

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.

The State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco

A panel discussion with Art Coon, chairman of the Appellate Practice Group and co-chairman of the Land Use Practice Group at Miller Starr Regalia and Zerne Haning, former justice of the First District Court of Appeal on the mechanics, procedure, and dos and don’ts of seeking extraordinary writ relief in the courts of appeal. Moderated by Matthew Henderson of Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office.

You can now register online for this program.

Webinar: Litigating Disparate Impact Housing Cases

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will focus on issues that arise in the course of litigating disparate impact cases, focusing particularly on housing discrimination cases and cases involving the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) recently finalized discriminatory effects rule. The speakers also plan to provide a brief overview of HUD's discriminatory effects rule and offer their analysis of how it will likely be applied going forward.


  • Christopher Brancart, Brancart & Brancart
  • Paul E. Smith, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Moderator: Heidi Palutke, California Apartment Association

Save the Date: Networking Mixer

Presented by the Real Property Law Section Residential Landlord/Tenant Subsection

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Infusion Lounge
124 Ellis Street
San Francisco

Guest Speaker: Hon. Harry M. Dorfman, San Francisco Superior Court Judge (Dept. 514 - Civil Harassment and Default Prove-ups), at 6:30pm will be speaking on Attorney Fees in Default Judgments in Real Property Cases. Judge Dorfman will also answer questions regarding civil harassment and default judgment prove-up procedure. Attendees are welcome to send in their questions beforehand with subject header "Question for Judge Dorfman," but no later than October 15, 2014 to Audrey Murray.

Please email your RSVP to amurray@hglitigation.com or call Audrey Murray of HG Litigation, at 805-550-8040 by October 20, 2014 as space is limited.

Wine, Beer, Soft-Drinks and Appetizers will be served.

Recent Legal Developments

Case Alert: Appellate Court Imposes Duty of Care in Processing Loan Modifications

The recently enacted AB 1888 amends California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 11932 by eliminating a recording party's option to show the corresponding documentary transfer tax in a separate, non-public statement.

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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 -- CA Property Insurance: Law and Litigation

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 May 2014 update to CA Property Insurance Practice: 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

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 contemplative look on his face. Caption: Take a nanosecond to ponder the implications.
Taking a nanosecond to ponder the implications.

© 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
FAX 415-538-2368

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