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Upcoming Educational Programs

Register Now! Drafting 101: Easements for Business Lawyers

Presented by the Business Law Section

Thursday, November 6, 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 discuss how to draft easement agreements and why it can be very risky to approach the process casually. The program discusses drafting issues and common pitfalls that should be kept in mind whenever easement rights are documented. The speaker will be Paul Carey of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty.

2014 Wine Law Forum™: Facing Change, Finding Alternatives (9 hours MCLE)

Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7, Yountville

Review the latest hot topics in wine business operations, and explore how marijuana legalization and water rights regulations are impacting the wine industry.

For more information and to enroll, please see the following link: 2014 Wine Law Forum

Title Insurance for the Rest of Us: What Non-Title Lawyers Need to Know (Livecast webinar -- 1 hour MCLE)

Presented by the Real Property Law Section Fair Housing and Public Accommodations (FHPA) Subsection

Tuesday, December 2, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Like-kind exchanges under Internal Revenue Code §1031 can be a powerful tool for your real property investing clients. Join Lou Weller and Cecily Drucker, the authors of CEB's Real Property Exchanges, as we explore this important facet of Real Property practice. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Real Estate Exchanges.

Real Estate Exchanges in a Changing Tax World (Livecast Webinar -- 1.5 hours MCLE)

Tuesday, December 2
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Like-kind exchanges under Internal Revenue Code §1031 can be a powerful tool for your real property investing clients. Join Lou Weller and Cecily Drucker, the authors of CEB's Real Property Exchanges, as we explore this important facet of Real Property practice. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Real Estate Exchanges.

Appraisals of Real Property: More than One Norm (Livecast Webinar -- 1.5 hours MCLE)

Thursday, December 4
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Join Norm Hulberg and Norm Matteoni as they discuss how appraisers and attorneys can best work together for the benefit of their mutual client. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Appraisals of Real Property.

Real Property Institute: Green Building, Leasing, and Sustanability (On Demand -- 1.5 to 6.0 hours MCLE)

Examine the life-cycle of a green building project as our panel of experts take a hypothetical mixed use project from the planning stages through financing, development, design, construction, commissioning, reporting, leasing, retrofit, and renovation. For more information or to enroll, please see the following links:

Save the Date! 2015 Real Property Law Section Annual Retreat

Dates: May 1-3, 2015
Location: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA

Recent Legal Developments

Choose Your Friends Wisely: The Case of the Unwanted Guests in San Francisco

What is a tenant to do when a friend or family member has worn out their welcome through an over-extended stay? The easiest and most direct course of action is to simply ask the friend or family member to leave; however, in rent-controlled jurisdictions, complications will arise if the unwanted guest claims a right of tenancy and refuses to go. Surprisingly, a friend or family member occupying a unit a unit may be considered a tenant regardless of whether an actual lease agreement exits or rent was paid.

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law case tweets and links for September 16-- October 14, 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 Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process

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 September 2014 update to CA Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process (2d ed 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

Real Property Law Section Journal Law Student Writing Competition

The California State Bar Real Property Law Section (“RPLS”) and the RPLS Journal Committee are proud to announce the inaugural RPLS Journal Law Student Writing Competition open to all California law students. The California Real Property Journal (“Journal”) is the official publication of the RPLS. The Journal is sent free to members of the RPLS, has been described as “the flagship of State Bar publications” and is an invaluable resource for the real property practitioner. For more information, see Real Property Law Section Journal Law Student Writing Competition.

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!


Drawing of nervous man clutching his stomach. The danger of negotiating near lunchtime: "…active negligence, sole negligence, sole active negligence, fillet of sole negligence…"
The danger of negotiating near lunchtime: "…active negligence, sole negligence, sole active negligence, fillet of sole negligence…"

© 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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