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Upcoming Educational Programs and Events

REAL SymposiumFourth Annual Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University

Event Details:

Don't miss the 4th Annual Real Estate and Law (REAL) Symposium featuring keynote speakers John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company and Monika Piazzesi, Stanford University Professor of Economics. The Real Property Law Section and Stanford Professionals In Real Estate (SPIRE) will present the REAL Symposium at Stanford University on February 11, 2015. In addition to our phenomenal keynote speakers, two lively panel discussions will be held on "Solving the Availability and Affordability Crisis in the Bay Area" and "Bay Area Capital Markets; Opportunity Strategy, Expectations and Risk".

Take advantage of early bird pricing and register today!

RPLS Networking Event

Presented by The Residential Landlord-Tenant Subsection

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: The Historic Rindge Mansion, 2263 South Harvard Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018

Event Details:

The Real Property Law Section hopes that you will join us for an evening of networking with realtors, property owners, managers and real property attorneys. Appetizers and beverages will be provided for all attendees.

RSVP by February 23, 2015 to Harold Greenberg: (323) 732-9536 or

Real Property 201 Webinar Series

Due Diligence-Title Issues

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

Common requirements by title companies for documentation to support issuance of requested coverages, including endorsements. What the title company needs in this documentation and why they need it. How to work with the title company underwriter to satisfy these requirements. Use of Indemnity Agreements to deal with deficiencies in documentation or adverse facts. With speakers Norman A. Chernin, Fidelity National Title Group.

ALTA Survey Analysis for Real Property Acquisitions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit.

You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will provide participants with a practical guide for identifying and resolving survey issues frequently encountered in commercial property transactions. Topics will include: appurtenant easements, air rights parcels, 3-dimensional sectional details, boundary issues, Table A items, and appropriate title endorsements for problematic survey issues. This webinar will also cover the basic procedures involved in reading and reviewing a survey and the correct mental approach needed to master this important, but little understood practice area.

With speaker Michael Zerman, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca.

Due Diligence - Commercial Leasing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit.

You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will discuss the major issues that should be addressed in complex commercial leasing transactions.

With speaker Martin H. Orlick, Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers Partner and Chair, ADA Compliance and Defense Practice Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

Due Diligence - Land Use and California Environmental Quality Act

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit.

You must register in advance in order to participate.

Panel will describe the various land use entitlement processes and considerations necessary to permit various project types, including a discussion of zoning, permitting types, and the political, economic, and physical site factors that influence the process. Discussion will include a description and explanation of CEQA including how CEQA review informs, guides and controls entitlements.

With speakers Christian Marsh, Downey Brand LLP and Gillian Van Muyden, City of Glendale.

Due Diligence - Environmental

April 1, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Next installment in 201 RPLS webinar series - due diligence on environmental matters for acquisitions. With speaker Camarin Madigan.

Seven Deadly Sins of Construction Contracting: Reducing Risk Before the First Nail is Hammered (Upcoming Program - 3 hours MCLE)

Friday, March 13, 2015, 9:00 am - 12:15 pm - Live in La Jolla and Simulcast online

The construction industry is highly risk prone, but pre-planning and forethought can reduce or even eliminate some risks. Join practitioners Michael Gibson, Roger Haerr, and Charles Pernicka, and Lusardi Construction Assistant General Counsel Karl Sorenson as they consider the Seven Deadly Sins of Construction Contracting. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Construction Contracting

Commercial Breaches of Lease, Evictions, and Hot Button Issues (Upcoming Program - 3 hours MCLE)

Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:15 -4:30 pm - Live in La Jolla and Simulcast online

Not all commercial tenancies are cooperative or end amicably. Practitioners Michael Holmes, Mark Hattam, and Martin Togni will show you how to minimize the losses to your client when their commercial lease unravels. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Commercial Breaches of Lease

2014 Wine Law Forum™: Percolating Issues in Water Regulation (New On Demand - 3 hours MCLE)

Learn how the drought conditions, and the legislative responses thereto, are impacting the wine producers statewide. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Percolating Issues

Hell or High Water Real Property Remedies (aka Crucial Contract Provisions) (New On Demand - 3 hours MCLE)

Look at remedies from a new perspective-how to build them into the clauses of your real property contracts. Join Paul Mosley of Miller Starr Regalia and Don Sajor of Pulte Group as they consider what those "boilerplate" clauses seek to provide the parties and what their limitations may be. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Hell or High Water

Recent Trends in Eminent Domain Law: "Takings" and the Roles of Judge and Jury (New On Demand - 3 hours MCLE)

Consider how the law of Eminent Domain developed and where it may surprisingly be headed with Rick Friess of Allen Matkins and Gale Connor of Miller Starr Regalia. For more information or to enroll, please see the following link: Eminent Domain

Save the Date: 2015 Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium

Date: April 10, 2015
Location: California State Bar Office, San Francisco, CA

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

It's Raining Cats & Dogs! Renters are Making More Requests for Waivers to No Pet Rules

This article discusses the rules that protect people with service pets, allowing such pets in properties with a "no pet" rule. The cases are based on the Federal Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Current Real Property Case Tweets From CEB

Following are California real property law tweets and links for December 16, 2014 - January 20, 2015 provided courtesy of CEB. See California, U. S. Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit daily case tweets on at CEB_CA.

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Selected Developments in Real Property Law -- Condemnation Practice in California

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 October 2014 update to Condemnation Practice in California (3d 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

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 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, and who knows? You might get your idea immortalized in the next E-Bulletin! 

Cultivating green lease shoots

© 2015 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

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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Real Property Law Section
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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