Sections & Committees

Real Property Law Section

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Dinner provided)

Debevoise and Plimpton LLP

919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022

  “The New Housing Court Initiative – How’s It Going & Where’s It Going” 

2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

NYSBA Real Property Law Section Members: Free

Committee and Program Chairs
Paul N. Gruber, Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel, P.C., New York, NY 
Peter Kolodny, Esq., Kolodny P.C., New York, NY

Program Faculty 
Hon. Anne Katz, Supervising Judge, New York County Housing Court

This meeting is free to Real Property Law Section members. If you would like to invite others to attend, they simply need to be a member of the NYSBA RPLS, and they can attend the meeting for free.

Join the Real Property Law Section for $40 (NYSBA membership required)

When registering online please be sure to complete your transaction by selecting “Add to Cart,” “Check Out,” and “Place Your Order.” If your order is not placed, your registration has not been processed. You will receive an automatically generated email confirmation of your registration from the database overnight.

To register to attend, please go to: www.nysba.org/HousingCourtCLE

To allow for proper security entrance and quantities for catering and materials, please register for this event by Monday, October 8, 2018.

For assistance with registration or membership, please contact the Member Resource Center at: 1(800)582-2452.

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Each year, the Real Property Law Section has honored an outstanding individual real estate practitioner with its Professionalism Award. The Section’s Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 award, to be presented at the Section’s Annual Meeting luncheon on January 17, 2019.

Some of the criteria which are used to identify an individual are as follows: 

1.  The nominee possesses in her/his practice a continuing civility and appreciation for others.

2.  The individual possess an outstanding level of competence ­legal ability ­and achievement.

3.  The nominee has in her/his practice made a strong contribution to the development of the practice of law, the improvement of the practice of law, particularly in the field of education­frequent lectures in CLE programs­writings­publications. 

4.  The nominee over the years has engaged in mentoring of younger attorneys.

5.  The nominee has involved herself/himself in Bar activities, both on the local level and the State level, holding positions as an officer or chairing committees, etc.

6.  The nominee has been a voice on legal issues. 

7.  The nominee has throughout his/her career maintained the highest ethical standards.

Complete and submit the nomination form. Multiple nominations for the same individual are welcome, as are endorsements by local county bar associations.

Nomination deadline: October 19, 2019


Completed nomination form and supporting materials should be sent to:

Peter Coffey, Esq.
Professionalism Award Chair
224 State Street 
Schenectady, New York 12305
or 
e-mail: pcoffey@ecmlaw.com

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

2000 – Eugene Morris
2001 
– James M. Pedowitz
2003 
– Bernard Rifkin
2004 
– John E. Blyth
2005 
– Harold A. Lubell
2006 
– John Hall
2007 
– Prof. Robert Zinman
2008 
– Mel Mitzner
2009 
– Lorraine Power Tharp (posthumous
2010 
-  Bill Colavito
2011 
– Joshua Stein
2012 
– Karl Holtzschue
2013
 – no award presented
2014 
– Michael J. Berey
2015 - Peter V. Coffey

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2016 Andrew L. Herz

Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award 1
2017 
Anne Reynolds Copps

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2018 - Richard S. Fries



Commercial Real Estate Leases 2018

Wednesday, October 10th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | NYC

Tuesday, October 23rd | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Buffalo


This advanced seminar covers cutting-edge topics related to commercial real estate leasing in New York State. Featured panelists include leading law firm and in-house lawyers, brokers and other professionals involved on the front lines of leasing in one of the most challenging economic climates in decades. Their insight will impart valuable perspective on where the market has moved and where the market is going for lease transactions of all sizes and types. The program is designed to impart insight on current market practices as well as explore how the challenges of the economic crisis have shifted or transformed many fundamental aspects of leasing transactions. The program will also cover the current state of insurance provisions in leases, as well as the latest trends in brokerage agreements. Finally, the program will survey options and emerging trends in enforcement of leases and alternative remedies.

Trusts and Estates Law Section 2018 Fall Meeting

Real Estate for Estate Attorneys: Handling Real Property Transfers in Estate Matters & Recognizing Estate Planning Issues in Real Property Transfers

Co-Sponsored by the Real Property Law Section

October 18-19, 2018
The Sagamore Resort
Bolton Landing, New York 

Trusts and Estates Law Section Chair
Natalia Murphy, Esq. , Citi Private Bank, New York City

Program Co-Chairs
Carl T. Baker Esq., Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth, PC, Glens Falls
Sarah Catherine (Katie)  Lynagh. Esq., Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP, New York City

Co-Sponsored by the Real Property Law Section

 MCLE: up to 6.0 credits consisting of 5.0 Credits in Professional Practice and 1.0 Credit in Ethics. 
This program is not transitional and does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys.

Register online

Download Meeting Brochure

Download Meeting Registration Form

Hotel Information:
The Sagamore Resort
110 Sagamore Road
Bolton Landing, NY 12814

Our Room Block is sold out.  However, there may still be rooms available. You can reserve your overnight accommodations by calling the hotel at 866.384.1944 (identify yourself as of New York State Bar Association member or register online.

View/download the program Brochure

Schedule of events:

Most clients own, and their estates will contain, real estate – whether a modest house, an heirloom lake front cottage, or a condo or cooperative apartment in New York City – that needs to be planned for properly.  As Estate attorneys, at some point in time we will be advising our clients regarding the transfer of title, keeping real property in the family for future generations, strategies for administering an entity holding real estate over time, or protecting it from loss to creditors or care expenses.   This meeting will help you advise your clients in all of those areas.  We will also take a close look at how the Power of Attorney and Gift Rider can be utilized in estate planning and cover the ethical issues that can arise from time to time. 

Thursday, October 18

10:30 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Registration - Conference Center Foyer

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibitors - Wapanak Room

12:00 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.              
Executive Committee Luncheon Meeting – Triuna Room

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                 
General Session – Nirvana Room

2:00 p.m.  – 2:05 p.m.              
Welcome and Introductory Remarks - Natalia Murphy, Esq., Section Chair

2:05 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.                   
NYSBA Welcome - Michael Miller, Esq., New York State Bar Association President

2:10 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                 
Program Introduction - Program Co-Chairs,  Carl T. Baker, Esq. and Katie Lynagh, Esq.

2:15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.                  
Deeds and Misdeeds: Avoiding Real Property Transfer and Planning Pitfalls

Real estate lawyers often fail to recognize estate planning issues inherent in transfers of homes, condominiums, or cooperative apartments  Similarly, trusts and estate lawyers often fail to anticipate title, lender, or other real property issues that can be avoided with diligence and knowledge. This session provides strategies on how to deal with common traps when structuring and documenting real property transfers both during life and after death.

Speakers:

Joseph T. La Ferlita, Esq., Farrell Fritz, P.C., Uniondale, NY
Albert B. Kukol, Esq.
, Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP , Vestal, NY                

3:10 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.                    
Keeping the “Heirloom” Property in the Family

The family lakeside cabin, ski chalet, or beach retreat may generate a lifetime of fond memories, and when the client wants to keep it in the family for future generations the planning attorney is presented with a complex set of drafting challenges.  When Is a Trust preferred to an entity such as a Limited Liability Company?  What are the most significant drafting concerns for an entity agreement or testamentary instrument?  What are the practical considerations and options for funding and administering the entity? 

Speakers:

Timothy B. Borchers, Esq., Borchers Trust Law, Medway, MA
Christopher A. Cahill, Twelve Points Wealth Management, Concord, MA

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.                     
Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                     
Administering Closely Held Entities and Protecting Fiduciaries

Executors and trustees often step into the shoes of a decedent who was a partner or member of an entity owning real estate.  Such fiduciaries may also own an interest in the entity in their individual capacity.  What provisions should be included in the governing instrument to protect such fiduciaries?  Where they control the entity in their fiduciary or individual capacity, what guidelines should be employed to navigate the many decisions that arise in connection with ongoing operations?  What advice should be given to a fiduciary who faces potential conflicts with respect to business decisions at the entity level and fiduciary decisions at the estate or trust level?  Finally, under what circumstances does a fiduciary have a duty to account to the trust or estate beneficiaries for his entity-level activities?

Speakers:

Quincy Cotton, Esq., Roberts & Holland LLP, New York City
Anne C. Bederka, Esq., Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP, New York City

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                   
Cocktail Reception and Dinner – DOLLAR ISLAND TERRACE AND SHELVING ROCK TERRACE 
Enjoy panoramic views of Lake George and sweeping fall foliage starting with cocktails on the Dollar Island Terrace followed by dinner on the climate-controlled and tented Shelving Rock Terrace. 

Friday, October 19

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                   
Registration – Conference Center Foyer - Breakfast and Exhibitors

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                     
Committee Breakfast Meetings- Wapanak Room

The section committees will be meeting informally over breakfast.  We welcome you to take this opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn more about how to get involved in the wide variety of committees. 

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.                      
General Session - Nirvana Room

Program Introduction - Program Co-Chairs Carl T. Baker, Esq. and Katie Lynagh, Esq.

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                   
Protecting the Property

Often a home, however modest, may be a client’s most valuable asset and an asset the client would like to protect and preserve for the client’s heirs.  What are the options for titling and transferring real estate to protect it from the risks of future creditors or uninsured long term care expenses?  What structures work and what are their tax consequences?   What controls and protections can the client maintain? 

Speaker:

Frances M. Pantaleo, Esq., Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, White Plains, NY

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.                 
Agency - The Power of Attorney and Its Role in Real Property Planning

The Power of Attorney is a basic tool for the estate planner and a needed document for most clients.  This session will address issues that practitioners are having when needing to use the document and cover best practices for execution and gaining acceptance of the Power of Attorney by title companies, financial institutions and others.

Speaker:

Ellen Makofsky, Esq. CELA, Makofsky & Associates, PC, Garden City, NY                                                                                                

10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.                 
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

11:05 a.m. – Noon                           
Real Estate in Estates: An Ethical Trap for the Unwary?

Many estates involve the transfer of real property and very often a decedent’s home is one of the main assets in the estate.  The transfer and administration of real property can be a trap for the unwary and often creates significant tension among estate beneficiaries, intestate distributees and fiduciaries.  Hear about some of the most common issues seen in Surrogate’s Court related to real property and the ethical challenges to counsel.

Speaker:

Hon. Stacy L. Petit, Albany County Surrogate’s Court Judge, Albany, NY

12:00 p.m.                                         
Adjourn 
– Closing Remarks - Natalia Murphy, Esq., Section Chair

Questions? Contact Lisa Bataille at 518.487-5680 or lbataille@nysba.org



Residential Mortgage Foreclosures and Workouts

Tuesday, November 13th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Buffalo

Wednesday, November 14th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Albany

Wednesday, November 14th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Tarrytown

Thursday, November 15th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | NYC


This program will present a practical “nuts and bolts” approach to New York’s judicial residential mortgage foreclosure process. Particular attention will be focused upon the New York State requirements with respect to all foreclosures upon homes, including the pre-foreclosure 90-day notice, mandatory settlement court conferences, and required notices to tenants. Additional topics to be covered include defenses to foreclosure actions (including statute of limitations), court-appointed Receivers and Referees, the special rules for vacant and abandoned properties, and the various ways by which mortgage loans in default can be “worked out,” including various government and lender programs designed to help homeowners, forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and consensual foreclosures and the effects of a bankruptcy filing. Various ethical issues that arise for foreclosure practitioners will also be addressed.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Real Property Law Section

The Real Property Law Section is now accepting applications for its two law student scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in 2019.

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship in 2008. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

The Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section. 

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine's commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial  need.

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

2008 – Rufus Williams
2009 
– n/a
2010 
– Christopher R. Copeland
2011 
– Milana Khlebina
2012 
– Alissa Fortuna
2013 
– Leanne Monique Welds
2014
 - no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded
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2016 
- David Ullman - Columbia Law School

2017 Tharp Recipient
2017 - Megan McGuiggan - University at Buffalo

Real Property Scholarship Winner 2018

2018 - Lauren Richardson, New York University School of Law 


REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section and Rosalyn Mitzner, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship in 2013. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. 

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years. 

Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession.  To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.


PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke 
2014
 - no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded

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2016 
- Nicholas Zapp - Albany Law School 

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2017 
- Joanna Sedlak - Fordham University School of Law

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2018 
- Marissa MacAneney, St. John's University School of Law


Advanced Real Estate Topics 2018

Monday, December 3rd | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Live Program

CFA Society New York | 1540 Broadway | Suite 1010 | NYC

This advanced level program is designed for experienced real property lawyers. Highly knowledgeable practitioners will present several current and sophisticated topics in the area of advanced real estate practice. The presenters are at the cutting edge of many new and evolving issues and the selection of the 2018 topics reflects the hands-on experiences of the presenters.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Real Property Law Section

Click here for more information

WELCOME TO THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION COMMUNITIES

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1.            On what date will I no longer be able to post a message on a RPLS Listserve?

As of Friday, April 24, 2015, the Listserves will no longer be available but after logging in just once to the general RPLS Community you will be able to receive and post via email just as you did on the Listserves.  It is a one-time setup process and will take less than 5 minutes.

2.            How do I log in for the first time?

  • Go to http://communities.nysba.org. In the top right corner, you will see a button that says Sign In (have your NYSBA username and password ready). The Community link is also accessible at the top of www.nysba.org.
  • Once signed in, you will see a drop down menu in the top right corner. Click Profile and go to My Account. Under My Account, choose Email Preferences. Scroll to Community Emails and hit Configure Your Subscriptions.
  • Here, you can choose your email settings of Real Time, Daily Digest, Plain Text or No Email (further explained in Question 5).

3.            How do I set up a separate Inbox in Outlook or other standard email formats?

In Outlook, right-click on your Inbox and hit New Folder. You can create a rule that automatically moves all Community emails to this new folder.

4.            Will I need to set up a signature block or enter my name and other information each time I post a message?

No, your contact information as it appears on your NYSBA privacy setting will automatically appear.  You may also modify this information or pull in a LinkedIn profile.  In order to modify your contact information or supply your LinkedIn profile, please see the longer announcement which appears on the RPLS portion of the NYSBA website.

5.            What are my choices for how I receive or view messages?

  • Real Time: you will receive messages live as you would from the Listserve.
  • Daily Digest: one clean email mailed with a list of the discussion threads from each day; it is mailed after 12:00 a.m.
  • Plain Text: if you prefer the original Listserve text.
  • No email:  if you use the App, you can receive notifications in place of email.

6.            Can I also access the Community from my smart phone?

Yes, simply go to the App or Google Play Store, search for NYSBA Communities, load the App and then search for the RPLS Communities and select your Community.  (Entries will appear on your phone in order of posting rather than as a thread.) The App is highly recommended as the set up is quick and you can access your messages wherever you go.

7.            Is there an email address for the Community?

Yes, it is nysba_realpropertylawsectionne@ConnectedCommunity.org. You can respond to any discussion thread directly from your email, either to the section or directly to the sender. 

You can also use these emails to post to the Community: 
Real Property Law Section: nysba-realprop@connectedcommunity.org


Real Property Law Section Committee on Condominiums and Coops: nysba-realpropcondos@connectedcommunity.org

Real Property Law Section Committee on Construction: nysba-realpropconstruct@connectedcommunity.org




Dear Real Property Law Section Members:

            We are happy to introduce you to the NYSBA’s online professional communities and the upcoming launch of three new RPLS Communities tailored to our membership.  These Communities will be a resource for our members to facilitate enhanced communications and networking between members. The RPLS will be able to capture communications between members and build a repository of real property law topics.

            This announcement provides a general introduction to the NYSBA communities, provides basic instructions for their use and information as to how you establish or enhance your profile.  It also includes an explanation for developing Communities dedicated to  the RPLS membership and the transfer from the current Listserves to the RPLS Communities.

            On January 5, 2015, we began a soft launch to allow some of our members to test the waters and communicate via the RPLS Communities.  This both gave us an opportunity to incorporate suggestions to engineer a smooth launch and allowed us to establish content in the form of initial discussions submitted by these members. 

            After seeing that a number of the prior Listserve accounts had no activity within the past year and some had very few messages posted, a decision was made to proceed with three Communities formed from the membership of the most active Listserves.  Beginning on April 6, 2015, you will no longer be able to post new messages on eight (8) of the eleven (11) existing Listserves however an archive of the prior posts will remain available for several months. 

Launching the RPLS Communities

Effective April 6, 2015, the hard launch will take place and three new RPLS Communities will be activated:

  • 1)The Real-Property Forum Community; and
  • 2)The Real-Condos Community; and
  • 3)The Real-Executive Community. 

            The prior members of the like-named Listserves will have their memberships transferred over to the new Communities.  All current RPLS members will become members of the Real-Property Forum Community.  The current members of the Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives will become members of the Real-Condos Community.  New members will be able to select their preferences upon joining.  And the membership of the Real-Executive Community will be limited to members of the Executive Committee.  As of April 24, 2015, no further postings may be made on the above-noted Listserves.

General Community Information

            Community messages will have a different appearance and you may need to adjust your email filtering rules to allow the Community addresses into your In boxes.  Specific instructions for Outlook and Gmail users will be provided on the RPLS portion of the NYSBA website as we move forward.

            In addition to offering an online discussion feature, the new Communities provide a new tool called the Resource Library.  This is an unlimited repository of information.  Any member may add information to the Resource Library and any member may access information in the Resource Library.  We envision this could be used to share a case, a form or newly issued memoranda.  You will be able to post an item in the Resource Library simply by attaching a file to a discussion post just like you attach a document to an email message.  The Resource Library can accept all types of files (PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, videos and links). 

            The Communities also offer an online searchable directory.  Each user has a profile based on information provided to the  NYSBA upon becoming a member.  In addition, members will be able to adjust this information as you wish.  Users can also update their profiles with additional information or add a photo.  Our members will be able to import their LinkedIn profiles by clicking one button. 

            Community member profiles make up the member directory for a given Community and provide members of a common Community group with the opportunity to contact one another outside of formal discussion threads.  Click here to view a short video outlining the basic aspects of Communities.

            The NYSBA has focused on your internet privacy concerns in designing the Communities.  NYSBA’s Communities allow users to control their personal privacy settings at all times and on every portion of their profiles.  No commercial search engines are allowed to index information from NYSBA Communities and internal search results are only available to those logged in as members of that specific Community.

            As mentioned above, current members of three RPLS Listserves will be automatically subscribed to the like new Community using existing subscription preferences. 

Communities offer several options for access on your computer or with an App:

  • Real Time:  Members with Real Time subscription settings will receive messages from their group as they are posted.  These are formatted HTML messagesReal Time subscribers may interact with their Community entirely through email.  Real Time subscribers can reply to the discussion through their email or they may reply to either the sender or the discussion using the embedded links on the right side of every message.  These right-hand links also make it easy to load content onto the Resource Library.  Log in instructions are available below.
 
  • Daily Digest: Members who choose to subscribe to the Daily Digest format will receive one email per day from their Community after messages on a certain topic have been posted.  The Daily Digest compiles numerous messages into a string by topic and users can respond to various threads using the embedded links in the Digest.  You can click on a specific thread or scroll to the bottom of your Daily Digest email for specific messages.  At the top of each message are two options:  Reply All Online (log-in required) or Reply All Email (operates like the current Listserves).
 
  • Legacy: Subscribers who prefer a plain text display (the classic Listserve format with mime code) may select the Legacy format.  Legacy subscribers will receive messages as they are posted and may participate through email only. 
 
  • Mobile App: A Communities mobile app is available to NYSBA members from the App Store or the Google Play Store but not via a Blackberry.  Using the App is fast and easy.  Search NYSBA in either store and download the app.  Then, search under RPLS.  You do not need to create a separate email account or log in. Community entries will come in one at a time but they can be searched by member name, by date or by a subject or term which was part of the entry. 

            Instructions to get started with NYSBA Communities online:

  • 1.Go to www.nysba.org and click LOGIN on the top banner.  Login with your NYSBA username and password.  If you want to have the system remember your username and password, check the box below the LOGIN.  (If you require assistance you may call the NYSBA Service Center at 800-582-2452.)
  • 2.Once you have logged in, click Communities on the upper right or go directly to http://communities.nysba.org.
  • 3.On your first visit to the Communities portion of the website, you will be asked to accept the Terms and Conditions.  Review the document and click on “I agree.” at the bottom to continue.
  • 4.Next click on your Profile in the upper right corner.  Initially you will have a basic profile from the membership database which can be edited as you wish.  This is the information that will be posted when you make an entry. You can also add a photo, enter additional information or load an existing LinkedIn profile. Here you can also manage your privacy settings from the “Privacy” tab on your Profile.
  • 5.After you finish editing your profile, you can begin entering and using the RPLS Communities.  In order to view the RPLS Communities to which you are automatically a member, click the Communities link on your profile (upper right corner of every page) or click on the Groups tab on the navigation bar and choose MyGroups from the dropdown menu.
  • 6.Users can change their subscription settings to match their needs.  You can manage your subscriptions from the MyProfile navigation link and the MyAccount sub-menu (Email Preferences). You may change your email signature under My Account and the Discussion Signature. Current members of the RPLS will not need to select a subscription type as you will automatically be subscribed to your existing preferences.  New members of the RPLS or those who have not previously used one of the three prior Listserves whose members will be transferred to one of the new Communities will need to set up subscription preferences when entering their first discussion post. 
  • 7.Members who require additional assistance may email webmaster@nysba.org or bvogel@nysba.org with your questions or requests for assistance.
 

We look forward to joining you in the Communities!

Regards,

Susan Scharbach

Michael Stevens

Andrew Posil

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Each year, the Real Property Law Section has honored an outstanding individual real estate practitioner with its Professionalism Award. The Section’s Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 award, to be presented at the Section’s Annual Meeting luncheon on January 17, 2019.

Some of the criteria which are used to identify an individual are as follows: 

1.  The nominee possesses in her/his practice a continuing civility and appreciation for others.

2.  The individual possess an outstanding level of competence ­legal ability ­and achievement.

3.  The nominee has in her/his practice made a strong contribution to the development of the practice of law, the improvement of the practice of law, particularly in the field of education­frequent lectures in CLE programs­writings­publications. 

4.  The nominee over the years has engaged in mentoring of younger attorneys.

5.  The nominee has involved herself/himself in Bar activities, both on the local level and the State level, holding positions as an officer or chairing committees, etc.

6.  The nominee has been a voice on legal issues. 

7.  The nominee has throughout his/her career maintained the highest ethical standards.

Complete and submit the nomination form. Multiple nominations for the same individual are welcome, as are endorsements by local county bar associations.

Nomination deadline: October 19, 2019


Completed nomination form and supporting materials should be sent to:

Peter Coffey, Esq.
Professionalism Award Chair
224 State Street 
Schenectady, New York 12305
or 
e-mail: pcoffey@ecmlaw.com

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

2000 – Eugene Morris
2001 
– James M. Pedowitz
2003 
– Bernard Rifkin
2004 
– John E. Blyth
2005 
– Harold A. Lubell
2006 
– John Hall
2007 
– Prof. Robert Zinman
2008 
– Mel Mitzner
2009 
– Lorraine Power Tharp (posthumous
2010 
-  Bill Colavito
2011 
– Joshua Stein
2012 
– Karl Holtzschue
2013
 – no award presented
2014 
– Michael J. Berey
2015 - Peter V. Coffey

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2016 - Andrew L. Herz

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2017
- Anne Reynolds Copps

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2018 - Richard S. Fries

The Real Property Law Section is now accepting applications for its two law student scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in 2019.

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship in 2008. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

The Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section. 

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine's commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial  need.

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

2008 – Rufus Williams
2009 
– n/a
2010 
– Christopher R. Copeland
2011 
– Milana Khlebina
2012 
– Alissa Fortuna
2013 
– Leanne Monique Welds
2014
 - no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded
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2016
- David Ullman - Columbia Law School

2017 Tharp Recipient
2017 - Megan McGuiggan - University at Buffalo

Real Property Scholarship Winner 2018

2018 - Lauren Richardson, New York University School of Law


REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section and Rosalyn Mitzner, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship in 2013. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. 

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years. 

Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession.  To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.


PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke 
2014
 - no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded

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2016 
- Nicholas Zapp - Albany Law School 

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2017
- Joanna Sedlak - Fordham University School of Law

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2018
- Marissa MacAneney, St. John's University School of Law