Real Property Law Section

  • Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting
    Save the Date and join the Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting: January 29, 2015
  • Businessman and Contractor Hand Shake
    Join the Real Property Law Section to Help Build Your Practice and Enhance Your Career!
  • Upcoming Events
    • Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting: January 29, 2015

      The New York State Bar Association's 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place January 26-31, 2015:

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York, NY 10019

      The Real Property Law Section will hold its program on Thursday, January 29.

      Mark your calendars!


    • July 16-19, 2015 Summer Meeting at Basin Harbor Club & Resort

      Real Property Law Section
      Summer Meeting
      July 16 – 19, 2015
      Basin Harbor Club & Resort on Lake Champlain Vermont

      Come to Vermont next summer with your family to enjoy this beautiful venue located on Lake Champlain and earn some MCLE credit.  This is a family & pet friendly resort.  Check out the save the date flyer to see all the fun things that you can do with your family at this resort.  

      EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is available along with SPECIAL PRICING for first time RPLS summer attendees and attorneys admitted less than 10 years:  take advantage of the 75% discount for registration fees and hotel accommodations (see details on page 6 of the flyer).  You can make your reservations today by calling 800.622.4000 or 802.475.231.  (Accommodations will be assigned on a first come basis)



    • December 10: Commercial Leasing CLE Meeting

      A meeting of the RPLS Committee on Commercial Leasing will be held:

      Date:   Wednesday, December 10, 2014

      Time:   12:00 noon – 2 p.m. (lunch will be provided)         
              
      Place:  Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (conference rooms 35G and 35H)
      919 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Title: Commercial Lease Law Roundup: 2014

      Speaker: Nancy Connery, Esq. Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Stern LLP

      CLE Credits: This program provides 2.0 credit hours in professional practice.

       

      We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

      David Zinberg, Esq. and Robert Shansky, Esq., Committee and Program Co-Chairs

      To allow for proper security entrance and quantities for catering and materials, please respond by e-mail or fax by Wednesday, December 3, 2014: Amy Jasiewicz at:  ajasiewicz@nysba.org, or fax:  518/487-5682

      This meeting is free to those who are members of the Real Property Law Section and its Committee on Commercial Leasing. Join the Real Property Law Section for $40, and then join the Committee on Commercial Leasing for free. Click here to join the Real Property Law Section.


      If you are a Section member, join the Committee on Commercial Leasing by contacting Amy Jasiewicz at ajasiewicz@nysba.org or call (518) 487-5682.   

    • December 9: Real Estate Construction Committee CLE meeting

      Please join the Real Property Law Section Committee on Real Estate Construction for the following CLE program:

      TITLE:  Construction Risk: A Case Study of Legal and Insurance Issues

      SPEAKERS: 
      Kenneth M. Block, Esq.

      Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

      Brian G. Lustbader, Esq.
      Partner, Schiff Hardin

      Craig K. Barnet, CIC
      Principal, MSG Consulting, Inc.

      DATE:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014

      TIME:   8:30 AM – 10:15 AM

      PLACE:   
      Schiff Hardin
      666 5th Avenue
      Suite 1700
      New York, NY 10103                

      CLE: 2 MCLE Credits in the Area of Professional Practice that are non-transitional.

      Kindly RSVP to Amy Jasiewicz at ajasiewicz@nysba.org or by fax to (518) 487-5682.  All responses should be received on or before December 2, 2014 to allow for proper space, food and security admittance.

      This meeting is free to those who are members of the Real Property Law Section and its Committee on Real Estate Construction. Join the Real Property Law Section for $40, and then join the Committee on Real Estate Construction for free. Click here to join the Real Property Law Section.

      If you are a Section member, join the Committee on Real Estate Construction by contacting Amy Jasiewicz at ajasiewicz@nysba.org or call (518) 487-5682.   

    • November 20: 8th Judicial District Sponsored CLE Luncheon

      Members of the NYSBA Real Property Law Section 8th Judicial District are invited to attend the following CLE luncheon:

      The Canadian Cottage Update: Canadian Issues for American Attorneys
      Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
      Bar Association of Erie County, 438 Main Street, Buffalo, NY
      1.0 CLE credit: Areas of Professional Practice
      Pricing: Live Seminar: $20 BAEC/NYSBA members, $25 non-members
      Luncheon Sponsored by the NYSBA Real Property Law Section
      Speaker: Richard S. Halinda, B.A. L.L.B., Law Office of Richard S. Halinda

      Register Now with BAEC. Please indicate that you are a NYSBA member in the “memo” portion of the online registration, or when registering by phone at: (716) 852-8687.

      Questions? Contact your RPLS 8th Judicial District Representative 
      David C. Mineo, Esq.
      Chicago Title Insurance Company
      (716) 639-0058  or e-mail: dmineo@ctic.ca

  • Legislation
  • N.Y. Real Property Law Journal

    N.Y. Real Property Law Journal

    VIEW THE LATEST N.Y. REAL PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL

    The N.Y. Real Property Law Journal  features substantive articles relating to the practice of real property law on various topics including property transactions, leases, zoning, disclosure, and cooperatives and condominiums. Also included are a regular column entitled, "Bergman on Mortgage Foreclosures" as well as updates on Section news, programs and events. Co-edited by William A. Colavito, Esq., William P. Johnson, Esq., Prof. Vincent M. Di Lorenzo and Marvin N. Bagwell, Esq., the N.Y. Real Property Law Journal is published by the Real Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
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  • Awards and Scholarships

    Real Property Law Section Awards and Scholarships


    Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award

    Each year, the Real Property Law Section presents its Professionalism Award during the NYSBA Annual Meeting in January.

    Some of the criteria used to identify a recipient include: 

    * The nominee possesses in her or his practice a continuing civility and appreciation for others.
    * The nominee possess an outstanding level of competence—legal ability—and achievement.

    * The nominee has in her or 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 education—with frequent lectures in CLE programs, writings or publications. 

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

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

    * The nominee has been a voice on legal issues. 

    * The nominee has throughout his or her career maintained the highest ethical standards.


    There is no nomination form. Please send a letter of recommendation to:

    Peter Coffey, Award Committee Chair
    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 (posthumus)

    2010 -  Bill Colavito

    2011 – Joshua Stein

    2012 – Karl Holtzschue

    2013 – no award presented

    2014 – Michael J. Berey


    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 $1,500 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.

    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


    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 $1,500 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.

    Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

    2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke