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    • April 6: RPLS Online Community Launch!


      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 messages.  Real 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 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
      • 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).  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 or with your questions or requests for assistance.


      We look forward to joining you in the Communities!


      Susan Scharbach

      Michael Stevens 

      Andrew Posil

    • April 30: 7th District Membership Reception in Rochester

      Please join the Real Property Law Section and Young Lawyers Section of the NYSBA for a night of networking at the: 

      7th District Real Property and Young Lawyers Section
      Membership Reception

      Thursday, April 30, 2015 
      5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

      The Commonwealth Pub
      363 East Ave
      Rochester, NY 14604

      Spring has finally arrived and here’s an opportunity to mix and mingle with other attorneys in your district. Take advantage of the networking opportunities your membership has to offer, and get a great rate on joining either the Young Lawyer Section or the Real Property Law Section. Beer, wine, beverages and food provided. Attorney of any age are invited to attend.

      For NYSBA members who attend the reception, you will receive 50 percent off membership dues to either the Young Lawyers Section (for those admitted 10 years or less--$20 dues for $10) or the Real Property Law Section ($40 dues for $20) for 2015. 

      There is no cost for attorneys to attend. (Public officials, see note below).

      RSVP is required. 
      Please contact Tina Rothaupt at or (518) 487-5669 to register. Please indicate if you would like to receive half off YLS or RPLS membership (NYSBA membership required).

      Bring a colleague and join us for an enjoyable evening of socializing with colleagues, discovering the benefits of section membership, and getting a great membership rate.

      Best Regards,

      Scott Sydelnik, Esq.
      RPLS 7th District Representative

      Erinn Prestidge, Esq.
      YLS 7th District Representative

      Note: Public Officials (as defined in the New York State Lobbying Act) will be required to pay the per person cost to attend, as NYSBA is registered with the NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the Lobbying Act to engage in lobbying activities. Consequently, public officials cannot accept certain benefits from NYSBA.

    • May 6, 2015: Landlord Tenant Meeting Committee-Litigating Yellowstone Actions

      A meeting of the RPLS Landlord and Tenant Committee will be held:

      Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

      Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (dinner will be provided)         
      Place: Newman Ferrara LLP, 1250 Broadway 27th Floor, NYC  

      Topic: Litigating Yellowstone Actions 

      Honorable A. Margaret Chan, Supreme Court, New York County, NYC 
      David B. Rosenbaum, Esq., Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel, P.C., NYC
      Lucas A. Ferrara, Esq., Newman Ferrara LLP, NYC

      CLE Credits: This program provides 2.0 credit hours in professional practice and is non-transitional for newly-admitted attorneys.

      This meeting is free to members of the Real Property Law Section’s Landlord and Tenant Committee. If you would like to invite others to attend, join the RPLS for $40 (NYSBA membership required), and then join the committee for free, and register for the meeting for free. Join the Section online, or call 1(800)542-2452.

      If you have any special dietary requirements or food requests, please advise by the RSVP deadline below.

      To allow for proper security entrance and quantities for catering and materials, please reply to this e-mail by Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to Amy Jasiewicz at:

    • May 14: Starting A Solo Practice in NY 2015


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      Starting a Solo Practice in New York -
      Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice

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      This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.

      New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education Program

      Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | New York City | Executive Conference Center | 1601 Broadway at 48th Street
      8.0 MCLE Credits
      (4.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management, 4.0 ethics)

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      Program Description:

      Are you considering opening your own firm? Are you a recent law school graduate just starting out? Are you considering leaving your place of employment and starting your own firm? The New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee is pleased to present a spring CLE program on Starting a Practice in New York.
      This full-day program will provide an overview of what it takes to own your own practice. From choosing a business entity to choosing office space and attracting new clients, this program will provide practical and useful tips for starting a practice in New York.
      Focusing on solo practice, this year's program topics include: setting up bank accounts; general accounting information; tax concerns; setting up IOLA accounts; client retainer agreements and intake forms; collecting payments; leaving your old firm; handling referral business; the ethical issues of using the Internet to market your practice; social media considerations; increasing your list of contacts; and much more.


      8:30 a.m.        Registration
      9:00 - 9:10     Welcome and Introduction

      9:10 – 10:00   Creating Your “Launch  Plan”

                               •    Your Business Plan (Yes You Need One)
                               •    Home Office or Rented Space?
                               •    Should You Form a Professional Corporation or LLC?
                               •    Your Office Equipment and Technology
                               •    Your Financial and Operations Plan
                               •    Getting Beyond “Everything That Comes In the Door”
                               •    Identifying Practice Areas with Growth Potential
                               •    Doing “What’s Not Being Done”
                               •    Letting the Market Tell You Who You Are
                               •    When the Client, Not the Practice Area, is the “Specialty”

      Peter Giuliani, Smock Law Firm Consultants
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico

      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)

      10:00 – 10:50    Risk Management | Client Intake, Letters of Engagement,
                                   Retainers, and IOLA | Best Practices for Lawyers 

      Marian C. Rice, Esq., L'Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY
      Joe Rivera, USI Affinity
      (1.0 ethics)
      11:00 – 11:50    Understanding Your Malpractice Insurance Policy
                                   Making Sure You Have the Right Amount, and the Right Coverage              
                                   •    Applying for Coverage: How to Fill Out the Application Form
                                   •    Defining Your “Practice Areas” the Right Way
                                   •    Do You Need “Prior Acts” Coverage?
                                   •    How Much Coverage Do You Need?
                                   •    What Do You Do When Someone Threatens To Sue You?
      Marian C. Rice, Esq., L'Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY 
      Joe Rivera, USI Affinity
      (1.0 ethics)

      11:50 – 12:15    Lunch Buffet - Sponsored by USI Affinity
      12:15 – 1:05       Maximizing Your Marketing | Turning Basic Business Cards, Letterhead
                                    and Websites into Marketing Statements and Ethical Considerations
                                    •    Define your target niche
                                    •    Craft marketing messages that speak to that audience
                                    •    Turn basics – business card, letterhead, etc. – into marketing statements
                                    •    Incorporate web resources from the beginning
                                    •    Select comfortable marketing activities
                                    •    Using social media resources effectively and ethically
                                    •    Attorney Advertising and the New York Rules of Professional Conduct
      Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting
      Author of “Build Your Practice the Logical Way:  Maximize Your Client Relationships”
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico
       (1.0 ethics)

      1:05 – 1:10         Break
      1:10 – 2:00         Get the Clients and Cases You Want | How to Build a Sophisticated
                                   Litigation Practice Outside the Big Firm
                                   •    Finding Clients
                                   •    Exploiting Your Small Size to Get the Clients and Cases You Want
                                   •    Practice and Time Management: Do it Right or Die
                                   •    Coordinating With Co-Counsel to Build Your Practice
                                   •    Special Pitfalls of Litigation to Avoid

      John Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere Fariello
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)

      2:00 – 2:50         Managing and Organizing Your Practice
                                   •    Finance and Operations Issues
                                   •    Technology: Maximizing Efficiency
                                   •    Practice Management Software
                                   •    Office Policies
                                   •    Procedure Memos and Templates
                                   •    Emergency Preparedness

      Marc Natale, Chief of Staff, Balestriere Fariello
      John Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere Fariello
      John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq.
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)

      2:50 – 3:00        Break
      3:00 – 3:50        Human Resources (HR) Issues for the Solo or Small Law Practice      
                                  •    What Types of Staff Members Should You Hire?
                                  •    When is the Best Time to Hire?
                                  •    How To Create a Competitive Competition Structure You Can Afford?
                                  •    What Types of Incentive Program Can You Put in Place?
                                  •    How will you manage your team?
                                  •    Partner, employee or contractor – which is best?
                                  •    What legal and tax responsibilities do you have as an employer?
                                  •    How will you deal with the Affordable Care Act?
      David DePietto, NexFirm LLC
      Carmel J. Mushin, Esq., RPCK Rastegar Panchal
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)
      3:50 – 4:40       Cutting-Edge Ethical Considerations for the Solo Practitioner
                                 •    When You Are “More Than a Lawyer”:
                                      Conflicts of Interest in the Real World
                                 •    Working for Chickens:
                                      Investing in Clients and Other Nontraditional Forms of Payment
                                 •    What Exactly is the “Practice of Law” and When Is It “Unauthorized”?
                                 •    Partnering with Nonlawyers: The Do’s and Don’t’s
                                 •    Representing Family Members, Business Partners & Other Multiple Clients
                                 •    When Clients Cross State Lines
                                 •    “Reader, Advisor, Barista, Attorney at Law”
                                 •    Using a “Virtual Office” for Your Practice
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R.  Ennico
      Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting
      (1.0 ethics)
      4:40 – 5:00   Question and Answer Panel Discussion
                             Critical Issues for Solo Practitioners in New York

      5:00 p.m.      Adjournment

      Overall Planning Chair
      Clifford R. Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico, Member, NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee
      Program Faculty
      Peter A. Giuliani, Smock Law Firm Consultants, Westin, CT *Marian C. Rice, Esq., L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP * Joe Rivera, USI Affinity * John G. Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere PLLC, New York, NY * Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting *Marc Natale, Chief of Staff, Balestriere Fariello * John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq. * David DePietto, NexFirm LLC * Carmel J. Mushin, Esq., RPCK Rastegar Panchal

        NYSBA Co-Sponsors
      Antitrust Law SectionCommercial and Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel SectionCriminal Justice SectionDispute Resolution SectionElder Law and Special Needs SectionEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionFamily Law SectionFood, Drug & Cosmetic Law SectionGeneral Practice SectionInternational SectionLabor and Employment Law SectionMunicipal Law SectionReal Property Law SectionTax SectionTorts, Insurance and Compensation Law SectionTrial Lawyers SectionTrusts and Estates Law SectionYoung Lawyers SectionCommittee on Continuing Legal EducationCommittee on Lawyers in TransitionLawyer Assistance CommitteeLaw Practice Management Committee

      Association Co-Sponsors
      Albany County Bar Association
      Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association
      Arab American Bar Association
      Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
      Association of Black Women Attorneys
      Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association
      Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
      Caribbean Attorneys Network
      Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
      LeGaL, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
      Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
      Muslim Bar Association
      Queens County Bar Association
      Rockland County Bar Association
      Saratoga County Bar Association
      Schenectady County Bar Association
      Touro Law Center
      WBASNY – Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

      Starting a Solo Practice in New York - Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice
      Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      8.0 MCLE credit (includes 4.0 ethics credits)
      New York City
      Executive Conference Center
      1601 Broadway at 48th Street | New York, NY 10019
      Luncheon sponsored by USI Affinity


    • 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 this 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)

      Early Bird Discount Extended to March 31st 

      For questions about this event contact Lori Nicoll at or 518.487.5563.

    • RPLS Communities – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

      RPLS 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 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
      • 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 You can respond to any discussion thread directly from your email, either to the section or directly to the sender. 

  • Legislation
  • 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. 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 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
    – n/a
    – Christopher R. Copeland
    – Milana Khlebina
    – Alissa Fortuna
    – Leanne Monique Welds
    - no scholarship awarded

    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 
    - no scholarship awarded


    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.

    Please  note: The 2015 Award recipient has been selected, but the Committee is accepting nominations for next year's award.
    There is no nomination form. Please send a letter of recommendation to:

    Peter Coffey, Award Committee Chair

    Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award

    2000 – Eugene Morris
    – James M. Pedowitz
    – Bernard Rifkin
    – John E. Blyth
    – Harold A. Lubell
    – John Hall
    – Prof. Robert Zinman
    – Mel Mitzner
    – Lorraine Power Tharp (posthumous
    -  Bill Colavito
    – Joshua Stein
    – Karl Holtzschue
     – no award presented
    – Michael J. Berey
    2015 - Peter V. Coffey