Real Property Law Section

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    REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION CLE PROGRAM AND LUNCH - THURSDAY, JANUARY 25
  • Real Property Law Section Handbook Slider
    SECTION GUIDE: LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SECTION AND ITS SUBSTANTIVE COMMITTEES
  • 2017 Tharp Recipient
    2017 Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship Recipient - Megan McGuiggan of Buffalo
  • NY Real Property Law Journal
    The N.Y. Real Property Law Journal is free to Real Property Law Section Members
  • Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award 1
    ANNE REYNOLDS COPPS - 2017 RECIPIENT OF THE REAL PROPERTY PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
  • Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award 2
    2017 MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT - JOANNA SEDLAK
  • Upcoming Events
    • January 25, 2018 Real Property Annual Meeting CLE and Lunch

      Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:00 AM
      8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 4.00)
      #nysba18

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.
       

      Program
      8:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
      Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor 

      Offsite Cocktail Reception/Luncheon – NEW LOCATION!
      12:30 p.m.
      54 Below
      254 West 54th Street
      (Between Broadway & 8th Avenue) 
      Richard S. Fries of Sidley Austin of New York will be presented with the Real Property Law Section's Professionalism Award during the luncheon. 

      SECTION CHAIR                                                                   
      PATRICIA E. WATKINS, ESQ.                                                            
      Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC                                    
      Glens Falls  

      PROGRAM CHAIR
      THOMAS J. HALL, ESQ.
      Law Firm Of Hall & Hall, LLP
      Staten Island

      8:00 a.m.
      Business Meeting & Election of Officers                
      PATRICIA E. WATKINS, ESQ.          
      Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC           
      Section Chair

      Report of Nominating Committee
      MINDY H. STERN, ESQ.
      Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP
      Immediate Past Chair

      Announcement of the Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award, Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship and Mel Mitzner Scholarship
      Presenters:
      Peter V. Coffey, Esq., Chair of the Committee on Awards
      Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq., and Mindy H. Stern, Esq. Co-Chairs Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship Committee
      Joel H. Sachs, Esq., Chair, Mel Mitzner Scholarship Committee

      8:20 a.m.
      Preview of 2018 Summer Meeting: Gerard G. Antetomaso, Esq., Second Vice-Chair, will report on  the plans for the 2018 summer meeting (July 26-29, 2018), which will be held at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT

      8:30– 9:20 a.m.
      Turning Brown to Gold –  Brownfield Development and Transactions (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
      Speaker:
      Alan J. Knauf, Esq. 
      Knauf Shaw LLP
      Rochester, NY                                              

      9:20– 10:10 a.m. 
      New York City Energy Code Update –  How Compliance Can Financially Benefit Owners & Tenants (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
      Speakers:  
      Joel I. Binstok, Esq. 
      The York Group LLC
      New York City

      Marc Karell, PE, CEM, EBCP 
      Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC
      Mamaroneck, NY

      10:10– 10:25 a.m.
      Refreshment Break 

      10:25– 11:15 a.m.  
      New Title Agent Licensing Regulations Issued by NYS Department of Financial Services (1 credit in Professional Practice) 
      Speaker:
      Gerard G. Antetomaso, Esq. 
      Evans Fox, LLP
      Rochester, NY

      Marvin N. Bagwell, Esq. 
      Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
      Westbury, NY

      11:15 a.m.– 12:05 p.m.
      Ducking the Cranes: Protecting Neighbors During Construction (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
      Speaker:                                                                                    
      Brian G. Lustbader, Esq. 
      Schiff Hardin LLP
      New York City

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION
      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice. This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13th, 2017. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or lnicoll@nysba.org.

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.   

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at www.nysba.org/am18accomm.

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

    • January 25: Condominiums and Cooperative CLE at Annual Meeting

      COMMITTEE ON CONDOMINIUMS & COOPERATIVES (RPLS) MEETING

      Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:30 PM
      2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
      3.5 Total Credits: 3.5 Professional Practice (Non-Transitional)
      #nysba18

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.
        
      Current Issues and Trends
      3.5 Total Credits: 3.5 Professional Practice (Non-Transitional)

      Program
      2:30 pm – 5:35 pm | Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor


      Reception
      5:35 pm – 6:30 pm | Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor (Sponsored by Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP)


      COMMITTEE AND PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS 
      Steven D. Sladkus, Esq., Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP, NYC


      Dale J. Degenshein, Esq., Stroock & Stroock  & Lavan LLP, NYC




      2:30 pm – 3:05 pm
      Condominium Creation – How, When and Why 
      .5 MCLE credits


      Samantha Sheeber, Esq., Starr Associates LLP, NYC
      Jonathan H. Canter, Esq., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, NYC


      3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
      Recent Legal Developments Affecting New York Cooperative and Condominiums Practice


      1.0 MCLE credit
      Dale J. Degenshein, Esq., Stroock & Stroock  & Lavan LLP, NYC
      Neil B. Davidowitz, Esq., Orsid Realty Corp., NYC
      William D. McCracken, Esq., Ganfer & Shore, LLP, NYC


      3:55 pm – 4:45 pm
      Strike Preparation and Progressive Discipline for Superintendents and Resident Managers


      1.0 MCLE credit
      Howard Rothschild, Esq., Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc., NYC
      Robert S. Schwartz, Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc., NYC


      4:45 pm – 5:10 pm

      ADR – Can We Talk?


      0.5 MCLE credit
      Walter D. Goldsmith, Esq., Goldsmith & Fass, NYC



      5:10 pm – 5:35 pm
      Miscellaneous Issues/Case Law Update


      0.5 MCLE credit
      Steven D. Sladkus, Esq., Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP, NYC


       




    • January 26: Not-for-Profit Entities and Concerns CLE at Annual Meeting

      NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMM. REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION

      MODIFYING RESTRICTIONS ON A CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION: DOCTRINE OF CY PRES AND MATTER OF PHELPS SMITH (PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE)

      Friday, January 26, 2018
      9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      MCLE Credits 3.0 Total Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice (Non-Transitional)
      #nysba18

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Real Property Law Section Not for Profit Committee Program co-sponsored by the 
      Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee of the Business Law Section and The Committee on Charitable Organizations of the Trusts and Estates Law Section

      Program 
      9:00 am – 12 pm | Madison, 2nd Floor

      SECTION CHAIR
      Patricia E. Watkins, Esq., Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC, Glens Falls

      COMMITTEE AND PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
      Susan Golden, Esq., Venable LLP, New York City
      Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq., Copps DiPaola PLLC, Albany 

      9:00 am – 9:25 am
      The Doctrine of Cy Pres; Role of The New York Bar Foundation
      Susan B. Lindenauer, Esq. of New York, Member of the Board and Chair of the Committee on Cy Pres and Restricted Gifts of The New York Bar Foundation

      9:25 am – 9:30 am
      Break 

      9:30 am – 10:45 am
      Matter of Phelps Smith
       (Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences)
      Carl L. Distefano, Esq., Office of the NYS Attorney General, New York City
      Frank J. Patyi, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse

      10:45 am – 11:00 am
      Questions/Break 

      11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
      Practice Tips (Modifying Restrictions on a Charitable Contribution)
      Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq., Copps DiPaola PLLC, Albany
      Carl L. Distefano, Esq., Office of the NYS Attorney General, New York City
      Susan Golden, Esq., Venable LLP, New York City
      Frank J. Patyi, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION
      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.0 credit hours (3.0 Areas of Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 12, 2018. For more details, please contact Amy jasiewicz in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or ajasiewicz@nysba.org.

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Amy Jasiewicz at 518-487-5682. 

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association or on the web at www.nysba.org/am18accomm. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates.  Reservations must be made by December 15, 2017. 

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Amy Jasiewicz at 518-487-5682. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.



    • Summer: July 26-29, 2018 Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT

      Water's Edge Resort & Spa
      1525 Boston Post Road
      Westbrook, CT

      Perfectly landscaped gardens, acres of grounds overlooking the water, a private white sand beach, restaurants, entertainment, a premium spa and so much more. For over 30 years, Water’s Edge Resort and Spa has kept its presence as a top New England beachfront resort for vacations and getaways. It’s where Connecticut goes to find the shore. With spectacular views of Long Island Sound, Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT is just a short dive from all that Southeastern Connecticut has to offer. 

      On the water by Connecticut’s Long Island Sound, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is at Exit 65, off I-95 in Westbrook, Connecticut. Just two hours from NYC and Boston, 90 minutes from Providence, 45 minutes from Hartford and just 30 minutes from New Haven. The resort is accessible by all major forms of transportation, just 60 minutes from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, 90 minutes from TF Green Airport in Providence and by Shoreline East in Westbrook and Amtrak in Old Saybrook, CT.

      Mark your calendars and plan to join us next year at our summer meeting.

  • Online Community

    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

  • Professionalism Award

    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 2018 award, to be presented at the Section’s Annual Meeting luncheon in January.

    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.

    Send a letter of recommendation to the address listed below, there is no nomination form. Multiple nominations for the same individual are welcome, as are endorsements by local county bar associations.

    Nomination deadline: October 13, 2017


    Letters, endorsements, etc. should be mailed 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

  • Law Student Scholarships

    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 2018.

    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 15, 2017.

    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 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 15, 2017.


    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 

    Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award 2
    2017
    - Joanna Sedlak - Fordham University School of Law