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!


    • Commercial Leasing Committee Meeting for CLE Credit: October 14

      THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION

      Committee on Commercial Leasing

      will hold the following meeting:

      TITLE: “What Commercial Leasing Lawyers Should Know About the ADA.”

      DATE:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014

      TIME:   12 noon –  2:00 p.m. (food provided)

      PLACE:
         Jones Day, 222 East 41st Street – Room 315, New York, New York  10017 

      SPEAKERS: Minh N. Vu, Esq. Head of the ADA Title III Team, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Washington, D.C.


      CLE CREDITS: 2.0 MCLE Credits in the Area of Professional Practice.    

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

      If you are a Section member and would like to join the Commercial Leasing Committee, contact Amy Jasiewicz at ajasiewicz@nysba.org or call (518) 487-5682.  

      RSVP for the above meeting to Amy on or before October 62014, to allow for catering, proper space and security admittance.

  • 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. Available soon!

    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. Available soon!

    Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

    2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke