Real Property Law Section

  • RPLS Main Page
    Join the Real Property Law Section to Help Build Your Practice and Enhance Your Career!
  • 2014 NY Real Property Law
    The N.Y. Real Property Law Journal is published by the Real Property Law Section and is free to Section Members
  • RPLS Scholarship
    Apply for a Real Property Law Section Scholarship--2016 Applications Coming Soon!
  • Upcoming Events
    • 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 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. 


    • 2016 Summer Meeting in Boston, July 14 - 17: Save the Date!

      JOIN THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION NEXT SUMMER IN BOSTON!


      Summer Meeting | July 14-17, 2016
      Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Boston, MA

      A stylish new look has been added to the already ideal location and top-notch service of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel. This waterfront Boston, MA, hotel is located
      one block from Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market and minutes from the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Museum of Science and easy access to
      the historic Long Wharf and downtown Boston. 

      Families will enjoy the contemporary hotel, and its close proximity to the New England Aquarium and Children’s Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Italian North End, Old North Church, Freedom
      Trail Walking Tours, the Bunker Hill Monument, the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Harbor Boat Cruises.

      This will be a great venue to hold our Summer Meeting in 2016. Look for further details to follow.


      Mark These Dates On Your Calendar To Join Us Next Summer!

    • January 28, 2016: Save the Date! Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting

      JOIN THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION FOR ITS CLE PROGRAM AT THE 2016 NYSBA ANNUAL MEETING!

      Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting Program
      Thursday, January 28, 2016
      New York Hilton Midtown, NYC
      1335 Avenue of the Americas 

      Mark Your Calendars Now! Program and registration details available in the coming months.

      NYSBA Annual Meeting will be held January 25 - 30, 2016 at the Hilton Midtown.

  • Legislation
  • 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. 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 $ 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.

    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


    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.

    Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

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


    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 2016 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 competence­legal ability­and 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.

    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