Your Real Property Executive Committee 2018-2019
(from left to right) Neil Kalin, Victor Rocha, John Murphy, Jonathan Golding, David Fu, Jeff Conner, Michael Klein, Steve Cvitanovic, Cosmos Eubany, Ashley Jordan, Jose Mendoza, Martin Triano, Danny Wang, Elizabeth Blair, Tara Burd, Christine Gregorak, Jason Grinell, Gary Laturno, John (J.R.) Richards, Dianne McLean, Steve DeLateur, Rinat Klier-Erlich, Valerie Li, Thomas Lombardi, Robert McCormick, Ashley Peterson, and Jo Ann Woodsum.
Location: Junipero Serra State Office Building, 320 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MCLE: Earn 4.75 MCLE credit
Shawn K. Bankson
Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
Housing Rights Center
Brancart & Brancart
Pahl & McKay
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
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Location: Procopio, 525 B Street, Ste 2200, San Diego, CA 92101
MCLE: Earn 1 MCLE credit
This seminar will address common issues arising during all phases of a commercial lease, from negotiation to expiration. Offering both Landlord and Tenant perspectives, the panelists will provide real world examples of deal breakers, review specific lease clauses, and suggest drafting tips to modify commonly contested lease language.
David D. Jones
California Business Law Group PC
Broker with JLL
Location: Jonathan Club, 545 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Time: 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
MCLE: Earn 3.25 MCLE credit
LinearCity Development, LLC
The Brooklyn Companies
The Borman Group, LLC
Cox Castle & Nicholson
J. David Hitchcock
George Smith Partners, Inc
Habibi Properties, LLC
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
This program offers 1 MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
Heirs often find themselves unwittingly involved in disputes after the death of a loved one. This program will focus on common obstacles involving the administration of real property; and financing for trusts or estates, which can be used to broker settlements or facilitate distributions.
Pacific Club New Port Beach
4110 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The second annual RES [Real Estate Symposium] in Orange County will focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Real Estate space followed by a reception at Newport Beach's prestigious Pacific Club.
If you would like to speak, please contact Elizabeth Blair.
CLA Annual Meeting 09/14/2018
Featured Speakers Cosmos Eubany, Dianne McLean, and Jose Mendoza
Gary Laturno, Gretchen Lennon, Joe Patz, Tara Burd, Phil Rosenthal, David McCuaig
Valerie Li, Jose Mendoza, Dianne McLean and Martin Triano
Susanne de la Flor and Charles Richmond
Gary M. Laturno, 2017-2018 Co-Chair
My service as the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) Co-Chair ends on September 16, 2018. Christina Sansone, Editor in Chief of the California Real Property Journal, asked me to write a short "good bye" State of the Real Property Law Section message. I am happy to comply. Hopefully, future chairs will submit similar a message as their term ends.
In 2017, before being appointed by the ExCom as co-chairs, Christine Gregorak and I were aware that there was "plenty of work to go around, “given that the California Lawyers Association ("CLA") would become a reality on January l, 2018. Christine agreed to focus on our Section's role in getting the newly formed CLA off the ground and running. A big job. In addition, she agreed to chair the REAL Symposium held each year on the Stanford University campus. Another big job. Christine's time and commitment to our Section has been huge; her friendship and counsel greatly appreciated. REAL is a highly popular and successful symposium that the RPLS and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate co-sponsor annually. I agreed to focus on RPLS statewide member activities, MCLE programs, the Annual Retreat (now the Spring Conference), webinars, networking events, the Journal, and our monthly E-Bullet in.
We started the year by reaching out to all Real Property Law Section ("RPLS") members and inviting them to become active in our Section. "Interested in getting involved in our Section? We would love to hear from you!" It worked. A significant number of attorneys of all ages, genders and backgrounds contacted us. Members who have never been involved in our Section are now teaching webinars and organizing live MCLE programs and networking events. We are thrilled.
Effective 2018, after considerable discussion, the RPLS Executive Committee replaced the Practice Area Committees with a Geographic Area MCLE/ Networking Committee. Our objective: to provide MCLE and networking events in all major urban areas in California and to encourage all RPLS members to participate. In fact, we now regularly present live MCLE programs in four of our five major geographic areas, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. As I write this article, Ex Com advisors Jeff Conner and Robert McCormick are working to organize programs in Sacramento. If you are in the Sacramento area and would like to get involved in Section activities there, please let me know. I am happy to put you in contact with Jeff or Robert. A special thanks to both.
A major part of our geographic area MCLE program is to feature annual real property law symposia in each of the five major urban areas of our State. We started with REAL in the Bay Area nine years ago. Thank you to Christine and other ExCom members in the Bar Area for leading the way. In 2017, we held our first annual Residential Real Estate Symposium (RES-Residential) in Orange County. Thank you, Steve DeLateur, Neil Kalin, Tara Burd, and John Murphy. RES-Residential II will be held in 2018 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on October 26. Our first annual RES-Commercial will be held in downtown Los Angeles on October 4.
Los Angeles: This region is alive with RPLS activities. A three-hour MCLE program on construction liability issues will be held in downtown Los Angeles on September 5, 2018. Two attorneys who are newly active in our Section will be co-chairing the event. A big thank you to Ashley Jordan and Michael Barnard. Stay tuned for program details.
On October 4, 2018, the first annual RES-Commercial will be held in downtown Los Angeles at the Jonathan Club. Thankyou Thomas Lombardi, Neil Kalin, Norm Chernin, and newly active members Skyler Anderson and Valerie Li.
On September 27, 2018, the First Annual Southern California Women in Commercial Leasing Law Symposium will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles North in Glendale. For additional information contact Jo Ann Woodsum, at email@example.com. A special thanks to Jo Ann Woodsum for organizing this event.
San Diego: During my years as an ExCom member, prior to becoming RPLS Co-Chair, I organized regular, live, noon-hour MCLE and networking programs in downtown San Diego. Two new San Diego ExCom members, Tara Burd and Ashley Peterson, have taken these programs to a new level. Tara has presented live networking events in San Diego since 2016. Her next event, Real Property Summer Soiree, co-sponsored with the San Diego County Bar Association, was held on June 14, 2018, at the Loma Club in the Point Loma Area of San Diego.
Ashley Peterson, a first year ExCom member in San Diego, organized a fun, successful networking event at the Bootlegger in the downtown Gas Lamp District in early 2018. This event introduced San Diego attorneys to the new CLA. In May, Ashley organized a superb MCLE program at the historic Moot Court Room at California Western School of Law in downtown San Diego. The program, "Unlawful Detainers - Unraveling the Courtroom Process," was recorded and will appear in CLA's MCLE library. Don' t miss it! Go to calawyers.org.
San Francisco: Led by Bert Fohrman, who founded the RPLS in 1980, Bay Area RPLS attorneys have a long history of presenting outstanding MCLE and networking programs. This year, 2018, is no exception. The RPLS and the University of San Francisco Law School are co-presenting the "Women in Leasing Law" MCLE programs on September 13 and November 8. For additional information, contact Jo Ann Woodsum at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Gregorak at email@example.com.
REAL will take place in early 2019 on the Stanford campus. If you would like to serve on the REAL committee, contact Christine Gregorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeremy Olson at email@example.com.
Our Annual Retreat is the highlight of the year and a "must attend" event! This year, the Retreat, held in San Francisco in April, was our best yet. The Hyatt at the Embarcadero was an ideal location for holding the largest and most diverse Retreat in terms of attendees and panels, including terrific MCLE programs and fun organized events. A big thank you goes to event chairs Jo Ann Woodsum and Marty Triano.
Our 2019 Retreat now renamed the "RPLS Spring Conference," will be held on May 2 through 5, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, conveniently located a short distance from the John Wayne Airport. Get involved by joining the 20I 9 Spring Conference Committee! ExCom member Elizabeth Blair is the 2019 chair. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Diversity is an important RPLS goal. This year, we created a Diversity Committee composed of ExCom members, ExCom advisors, and RPLS members. The Committee focuses on involving more minority bar attorneys in our Section. For example, the Committee will create a minority Bar MCLE speaker's bureau. The Committee is organizing a RPLS networking reception at the CLA Annual Meeting in San Diego on September 14, 2018 to honor minority bar attorneys in California. Thank you to the RPLS Diversity Committee Chairpersons Dianne Jackson McLean, Cosmos Eubany, and Jose Mendoza; the Diversity Committee members Giselle Roohparvar, Victor Rocha, Elizabeth Blair, and Maria Bernstein; the Diversity Committee advisors David Fu and Jo Ann Woodsum and RPLS Education Chairperson Neil Kalin. Recent efforts to diversify the Section have resulted in the following achievements: In 2017, an attorney of Hispanic heritage joined our ExCom, a first in our history. In 2017, fifty percent (50%) of the presenters at our RPLS Annual Retreat were women, another first in our history. Ditto for our Retreat in 2018.
Moreover, a significant number of outstanding applicants applied for ExCom member ship in 20I8, including minority bar attorneys. Christine and I were excited to see the quality, interest and enthusiasm of the applicants. The newest class of ExCom members reflects our efforts to promote diversity in the RPLS. Executive Committee members whose appointments take effect in September 2018 include an Asian-American female, a Caucasian female, and an Asian American male, all of whom are under 40, as well as two attorneys who have been leaders in bar activities for years, both of whom are over 40.
Concerning the CA Lawyers Association, we look forward to offering our members a networking reception not only at the CLA Annual Meeting in San Diego on September 14, 2018, but also at future CLA annual meetings. We expect the RPLS reception will become another highlight of the year for our Section.
RPLS is now active on social media, and it is being used to promote our events and introduce new attorneys and real estate professionals to RPLS. Thank you, Tara Burd and Matt Henderson.
Enjoy writing? Get involved in our Section by submitting an article to the Real Property Law Journal or our monthly E-Bulletin. And a biggie: our Journal is now available online. Like to teach? You can teach a webinar from the comfort of your office. Interested in presenting a live MCLE program, symposium or spring conference? Let us know. Our geographic area MCLE committees and Spring Conference committee would love to work with you. Do you want to organize an MCLE program or networking event? Let us know. We will assign an ExCom member in your area to work with you.
To all the ExCom members and advisors with whom I have worked during the last four years, it has been a privilege to serve with each of you! Thank you for your courtesy, counsel, cooperation and friendship.
A special thanks to Christina Sansone, Editor-in-Chief of our California Real Property Journal, and John (J.R.) Richards, Editor of our E-Bulletin. Both provide quality publications and contribute significantly to our Section. And a thank you to Matt Henderson, who served as our Section' s first representative before the CLA Board. During some challenging moments, Matt handled his assignment with skill, tact, and diplomacy.
Effective September 16, 2018, Neil Kalin and Thomas Lombardi will begin their terms as Co Chairs of our Section. I know both Neil and Tom well. They will make a fabulous team. Our Section will be in great hands.
Goodbye? Not really! I look forward to working as an advisor with the attorneys who are members and advisors of our Executive Committee, as well as the over 6,000 attorneys and other real estate professionals who are members our Section.
Please feel free to contact me if can help you with anything. Best wishes to each of you!
By Bill Simmons of Final Exodus
Book Review: Without Precedent – Chief Justice John Marshall and his Times, by Hastings Law Professor Joel Richard Paul (Riverside Books, New York, 2018)
Some believe Chief Justice John Marshall was as important to the creation of this country as were George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (Marshall's cousin - and political opponent) don't stand with these three.
The title is illuminating: Marshall had no precedent in deciding many cases. The Constitution was bones that had no flesh. Constitutional issues today pale in comparison to those of his day. Their importance wasn’t recognized at the time.
When Washington City (now called Washington, D.C.) was being built, the Supreme Court had no building. In fact, it had no courtroom. It met in a room of Congress. It met only a few days a year. No one saw the Court as a true 3rd pillar of our government.
Marshall, virtually alone, changed that over his 34 years as Chief Justice. It wasn't just Marbury vs. Madison, but a whole string of cases, some more important than Marbury. Moreover, Paul considers him just as important in creating international maritime law as in fleshing out our Constitution. Paul gives a good layman's description of many of the important cases that changed the Court from a mere cipher to the power it is today.
Virtually alone? Yes, because of the 547 opinions he wrote, 511 were unanimous! Can you believe that? He had a skill bringing the other Justices around to his view. He read his opinions out loud, often just a few days after the hearing (lawyers' arguments often lasted days).
Marshall was from a poor Virginia family. He was a young officer in Washington's revolutionary army.
After the war, before leading the Court, Marshall was a practicing lawyer, then a politician elected to various offices. Topping off this part of his life, he ran the federal government for a while. President Adams appointed him, without Marshall's knowledge or consent, Secretary of State. That was in May of Adams' last year (1800). The senate unanimously confirmed him the next day. Then Adams retreated home to Massachusetts, leaving Marshall as the main government decision maker.
Paul summarizes Marshall's success in those months as follows:
"...Marshall completed the construction of Washington City.... [H]e successfully navigated negotiations with France, Spain, Britain, and the Barbary States...."
And, by the way, he also "managed the federal government." (p. 214)
Paul concludes, "While Republicans and Federalists dueled over their ideological absolutes, Marshall's patient pragmatism and tactical restraint carried the day." (Id.) Question: Could he have managed to do so today?
This biography is a must read by all lawyers and anyone interested in the early development of our country.
Bill Simmons, San Diego
Past Ex-Com Member in the News
in Sale of Headquarters Building
Buchalter attorney Michael J. Zerman represented Dole Food Company, Inc., on the sale of its headquarters building in Westlake Village, California to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The all-cash transaction closed last week.
The 168,000-square-foot corporate campus, located at One Dole Drive, sits on more than 10 acres and has served as Dole Food’s HQ for more than 20 years. Dole will continue to occupy a portion of the building. The Hilton Foundation, which was a tenant at the property prior to the sale, has now designated the space as its headquarters.
The site, which features a three-story office building, subterranean parking, and expansive greenspace, sits across the street from the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
Michael Zerman represents corporations, developers, pension funds, financial institutions and government entities on a wide range of real estate transactions involving office buildings, hotels, industrial properties, shopping centers, apartment communities and mass-transit sites.
Effective the first of this year, the RPLS Executive Committee replaced the Practice Area MCLE committees with a Geographic Area based MCLE/ Networking program. Our objective: to provide MCLE and networking events in five major urban areas in CA. RPLS Ex Com advisors Jeff Conner and Robert McCormick are working to provide RPLS programs for our members in Sacramento. We now regularly present live MCLE programs in four major geographic areas, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angles and the Bay Area.
If you are in the Sacramento area and would like work with Jeff or Robert, organize programs or teach live MCLE programs or webinars in your area, please let me know. We encourage you to participate!
Thanks for helping to make RPLS MCLE and networking programs a reality in Sacramento.
Gary M. Laturno, Esq.
Co-Chair, Real Property Law Section
Volunteer Opening: The California Real Property Journal’s Editorial Board is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief for one year 2018-2019 beginning September 2018. Candidates should have experience in editing legal articles, academic journals, and/or newsletters. The Editor-in-Chief has the final responsibility for the Journal’s operations and policies under the direction of the Real Property Section’s Executive Committee. The primary duties of the Editor-in-Chief are:
Contact: Christina R. Sansone, Interim Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the California Real Property Journal, (818) 216-6664, CSansone@SansoneLawFirm.com.
John (J.R.) Richards
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