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Cal. Real. Prop. Journal 2019, VOL. 37, NO. 1

Table of Contents

Message from the Editor-in-Chief………………………………………3
By Misti M. Schmidt

The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2018………………………………….4
By Star Lightner
This article is an overview of the most significant decisions affecting California real estate in 2018, as well as some "honorable mention" cases currently under review and likely to result in important decisions this year..

California Lenders Must Be Diligent Not to Get Burned Twice: A Reminder of the Consequences of the Full Credit Bid Rule in Light of the California Wildfires………………….23
By Kathryn A. Moorer and T. Robert Finlay
When multiple wildfires recently swept across the State of California, they destroyed a multitude of residential properties and the entire Northern California city of Paradise. While foreclosure moratoriums will temporarily stop all foreclosure activity, they will eventually be lifted, giving lenders the option to foreclose on affected properties that serve as security for defaulted loans. This article discusses the risks lenders should understand before making foreclosure bids on a fire-damaged property, including, but not limited to, the lender’s potential loss of its right to insurance proceeds.

Identifying, Discussing, and Responding to Gender Bias in the Legal Profession 28
By Chris Chambers Goodman
This article provides a few stories from real estate practitioners, a brief overview of the statistics of women in the legal profession, and some federal and California state laws and rules impacting gender discrimination. Additionally, it analyzes patterns of behavior and responses to gender bias and sexual harassment, and concludes by identifying some best practices and evaluating specific response strategies.

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