Real Property Law

9th Annual Real Estate and Law Symposium

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Co‐produced by Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) and The Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association

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The 9th Annual REAL Symposium programming, as in prior years, is of the highest caliber and uniquely focused on emerging real estate issues. SPIRE and the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association are pleased to announce the 2020 program:

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Stanford Law School
Paul Brest Hall
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA 94305

Earn 3.75 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit

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Onsite Registration Available!

Join California’s leading real estate professionals at the 2020 REAL Symposium to hear distinguished speakers and leading experts address cutting-edge business and legal issues pertaining to the real estate industry.

Registration: 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.
MCLE/Symposium: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Schedule | Essential Info | PDF Flyer | Registration Form


Gold Sponsor

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  • Build Group, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

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  • Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
  • Miller Star Regalia
  • Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

Bronze Sponsor

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  • Law Offices of Triano & Byrne

Student Attendance Sponsor

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  • D2 Realty Services, Inc


1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks: Welcome
  • Steve Cvitanovic – Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
  • Jeremy Olsan – Partner, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Will Your Real Estate Project Literally Be Underwater? How Sea Level Rise Will Affect Real Estate Development Along the San Francisco Bay, and What is Being Done About It.

This distinguished group of experts will provide insights into the real estate/land use, insurance, and construction law and policy ramifications arising from California’s need to adapt to our changing climate, focusing on the current and future effects of climate change. The discussion will specifically address sea level rise within the San Francisco Bay region. The panel will include an introduction briefly explaining the current best/worst case scientific scenarios.


  • Zack Wasserman: Chairman, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). J.D. Stanford Law School
  • Sean Hecht: Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
  • Madeline Cavalieri: California Coastal Commission
  • Cooper Elsworth: Department of Geophysics, Stanford University

Moderator: Giselle Roohparvar, Deputy General Counsel at Bungalow

2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Networking Break and Refreshments

Networking Break and Refreshments

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Keynote – Achieving Sustainability & Safety in Our Energy Sector: The Perspective of a Regulator at the California Public Utilities Commission

Keynote Speaker: Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

California faces the twin challenges of decarbonizing our grid, transportation and building sectors while ensuring that our energy infrastructure is safe and resilient in the face of climate change. Commissioner Rechtschaffen will discuss regulations, policies and programs at the California Public Utilities to deal with these challenges as well as other legal and practical issues affecting Californians.

4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Networking Break and Refreshments

Networking Break and Refreshments

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | The Rise of Blockchain and How it Will Transform the Real Estate industry

Blockchain technology is here, and it doesn’t just power Bitcoin. It could revolutionize commercial and investment real estate practice. From purchases, sales, financing, leasing, and management transactions, blockchain can create opportunities for clients and alleviate some of their existing challenges. Our panel of experts will explain how blockchain can work in real estate law and practice and discuss the legal implications of using blockchain technology in real estate transactions.


  • Joshua Stein: CEO Harbor, J.D. Stanford Law School
  • Jessica Adams: Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

Moderator: Grant P. Fondo: Partner and Co-Chair of Digital Currency & Blockchain practice, Goodwin Procter LLP

5:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. | Closing remarks

Closing remarks

5:35 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Reception

Please join our reception!

Essential Reception

How to Register

Registration deadline is January 31, 2020

  • Onsite Registration Available!
  • Or email Program Registrations at
  • In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Registration Fees

  • SPIRE / Real Property Law Section Members $125 by January 31, 2020/ $175 Onsite
  • Non-Members $175 by January 31, 2020 / $225 Onsite
  • Young Professionals $95 by January 31, 2020 / $120 Onsite
  • Free for students!*

*Students may attend for free courtesy of David Kleiman, Stanford Lecturer in Law and President and Co-Founder of D2 Realty Services, Inc. Please email to receive your complimentary registration code. Please note parking is not included.


Requests must be received in writing by JANUARY 31, 2020. A $50 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after JANUARY 31, 2020.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call (916) 516-1752


For registration information call (916) 516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (916) 516-1752.

California Lawyers Association is an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

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