21st Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar 2017

MCLE Credits: 8.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0; Title Agent Credit Hours: 8.0 (6.0 Title, 2.0 Laws & Regulations)

Live on Site: Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 / Williamsburg (The Williamsburg Lodge)
Registration: 12:00 p.m.
Program: Friday: 1:00 p.m. - Saturday 12:20 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 8.0 (Ethics: 2.0; (Title Agent Credit Hours: 8.0 (6.0 Title, 2.0 Laws & Regulations))
Live-Interactive Credit: 8.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

HIGHLIGHTS of this educational and entertaining seminar:

  • Development — Proffers and Eminent Domain Update
  • Commercial Breakout — REITS
  • Residential Breakout — Roads
  • Airbnbs
  • Constitutional Issues — Takings
  • Alcohol Creation Panel
  • Two Hours of Ethics

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

Great topics. Terrific faculty. Exceptional materials. Those who attend usually return every year — what’s the secret? There are additional benefits to attending: A grand resort at which to luxuriate and enjoy much needed time away from the office to gather your wits, socialize, and network with the faculty and other experienced real estate attorneys —all while getting 8 hours of relevant CLE, including 2 hours of ethics in two half-day sessions.

Preregistering VSB Real Property Section members save $25 on the registration fee!

Learn new skills and refresh others in important areas of the law to make you a better practitioner. This year’s program has a variety of topics that are relevant and timely for real estate lawyers.

Keep current with trends and developments in the law.

Indulge your brain (and your senses). Spend two luxurious days in the company of the best minds in Virginia real estate practice.

"Great speakers. Varied topics. Helpful materials."

"... Cover material in a less demanding fashion with the two 2 day sessions."

"The optional dinner provides a pleasant opportunity to visit friends from across the state and make new friends."

"Dynamic speakers. Great resort!"


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12:00 Registration
1:00 Earthquake: This Time Proffers Are Really Changing — Or Maybe Not
John W. Farrell, Leo P. Rogers

Many saw the 2016 General Assembly’s changes to the proffer system as earth shattering; others, not so much. This energetic exchange between two practitioners in the middle of the process will share their perspectives to kick off the weekend.

2:30 Break
2:40 Concurrent Sessions

I. Commercial: REIT Reality Meets Lawyer Responsibility
Richard B. Chess

Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) is a tax designation available for partnership, LLC, and corporate structures. Discover the benefits and burdens of REIT status. Learn how to prepare your client for how their world will change once their properties are held in a REIT. When negotiating with a REIT to buy or sell or lease, what unique features of the REIT structure impact on how the transaction will be structured? Develop a timeline and outline for addressing the issues noted above.

II. Residential: As a Matter of Fact, I DO Own the Road
Douglass W. Dewing

The common law maxim of “once a highway, always a highway” applies only until a road is vacated or abandoned in one of the modes permitted by law. The interest available upon termination depends on the interest acquired, which has varied from time to time throughout the history of the Commonwealth. This presentation will summarize methods for creating public roads, the interest acquired, and the procedures for terminating the public interest and vesting title in private ownership.

3:40 Break
3:50 Inviting Strangers into Your Home: The Legal Realities of Airbnb
Lisa Robertson, Lisa Wallmeyer

The Internet provides a platform for property owners to easily rent out their homes and properties for a weekend or a week via services such as Airbnb and HomeAway. However, these rentals present zoning, land use, and tax issues for localities and the Commonwealth. Learn about the current state of the law as it relates to Airbnb and similar services, as well as about recent activity in the 2016 and 2017 Sessions of the Virginia General Assembly related to these rentals.

4:40 Break
4:45 Ethics
John C. Altmiller
5:30 Adjourn
5:30 Complimentary Cocktail Party — Come join us in the bar for drinks, congeniality, and fun! 
7:00 Optional Dinner with the faculty — purchase ticket when registering


7:00 Complimentary Continental Breakfast in the registration area
8:00 Ethics
John C. Altmiller
9:15 Break

What’s New with Takings and Wetlands Regulation in the Supreme Court
Gus B. Bauman

An autopsy of the Horne, Hawkes, Koontz, and Murr cases.

10:40 Break
10:50 Distilling Legal Issues — Real Estate Mixes with Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Benjamin D. Leigh
  • Flight 1: “An Idea Brewing” — The Start-Up Issues
    - Client comes with all the answers — This is just paper, right?
    - Site selection
    - Investment issues; securities concerns; crowdfunding
    - ABC licensing
    - Intellectual property
  • Flight 2: “Buy Another Round” — The Party Gets Started
    - Adaptive re-use for the new joint
    - Tax credits and economic development (Vanish Brewing)
    - Title issues — old covenants; easements
  • Flight 3: “Sour Tastes” — Land Use and Other Issues
    - Land use approvals vs. ABC approvals and blurred lines
    - Zoning hangovers — Is wine-making“manufacturing” (and is beer a normal part of farming)?
    - How “events” can get out of control; new regulations
12:20 Adjourn



Paula S. Caplinger — Moderator, Fidelity National Title Group / Newport News
John C. Altmiller, Pesner Kawamoto / McLean
Gus B. Bauman, Beveridge & Diamond PC / Washington, DC
Richard B. Chess, Chess Law Firm, PLC / North Chesterfield
Douglass W. Dewing, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Virginia National Commercial Services / Richmond
John W. Farrell, McCandlish Lillard / Fairfax
Gifford R. Hampshire, Blankingship & Keith, P.C. / Fairfax
Benjamin D. Leigh, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C. / Leesburg
Lisa Robertson, City Attorney's Office / Charlottesville
Leo P. Rogers, Loudoun County Attorney / Leesburg
Lisa Wallmeyer, Virginia Division of Legislative Services / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$375.00* regular registration (without printed materials).
$405.00 regular registration plus printed materials.

$350.00* VSB Real Property Section member regular registration (without printed materials).
$380.00 VSB Real Property Section member regular registration plus printed materials.

$420.00 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


MARCH 3-4 / The Williamsburg Lodge
310 South England Street, Williamsburg (Venue Website / Google Map)
(757) 220-7976


Accommodations are available at the Williamsburg Lodge at the reduced rate of $163.00 per night, single or double. Book your accommodations early to ensure availability.

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A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

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Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


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