35th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Wednesday, June 28 / Abingdon, Charlottesville, Hampton, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, June 29 / Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Leesburg
  Tuesday, October 10 / Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, October 11 / Tysons
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: May 9 in Roanoke, May 10 in Fairfax, and May 16 in Williamsburg


Why Attend?

You can’t afford to miss these presentations:

  • Essential Updates on Virginia Real Estate Case Law and the New 2016 Virginia Statutes
  • Ethics — Cybersecurity Tips for Complying with Ethical and Legal Obligations to Safeguard Confidential Data
  • Overview of Lien Enforcement Mechanisms
  • Elder Law Real Estate Issues

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

Now in its 35th year, Virginia CLE®’s Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar continues to set the standard for currency and quality in continuing legal education for real estate practitioners. Whether you have an established real estate practice or are a general practitioner who occasionally encounters real estate issues, this program is for you.

Buying or selling real estate, whether residential or commercial, may be the largest single investment that your client will ever make. Along with a considerable financial commitment, such transactions usually involve risk, technicalities, and a variety of complex legal considerations.


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8:30 Registration
9:00 Virginia’s Real Estate Legislative Update
Lucia Anna Trigiani, David S. Mercer

Learn what has passed and what is on the horizon for next year.
10:15 Break
10:25 Virginia’s Real Estate Case Law Update
Otto W. Konrad, Ray W. King

Materials on all real estate−related cases in the past year with a presentation highlighting the top cases.
11:40 Break
11:45 Cybersecurity Tips at Warp Speed for Lawyers: Make Sure You’re Ethically Compliant
Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek

Lawyers have an ethical duty to be competent and to keep their client data confidential. Clients too want to keep their confidential data protected. All too often, information security is not prioritized by law firms. It costs money to protect data and businesses frequently resist budgeting for security, even though an ounce of prevention is far less expensive than a pound of cure. Investigating and remediating data breaches is hideously expensive, not to mention the necessity of complying with state data breach notification laws. But there are a host of free and budget-friendly tips. Our presenters will cover:
  • Cybersecurity standards for small businesses
  • How to prevent data breaches using a combination of technology, policies, and      training
  • Secure computing when you’re on the road
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Encryption
  • The new rules for strong passwords and password management
  • What you must do after a data breach, and the components of an Incident Response Plan
  • Defending against — and recovering from — ransomware
12:45 Lunch Recess
1:30 Liens on Real Estate
F. Lewis Biggs, William E. Callahan, Jr., Paul K. Campsen, William H. Casterline, Jr., Hannah W. Hutman, Dennis T. Lewandowski, Jeremy B. Root

This presentation will give an overview of some of the most frequently used lien enforcement mechanisms with respect to Virginia real estate, including non-judicial foreclosure under deeds of trust, judicial enforcement of judgment liens, non-judicial enforcement of association liens, and judicial receivership.
3:00 Break
3:10 Elder Law Real Estate Issues
John T. Midgett, Alison R. Zizzo

There are many issues surrounding real estate whether owned by elderly or incapacitated individuals or by estates and trusts, including how to properly handle the management, transfer, and sale of real property after the death of the owner.  Among these issues, our presenters will focus on:
  • The importance of a durable power of attorney in handling and managing real property for incapacitated adults
  • The advantages of gifting real property prior to death for a variety of reasons including Medicaid planning and reduction of the taxable estate
  • Utilizing the flexibility of a transfer-on-death deed
  • Methods for determining the post-mortem value of real property and the tax consequences of a transfer or sale
  • Identifying the fiduciary obligations of an executor or trustee related to the management, transfer, and sale of real property held in a decedent’s estate or trust
  • Distinguishing the power of sale versus the authority to sell 
  • Potential litigation consequences of post-death real property issues
4:10 Adjourn



F. Lewis Biggs, Kepley Broscious & Biggs, PLC / Richmond
William E. Callahan, Jr., LeClairRyan / Roanoke
Paul K. Campsen, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. / Norfolk
William H. Casterline, Jr., Blankingship & Keith, PC / Fairfax
Hannah W. Hutman, Hoover Penrod PLC / Harrisonburg
Ray W. King, LeClairRyan / Norfolk
Otto W.  Konrad, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Dennis T. Lewandowski, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. / Norfolk
David S. Mercer, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria
John T. Midgett, Midgett & Preti PC  / Virginia Beach
Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Jeremy B. Root, Blankingship & Keith, PC / Fairfax
John W. Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Lucia Anna Trigiani, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria
Alison R. Zizzo, Midgett & Preti PC / Virginia Beach

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$215* regular registration (without printed materials).
$245 regular registration plus printed materials.
$200* preregistering VSB Real Property Section member (without printed materials).
$230 preregistering VSB Real Property Section member plus printed materials.
$260 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program



Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Hampton: Old Dominion University’s Peninsula Center, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, Second Floor, 600 Butler Farm Road, next to the TNCC Campus  (757) 766-5200 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 786-8321 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Harrisonburg: Courtyard Marriott, 1890 Evelyn Byrd Avenue (540) 432-3031 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Leesburg: Clarion Inn Leesburg (formerly the Holiday Inn Historic Carradoc Hall), 1500 East Market Street (703) 771-9200 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map) Now Metro accessible!

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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.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

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.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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