37th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar 2019

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Wednesday, May 8 / Roanoke
  Tuesday, May 21 / Fairfax
  Thursday, May 23 / Williamsburg
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0) Title Agent Ed Credit - 6.0 (Title: 6.0) (live programs only)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

You will not want to miss presentations on the following topics:

  • Essential Updates on Virginia Real Estate Case Law and Statutory Law
  • Easements—The Changing Landscape and Scope
  • An Overview of Landlord-Tenant Law in Virginia
  • Ethics for the Real Estate Attorney

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

Now in its 37th 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.

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 16 video replays offered statewide in June and October.
E-mail distance_ed@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program is made available as an online or USB seminar.
E-mail publications@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program's seminar materials are made available for sale.



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, Christy L. Murphy

Materials on all real estate−related cases in the past year with a presentation highlighting the top cases.
11:40 Break
11:45 Ethics: Quagmires and Quandaries: Everyday Real Estate Ethics
Sarah Petcher (Roanoke), Benjamin Leigh (Fairfax), Kay Creasman (Williamsburg)

This presentation will cover the ethical issues presented by assemblages, fees paid by third parties, notary challenges, contact with officials purportedly represented by local government attorneys and other vicarious considerations.

12:45 Lunch (provided at live programs only)
1:30 Easements: The Changing Landscape and Scope
John H. Hawthorne

The Supreme Court of Virginia has been clear that we look to the specific language of the easement to define its scope. The Code of Virginia has dictated that an easement will not be used in a way that is not reasonably consistent with the uses contemplated by the grant of the easement. However, easements have all too often fallen into a gray area in between. How do we determine the rights of the dominant tenement and the duties of the servient tenement when the language and intended use are both ambiguous? Furthermore, as the use of the land associated with the easement evolves, does the use of the easement correspondingly evolve? These questions and many others will be analyzed and discussed in this presentation.

2:30 Break
2:40 Landlord-Tenant Overview
Elizabeth Godwin-Jones, P. Matthew Roberts

The presentation will provide a basic overview of landlord-tenant law with an emphasis on the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). Focus areas will include recent changes to the VRLTA, particularly in light of a growing awareness of eviction rates around the state, as well as issues commonly experienced by purchasers of residential and commercial real property. The material will also take a basic look at bankruptcy law as it affects landlord-tenant proceedings. 

4:10 Adjourn



Kathryn N. Byler, Pender & Coward / Virginia Beach
Paula S. Caplinger
, Chicago Title Insurance Company / Newport News
Kay M. Creasman, Old Republic National Title Company / Richmond
Elizabeth Godwin-Jones, Godwin-Jones & Price, P.C. / Richmond
John  H. Hawthorne, Protorae Law / Tysons
Otto W.  Konrad, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Benjamin D. Leigh, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C. / Leesburg
David S. Mercer, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria
Christy L. Murphy, Bischoff Martingayle, P.C. / Norfolk
Sarah Louppe Petcher, S&T Law Group / Falls Church
P. Matthew Roberts, Godwin-Jones & Price, PC / Richmond
Lucia Anna Trigiani, MercerTrigiani LLP / Alexandria


Kathryn N. Byler, Pender&Coward / Virginia Beach (Roanoke)
Benjamin D. Leigh, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C. / Leesburg (Fairfax)
Paula S. Caplinger, Chicago Title Insurance Company / Newport News (Williamsburg)

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are at an additional cost at the Live seminars only.)

$285* regular registration (without printed materials).
$315 regular registration plus printed materials.
$270* preregistering VSB Real Property Section member (without printed materials).
$300 preregistering VSB Real Property Section member plus printed materials.
$330 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).




*Available until 3 business days before the program


ROANOKE / Wednesday, May 8
Roanoke Higher Education Center (Venue Website / Google Map)
108 North Jefferson Street
(540) 767-6161
(Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.)

FAIRFAX / Tuesday, May 21
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

WILLIAMSBURG / Thursday, May 23
William & Mary School of Law (Venue Website / Google Map)
613 South Henry Street
(757) 221-1423

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.

15% discount is offered on any book or seminar material purchased at the seminar site. All Virginia CLE® publications include free shipping.

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®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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