25th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar 2021

MCLE Credits: 8.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Thursday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
and
Friday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

  • Live Webcast
  • Live Telephone
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MCLE Credit: 8.0 (Ethics: 1.0); Title Agent Credit: 8.0
Live-Interactive Credit: 8.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

$349 regular registration
$329 discounted registration for
VSB Real Property Section members

Information

Why Attend?

Great topics. Terrific faculty. Exceptional materials. This year will include special presentations in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the seminar. Also a deep dive into addressing wellness issues for the busy Real Estate practitioner. Join us for what will prove to be an informative and engaging virtual seminar.

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

HIGHLIGHTS of this educational and entertaining seminar:

  • Bridging the Digital Divide: Real Estate Primer for Broadband Access and 5G
  • Hot Topics in E-Real Estate (E-Notarization, E-Recordation, and E-Signatures)
  • National Legal Landscape and Developments in Real Estate in COVID-19:  Force Majeure, Essential Purpose, and More from Dirt Law
  • Brokerage for Real Estate Today and Tomorrow:  Reminders and What’s on the Horizon for the Changing Landscape of Brokerage
  • Yes, Virginia, There Is Such a Thing as Series LLCs—Now What?
  • Advocatus Emptor (Lawyer Beware): Occupational Risks for Lawyers and Tools to Help

Preregistering VSB Real Property Section members save $20 on registration fee!

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (Thursday, March 4) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Bridging the Digital Divide: Real Estate Primer for Broadband Access and 5G

Evan Feinman, Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam
Ken Schmidt, Steel in the Air, Inc.

Hear from Governor Northram’s office on programs to expand the access of broadband in Virginia. This is paired with a national expert on cell tower and repeater facilities—what does the landscape look like for property owners and landlords? What challenges exist for “last mile” implementation—or will 5G solve all problems? This presentation will include a survey of the relevant Virginia legislation specific to enhanced broadband access and 5G.            

3:00 Break
3:10 Hot Topics in E-Real Estate (E-Notarization, E-Recordation, and E-Signatures)

Gary Clemens, Clerk, Loudoun County Circuit Court
Chip Dicks, Esq., Gentry Locke

COVID-19 and 2020 accelerated change and forced upon real estate practitioners the adoption of new ways of practicing real estate.  One of the key legislative players in Virginia’s e-laws discusses proposed modification and developments in e-commerce legislation. We will also hear from a very experienced and respected clerk of circuit court on how technological advances have provided continuity in real estate practices—and what challenges remain.

4:10 Break
4:20 A Wellness Discussion: Maintaining Competence to Practice Law (Ethics)

Justin Earley, Esq., The Earley Legal Group

Mental health matters to the ethical practice of law. This is not just a matter of common sense, but of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 1.1 requires that a lawyer “provide competent representation to a client,” and Comment 7 notes that maintaining “the mental, emotional, and physical ability necessary for the representation of a client is an important aspect of maintaining competence to practice law.” In short, our profession cannot ethically ignore the state of mental health in the legal profession. Our profession, however, struggles to catch up to this reality. Numerous studies now show lawyers to be above the national average in everything from depression to anxiety to alcoholism and more. This presentation will (1) examine the crisis state of mental health in the legal profession, (2) summarize the studies and reports documenting these trends, (3) examine the LEOs, Rules of Professional Conduct, and MCLE Opinions that make this an ethical issue, and (4) perhaps most importantly, outline some practical solutions on a personal and industry level.           
5:20 Closing Remarks
5:30 Adjourn

COURSE SCHEDULE (Friday, March 5) (Eastern Time)

9:00 Welcome
9:05 National Legal Landscape and Developments in Real Estate in COVID-19:  Force Majeure, Essential Purpose, and More from Dirt Law

Prof. Dale Whitman, Dean Emeritus, University of Missouri, and Visiting Professor of Law, Arizona State University

Professor of Law and moderator of the nationally followed “DIRTlaw” listserv blog (http://listserv.umkc.edu/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=DIRT&A=1), Professor Dale Whitman will survey the emerging case law following the wave of challenges between landlords and tenants and other parties in the wake of stay-at-home orders, moratoria, and other extraordinary circumstances.  Professor Whitman is the DIRTlaw moderator and successor to the late Professor Patrick Randolph, who was a leading speaker at the VSB Real Property Section’s first Advanced Real Estate Seminar, in 1997.

10:35 Break
10:45 Brokerage for Real Estate Today and Tomorrow:  Reminders and What’s on the Horizon for the Changing Landscape of Brokerage

Prof. Barlow Burke, American University Washington College of Law

A review of the basics and the misperceptions—whom can brokers “represent” and what can they do (and what may they not do)—are attorneys required to follow brokers rules? What models for selling real estate are evolving—auctions, online, and automated players—what is a lawyer to do?

12:15 Lunch Break
1:00 Yes, Virginia, There Is Such a Thing as Series LLCs—Now What?

Jerry Friedlander, Esq., Friedlander & Friedlander PC

This presentation will discuss the use of series LLCs in Virginia: how and when to use them, as well as the lending, insurance, and marketability issues they present.

2:00 Break
2:10 Caveat Advocatus (Lawyer Beware): Occupational Risks for Lawyers and Tools to Help

The Honorable Justice William C. Mims, Supreme Court of Virginia
Margaret Ogden, Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Real Estate lawyers face stress from subject area requirements, challenging clients, ethics and conflicts situations, and eroding public perception of value. This presentation by a Supreme Court of Virginia Justice and the Wellness Coordinator from the Office of the Executive Secretary will discuss the profession’s recognition of these risks and various strategies at combating these risks.

3:10 Break
3:15 25-Year Lessons and a Look Forward (no MCLE credit)

Susan Pesner, Esq., Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC
Howard Gordon, Esq., Williams Mullen

Rome was not built in a day, and neither is wisdom—in celebration of this 25th year of this seminar, hear from two leading real estate lawyers who attended and helped organize the very first seminar.  The presenters will give their predictions on what may lie ahead in the next 25 years in Real Estate.

4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Hon. William Cleveland Mims, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Gary M. Clemens, Circuit Court of Loudoun County / Leesburg
Prof. Barlow Burke, American University Washington College of Law / Washington, DC
John G. Dicks, Gentry Locke / Richmond
Justin Whitmel Earley, The Earley Legal Group / Richmond
Evan Feinman, Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam / Richmond
Jerome P. Friedlander, II, Friedlander & Friedlander PC / McLean
Howard E. Gordon, Williams Mullen / Norfolk
Margaret H. Ogden, Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Susan M. Pesner, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / Tysons
Ken Schmidt, Steel in the Air, Inc. / Baldwinsville, NY
Prof. Dale Whitman, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law / Columbia, MO

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