26th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar 2022

MCLE Credits: 7.5
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Friday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET and
Saturday, March 12, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

  • Live Webcast
  • Live Telephone
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MCLE Credit: 7.5 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.5 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 7.5 Real Estate, 2.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Title Agent Credit: 7.0 (Title–5.0; Ethics–2.0)
Registration Fees: Webcast: $349 regular registration
Webcast: $329 discounted registration for
VSB Real Property Section members
Telephone: $369 regular registration
Telephone: $349 discounted registration for
VSB Real Property Section members


Why Attend?

  • Great topics. Terrific faculty. Exceptional materials. Join us for what will prove to be an informative and engaging virtual seminar, carrying 7.5 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics credit, and 7.0 hours of Title Agent credit in two half-day sessions.

Cosponsored with the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar

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. Ask your questions and get answers from the speakers.

HIGHLIGHTS of this educational and entertaining seminar:

  • Eminent Domain: 10 Things Every Real Estate Attorney Needs to Know
  • Opportunity Zones/Tax Updates for Real Estate
  • Alternative Housing Arrangements—Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Ethics for Real Estate Attorneys
  • The Corporate Transparency Act and Repercussions on Real Estate Investors
  • Condo Maintenance Obligations in the Aftermath of Surfside Condo Collapse

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

Applying for Title Agent Credit


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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 $90 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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COURSE SCHEDULE (Friday, March 11) (Eastern Time)

1:00 Eminent Domain: 10 Things Every Real Estate Attorney Needs to Know
Michael Coughlin

This presentation will provide 10 practice pointers for real estate attorneys, to help dispel myths about eminent domain and ensure that attorneys provide important information to their clients involved in a taking. Topics will include important legal developments, condemnation provisions in leases, lenders’ rights, lost business profits, and more. 

2:00 Break
2:10 Opportunity Zones/Tax Updates for Real Estate
Jenny Connors

Opportunity Zones were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to stimulate economic development and job creation, by incentivizing long-term investments in low-income neighborhoods. This session will discuss updates to the law and applications to real estate legal practitioners.

3:10 Break

State of the Market and Local Policy: Accessory Dwelling Units in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Terry L. Clower, Mel Jones, Jonathan Knopf

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are an increasingly popular innovation to solve a range of housing challenges faced by communities across the country. While they remain fairly scarce in Virginia, many policymakers and developers in the state hope to make them a more common part of our neighborhoods to add lower-cost housing options, keep families together, and generate new revenue for property owners. This panel will share the results of a recent study commissioned by the General Assembly to investigate the legal, land use, financial, and construction issues that need resolution for the opportunity to expand the supply of ADUs in the Commonwealth. Special attention will be paid to the role of zoning and other local regulatory schemes.

4:20 Break
4:30 The Average Attorney’s Take on Ethical Considerations in Our Real Estate World: Conflicts of Interest—LEO Highlights on How NOT to Be a Lowlife
Bradley D. Foster, Robert E. Hawthorne, Jr., Hon. Darrel W. Puckett

The Real Estate Section of the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and Area Representatives, under the initiative of former Chairperson Kay Creasman, have lovingly filtered through more than fifty years’ worth of Virginia Legal Ethics Opinions that pertain to topics of interest to the real estate practitioner. These folks were very eager to pass along some of the joy derived from reviewing the written product of old lawyers opining on riveting legal conundrums, culminating in these presentations on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. From LEO 183 to 1896, these are the ethics opinions that may matter the most, presented to you in two one-hour sessions from the perspective of your everyday average attorney.

This Friday afternoon session will review more than sixty LEOs that address conflicts of interest in the real estate arena, along with the Disciplinary Rules of the Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility and the Rules of Professional Conduct invoked in the opinions. This synopsis hopefully will provide a refresher course on staying above board (bored?) and above average in the ethical representation of our clients.

5:30 Adjourn

COURSE SCHEDULE (Saturday, March 12) (Eastern Time)

8:00 The Average Attorney Returns: Take Two on Ethical Considerations in Our (Groggy) Real Estate World—Miscellaneous Topics from the LEO Hall of Fame
Bradley D. Foster, Robert E. Hawthorne, Jr., Hon. Darrel W. Puckett

This Saturday morning session will review many of the greatest hits from the real estate genre of LEOs. These are the enduring opinions that get played over and over again, the most recognized real estate ethics tunes of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s, and today.

9:00 Break
9:15 Corporate Transparency Act: What It Means for Syndication Sponsors and Beneficial Owners
Elizabeth Whitman

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) was enacted on January 1, 2021, and is targeted at small, privately held business entities. The CTA requires these organizations to report their “beneficial owners” and “applicants” to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in an attempt to prevent the use of shell companies to evade anti-money-laundering rules or to hide other illegal activities. Learn how this new law will impact your real estate practice.

10:15 Break
10:30 Condo Maintenance in the Aftermath of the Surfside Collapse
Susan Bradford Tarley

In light of the tragedy of the Surfside Condo collapse in Miami Beach, condo boards need to understand their fiduciary obligations to the condo’s owners and the maintenance and repair requirements under law for common elements of the condo building. This session will review these obligations under the Virginia Condominium Act and related statutes. Learn how best to advise your condo board clients to help protect the lives in their condominium buildings.

12:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Terry L. Clower, Ph.D., George Mason University / Arlington
Jenny H. Connors, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Michael J. Coughlin, Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh / Prince William
Bradley D. Foster, Hawthorne & Hawthorne / Farmville
Robert E. Hawthorne, Jr., Hawthorne & Hawthorne / Blackstone
Melissa (Mel) Jones, Virginia Tech / Blacksburg
Jonathan Knopf, HDAdvisors / Richmond
Hon. Darrel W. Puckett, 10th Judicial District / Appomattox
Susan Bradford Tarley, Tarley Robinson, PLC / Williamsburg
Elizabeth Whitman, Whitman Legal Solutions, LLC / Potomac, MD


Sarah Louppe Petcher, S&T Law Group / Falls Church
Heather R. Steele, Pesner Altmiller Melnick DeMers & Steele PLC / Tysons

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