Group and Committee News
Practice Management Group
The Practice Management Group has four committees: Economics, Technology and Practice Methods; Ethics and Professionalism; Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Pro-Bono. The Group focuses on issues that can enhance the effectiveness and profitability of the legal practice of real estate lawyers. The work product of the committees deals both with the management of the real estate practice, such as ethics issues, techniques for managing offices and technology to produce legal product more effectively, and handling litigation matters effectively, whether through traditional litigation or creative alternative dispute methods. The Pro-Bono Committee provides CLE materials and articles on issues affecting legal consumers, such as predatory lending, and also has created a mechanism for RPTE attorneys to provide direct pro bono legal services through Habitat for Humanity offices nationwide.
The Group Program at the Spring Symposia is Subprime Mortgage Meltdown, Turning Down The Heat, Part II, on Thursday, April 30, at 1:30-3:15 p.m. The speakers will be addressing a variety of issues involved in representing residential lenders and borrowers in the current default and foreclosure crisis. The speakers are: William Freivogel (Vice Chair, Ethics and Professionalism Committee); Ann Fulmer; Howard Goldman; Eric Mathis (Vice Chair, Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); and Ira Reingold.
In addition, at the Spring Symposium, Chris Smart (Chair, Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee) is the program chair for The Land Sales Battle: Sellers and Purchasers War Over the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act on Friday, May 1, at 3:00-4:00 p.m. The speakers are: Marc DeCandia; Rebecca Fischer; Richard Linquanti; Dan Orvin; and Leslie Schultz-Kin.
The quarterly Group conference call for May will be led by Jerry Hoenig and Maurice Pianko (the Chair and Vice Chair of the Economics, Technology and Practice Methods Committee, respectively) and will focus on two topics: 1) use of the new filtered version of the very popular Solozez list serve; and 2) online backup of computer files. This call will be held at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 28, and the call-in number and password will be available in advance and posted on the RPTE website.
We encourage RPTE members to join the Group luncheon meeting on Friday, May 1 at the Spring Symposia, meet the leadership for our Group and our Committee, and find a project that interests you. There are many opportunities for participation in the Group and we welcome participation in live presentations, articles, and e-CLE programs, or just being part of a committee.