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  • April 2010

Group and Committee News

The Practice Management Group

The Practice Management Group focuses on issues that enhance the effectiveness and profitability of the legal profession for real estate lawyers. The Group consists of four committees: 1) Economics, Technology and Practice Methods; 2) Ethics and Professionalism; 3) Real Property Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution; and 4) Pro-Bono. The work product of the Group, not only deals with the management of the real estate practice but also the handling of litigation matters effectively, whether through traditional litigation or creative alternative dispute methods. Additionally, the Pro-Bono Committee is dedicated to service projects as can be seen through its work with Habitat for Humanity International, where it provides and coordinates volunteer attorneys to serve the legal needs of the organization at local and national levels.

At the Spring Symposia, the Practice Management Group will sponsor a total of four programs. The Group Program is entitled “Law Firm Trends in the Down Economy, Using MERS to Defend Residential Foreclosures, and Using Technology to Help Your Bottom Line” and is on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  The speakers will discuss effective actions available to lawyers in this economy, representing residential borrowers in the foreclosure crisis, and using technology to help enhance the quality of your work product while improving your bottom line.  The Group and Program Chair is James Geoffrey Durham. The moderator is Andrea Barnes. The speakers are: Ward A. Bower, Christopher L. Peterson, and Gerald J. Hoenig.

The Ethics Committee will host two programs. The first program, “Risky Business: Transactional Lawyers and the Gatekeeper Initiative”, is on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 9:15 -10:15 a.m.  The Program Chair and speaker is Kevin L. Shepherd.  The second program “Are Ethical Rules Immutable? Transactional Issues Where the Ethical Rules May Change Depending on Your Location”, is on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  The Program Chair and speaker is Michael H. Rubin.

Lastly, the Litigation Committee’s program “In the Aftermath of the Real Estate Bubble: Commercial Real Estate Defaults, Workouts and Foreclosures,” is on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  The Program Chair is Christopher W. Smart. The speakers are:  Gregory G. Gosfield and Robert M. Quinn.