Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust

About the Committee

See our mission statement, committee leadership, and a message from our chairs and learn about the Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust Litigation Committee today.


The Real Estate Litigation and Condemnation Committee is involved with real estate disputes and their resolution, including issues of ownership, purchase and sale, title, casualty, and land use. The Committee is also focused on litigation relating to eminent domain and zoning law. We provide an essential wealth of information, resources, and practice support for our committee members through substantive updates and articles as well as opportunities to network with other professionals around the country. The Committee presents topical and relevant discussions at both the Section and ABA Annual Meetings for litigators involved in real estate disputes. The Committee also produces a periodic newsletter.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Bar Year

We are excited about launching our committee annual plan and continuing to serve as your Co-Chairs for the 2020-2021 bar year. Last year, we had amazing contributions from the committee and our content really shined.  The challenges of the pandemic have proven fertile ground for real estate litigation related content and our committee has provided timely and sought after information for the ABA membership and beyond. We hope to meet the challenges of 2020-2021 with you, providing cutting edge content and relevant initiatives to serve you this year.

Current Committee Leadership Roster

We want to thank everyone who is serving as a Vice Chair or Sub-Committee Chair for this bar year.  Please refer to the Committee Leadership Roster for more information about our leadership and who to contact to become further involved.

Committee Leadership Opportunities & Openings

Please let us know if you are interested in continuing to serve or, if you are new to the committee or leadership, please let us know if you would like to step up to chair a subcommittee.  We are always on the lookout for any committee member who is interested in leadership; so, please reach out to us if you would like a leadership position.   We currently have several open slots for Sub-Committee Chair positions, including the following:

  • Diversity Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Position Open
  • Editorial Sub-Committee: Assistant Editor Positions Open
  • Mechanics Liens Sub-Committee:  Co-Chair Position Open
  • Young Lawyers Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Position Open
  • Zoning/Land Use Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Positions Open
  • Emerging Issues Sub-Committee: Co-Chair Position Open

We hope you will consider serving in leadership. Please refer to the Committee Leadership Roster for a list of all of our sub-committees. We are open to ideas on new and exciting sub-committees. Please also send us any referrals you may have to other lawyers interested in leadership or becoming involved with our committee generally.


The Section of Litigation, and our committee, welcomes COVID-19-related content. Our committee has produced a number of COVID-19 themed articles, and we are looking for more COVID-19 content, particularly practice points. We look forward to hearing your ideas. Please be sure to also visit the Section's COVID-19 resource page.

Racial and Social Justice

Our committee, along with the Section of Litigation, stands with all who seek new paths to fair access to justice and equality at this time. We, as a committee, are looking to increase our diversity leadership, content and programming. To that end, please consider contributing content in the area of racial and social justice, inequality, and diversity and inclusion. Please check out the ABA’s Resources on Racial and Social Justice. Additionally, if you are or if you know a diverse lawyer looking for leadership, publishing, or profile-raising opportunities (see below), please reach out to us with leadership initiatives and/or content ideas.

Publishing & Other National Profile-Raising Opportunities

Please also consider writing an article or a practice point or referring us to lawyers who may be interested in publishing in our national newsletter and online journal. Publishing is a great way for lawyers of all vintages to build or expand their resumes or to showcase their expertise. One of our committee’s key missions is to deliver high-quality content, such as articles or practice points, to the general Section of Litigation membership. Please check out our recently released edition of The Journal of Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust Litigation.

Roundtables and Sound Advice Programming

Our committee is also responsible for delivering Roundtables and Sound Advice programs for Section members. Roundtables are free, national telephone seminars that are typically one hour in length and can touch on a wide variety of substantive and practice topics, often featuring a panel of subject matter experts. Sound Advice programs are short, pre-recorded podcasts that focus on several different areas—from substantive legal issues to practice pointers to diversity discussions, for example. The podcasts are then featured nationally on our website and in our newsletter.


The Section is always looking for substantive and practice-focused national CLE webinar content as well. Check out past webinars our committee has hosted.


Our Condemnation team has been working on a book project, a 50-state survey of condemnation laws. Richard Rodriguez has been spearheading this project. The book is close to being completed, except for several remaining chapters/states. Please reach out if you are interested in helping complete this project and adding a book chapter to your publishing portfolio. Please also send in any other book ideas that you may have.

Regional Committee Conferences

Our committee had planned two regional conferences for 2020. Our first regional conference was scheduled to be in Birmingham, Alabama, in June 2020.  Our second regional conference, which centered on cannabis law, was scheduled for September 2020 in Chicago.  Due to COVID-19, both of these regional conferences have been postponed until 2021.  More details will be forthcoming as we navigate COVID-19 and determine the best time to reschedule these regional conferences.  We also anticipate hosting a Title themed regional conference for 2021.    If you have any regional conference ideas, please let us know.

Committee Networking Opportunities

Our committee has traditionally rallied at ABA conferences, such as the Sectional of Litigation Annual Conference or the broader ABA Annual Conference, with committee outings to sporting events and committee dinners.  In place of in-person networking, we are focusing on virtual opportunities this year.  We have hosted a committee zoom happy hour and we rally monthly via zoom for our committee meeting (details below).   Our members have also forged long-standing connections through involvement in committee events and initiatives. 

Monthly Zoom Meetings

The Committee meets monthly via Zoom on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Central.  Please contact us for the Zoom link if you would like to join us to learn more about our initiatives and activities for this year.


Join us on LitigationConnect for further announcements and networking opportunities.

Karen L. Hart (
Howard K. Jeruchimowitz (
Co-Chairs, Real Estate Litigation, Condemnation & Trust Litigation Committee

Subcommittee Roster (PDF)