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.

Mission

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

The 2019–2020 Bar Year: Heading Toward the Finish Line!

We have enjoyed serving as  your Co-Chairs so far for the 2019–2020 bar year. We hit the ground running last fall following the  Section of Litigation’s Fall Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, and we have continued to learn how to better navigate ABA leadership at the ABA Winter Leadership Conference in Miami, FL, attended in January. We have continued to implement our annual plan, building committee leadership and a base of really great content. Our committee is charging into 2020 and we are looking forward to a very robust production year for our committee.    

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 2019–2020 Committee Leadership Roster for more information about our leadership and who to contact to get involved.

Committee Leadership Opportunities & Openings

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: Cochair Position Open
  • Editorial Sub-Committee: Assistant Editor Positions Open
  • Mechanics Liens Sub-Committee: Cochair Position Open
  • Young Lawyers Sub-Committee: Cochair Position Open
  • Zoning/Land Use Sub-Committee: Cochair Positions Open

We hope you will consider serving in leadership this year or in the future. 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.  

COVID-19

The ABA, 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 also recently produced a popular Roundtable discussion, COVID-19: Force Majeure, Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose, which is available for download. We are looking more such COVID-19 programming. We look forward to hearing your ideas.   Please be sure to also visit the ABA’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

The Journal of Real Estate, Condemnation and Trust Litigation

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 Winter 2020 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.

Webinars

New this year, the Section is looking for substantive and practice-focused national CLE webinar content as well.   Check out a webinar on Historic Preservation our committee hosted earlier this year.

SAC Programming

We will also be submitting programs for the 2021 Section of Litigation Annual Conference (Houston, Texas).  Please let us know if you have any great programming ideas for SAC.

Books

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. 

Please be sure to register for the upcoming virtual ABA Annual Meeting – Convening for Justice, July 29-August 4, 2020.  Registration is FREE for ABA members.     

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.

LitigationConnect

Join us on LitigationConnect for further announcements and networking opportunities.

We look forward to continuing to make our committee a success as we round out the bar year and head toward 2021.  Please reach out with questions/comments/ideas!

Karen L. Hart (khart@bellnunnally.com)
Howard K. Jeruchimowitz (Jeruchimowitzh@gtlaw.com)
Co-Chairs, Real Estate Litigation, Condemnation & Trust Litigation Committee

Subcommittee Roster (PDF)