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May 02, 2023

Brownfield rules, IRS guidance among topics at ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law conference

CHICAGO, May 2, 2023 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will meet in person to discuss important developments in real estate and trust and estate law during the 35th Annual RPTE National CLE Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law May 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

35th Annual RPTE National CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

When:  Thursday-Friday, May 11-12

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

Highlights include (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

“Brownfields Redevelopment and Remediation in Underprivileged Communities ─ Coalescing Developer Goals, Development Incentives and Community Benefits” — A disproportionate number of brownfield sites are located within, or adjacent to, underprivileged communities. This program will focus on coalescing brownfield redevelopment incentives with often conflicting private sector, government sector and local community benefits and goals related to redevelopment of such sites in underprivileged communities.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity” — Rule 1.14 of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility informs on the client-lawyer relationship where the client has diminished capacity. Normally, the lawyer is admonished to “maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship with the client.” This presentation will cover:

  • How to have a normal relationship with a client with diminished capacity
  • When it is appropriate to take protective action against one’s client
  • Whether to disclose the client’s condition(s)
  • Whether to offer emergency legal assistance in cases where the client is unable to     establish a client-lawyer relationship or make judgments regarding the matter
  • References to guidance from other organizations, such as American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, that have promulgated comments and/or best practices

Thursday, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

“The Amazon Effect: Amazon HQ2’s Effect on Real Estate and Housing in the D.C. Metro” — In late 2018, Amazon announced that northern Virginia would be the home to Amazon’s second headquarters. Since early 2021, Amazon has emerged as a key player in the affordable housing industry in the region and has already provided nearly $1 billion in loans and grants to dozens of well-known private developers and nonprofits, bridging financing gaps by providing additional capital and garnering frequent and positive media attention and praise from local governments. Panelists will examine the role megacorporations like Amazon should play in affordable housing finance and Big Tech philanthropy around housing affordability generally as it relates to the future of public sector programs in the form of tax credits, grant programs, housing choice vouchers and housing trust funds.
Friday, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

“Treasury and the IRS Are Here to Help: How Does that Happen? Cathy Hughes with the Department of the Treasury, Karlene Lesho with the IRS office of chief counsel and Beth Kaufman with Caplin & Drysdale will discuss recent guidance, the IRS business plan and comments received pursuant to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The panelists also will walk through the process of how tax guidance becomes “official guidance.”
Friday, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online. For media registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at [email protected].

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