The Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association first presented a real estate law symposium in 1972. In 1976, the Section named the symposium in honor of Benjamin S. Crocker (1935-1973), whose personal efforts significantly contributed to the growth of the Section and its mission of continuing legal education. While originally a program for real estate attorneys, the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium was expanded into a "law and business" format commencing with the program in 2003, including education for real estate attorneys and members of the real estate business community. In 2007, the Section partnered with the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA (a joint center of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA School of Law) to co-sponsor the 2008 Crocker Symposium. The 2011 program will be the 40th Annual Crocker Symposium. For more information about this event, please see www.crockersymposium.com
Benjamin S. Crocker (1935 - 1973) received his bachelor of arts and juris doctorate degrees from Stanford University. He began his practice of law with the firm of Halstead and Crocker in Los Angeles and in 1970 became Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. He was Chair of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1970 and was an active participant in and leader of numerous other professional groups and community activities. He was the Editor of the Los Angeles County Bar Bulletin, the Chair of the Savings and Loan Attorneys Committee, a Director of Goodwill Industries of Southern California, the National Chair of the Stanford Quad program, and a Trustee of Stanford University.