Real Property Section

Message From 2020-21 Chair Kelsey Thayer

Kelsey ThayerAs the new Chair of the Real Property Section, I have the distinct privilege to share with you who we are and what we do, and invite you to become more involved in our dynamic group.

After graduating law school, I knew I wanted to find a way to become engaged in the Los Angeles real estate legal community and start building my professional network.  For me, joining the Real Property Section was a no-brainer – the Section provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from the best real estate lawyers across Southern California (and beyond).  After several years as a member, I decided to become more involved by joining the Executive Committee as the liaison of the Barristers/Young Attorneys Section.  Since that time, I’ve worn several different hats on the Executive Committee, including Vice Chair of Membership and Vice Chair of Programming.  Serving on the Executive Committee with such a stellar group of real estate lawyers has truly been one of the highlights of my legal career.  I am continually inspired by our members’ passion, commitment to volunteerism, and genuine comradery.

I am so honored to lead the Section this upcoming year and continue our proud traditions.  This year will undoubtedly be filled with uncertainties and challenges, but I am excited to see what we can accomplish together as leaders of the real estate legal community. 

A core mission this year is for the Section to serve as a catalyst for change.  The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others have ignited a national dialogue about racial injustices.  As real estate practitioners, it is important to reflect upon the country’s history of racist real estate development practices and exchange ideas about improving race equity.  This year, we will not only create CLE programs tackling racism in the world of real estate, but collaborate with minority bar associations, diversify membership, and organize a number of informal, round-table discussions about race and privilege.  We hope you lend your voice to this conversation. 

The Real Property Section has been a provider of top-notch CLE programs for many decades, and this year will be no exception.  Our exciting slate of programs will cover a broad range of real estate topics, including land-use planning, environmental law, finance, title insurance, construction law, commercial development, leasing, and general property law.  The Section also strives to be the “go to” resource for topical programs related to COVID-19.  The aftershock of the pandemic will be felt for quite some time, and we will be here to provide you with practical solutions for navigating the multitude of new COVID-19 issues confronting our industry.  While we miss seeing you in person, virtual programming has given our Section a new platform to reach more people than ever before, not only across Los Angeles County but nationwide. 

We are excited to once again partner with the California Lawyers Association for our flagship Crocker Symposium this fall.  This year, the Crocker Symposium will offer curated programs in the areas of finance, leasing, and homelessness, with speakers who are the best of the best.  It is an event not to be missed, and we look forward to seeing you there!

With nearly 750 members, this Section represents a cross-section of the real estate community, with transactional lawyers and litigators at firms of all sizes; attorneys working in house, at non-profits, at title companies, and in government; and a litany of other real estate professionals.  The Section caters to seasoned and newer attorneys alike.  Perhaps more importantly than ever, we plan to hold several networking events this year so that our members have an outlet to mix and mingle, exchange ideas, and meet potential clients and referral sources.  Stay tuned for details on our first virtual networking event.

Want to get involved?  Of course you do!  Getting involved in the Real Property Section can take many forms, including joining a committee, speaking at a CLE program, helping organize (or simply attending) an event, participating in a diversity initiative, or submitting information for our monthly newsletter. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at kthayer@spcllp.com if you are interested in learning more or have any questions.  I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.  I look forward to an exciting and productive year!

Kelsey Thayer
Chair, Real Property Section




The Real Property Section focuses on all aspects of real property law, both transactions and litigation.

The Section also publishes a monthly Newsletter highlighting recent developments in real estate law, and a quarterly Review, with substantive articles of interest to real estate practitioners.

 

 


Our Subsections

The Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association is organized into several subsections. Each subsection is responsible for the lifeblood of the Section - the planning and implementation of substantive programs for Section members, as well as members of the Bar at large. Following are short descriptions of each subsection.

General Real Property Subsection: The goal of the General Real Property Law Subsection is to provide newer attorneys with a basic understanding of the transactional practice of law, practical advice on transactional matters and an overview of important legal trends.

Land Use Planning and Environmental Law: The Land Use Planning and Environmental Law Subsection Provides a forum for continuing legal education on topics pertinent to real estate practitioners whose work includes land use planning and/or environmental law issues or who wish to know more about those areas, with programs designed for relevance to real estate practice.

Title Insurance: The Title Insurance Subsection hosts regular lunches to provide members an opportunity to network and to share knowledge about topics of interest to those practicing in the title insurance and or escrow fields. Our programs are highly topical and bring the title insurance bar together with title and escrow companies, as well as lenders, brokers and other professionals in the real estate community.

Construction Law: The goal of the Construction Law Subsection is to provide continuing education in both a legal and practical format so that the practitioner will be advised of the current state of the ever changing construction law and to provide practical information to use in their everyday practice.

Commercial Development & Leasing: This Subsection provides attorneys who represent landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, owners and developers programmatic information to effectively consummate transactions for their clients.

Real Estate Finance: The Subsection is dedicated to providing periodic programs by the leading practitioners in the field of real estate finance designed to create a forum for legal and other real estate professionals to maintain and enhance their knowledge and understanding of topics of interest and importance in real estate finance and secured transactions.
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