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The Real Property Section Newsletter is published monthly
by the Real Property Section.

Vivienne Chen


Real Property Executive Committee:


Teresa Y. Hillery

Vice Chair (Programming)
Rachel Sanders

Vice Chair (Communications)
Vivienne Chen

Vice Chair (Membership)
Gretta Moy

Owen Gross

Dan Villalpando

Immediate Past Chair
Kelsey Thayer



Celeste Caitlen Ahl
Eric A. Altoon
Nedra Austin
Rosetta Broomfield
Norman A. Chernin
Sadara DeVonne
Caroline Dreyfus
Brant H. Dveirin
Kimia Ghalambor
Jane L. Hinton
Laurence L. Hummer
Trudi J. Lesser
Linda E. Spiegel
Ira J. Waldman

Law School Liaison
Daniel Liffmann

Barrister’s Liaison (non-voting)
Niloofar Henzaki

Section Administrator
Fatima Jones



Commercial Development and Leasing Subsection, Co-Chairs
Steven Farenbaugh
Jonathan Zweig

Construction Law Subsection, Co- Chairs
Aaron J. Flores
Ashley B. Jordan

General Real Property Subsection,
Michael Davis
Joe Dzida

Land Use Planning and Environmental Law, Subsection Chair
Julie Hamill

Real Estate Finance Subsection,

Mark Hikin
Alyssa Ashley Rutherford

Title Insurance Subsection, Chair
James H. Treadwell



Roy H. Aaron*
Eric A. Altoon
Michael J. Bayard
Stephen M. Blitz
Susan J. Booth
Elizabeth Spedding Calciano
Robert E. Carter*
Norm Chernin
R. Bradbury Clark*
Claire Hervey Collins
Professor William Coskran*
Caroline Dreyfus
Anson Dreison*
Brant H. Dveirin
Peter Gelles
Gail Gordon*
Byron Hayes, Jr.
Gordon Hunt
Bryan C. Jackson
Michael S. Klein
Preston Kline*
Bernard Kolbor
Robert Krueger*
Mark L. Lamken*
Marvin Leon
Gregg J. Loubier
Victor I. Marmon
Jerold L. Miles
O’Malley M. Miller
Rodney Moss*
Donald C. Nanney
Gytis L. Nefas
Carl B. Phelps
Laurence G. Preble
James D. Richman
Peter E. Robinson
Floyd Sayer*
Margaret J. Schock
Ronald I. Silverman
Sarah V.J. Spyksma
Theresa C. Tate
Kelsey Thayer
Timothy M. Truax
Richard S. Volpert
Ira J. Waldman
Alan Wayte*
Pamela L. Westhoff
John W. Whitaker
George H. Whitney*
Norma J. Williams
John M. Yunker, Jr.
Paula Reddish Zinnemann




Introductory Remarks

The New Residential Subsection is Here!
The Real Property Section has established a RESIDENTIAL SUBSECTION! This new and exciting subsection will provide legal updates, educational content and practical advice to practitioners and licensees who advise in all aspects of residential real property. Contrary to most belief, this subsection will address more than purchase and sale transactions and will include all aspects of residential real property - finance, title and escrow, leasing, property management, post Covid-19 unlawful detainers and eminent domain. Come and join us as we welcome this new subsection to the Real Property Section family!

If you would like to become a member or have questions about our NEW Residential Subsection, please contact our co-chairs:
Sadara DeVonne [direct: 626-316-2540, email:] and Rosetta Broomfield [direct: 562-716-9402, email:]

Our Open Invitation
Want to learn more about our section and see how you can get involved? We invite you to join one of our Executive Committee meetings and hear for yourself what we do and why we do it. The Executive Committee meets every first Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom (Meeting Registration – Zoom). Feel free to stop by and meet our dynamic group in our next meeting on January 5, 2022.

The Real Property Section would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! See you in 2022!

Vivienne Chen
Editor, Real Property Section Newsletter
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January 25, 2022, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cyber Attacks on Construction Companies: What You Don’t Know, Will Hurt You
Construction Law Subsection

No industry is immune from cybersecurity threats, and that includes the construction industry. Construction firms have access to a wealth of information that might be desirable to hackers and cyber extortionists. The construction industry has also adopted more cutting-edge technology in recent years, which creates potential portals to cyber-attacks. This informative roundtable discussion will provide guidance on best practices using the latest technology in construction, prepare you for legal pitfalls, and provide tips on reducing and managing cyber risks.

  • Andrew J. Moss. Partner, Reed Smith LLP
  • Sue S. Junn. Member, Clark Hill LLP
  • Rebecca Pearson. Associate Director, West Region Leader, Willis Towers Watson
  • Michael Corcione. Partner, HKA Global

February 22, 2022

Flaig Award and Construction Law Update
Construction Law Subsection

The Construction Law Subsection presents an award at its annual year-in-review program each February. Make sure to join us this year on February 22, 2022 for the Acret Award!

CLE Anytime

LACBA Real Property CLE Anytime

Even if you can't attend our Real Property Section events, you can earn CLE credit by viewing our streaming videos. Here are a few options. Click any link below.

A Primer on How Title Companies Underwrite Construction Loans Since the Last Great Recession

Real Estate Applied Bankruptcy Basics and Evolving Developments in a Post-Pandemic Era

Commercial CC&R's and Reciprocal Easement Agreements

2021 Flaig Award & Annual Construction Law Update

Ground Lease Practice: Beyond the Basics

Nuts and Bolts of E-Recording

Recent Cases
- Environmental Law -

The Federal Aviation Administration’s nonadherence to Order 1050.1F Desk Reference in finding no significant environmental impact for a project could not alone serve as the basis for holding that the FAA did not take a hard look at the environmental consequences of the project; a plaintiff had to show the FAA’s nonadherence to the desk reference had some environmental significance. The fact a plaintiff cannot identify any specific cumulative impacts that the FAA failed to consider suggests that there are none. Quantified data in a cumulative effects analysis is not a per se requirement. If a California Environmental Quality Act analysis finds significant environmental effects stemming from a project, a National Environmental Policy Act analysis does not need to explain away this significance unless the plaintiff can identify specific findings in the CEQA report that it believes raise substantial questions about environmental impact.

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. Federal Aviation Administration - filed Nov. 18, 2021
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 20-70272
Full text click here >

The waters of the Middle Claiborne Aquifer are subject to the judicial remedy of equitable apportionment.

Mississippi v. Tennessee - filed Nov. 22, 2021
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 143orig
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- Public and Private Use -

Where a utility company installed a water main to fulfill an individual need at the parcel as opposed to the public at large, and the installation was pursuant to a contract with a private developer rather than through its eminent domain authority, the main serves a private use and inverse liability principles are inapplicable. Fire protection immunity applies where fire protection was a substantial or significant factor in the decision to construct and maintain a water main on a property.

Foley Investments v. Alisal Water - filed Nov. 16, 2021, publication ordered Dec. 9, 2021, Fourth District, Div. One
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 6536
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- Zoning -

The Los Angeles Municipal Code does not prohibit short-term occupancy of apartment houses in an R3 multiple dwelling residential zone.

People v. Venice Suites - filed Nov. 15, 2021, Second District, Div. Eight
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 6222
Full text click here >


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