American Bar Association
 
Legal Education Committee

ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

Legal Education Committee

Mission

This committee informs law professors of current real estate practices; advises practitioners on property law scholarship issues; conducts workshops on teaching methods, materials, examinations and real estate curriculum; discusses scholarship-in-progress and emerging areas of property law; and practice and provides opportunities for members to participate in publication projects.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events
Professors Corner Webinar
April 9, 2014
Professors’ Corner is a monthly webinar (on the second Wednesday of each month) which features a panel of law professors, discussing recent cases or issues of interest to real estate or trust and estate practitioners and scholars.

April 9, 2014
12:30 pm Eastern/11:30 am Central

April’s Program: “Rails-to-Trails and the Impact of Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States”


On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brandt Revocable Trust v. U.S., involving the interpretation of the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875. The case involved a railroad right of way obtained in 1908, crossing land conveyed by the U.S. to the Brandt family in a 1976 land patent that did not specify what would happen if the railroad later relinquished its right of way (which occurred some years later). In the case, the U.S. sought to quiet title to the abandoned right of way, including the portion that crossed the land conveyed by the Brandt patent. Reversing the Tenth Circuit, which had affirmed a grant of summary judgment for the U.S., the Supreme Court held that the right of way was only an easement and was extinguished when the railroad abandoned it. The decision has already created some substantial consternation regarding its potential impact on the Rails-to-Trails movement and recreational trail development along abandoned rail corridors.


Our program for April will feature two leading scholars who will discuss the Brandt decision and its likely implications for the “Rails to Trails” movement, existing recreational trails and future recreational trail development. Our speakers will include Professors Danaya C. Wright and Michael Allan Wolf, both on the faculty of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Professor Wright is the Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Professor, and the nation’s pre-eminent legal scholar on the subject of Rails-to-Trails. Professor Wolf is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at Florida and a frequent speaker on the subjects of Land Use Controls, Local Government, and Environmental Law.

Register for this FREE program at http://ambar.org/ProfessorsCorner

 
Section Events
April 22, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 24, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

Trust and Estate CLE Programs

Leadership

Chair:  Tanya D Marsh

Committee Roster (36 total members)

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