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Legal Education Committee

Legal Education Committee


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.

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Section Events

    Section 2704 Regulations – A Further Analysis and Action Steps


    The section 2704 regulations were released by the Treasury Department on August 3. The approach and breadth of the regulations surprised many estate planners. Our panelists will review the proposed regulations and the implications for past, current, and future planning. Topics they will cover ...

    The Digital Revolution: RUFADAA and Planning with Digital Property


    This program will highlight new developments in estate planning. The panel will present the latest non-tax hot topics and update attendees on issues relating to the revised uniform law concerning digital assets. Ownership, protection and transfer of digital assets has been an area where controversy ...

    Did You Think That Through?: The Pros and Cons of Including Arbitration Clauses in Business Contracts


    Most transactional lawyers (and their clients) assume that arbitration will reduce the cost, risk and time involved in resolving legal disputes, and will result in a fairer outcome than they would receive from a judge or jury. As a result, arbitration clauses are routinely included in business contracts. ...

Trust and Estate CLE Programs


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Modified by Adam Bielawski on June 20, 2014

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