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Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Pro Bono Activities

Practice Management Group

Supervisory Council Member: Shannon Skinner
Group Chair: Michael Goler
Group Vice Chair: David Campbell

A-2 - Public Web Site and E-State

Chairs: Chair: Robert Steele

Vice Chair: Jason Havens and Amy Mendelsohn

Staff:

Robert King

312 988-5540

kingr@staff.abanet.org

Robin Roy

312 988-5670

robinroy@staff.abanet.org

Description:

To provide answers to the most common questions about the estate planning process, probate and administration of estates, transfer taxes and tax planning for your assets, and disability planning.

Volunteers and Cases:

Committee Chairs

B-1 Economics, Technology and Practice Methods

Chair: Michael Ostermeyer

Vice-Chair: Nancy Grekin

Staff:

Lora Lode
312 988-5651
lodel@staff.abanet.org

Antonette Smith
312 988-5260
asmith4@staff.abanet.org

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes/rp/b1/home.html

Description:

This committee's mission is to collect data on practice methods as they are affected by technology and as they affect the economics of practice. Its further mission is to study the data, illustrate future trends and illustrate Section member opportunities to improve the delivery of legal services in a way that will improve the quality of the legal product, make a positive impact on the enjoyment of law practice, and improve Section member effectiveness in attracting clients to their law practices. The committee circulates its work product through ABA publications, the Section's Web site and through programming at ABA meetings.

Volunteers and Cases:

Subcommittee Members - 277

B-2 Ethics and Professionalism

Chair: James Geoffrey Durham

Staff:

Lora Lode
312 988-5651
lodel@staff.abanet.org

Antonette N. Smith
312 988-5260
asmith4@staff.abanet.org

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes/rp/b2/home.html

Description:

This committee promotes the ethical and professional responsibility of the legal profession in real estate transactions. The committee produces programs and publications designed to work directly with Section members to achieve this goal

Volunteers and Cases:

Committee Members - 36

B-3 Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Chair: Michael Frederic Donner

Vice-Chair: James John Eischen

Staff:

Lora Lode
312 988-5651
lodel@staff.abanet.org

Antonette N. Smith
312 988-5260
asmith4@staff.abanet.org

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes/rp/b3/home.html

Description:

This committee evaluates issues relating to real property litigation. The committee focuses on new developments in the law as it relates to real estate development, investment, leasing and land use and provides guidance to legal and real estate professionals on how they can avoid litigation and/or avail themselves of various methods of alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration).

B-4 Pro-Bono

Chair: David A. Sprentail

Vice-Chair: Rebecca Elliott

Staff:

Lora Lode
312 988-5651
lodel@staff.abanet.org

Antonette N. Smith
312 988-5260
asmith4@staff.abanet.org

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes/rp/b4/home.html

Description:

This committee's objective is to serve the real property needs of low-income citizens and to educate the general public on common real property law issues. The committee initiates and facilitates pro bono activities through which Section members may contribute to their local communities. Within the context of local, regional and national real estate related projects sponsored by community service organizations, the committee provides and coordinates the services of attorneys. In addition to valuable contributions to their local communities, attorneys' participation in such projects fosters respect and positive community recognition for solo practices, firms and the legal profession as a whole. The committee's first project involves working with Habitat for Humanity International to provide and coordinate volunteer attorneys to serve the legal needs of the organization at local (affiliate) and national levels.

E-1 - Surrogate Decision Making

Chairs: Co-Chairs: Russell Haddleton and Abigail Kampmann

Vice Chair: Rebecca Morgan

Robin Roy

312 988-5670

robinroy@staff.abanet.org

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/rppt/cmtes/pt/e1/home.html

Description:

This committee is involved in a number of projects involving health care decision making for adults with incapacities, with a particular emphasis on decisions at the end of life. The committee publishes information for Section members on these topics and participates in or sponsors Section CLE programs. Recent projects of the committee include National Health Care Decisions Week 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Volunteers and Cases:

Committee members, American Medical Association, and numerous ABA Sections. In the past 2 years, over 40 bar associations have partnered with local medical organizations to provide community education to thousands of participants

Updated: 12/18/2008

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