2022 Real Estate Law Section Summer Meeting

New York State Bar Association

Real Estate Law Section Summer Meeting | philadelphia cream

From Thursday 21 July to Sunday 24 July 2022

The Rtiz-Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6.5 MCLE Credits

4.5 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Eliminating Bias


This program is transitional and suitable for all lawyers, including those

newly admitted.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference recording – Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting – Grand Ballroom

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner – Grand Ballroom

Friday, July 22, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Committee breakfast

Have breakfast in the trading room and

attend one of the committee meetings listed below.

Climate Change Committee Meeting – 8th Floor Ben Franklin Boardroom

Titles and Transfers Committee Meeting – 8th Floor Thomas Jefferson Boardroom

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. breakfast buffet – The exchange room – 1st floor

09:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and introductions – Grand Ballroom

section president

Spencer Compton

America’s leading title insurance company

New York, NY

Program Chair

Gilbert Hoffman, Esq.

Vanguard Research and Securities Services, Inc.

Syracuse, NY

9:10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. New York State and City Real Estate Legislative Update: Looking Back and Looking Ahead


Spencer Compton

America’s leading title insurance company

New York, NY

0.5 credit in areas of professional practice

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. real estate update

A summary of recent cases affecting all of our practices: some disturbing, some groundbreaking, some humorous and often entertaining. Stay up to date with cases shaping real estate law and practice.


Michelle H. Wildgrube, Esq.

Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube PC

Schenectady, NY

Peter V. Coffey, Esq

Niskayuna, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. From passive observers of inequality to builders of inclusion:

Disenfranchisement teaches us how to be a positive change


The description:

This session will cover the disenfranchisement of women and all historically underrepresented groups, unconscious and confirmation bias – what these terms mean and what studies tell us about the invisible barriers women and minorities face , the business case for diversity and the tools we can use to become champions of diversity.


Sheryl L. Axelrod, Esq.

The Axelrod Company, PC

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1.0 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Credit

11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Remote online notarization is here to stay

New York has joined the majority of states in adopting remote online notarization (“RON“) allowing notaries to remotely “meet” and identify signers through electronic means. In this segment, we’ll take a close look at the requirements of New York’s new RON law and assess best practices for using RON We will also examine how the pandemic has prompted efforts to approve RON, review national trends with RON, and identify significant changes for RON in NYS incorporated into current law.


Joshua S. Werbeck, Esq.

Bousquet Holstein SARL

Syracuse, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

Optional afternoon activities

1:00 p.m. – Departure of the shuttle to Independence Hall Tower

Please pre-register for this group outing to ensure a spot on the shuttle.

Meet in the lobby. We will board the shuttle at the side entrance of the hotel (south side 10 Square Street).

After clearing security at Independence Hall, the National Park Service guided tour lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. Visitors will see the Assembly Hall (where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed) on the first floor of the building.

Once the visit is over, do not hesitate to visit the other building in Independence Square, most of which do not require tickets: the exhibitions of the west wing, the convention center, the old hotel of town, the National Constitution Center, Ben Franklin’s grave at Christ Church and the Liberty Bell across the street.

Return The Ritz-Carlton: The shuttle will pick you up from Independence Hall at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m. Boarding shuttle to reception

You can drive to Sedgeley Club, limited parking is available.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception

The Sedgeley Club

15 Kelly Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

On the banks of the Schuylkill River, just beyond Philadelphia’s towering skyline, sits the Sedgeley Club, home to the city’s only working lighthouse and offering beautiful views of the river. The evolution of this charming building began in 1897 when a group of sporting women longed for shelter, a tea corner and a storehouse for their bicycles and barges. The dedicated women of this club have maintained the building and the lighthouse for over 120 years.

Saturday July 23, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet – The Exchange Room

09:00 – 9:50 a.m. Nonprofit Property Transfers: Rules, Risks, and Case Studies

This presentation includes a brief overview of regulatory considerations and approvals in nonprofit transfer of ownership transactions. Speakers will also cover studies of New York nonprofit health care providers who transferred ownership and the many necessary approvals and considerations that were involved, including approvals from NYS AG, lenders, and agencies. licensing, as well as the implications of NFP property transfers in a tax-exempt situation.


Emanuela D’Ambrogio, Esq.

Barclay Damon

Syracuse, NY

Bridget C. Steele, Esq.

Barclay Damon

Rochester, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

9:50 am – 10:40 a.m. Bankruptcy Sales of real estate

This presentation will cover the process of selling real estate in bankruptcy and will discuss various related legal issues, including transfer tax evasion, and how such sales are free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances, and how protect tenants against free and quit sales of their leases.


Daniel N. Zinman, Esq.

Kriss & Feuerstein LLP

New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Coffee break

10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Ethics in action

Panelists will discuss (with the help of the audience and chocolate) recent ethical opinions, as well as common ethical issues encountered in practice.


Nancy A. Connery, Esq.

Schoeman, Updike Kaufman & Gerber, LLP

New York, NY

Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq.

Copps DiPaola Silverman LLC

Albany, NY

1.0 Ethics Credit

Optional afternoon activities

12:15 p.m. Golf – RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club, 270 Eagle Point Road, West Deptford, NJ

Pre-registration required

Meet in the lobby and board the shuttle at the side entrance of the hotel (south side of 10 Square Street). The shuttle will take golfers back to the hotel after golf and lunch.


The RiverWinds golf course remains true to the heritage of historic courses in Scotland and Ireland. Nestled in the prairies between scenic Woodbury Creek and the Deep Marina on the Delaware River, the 18-hole championship course evokes visions of seaside golf. The water, surrounding wetlands, and twisting burns of kilometer long create an intriguing setting. From the other side of the water, you will have a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline.

RiverWinds offers a challenge for the best player; with five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels enjoy the course. At first, the mounded terrain is soft, but gradually becomes more imposing as the game progresses. The holes vary in direction, forcing players to use every club in their bag to combat crosswinds and difficult terrain. Other natural landforms, native foliage and earth-walled bunkers add to the excitement of the golf experience at RiverWinds.

1:30 p.m. Eastern State Penitentiary Tour, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pre-registration required

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but today it lies in ruins, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its sky-lit vaulted cells once housed many of America’s most notorious offenders, including “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.

Meet in the lobby and board the shuttle at the side entrance of the hotel (south side of 10 Square Street).

We will return to the Ritz-Carlton as a group.

5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Departure of the shuttle from the Ritz-Carlton to the museum

American Revolution Museum

101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares captivating stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked the American experiment in freedom, equality, and self-government. Through the museum’s unrivaled collection, immersive galleries, powerful theatrical experiences and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation of how this nation was born and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring the promise of the American Revolution continues.

Dinner speaker:

Megan Bowersox, Interpretation Gallery Manager

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The shuttle will return guests to the Ritz-Carlton as needed.

Sunday July 24, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Buffet breakfast – La Bourse

Departure – Bon voyage and thank you for joining us in Philadelphia

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