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Bernard O. Dow
2018 Leasing Institute

The Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute brings together experts in real estate law, finance, and leasing for a focused one-day program that covers the latest leasing issues at a sophisticated level. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Nov 9 in Houston. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2018 Mortgage Lending

UT Law's 52nd Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending and Servicing Institute presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.  With the looming rollback of Dodd Frank to the rising fears of a new lending crisis on the horizon, the Institute is a must-see event in 2018. This year’s highlight’s include: The latest developments in the evolution of Dodd-Frank and what it means for lending in Texas and nationwide Discussion of the recent Home Equity Amendments to the Texas Constitution from the servicer and originator perspectives. A deep dive into Digital Mortgages, with Dawn Lewallen of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Jobe Danaganan of Credible, Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Company, Niraj Patel of IBM, and Sheila Teimourian of Fannie Mae. Practical Advice for Cleaning Up Title Issues including how to identify frequent obstacles and practical ways through them This year’s Institute also includes focused sessions on: Commercial Lending, with discussion of HVCRE Changes, Risk Management, Dodd-Frank and Tax Reform Residential Lending, with discussion of the decision in PHH v. CFPB, Dodd-Frank, and New TREC Forms Loan Servicing, with discussion of Disasters and Insurance, Dead Debtors, and Foreclosure-Related Litigation Loan Origination, with discussion of Internet Fraud in Real Estate Closings, ALTA Forms, and Lending by Individuals more

2018 Live Conference coming up Sep 13 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Land Use

The 22nd Annual Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. It focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators. 2018 highlights include: Case law and legislative updates, including key updates on topics such as public rights of way, annexation, state preemption, permits, flooding and floodplains. Analyze the impacts of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on regulations including signs, charitable bins, and solicitation. Explore the use and development of emergency management plans before, during, and after a disaster. Examine the implications that the current social political climate has on land use and development. Review how zoning and economic development efforts can encourage the emergence of creative and other special districts. Hear how a backyard home brewing operation turned distribution brewery is supporting the revitalization efforts of downtown Taylor, Texas. Look at land use issues including projects outside corporate limits, county authority and ETJ, infill development, and much more. more



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2018 Land Use Fundamentals

Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures, plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law, including zoning, platting, and development incentives available in Texas. It is the ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners. more



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Bernard O. Dow
2017 Leasing Institute

Back by popular demand, the Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute brings together experts in real estate law, finance, and leasing for a focused one-day program that covers the latest leasing issues at a sophisticated level.   2017 highlights include:  Insight into leasing essentials with sessions on key terms in retail, commercial, and ground and parcel leases Tips to effectively negotiate sublease provisions and address concerns about the lack of privity of contract and the sublandlord’s inability to perform certain obligations An exploration of the insurance policies and endorsements recommended for commercial leases in plain English A survey of the common issues affecting leases in bankruptcy proceedings, featuring Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Houston, TX A review of monetary and possessory remedies for tenant defaults and the interplay between common law, statutory, and contractual remedies All this plus the opportunity to earn 6.75 hours of MCLE! more




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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2017 Mortgage Lending Institute

The 51st Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. This year's institute offers the opportunity to: Examine the latest developments in Texas Case Law and from the Texas Legislature and how they may impact your practice Evaluate the multifaceted issues that can arise when retail goes awry with insight into environmental challenges and complex property rights Assess how technology can improve your practice and how it may present unique ethical pitfalls Explore how bankruptcy, land use, and estates law can impact mortgage lending Review the foreclosure process and the practical concerns it raises, including discussion of recent statutory and case law developments affecting the process more




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2017 The Future of Residential Mortgage Lending

The Future of Residential Mortgage Lending is a deep dive into the residential mortgage industry with a cutting-edge agenda featuring topics ranging from Disruptive Technologies for the Mortgage Industry to Current Trends in Servicing Enforcement and Litigation. Hear the latest in developments in the industry and gain insight into what is coming next straight from expert faculty from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo, Deutsch Bank, Citi, First American Title Insurance Company, and more. more




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2017 Land Use

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. It focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators. 2017 highlights include: Case law and legislative updates, including in-depth discussion of topics like Sovereign Immunity and Prior Non-Conformities How to overcome the limitations state law places on the ability of cities to sell real property An exploration of Financial and Regulatory Constraints on Commercial Development with Ron Lawrie of Orix Controversies, hot topics, and recent developments in fair housing litigation, regulation, and initiatives An analysis of the recent Texas Supreme Court decision in Crosstex North Texas Pipeline v. Gardiner and its effect on prosecuting future nuisance cases Public and private sector perspectives on the uses, costs, and special requirements of innovative districts and creative spaces A review of developing online security considerations for attorneys, emphasizing ethical obligations, unsettled questions, and practical tips more




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2017 Land Use Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures, plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law, including zoning, platting, and development incentives available in Texas. more




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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2016 Mortgage Lending

The 50th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments and industry trends, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.   This year’s program features: David Weatherbie's annual Case Law Update; plus significant Federal Regulatory developments, including new rules and regulations for CMBS loans and HVCRE loans A Title Insurance Update: Implications and Interpretations of Key Cases Commercial Lending Track addressing issues and hot topics including the impact of the ESIGN Act; using auctions to sell and market real estate; and the assumption of CMBS loans Residential Lending Track addressing issues and hot topics including TRID and residential disclosures; the current CFPB loss mitigation rules; residential bankruptcy issues and forms; and eviction issues.   A look at trends in bankruptcies and restructurings in the real estate sector. Essential technology tips for keeping and enhancing your practice—including Thirty Tech Tips for Your CREF Practice and Managing Cyber Liability Luncheon Presentation on The Future of the Legal Profession with Hon. Lora J. Livingston Plus a special 50th Anniversary Recognition and Retrospective, 2.25 hours of ethics and more! more




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2016 Land Use

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. The conference focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators.   2016 highlights include: The recent cases and state legislation affecting land use regulation in Texas Enforcement issues, remedies, defenses to enforcement, and sovereign immunity. Thursday Luncheon Presentation with George Staples on Municipal Codes of Ethics No Man’s Land: Municipal Authority and Extraterritorial Jurisdictions TWDB Program Update from TWDB Chairman Bech K. Bruun Explore the impact of Harris County Flood Control Dist. v. Kerr on local governments, developers, flooded property owners, and engineers. Friday Luncheon Presentation Sharing Economy: Short Term Rentals TOMA and TORA: What to Do Tomorrow? Land Use Practice under the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Open Records Act Revolving Door and State Bar Rules: Additional Reporting Requirements with Ross Fischer more




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2016 Land Use Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures, plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law, including zoning, platting, sign regulation, Chapter 245 basics, and development incentives available in Texas. Stay on for the Land Use Conference for in-depth coverage of land use development. more




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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2015 Mortgage Lending

The Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.   David Weatherbie's annual Case Law Update and significant developments from the 84th Texas Legislature A suite of Mortgage Lending Essentials, including key Lender Provisions in Leases, issues around Guaranty Liability and drafting enforceable ESIGN Consent disclosures Commercial lending issues and hot topics including “tips and traps” in letters of credit transactions, dealing with troublesome opinion requests and trends in closing protection letters and liability Residential lending issues and hot topics including reverse mortgages and the challenges that face mortgage lenders and servicers, the impact of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule and key issues often encountered when lenders and property owners’ associations cross paths Analysis of how to Identify and Indemnify against Environmental Risks including a walk-through of sample indemnity agreements and language Luncheon Presentation on Capital Sources and Current Trends in Real Estate Financing; plus a deeper dive into trends around foreign investment (EB-5 investors) and crowdfunding Plus Mortgage Lending Hot Topics, 2.00 hours of ethics and more! more




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2015 Land Use

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. The conference focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators.  2015 highlights include: Current topics in land use law around the nation The effects of drought and population growth on land use with an emphasis on turf grass limitations, irrigation system requirements and xeriscapes   Environmental issues that impact the use of land in Texas and beyond  Updates in significant land use cases, including The State of Texas v. Cooper, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District and Stafford v. Town of Flower Mound An exploration of dark sky cities—the growing trend to protect the natural night sky An update on the limitations of the Fair Housing Act Earn up to 2.50 hours of ethics with presentations on avoiding open government pitfalls, the work product privilege, sovereign and governmental immunity, and governmental approvals more




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2015 Land Use Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures, plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law, including zoning, platting, sign regulation, Chapter 245 basics, and development incentives available in Texas. more




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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2014 Mortgage Lending

The Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. 2014 highlights include: David Weatherbie's annual Case Law Update Federal regulatory outlook and update from the Mortgage Bankers Association Demographic Trends in Texas: Implications for the Future of Real Estate  Extensive coverage of guaranties including recourse carve-outs, use of master leases, and updates on construction completion guaranties Commercial lending issues and hot topics including economic development incentives, the intersection of authority and liability in preferred equity transactions, and key land use regulations impacting development and lending Residential lending issues and hot topics including new developments under Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 735 and 736, developments and regulations related to qualified versus non-qualified mortgages, and CFPB enforcement actions and tips for examinations Legal Drafting Style Guide: A New Approach to Editing Water and mineral rights impacting project development, lending and valuation of collateral assets Practical walk-through of unusual additional collateral and ancillary loan documents 2.75 hours of ethics credit more




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2014 Land Use

The Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. The conference focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators.  2014 highlights include: Economic Development Series – anchored by the Economic Development Toolbox, this series of presentations delves into zoning, economic programs, agreements, and the political, regulatory and field issues that arise in the process Overview of recent amendments to Texas alcoholic beverage laws that affect potential land use Impact of oil and gas extraction and transportation, water supply and demand, and regulatory takings on land use Hot topics in zoning with an update on regulations of payday lenders, e-cigarettes and boarding homes Strategies and trial tactics for landowners, developers and governmental entities from land use litigators on both sides of the docket Ethical considerations in land use practice through analysis of real fact patterns where ethical allegations have been raised more




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2014 Land Use Fundamentals

The ideal introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners, Land Use Fundamentals provides concepts and procedures plus practical tips to some of the more complex areas of land use law. 2014 topics include: Overview of basic zoning concepts and procedures Practical pointers for Zoning Boards of Adjustment & Appeals Fundamentals of Platting Options for Nuisance Abatement more




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William W. Gibson, Jr.
2013 Mortgage Lending

The 47th Annual Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—presents current developments, offers practical information on real estate lending, financing and title issues, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. David A. Weatherbie’s two-part Case Law Update provides the legal and ethical issues addressed in recent cases Hear from the state’s largest business trade association on the opportunities and benefits that property assessment financing may yield in Texas under PACE Review the latest developments from the Texas 83rd Legislature Analyze the procedures available in limiting or eliminating mechanics lien claims, and discover practical solutions to the problems created by recent changes in the Texas Property Code concerning mechanics lien claims for retainage Learn how Regulation Z and Regulation X changes by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will affect your practice Acquire tips for negotiating CMBS loan transactions for both lenders and borrowers from the practitioner’s perspective Hear CREW members discuss real estate financing and how to do business with your banker and mortgage broker Identify and examine TOUSA, treatment of collateral assignments, SARE cases and other bankruptcy law facets that real estate industry professionals need to know Answer multiple choice ethics questions in the interactive Ethics Racetrack more




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2013 Land Use Planning

The Land Use Planning Conference is a must for anyone involved in land use, planning and land use law in Texas. The conference focuses on real-world problems and offers practical solutions, and brings together an outstanding faculty including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators. Hear in-depth discussion on how the land development process in Texas actually works with guidance and advice from the experts on the myriad issues confronting the development community and federal, state and local governments. 2013 Program highlights include: Case law and legislative updates Series of presentations on public-private partnerships, including financing and ethical issues Fair Housing and confronting “Not in My Back Yard,” plus new uses in residential areas Special Districts: Policy Issues Demographic Characteristics and Trends in Texas: Implications for Land Use Friday morning breakfast breakout sessions on timely issues 2.25 hours of ethics Come a day early for Land Use Planning Fundamentals—the perfect primer or refresher. more



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2013 Land Use Planning Fundamentals

Land Use Planning Fundamentals—the ideal primer or refresher—covers how governmental regulation affects real estate and community development, and explains the sometimes mystifying terminology used by planners, developers, and land use lawyers. Hear perspectives from both sides of the development process and learn the best way to address issues that arise. 2013 topics include: The Private vs. Public Interplay of the Roles of City Manager, Planning Director and Developer Basics of Regulation Basics of Zoning Platting 101 Options for Handling Nonconformities Day-to-Day Real Estate Issues in a City Attorney's Office Stay on for the Land Use Planning Conference for more in-depth coverage of the land development process. more



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2012 Mortgage Lending

The Mortgage Lending Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—continues the tradition of David Weatherbie's two-part Case Law Update, and features: Jim Wallenstein on Negotiating Non-Recourse Carve-Outs in Light of Recent Court Decisions The new world of mortgage lending regulation Electronic Contracting: Doing a Deal Deliberately (or Inadvertently) by Email Professional duties under law of agency for lawyers and brokers Brian Rider and Rick Spencer's Hot Topics panelMortgage Lending is offered in conjunction with the 2012 Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute. Come a day early – in Dallas and Austin – for the ultimate three-day real estate, finance and leasing offering. more



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2012 Leasing Institute

Join experts in real estate law, finance and leasing for this focused one-day program that covers the latest leasing issues at a sophisticated level. The 2012 Leasing Institute opens with The Leasing Market in 2012-2013: Where We Are and Where We Are Going and closes with David Weatherbie's definitive Case Law Update. Other topics include: Drafting leases for office/warehouses and distribution centers, retail, mixed use, and on-campus medical offices Best practices in negotiating leases and other transactions Build-outs and upgrades; options and preferential rights Affirmations of leases after foreclosure Using the Other Party's Liability Insurance Property insurance, maintenance, repair and restoration clauses Pro bono opportunities, and much moreThe Leasing Institute is offered immediately before the William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute—stay on for the ultimate three-day real estate, finance and leasing offering. more



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2012 Land Use

Held at the new AT&T Conference Center and Hotel, Land Use Planning provides practical and detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. Topics include:      • Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League, presenting Thursday’s keynote         luncheon presentation, The Future of Texas Cities      • Practical Advice Regarding Regulatory Takings by Kevin Maguire      • Annexation and the ETJ presented by Scott N. Houston, Director of Legal Services at the Texas         Municipal League      • Drafting Good Regulations: How to Say It—a discussion of the overlapping roles of lawyers and         non-lawyers in drafting, implementing, and interpreting land use regulations      • Development Agreements: Basics and Beyond and Doing the Deal—a real-world discussion of         negotiating, enforcing, and amending development agreements      • A detailed discussion and analysis of the regulation of the oil and gas activities in Texas—practical and         timely tools and advice      • Practical Issues and Best Practices when Working with Boards and Commissions on Land Use      • Water: Dealing with Drought and Limited Supplies—problems, predictions, and water resource         alternatives      • Ethics Jeopardy presented by Claude Ducloux      • Getting to Yes: The Theory and Practice of Negotiation in Real Estate Deals—a developer’s application         of various negotiating strategies in real estate transactions In addition to the Conference, we offer Wednesday’s primer, Land Use Planning Fundamentals—ideal for beginners or experienced practitioners seeking a refresher. Register for the Conference and Fundamentals together or as standalone courses. Wednesday’s topics include:      • Land Use Planning 101: Basic Concepts, Key Issues, and Vocabulary      • Land Issues Involving Small Cities discussed by Dorothy Palumbo      • Platting Basics and Zoning Fundamentals—platting and zoning overviews      • What Planners Wish Lawyers Understood—a best practice discussion of legal issues, planning, and         lawyers      • Chickens, Signs, and Other Hot Topics—a brief overview of various regulatory trends and timely         subjects more



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2011 Mortgage Lending

The 2011 Institute—the definitive real estate finance course of the year—continues the tradition of David Weatherbie's two-part, definitive Case Law Update, and also includes:    • a mix of legislative and case law developments    • state-of-the-art practice tips involving loan arrangements    • new CMBS securitization structures    • title insurance—coverage, claims and litigation    • loan opinions and survey standards, and more.    • Cary Barton with Scar Tissue Often Beats Brains: Lessons Learned from Busted (or Almost Busted)       Sale Contracts    • Brian Rider and Richard Spencer's Hot Topics panel. New in 2011: Mortgage Lending is offered in conjunction with the 2011 Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute. Come a day early - in Austin or Dallas - for the perfect three-day real estate, finance and leasing offering. more



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