Real Estate & Property Law

1864 ABA Journal Real Estate & Property Law articles.

Relax with our favorite long reads of 2020
Throughout the year, the ABA Journal publishes in-depth features on the business of the legal profession, developments in the law, lives that have been impacted by the justice system and the ways society influences—and is influenced by—the law. What follows are some of our favorite features from 2020.
5 ways to do more pro bono in 2021

For attorneys who want to do more pro bono in 2021, here are five ways to get involved.

Afternoon Briefs: Student loan reprieve extended; did Giuliani infect state lawmakers?

One more month of student loan forbearance announced by Education Department

Student loan forbearance has been extended through Jan. 31, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday. The offering started…

ABA president urges Congress to prevent COVID-19 eviction crisis
ABA President Patricia Lee Refo is calling on Congress to immediately pass a renewed moratorium on housing evictions and provide essential economic relief to rental property owners.
Building for good: ABA construction lawyers give back to their communities

Building for Good was launched in October 2019 by members of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Their mission is to offer construction lawyers more pro bono opportunities and relieve the financial burden on organizations that need construction law services.

Afternoon Briefs: Peremptory challenge curbs allowed; more federal courts halt jury trials

Juror shortages lead to curbs on peremptory challenges

Judges in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, are allowed to ban or reduce peremptory challenges in civil cases to avoid running out of potential…

Lawyer is accused of working for Stanford, 2 law firms while collecting disability payments
A lawyer who was formerly a financial analyst to the Federal Reserve System’s board of governors is accused of collecting disability benefits while working for two law firms, three companies and a university.
Firm sues for rent abatement; landlord decries law firms trying to ‘weasel out’ of commitments
Schulte Roth & Zabel has filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming that its Manhattan landlord failed to abide by lease provisions requiring rent abatement in an emergency.
Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing
In recent years, a growing number of law firms reduced their brick-and-mortar office space as a way to cut costs and also better meet the changing workplace needs of their attorneys.
2 lawyers charged in alleged scheme to steal nearly $750K in surplus foreclosure cash
Two Florida lawyers have been charged in an alleged foreclosure fraud scheme that cost victims nearly $750,000.
As its workforce shrinks, this BigLaw firm restores salaries and reorganizes
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has cut 4% of its global workforce and reorganized practice groups since undertaking a strategic review last year.
Afternoon Briefs: Property law scholar wins ‘genius grant;’ judge says inmates entitled to stimulus checks

Law prof who studied Black land ownership wins ‘genius grant’

Thomas Wilson Mitchell, a law professor at the Texas A&M University, is the only lawyer among 21 winners of the…

Receiver’s lawsuit alleges 2 BigLaw firms turned a blind eye to Ponzi scheme
The receiver for investment funds accused of operating as a Ponzi scheme has sued DLA Piper and Fox Rothschild for allegedly facilitating the wrongdoing.
Cuban American judge and SCOTUS contender’s record on voting rights, executive power could be contentious
A Cuban American judge who fought to keep a Cuban boy in the United States is said to be a top contender for the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
An eviction crisis is coming, housing lawyers warn

Nearly six months into a pandemic that’s upended American society, a San Diego property owner cut a deal with a tenant: Take $10,000 and get out.

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