The 37th Annual Real Property Law Institute, held in Destin, Florida, was an outstanding success. Incoming Chairperson of the Section, Monica K. Gilroy, organized a series of excellent speakers who covered a wide range of useful topics. Over three hundred real estate practitioners from around the state for three days of education and relaxation at the beach.
The institute featured timely information on a wide range of topics affecting residential and commercial real estate attorneys. Topics included updates on case law and new legislation, practical information for closing attorneys, and broad discussions of trends and developments that will shape the closing process.
With the residential real estate practice facing many challenges and changes, we were fortunate to hear directly from Michelle L. Korsmo, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Land Title Association. Ms. Korsmo explained how closing attorneys should expect a paradigm shift when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new integrated mortgage disclosures (TRID) go into effect. Participants learned how ALTA has provided active and vocal representation before the Bureau as TRID has taken shape.
The Institute also provided participants with ample opportunity to enjoy the scenery, dining, and activities provided in the Destin area. The annual golf and tennis tournaments, together with the annual Feet for McFee, provided excellent opportunities for camaraderie. The Section sponsored a complimentary breakfast which offered time for visiting with colleagues from around the state.
The Institute is sponsored by the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) and members of the Executive Committee of the Section were active as Institute Speakers, organizers, and participants. Special thanks are extended to the following members of the Executive Committee for all of their efforts in making the Institute a success: Monica K. Gilroy, Jeffrey H. Schneider, Gayle Y. Camp, Charles B. Waters, Jr., Kent E. Altom, Hilary H. Fentress, Edward P. Hudson, T. Matthew Mashburn, Philip D. Wilkins, and John Perry Cripe.
All members of the Section are encouraged to take advantage of the Institute which will be held in May of 2016 at the Amelia Island Plantation.