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Conference to Address Legal Issues in Real Estate and Development

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Real estate professionals, attorneys, academics and Florida state officials plan to convene for three days later this month in Coral Gables to discuss the future of growth management, planned development communities, new federal regulations prompted by the foreclosure debacle, and whether a real economic recovery is plausible.

Organized by the Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law, a continuing legal education program of the University of Miami School of Law, the conference will examine topics of significant interest to attorneys and professionals who are involved in real estate transactions, development and finance.

On Oct, 26, the Twenty-Fourth Institute on Real Property Law will assemble at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables. The morning session will contain an update of Florida real property case law and major legislation as well as a practical discussion of new federal regulations and policies affecting the real estate practitioner as a result of the foreclosure fallout. A land-use update will present an overview of the future of growth management regulation after the demise of the Department of Community Affairs and the effect on land development in Florida.

This year's luncheon roundtable will present an expert analysis of the real estate market and its trends, as well as an examination of the current economic realities as they affect the real estate market. The moderator will be Douglas K. Bischoff, an associate dean and director of the Real Property Development LLM Program at the University of Miami School of Law, and the panelists will be Danny Finkle, managing director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P., and Robert Kaplan, of the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group.

The afternoon session will begin with a practical real estate foreclosure update, including court and administrative decisions affecting counsel for lenders and borrowers. The afternoon will conclude with a discussion of Florida real estate receiverships, including recent developments and court decisions concerning the concept of blanket receivership.

Over the following two days, Oct. 27 and 28, the Thirty-Sixth Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments will update attendees on condominium and planned development law. Participants will explore judicial, legislative and administrative developments as well as the future of urban, resort and mixed-use condominiums and planned development communities. There will also be a panel discussion about amendments to the Distressed Condominium Relief Act as they affect bulk buyers and the phantom unit issue in many fractured condominium developments.

The conference will conclude with a workshop meeting, held annually, with officials from the Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes — part of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation — to discuss significant issues confronting both developer and community association practitioners. It will be moderated by William P. Sklar, of Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach.

The registration fee for the first day of the conference is $260. Those wishing to attend just the second and third days will be charged $385, and those staying for the entire three-day event will pay $550. For a full schedule and registration information, please go to the conference website.