Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development

Boyer Condo

About the Institute

ralph e boyerFOUNDING DIRECTOR
In the 1970s, the sales of condominiums and similar property interests became a large and growing part of the housing market and at that time legislation and judicial and administrative decisions at the state and federal levels kept condo laws in a state of constant change. Hence, Ralph E. Boyer, who was a professor of law at the University of Miami, established its Condominium and Cluster Housing Institute in 1976 to provide a review of the current state of the law and identify issues facing the industry, government, and consumer. Boyer taught at Miami Law from 1951-85 primarily in the area of Property and wrote numerous books and articles on property law, including the original treatise, Florida Real Estate Transactions. In 1988, the Institute expanded and became formally known as the First Institute on Real Property Law and Thirteenth Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments. Read article from Miami Law's 1976 Barrister Magazine on the first institute.

William SklarDIRECTOR TODAY
William P. Sklar, J.D. '80, co-directed the First Institute on Real Property Law with then Professor Emeritus Boyer in 1996. It was coined The Boyer Institute on Condo and Cluster Development. Sklar has been Director of the Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development since 1990. At Miami Law, Sklar studied under his mentor, Ralph E. Boyer, and Miami Law’s real estate program drew Sklar in, so much so, that he co-founded Miami Law's LL.M program in Real Property Development with Boyer.

Today Sklar is the Director of the Institute and is a leader in the real estate industry, specializing in law practice areas including representation of developers and lenders in a broad range of planning, drafting and development of residential, commercial, and complex mixed-use condominiums and planned developments. His expertise was recognized when he was appointed in July 2021, in the wake of the Surfside collapse, to chair the Florida Bar's Condominium Law and Policy on Life Safety Task Force. Read 2016 article, "William Sklar: Real Estate Industry Leader and Trailblazer in Boyer Institute and Graduate Law Program."

About the 2021 Conference

The 46th Institute covered the latest on key topics for attorneys and professionals involved in real estate transactions, development, and finance and took place on October 7-8, 2021. 

CLE & Certification Credits

APPROVED Florida Bar CLE:


18.0 general credits, including 1.0 in ethics, 1.0 in professionalism, and 1.0 in technology.
18.0 Certification Credits in Business Litigation, Real Estate and Condominium
& Planned Land Development Law.

 

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels. Please download and complete the sponsorship form to indicate your level of support or contact:

Hakim Lakhdar
Director of Professional Legal Programs, University of Miami School of Law
Email: hlakhdar@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-4345

2021 Conference Program Materials

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PROGRAM: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021

8:40 a.m.

Opening Remarks

William P. Sklar, J.D. '80
University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, Florida

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Recent Developments— Judicial Update

Michael J. Gelfand, Esquire
Gelfand & Arpe
West Palm Beach, Florida

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Legislative Update— 2021 Community Association Legislation

Joseph E. Adams, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Fort Myers, Florida

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Administrative Update

Julie Brown – Secretary
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)
Tallahassee, Florida

Carlos E. Aulet, Jr.
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Chevonne Christian
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Roxanne Mitchell
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Mahlon C. Rhaney, Jr.
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Spencer E. Hennings, JD '17, LLM '19
Florida’s Condominium Ombudsman
Tallahassee, Florida

 

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Roundtable of Condominium Chairs: Reform of Condominium
Operations Resulting From the Surfside Tragedy— Changes in Condominium
Association Law and Governance

Joseph E. Adams, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Fort Myers, Florida

Robert S. Freedman, Esquire
Carlton Fields
Tampa, Florida

Michael J. Gelfand, Esquire
Gelfand & Arpe
West Palm Beach, Florida

Steven H. Mezer, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Tampa, Florida

Margaret A. Rolando, Esquire
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Miami, Florida

William P. Sklar, J.D. '80
Carlton Fields
West Palm Beach, Florida

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Peace Treaties Between Community Associations and Developers— Construction Management; Assessments & Contributions; Developer Rights; Easements; Community Association Amenities and Services

Eric Appleton, Esquire
Appleton Reiss
Tampa, Florida

Christopher N. Davies
Esquire Dentons Cohen & Grigsby
Naples, Florida

Margaret A. Rolando, Esquire
Shutts & Bowen LLP.
Miami, Florida

2:50 - 3:40 p.m.

Repairs, Alterations and Improvement Projects to Common Areas and Common Elements— Obstacles to Address at the Onset

Alessandra Stivelman, Esquire, J.D. '08
Eisinger Law
Hollywood, Florida

Michael R. Kassower, Esquire
Frank Weinberg & Black, P.L.
Plantation, Florida

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Fair Housing Act Update— New Guidance and Interpretations

Steven H. Mezer, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Tampa, Florida

JoAnn Burnett, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

4:50 - 5:30 p.m.

Arbitration Update—Decisions, Procedures and Implementation of Statutory ADR Changes

Jane L. Cornett, Esquire
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Stuart, Florida

Mahlon C. Rhaney, Jr.
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception

 

PROGRAM: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Community Association Emergency Powers—New Legislation—Board Authority and Liability; Access Limitations; What We Have Learned from the Pandemic and Surfside Disaster

Laura Manning-Hudson, Esquire, J.D. '97
Siegfried Rivera
West Palm Beach, Florida

Shawn G. Brown, Esquire
Kaye Bender Rembaum
Tampa, Florida

Louis E. Goldman III, Esquire
Florida Realtors
Tallahassee, Florida

Allison L. Hertz, Esquire
Kaye Bender Rembaum
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:35 a.m.

Cryptocurrency in Condominiums and Other Real Estate Transactions— Viability, Security Issues, and Counsel Ethical Responsibilities

Alexander Dobrev, Esquire
Lowndes Drosdick
Orlando, Florida

11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Meeting with the "Division"— Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Moderator:

William P. Sklar, J.D. '80
Carlton Fields
West Palm Beach, Florida

Panelists:

Carlos E. Aulet, Jr.
Director Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Chevonne Christian
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Roxanne Mitchell
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Mahlon C. Rhaney, Jr.
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshare and Mobile Homes
Tallahassee, Florida

Spencer E. Hennings, JD '17, LLM '19
Florida’s Condominium Ombudsman
Tallahassee, Florida

 

12:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Lunch Meeting of the Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Development Committee

Joseph E. Adams
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Fort Myers, Florida

Margaret A. Rolando
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Miami, Florida

2:20 – 3:10 p.m.

The Clash of Commercial and Residential—Avoiding Major Issues When Commercial Units are Embedded in Residential Communities

Robert S. Freedman, Esquire
Carlton Fields
Tampa, Florida

William P. Sklar, J.D. '80
Carlton Fields
Tallahassee, Florida

3:10 – 4:00 p.m.

The State of Community Association Collections—New Requirements and Strategies; Pandemic Effects on Foreclosures and Evictions

Telese Brown McKay, Esquire, J.D. '99, LL.M. '00
Icard Merrill
Sarasota, Florida

Alan Schwartzseid, Esquire
Clayton & McCulloh, P.A.
Maitland, Florida

 

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We are Grateful to Our 2021 Sponsors

PLATINUM & DAY ONE RECEPTION SPONSOR

Castle Group

 

 

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SILVER & DAY ONE LUNCHEON CO-SPONSOR

 

Centennial Bank

 

 

 

SILVER
 

The Fund

Proplogix

Westcor

 

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