Real Estate Impact Conference
Each year RPD students have the opportunity to apply to be Swire Scholars, and participate in the annual Real Estate Impact Conference hosted by the University of Miami. The annual conference is an invitation-only gathering of the most prominent national and international real estate industry leaders talking about cutting-edge issues in commercial and residential real estate. The 2018 Conference featured Starwood Capital Chairman Barry Sternlight, PGIM Global Chief Operating Officer Cathy Marcus, Marriot International CEO Arne Sorenson, and many other real estate industry leaders.
Speed Networking: There are multiple opportunities to network with industry leaders and professionals in the Real Property Development LL.M. In addition to the Real Estate Impact Conference, students have the opportunity to participate in an invitation-only speed networking event with women real estate leaders.
Roundtables: Students from the RPD Program, the MRED Program, and the Master’s in Real Estate from Miami Business School also gather in round table settings and discuss various topics of interest: Technology in Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, Land Use & Zoning, Marketing, Glass Ceiling/Life Balance Issues, and many others.
Commercial Real Estate Women: Each fall the Miami chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) hosts a UCREW event, also for students from all three programs, which brings together real estate industry professionals and students for conversation and networking.
Visiting lecturers give students the opportunity to ask questions and apply the knowledge they are acquiring in the classrooms to a real life situation. During fall or spring semesters, Miami Law hosts the visit of one or more developers who talk to students in detail about a specific project and the design, permitting, financing, construction, and myriad legal and other issues involved with getting a development project off the ground. In fall 2017, Visiting Developer Jeff Berkowitz talked about his project, SkyRise.
Speakers not only include experienced real estate developers but also those newer to the field. For example in spring 2018, a panel discussion with four boutique, start-up developers discussed what it takes to start a project, get it out of the ground, and avoid project pitfalls along the way. The panelists included: Nick Hammon of the Urban Atlantic Group, Marc Schwarberg of Maven Real Estate, Ken Barrington of Barrington Trust, and Jose Vizcarrondo of CADE Capital Partners. It was part of the Spring course “Problem Solving in Real Estate Development.”
Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series
In addition to the Developer Lecture Series, the RPD program hosts the visit of practitioners to talk to students about various topics of importance in real estate development from careers in real estate law to what it takes to succeed and accomplish not only professional success but personal satisfaction in the work. 2018 has included:
- Experienced construction litigation attorneys Kevin Dorse, J.D. '87 (from LA, managing partner of Theodora Oringher PC, and an expert in public construction/large infrastructure projects) and Joy Lundeen, J.D. '87 (head of the Construction Law Practice Group at Stearns Weaver, and an expert in private construction/large vertical projects).
- Expert real estate attorneys Fred Klein, J.D. '79, (from D.C., managing partner of the real estate department of DLA Piper DC office), and Bryant Richardson J.D. '02 (Director and Counsel at Westbrook Partners Real Estate Investments, a private real estate equity firm).
Boyer Institute on Condo and Cluster Development
For more than forty years the University of Miami school of law has hosted the Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development. Students of the Real Property Develop LL.M. program attend and participate with in all events with all other participants. During breaks students network with other attendees and fellow graduates of the RPD LL.M. program.