Real Property

Kay M. Creasman, Chair

Membership:  As of June, 2019, the Section had 1975 members.

Budget:  The budget for 2018-19 was $36,580.00 with a balance of $2,916.07 as of May, 2019.

Meetings:  The Board of Governors and Area Representatives met four times during the year:

Fall Meeting – October 5, 2019, at the offices of Virginia State Bar, Richmond, VA. 

Winter Meeting – January 25, 2019, at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, VA.

Spring Meeting – March 1, 2019, at the Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA.

Annual Meeting– June 14, 2019, at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA.

Sponsored educational activities:  The Section sponsored, with Virginia CLE, the 23nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar on March 1 and 2, 2019  and the 37th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminars on May 8, 21 & 23.  At the Annual Bar Meeting June 14, 2019 Paul Melnick spoke on behalf of the Section in a program co-sponsored with the Tax and Estate & Trust Sections “Death, Taxes and Real Estate.” We provided Section members a tuition credit of $25 per person for the Advanced Real Estate Seminar and $15 per person for the Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar.

Other activities:  

Publication of the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 issues of The Fee Simple, the Section’s newsletter. 

There was no recipient this year of the Courtland Traver Award.

Ethics Review Project– Headed by Christine Meier. To review all ethics opinions and produce a more useable summary for the Section. Everyone participated.

The Virginia Lawyer– F. Lewis Biggs & Kay M. Creasman, Chairs, for a Real Property Section focused edition in October, 2019.

Detailed discussions of Pro Bonoefforts, with a final decision to leave this to local bar groups, and post any information we get on the VSB website.

Significant Issue:

In compliance with the Bylaws of the Section, it was resolved that the Chair has authority to appoint Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs as deemed necessary.

Election of Officers and New Board of Governors Members:


Chair                           Ronald D. Wiley, Jr.

Vice Chair                   J. Lori H. Schweller

Secretary/Treasurer    Kathryn N. Byler

Member, Board of Governors, for a three-year term (term number is in parenthesis):

Stephen Gregory for a third 3-year term

J. Lori H. Schweller for a second 3-year term

Sarah Loupe Petcher for a first 3-year term 

Kay M. Creasman will serve as immediate past chair for 2019 - 2020.

Updated: Jul 12, 2019