Real Property Section




Nicole Marie Folks, Chair
Kelliher & Salzer LLC
2216 Essex St
Baltimore, MD 21231-3211
P: (410) 468-1040

Section Dues: $15.00 per year
Law Students may join this section at no cost.

The Land Use Committee
Spring Seminar/Speaker Event: “What is the land use impact of a partial taking? Condemnation in a suburban and urban environment. Valuation, damages and severance impacts.”
Friday, April 25, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Joseph Suntum, Esquire, Miller Miller & Canby
Kevin Pascale, Esquire, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
Ryland Mitchell, CRE, MAI (Appraiser)
Janet Handy, Esquire, Deputy Counsel, State Highway Administration

Cost: $10.00 for Section Members, $15 for non-members
Bar Headquarters, 520 West Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Questions ~ contact: David D. Freishtat, Land Use Committee Co-Chair
Flyer/Reservation Form

CLE: Cross Training: How Real Estate Law and Estate Planning Intersect with Family Law
Monday, April 28, 2014 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This collaboration between the MSBA Real Property, Estate and Trust, and Family Law Sections that will explore foreclosures, short sales, distressed property and related title issues, drafting for real property sales in settlement agreements, estate planning for unmarried and same sex couples, what estate planners need to know about family law and more. If you cannot join us in Columbia this program will also be webcast concurrent with the live program and it will also be available online within one week of the live program.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Columbia
Columbia, MD
Details & Registration

Nominations Sought:


Nominate the Maryland Attorney Deserving of the
Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner
for 2013-2014

Complete the nomination form below and submit by April 25, 2014 to:
Nicole M. Folks
Kelliher & Salzer LLC
100 S. Charles Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21201

Nomination Form

Brown Bag Program: The Basics of Commercial Real Estate Closing Materials (2/26/14)
- Surveying Units and Terms
- Aberdeen Survey Plot
- Survey Review and Land Use Article

The Land Use Committee Fall Seminar (11/1/13) Materials

Commercial Real Estate Attorney’s Discussion Group 2013 – 2014 Registration/Re-Enrollment Form


The Real Property Section is excited to introduce the “Real Estate Pathways Program.” Building off of the Section's popular mentorship efforts of years past, the Program looks to connect experienced real estate attorneys with aspiring new and future attorneys in the field. Both law students and junior attorneys are welcome to participate, while experienced attorneys are sought to serve as mentors, panelists, and more. To sign up, please complete the appropriate form (Mentor or Mentee).

Sign-up forms should be submitted by March 31 to Alex Mitchel, Student Member of the Real Property Section Council, at

Pathways Mentee Sign-Up Sheet | Pathways Mentor Sign-Up Sheet


Nominate the Maryland Attorney Deserving of the Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner for 2013-2014

  1. Complete Application, provide requested information about you and any information that is reasonably available to you about the nominee.

  2. Only current, dues-paying members of the MSBA and the Section, currently licensed to practice in Maryland may make nominations. A person may make more than one nomination.

  3. Current members of the Real Property Section Council are not eligible to be nominated.

  4. To be eligible for nomination, a person must:
    • Currently be licensed to practice in Maryland
    • Currently be a dues-paying member of the MSBA and the Section
    • Practice predominately in the area of real property
    • Practice predominately (i.e., have personal principal office location) in Maryland
    • Be actively engaged in the practice of law in the 12-month period prior to the nomination deadline
    • Not be a prior recipient of the award.

  5. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Real Property Section to be held on Friday, June 13, 2014.

  6. The Real Property Section Council will select the recipient. 

Please submit your completed nomination form by mail or email by the close of business on April 25, 2013 to:
Nicole M. Folks, Esq.
Kelliher & Salzer, LLC
100 S. Charles Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21201

Nomination Form

Section BLOG:

The Real Property Section recently started a blog known as Ground Rules. The purpose of Ground Rules is to keep members informed with timely and interesting developments in real property law, as well as information about upcoming events sponsored by the Real Property Section. Members of the Real Property Section are encouraged to submit articles and notices to Gwen Allen, the editor of Ground Rules, at You can also subscribe to Ground Rules by entering your email address in the lower right-hand side of any page of the blog and clicking “Subscribe.”

Section Documents:

Video Replays:

MSBA 2011 Annual Meeting

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2012/2013 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Section produced the Advanced Real Property Institute in October and the Land Use Institute in April. Its Commercial Real Estate Discussion Groups monthly luncheons in Baltimore continued to have strong attendance and great programming. The Section also revamped its newsletter, Ground Rules, as a blog featuring monthly postings in order to make it more relevant for members; added a new subcommittee, the Condominium and HOA Committee; and resurrected its “Basics of Real Estate Transactions Evening Series”. It will present its Distinguished Practitioner’s Award at the MSBA Annual Meeting.


Nomination to the Section Council typically occurs as a result of work on the standing committees of the Section. Typically, members of the Real Property Section Council reach out to other members of the Real Property Section that they have met over the years and invite them to be active on these committees. Real Property Section members can also request to be appointed to committees in the fall of the year and/or nominated to Section Council in the spring. A primary committee is the Legislative Committee. It has approximately 15 members. Another significant committee is the Commercial Real Estate Attorney Discussion Group. The Chairs of both of these committees serve on the Section Council.

Officers of the Section Council are chosen by a Nominating Committee, and are usually selected from persons currently on the Section Council. The progression as an officer of the Section Council is first nomination to be Secretary of the Section Council, then Vice Chair of the Section Council, then Chair of the Section Council assuming one's performance has been adequate each year.

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