Speaking of Real Estate
Danielle Zoller and Alexandria Montanio will be honored with The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award, which will be presented on June 29, 2020.
SuperLawyers named Tim Chriss, Ed Levin, Searle Mitnick and Bill Shaughnessy to its list of Maryland 2020 under Real Estate.
At the annual meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association Real Property Section on May 21, 2020, Searle Mitnick and Caroline Sweet were reelected to the Section Council for the 2020-21 year as a Member-at-Large and the Young Lawyer Section Representative, respectively.
Ed Levin was recognized by the Maryland Bankers and Brokers Association, Inc. for 25 years of service as its Legal Counsel.
Caroline Sweet was a speaker on the panel Overcoming Challenges to Maryland’s Community Solar Program, held on November 21, 2019, as part of the 2019 MDV-SEIA (Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association) Solar Focus Conference at the Hilton Baltimore. Caroline discussed real estate and zoning due diligence considerations for utility-scale solar projects in Maryland.
Ed Levin wrote “Up the Ladder and Other Thoughts on Authorization Opinions,” published in Opinions Matters, the newsletter of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions, Fall 2019.
Ed Levin presented, “Recent Cases Regarding Real Estate” at the Maryland State Bar Association Real Property Section, Commercial Real Estate Discussion Group Lunch on May 12, 2020.
Ed Levin was a panelist on “Drafting Real Estate Opinion Letters: It’s All about the Details,” an ALI CLE webinar on May 27, 2020.
Searle Mitnick is co-chair of The Associated Jewish Charities Lawyers’ Committee. He co-chaired a program for lawyers on February 19, 2020 on the topic of Cybersecurity and Privacy Law.
Searle Mitnick is chair of the Title Insurance Committee of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). ACREL’s scheduled Spring meeting in late March was canceled due to the pandemic. Therefore, Searle convened a remote meeting of the committee which featured presentations on the new ALTA title insurance policy forms, recent case law developments, and COVID-19 issues and challenges.
Bill Shaughnessy made the following presentations to the indicated groups on COVID-19-related topics:
|Date||Presented to||Topics |
|April 1||Petroleum Marketing Group — Mid-Atlantic||Coronavirus Relief Resources Webinar — Financing Opportunities|
|April 2||Petroleum Marketing Group — Northeast||Coronavirus Relief Resources Webinar — Financing Opportunities|
|April 3||Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association||COVID-19 Relief Conference — Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans|
|April 17||Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association (WMDA)||COVID-19 Assistance for Businesses — Loan Programs|
|April 29||Maryland, DC, Delaware and Virginia – Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA) ||Solar in Maryland: Policy and Regulatory Landscape. COVID-19 Response and Reopening|
|May 6||Maryland Community Health Systems (MCHS)||PPP Loan Forgiveness Issues|
On behalf of the Maryland State Bar Association Real Property Section, Legislative Liaison Committee, Ed Levin drafted and testified on the following bills, which were enacted during the 2020 session of the General Assembly:
- Senate Bill 152 (enacted as Chapter 51), titled “Estates and Trusts — Rule Against Perpetuities,” before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and House Bill 94 (Chapter 50) before the House Judiciary Committee.
- Senate Bill 154 (enacted as Chapter 423), titled “Real Property – Recordation of Deeds — Assignments of Rents and Assignments of Leases for Security Purposes,” before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and House Bill 1084 (Chapter 424) before the House Environment and Transportation Committee.