From The Chair
From The Editor
Beware of Buried Liens: Improvement Liens and Assessments
Reviving Extinguished Junior Liens
The ALTA 2006 Policies and Endorsements
Transfer and Recordation Taxes
“The New Construction Law Committee”
Book Reviews
Recognition of ACREL Members


Michael Swanenburg

As we begin the new Bar year, I would like to thank our Past Chair, Tracey Skinner, as well as the members of the Section Council, for all of their hard work and efforts in making this past year a success. As a result of the contributions of this group, as well as the involvement of many of our members, we have been able to broaden the focus of our Section by providing additional programs and resources for the use and benefit of our members. I would like to express my gratitude and recognize the commitment of these individuals, and acknowledge their role in creating and maintaining meaningful and successful components of our organization. It is my hope and desire to continue the efforts of this distinguished group.

For the upcoming year it is our goal to continue the many successful programs of the Section, as well as to expand many of our new initiatives. For example, we will continue our involvement with MICPEL by presenting the Advanced Real Property Institute scheduled for October 17, 2007, in Baltimore. We have planned what we believe will be a very informative program, and hope that many of you will be able to attend what promises to be an excellent event. Additionally, as part of our on-going presentation of the Commercial Real Estate Discussion Group Lunches, it is our intention to improve upon the production of our web-casts of these meeting. By upgrading our technology, and providing improved access to the materials presented on-site, in addition to making other revisions in response to feedback received from many members, we hope to establish a user-friendly and time-saving resource, especially for those whose proximity to these sessions makes attendance problematic. Additionally, in response to the request of many of our members, we have created a new Construction Law Committee that we expect to be of interest and benefit to many of our members, and we look forward to supporting its growth.

We will keep you posted with respect to the above matters, as well as other on-going matters of the Section in the upcoming months. For now, I look forward to a rewarding year and the continued growth of our Section. Thank you for your support.