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


By Jeffrey Regner
Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver
Baltimore, Maryland

Many of my colleagues will remember the Construction Cases Committee of the MSBA organized in the days before construction mediation became ubiquitous, public design/build became accepted, and demand in China drove sheet metal and copper prices. During the years since, there has always been a “construction bar” organized loosely, if at all, and distinguished by its expertise and professionalism. Now, under the organization of the Real Property Section, I am pleased to announce that we have a proper home.

It is not by accident, that we reorganize under the Real Property Section instead of the Litigation Section, like the old Construction Cases Committee. The new Committee’s focus will shift from being claims-centered, to providing a forum for both the litigator/arbitrator and the transactional construction practitioner. I would expect many of our own practices have moved more toward helping owners, developers, contractors and others proceed successfully from design concept to occupancy with an eye toward dispute avoidance.

Join me in building a strong and valuable Construction Committee. Contact me directly at jaregner@ober.com or (410) 347-7337 to get involved. Also, keep any eye out for announcements of our upcoming meetings.

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