Real Symposium

Stanford Law School, Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 5 2020 - 12 PM

Event Details

The 9th Annual REAL Symposium focused on emerging real estate issues. SPIRE and the Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association delivered a high-caliber program featuring distinguished speakers and leading experts who addressed cutting-edge business and legal issues pertaining to the real estate industry.

Earn 3.75 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit


12:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Registration

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Opening Remarks: Welcome

  • Steve Cvitanovic – Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
  • Jeremy Olsan – Partner, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Panel I: Will Your Real Estate Project Literally Be Underwater? How Sea Level Rise Will Affect Real Estate Development Along the San Francisco Bay, and What is Being Done About It.


  • Zack Wasserman: Chairman, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). J.D. Stanford Law School
  • Sean Hecht: Co‐Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
  • Madeline Cavalieri: California Coastal Commission
  • Cooper Elsworth: Department of Geophysics, Stanford University

Moderator: Giselle Roohparvar, Deputy General Counsel at Bungalow

This distinguished group of experts will provide insights into the real estate/land use, insurance, and construction law and policy ramifications arising from California’s need to adapt to our changing climate, focusing on the current and future effects of climate change. The discussion will specifically address sea level rise within the San Francisco Bay region. The panel will include an introduction briefly explaining the current best/worst case scientific scenarios.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Networking Break and Refreshments

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Keynote: Achieving Sustainability & Safety in Our Energy Sector: The Perspective of a Regulator at the California Public Utilities Commission

Keynote Speaker

  • Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

California faces the twin challenges of decarbonizing our grid, transportation and building sectors while ensuring that our energy infrastructure is safe and resilient in the face of climate change. Commissioner Rechtschaffen will discuss regulations, policies and programs at the California Public Utilities to deal with these challenges as well as other legal and practical issues affecting Californians.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Networking Break and Refreshments

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Panel II: The Rise of Blockchain and How it Will Transform the Real Estate industry


  • Grant P. Fondo: Partner and Co‐Chair of Digital Currency & Blockchain practice, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Joshua Stein: CEO Harbor, J.D. Stanford Law School
  • Jessica Adams: Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

Moderator: Steve Cvitanovic: Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP; Real Property Law Section Executive Committee

Blockchain technology is here, and it doesn’t just power Bitcoin. It could revolutionize commercial and investment real estate practice. From purchases, sales, financing, leasing, and management transactions, blockchain can create opportunities for clients and alleviate some of their existing challenges. Our panel of experts will explain how blockchain can work in real estate law and practice and discuss the legal implications of using blockchain technology in real estate transactions.

5:30 PM – 5:35 PM: Closing remarks

5:35 PM – 7:30 PM: Reception

For more information call (916) 516‐1757.

For program content and/or Section information call (916) 516‐1752.