New York Law School Announces New Master’s Degree in Real Estate Law

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 6, 2008

New York Law School, one of the oldest independent law schools in the nation, today announced that it will offer an LL.M. degree in Real Estate Law, the only program of its kind in New York City and one of only four in the nation, to begin in the spring 2009 semester.

“The program will allow our students the opportunity to learn about real estate in the real estate capital of the United States,” Dean and President Richard A. Matasar said. “With the launch of the Law School’s Center for Real Estate Studies last year and the addition of four wonderful real estate experts to our faculty, New York Law School is developing a leading presence in the area of real estate law.”

The degree will initially offer two concentrations: one in Finance and Development and the other in Public Policy and Regulation. The program will help students develop the skills needed to excel in transactional practice or governmental affairs related to real property development, and provide them with a rich understanding of the interrelated legal issues, business principles, and policy concerns involved in real estate transactions, development, and financing. The LL.M. is designed to be flexible, allowing full-time students to complete the 27-credit program in one year, while part-time students can be enrolled in the program for up to four years.

The program will be directed by Professor Marshall Tracht, a real estate expert who was recruited from Hofstra Law School to develop the LL.M. degree at New York Law School. Along with Professor Tracht, the Law School has hired three other leading property and real estate professionals to help develop the School’s real estate programs: Professor Richard H. Chused from Georgetown University; Professor Gerald Korngold from Case Western Reserve University; and Professor Elise Boddie from Fordham Law School.

New York Law School’s LL.M. program will offer a wide array of courses taught by a mix of full-time faculty and leading practitioners from the New York City bar, and will emphasize business knowledge and skills such as contract negotiation and drafting, as well as more traditional study of legal principles. In keeping with its focus on the challenges and opportunities of practice in the real world, it is the only program in real estate law to require a course in the complex ethical issues surrounding real estate practice, business, and regulation.

“The LL.M. in Real Estate is part of New York Law School’s continuing emphasis on developing innovative programs that prepare students to excel in the practice of law,” said Professor Tracht. “By allowing students to study advanced topics in law, business, and regulation, and to develop their professional skills through close instruction from leading members of the real estate industry, the LL.M. curriculum will provide the tools needed to practice law at the highest levels, or to make the transition from legal practice to a career on the business side of real estate.”

The creation of the new LL.M. degree comes a little more than a year after the Law School launched its seventh specialized academic center, the Center for Real Estate Studies, dedicated to the study of both the private practice of real estate law and the public regulation of real estate. The Center is led by Professor Andrew R. Berman. The Center and the LL.M. program will be integrated, providing real estate opportunities for J.D. and LL.M. students, as well as events for alumni and the real estate community at large. The LL.M. program will also draw on the offerings of the law school’s Center for New York City Law, run by Professor Ross Sandler, which offers unique courses and programs on governmental policy and land use in NYC.

The primary faculty members affiliated with the new LL.M. program are Professors Berman, Boddie, Chused, Korngold, and Tracht.

Professor Berman, formerly a partner with Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s New York Real Estate Group, spent nearly 15 years in private practice prior to joining the Law School. He has represented clients in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, including complex financing transactions such as mezzanine loans, preferred equity, and financing intended for securitization markets. He has extensive experience in real estate development projects, the sale and acquisition of real property and mortgage loan portfolios, and complex commercial leasing. He has been teaching at New York Law School since 2002. Some of the courses he teaches are Landlord-Tenant Law, Cooperatives and Condominiums Law, and Real Estate Transactions and Finance.

Professor Elise Boddie joined New York Law School this past year. Most recently, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Her expertise includes land use planning and state and local governmental law. Prior to joining Fordham, she was an Associate Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. She also worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she practiced corporate litigation.

Before joining the New York Law School faculty this past fall, Professor Richard H. Chused was Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is an expert on an expert on property law, law and gender, copyright law, and cyberlaw. His recently published work includes a work on the treatment of the poor in American landlord-tenant law, a lengthy history of the famous landlord-tenant case Javins v. First National Realty Corporation, and a history of landlord-tenant court in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century.

Professor Gerald Korngold also joined the Law School this past fall, from Case Western Reserve University, where he was a professor and served as Dean from 1997 to 2006. He was a professor at New York Law School from 1979 to 1987 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1984 to 1986. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Private Land Use Arrangements: Easements, Covenants, and Equitable Servitudes (2004); co-author of two casebooks, Real Estate Transactions (2004) and Cases and Text on Property (2004); and co-editor of Property Stories (2004).

Professor Marshall Tracht will direct the LL.M. program. He teaches Bankruptcy, Real Estate Transactions and Finance, and Advanced Real Estate Financing. He is co-author of a leading textbook on real estate law, a member of the editorial board of The Banking Law Journal, a contributing editor to the Real Estate Law Report, and has written extensively in the areas of real estate development and construction financing, workouts, and bankruptcy. He is also the co-author of Land Transfer and Finance: Cases and Materials. Before going into academia, Professor Tracht practiced in the real estate and bankruptcy groups at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia.

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About the Center for Real Estate Studies:

The Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) at New York Law School provides students with a unique educational opportunity to study both the private practice and public regulation of real estate. Leveraging the School’s location in the prime real estate market of New York City, the Center enables students to gain practical experience in the real estate community and make contacts for future employment. Launched in 2007, the Center offers an extensive selection of classroom courses, advanced seminars, and independent study projects, as well as externships in governmental offices and real estate firms. It also sponsors conferences, symposia, and continuing legal education programs on a broad spectrum of issues. The Center for Real Estate Studies aims to help bridge the existing gap between the private practice and academic study of real estate, and is becoming one of the premier research centers in the country for the study of real estate.

About New York Law School:

Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its eight academic centers: Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation program.


Financial Institutions Group Global Head Ruth Porat to Keynote Wharton School Finance Conference 2009

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2009

Ruth Porat, Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley will join the tenth annual Wharton Finance Conference as a Keynote Speaker. The conference, organized by students of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be held at the Park Hyatt at Bellevue in Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 2009. Throughout the current financial crisis, Ms. Porat has been responsible for the Firm’s coverage of financial institutions and governments globally.

The Wharton Finance Conference, whose theme is “Looking Forward: Finance in a New Horizon.” will include panel discussions on such issues in Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Government Regulation, the Increased Competitiveness of Services Firms, International Opportunities, Infrastructure Finance, Financing Growth, Financial Innovation in the 21st Century: Sales & Trading Perspective, Careers in Finance: Recruiting in a Tough Economic Environment. Participants can look forward to a conglomeration of the best minds in business and meeting with intellectual and experienced experts.

Keynote speakers at the Wharton Finance Conference 2009 include:

— Ms. Ruth Porat Global Head, Financial Institutions Group, Morgan Stanley, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking Division

— Mr. Tony Ehinger, Managing Director of Credit Suisse,

Co-Head, Global Securities, Investment Banking Division

Other scheduled conference participants include:

— James R. Tanenbaum , Partner, Morrison & Foerster and Chair of the firms Global Capital Markets practice

— Andrew Ross Sorkin, Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter and Columnist, The New York Times

— Rodolfo L. Molina, Managing Director, Head of Southern Latin America, UBS Investment Bank

— Rob Collins, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Banking for the Americas, Greenhill & Co.

— Vikram Pant, Managing Director, IDFC Project Equity

— Jonathan Turnbull, Head of Infrastructure Investment Banking, Citigroup

— Ed Rubin, Head of Cross Rate and Securitized Product Sales (Deutsche Bank)

— Devin O’Reilly, Principal, Bain Capital

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 10,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of more than 85,000 graduates.

Further information on the conference can be found at:

Members of the media are invited to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Top Business School to Offer Symposium on Financial Regulation and Risk Management

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 7, 2010

Ph.D. students in business and economics from leading U.S. universities will gather at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business ( September 9-12, 2010, for a conference intended to encourage more academic research on the causes and prevention of financial crises.

The Doctoral Symposium on Financial Regulation and Risk Management is sponsored by Deutsche Bank and features presentations and classroom discussions led by Chicago Booth finance faculty. Participants include Ph.D. students from Booth, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and other leading business schools and university economics departments.

“There are many unanswered questions surrounding the recent financial crisis,” said Stacey Kole, deputy dean of Chicago Booth and organizer of the conference. “Our faculty is motivated to find the answers and to spark research from emerging researchers in finance,” said Kole, who also is a clinical professor of economics.

Hugo Banziger, chief risk officer and a member of the management board of Deutsche Bank, will speak at the conference in addition to seven Booth professors who specialize in banking and finance. Professor Raghuram Rajan will lead a session on illiquidity and interest rates, while Professor Douglas Diamond will discuss short-term debt and financial regulation.

Other Booth speakers at the event are Professor John Cochrane, who will present a skeptical appraisal of frictions in the financial crisis, Professor Anil Kashyap, who will discuss macroprudential regulation and Professor Christian Leuz, who will lead a session on economic consequences of securities regulation and enforcement. Professor Tobias Moskowitz will moderate a discussion of open research topics and Assistant Professor Amit Seru will present on securitization and the subprime crisis.

“The symposium is part of a multi-year academic partnership between Deutsche Bank and Chicago Booth,” said Malcolm D. Knight, Vice Chairman at Deutsche Bank. “The partnership is designed to support and expand education related to risk management and financial regulation.”

Conference sessions will take place at Chicago Booth’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago and at Harper Center on the school’s main campus. Deutsche Bank also sponsors a speaker series at Booth on risk and regulation in financial markets.

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 81,929 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

About the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is one of the leading business schools in the world. Chicago Booth’s faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates include many business leaders across the U.S. and worldwide. Booth offers a full-time M.B.A. program, an evening M.B.A. program, a weekend M.B.A. program and an executive M.B.A. program in Chicago, London and Singapore. The school also offers a Ph.D. program, open enrollment executive education, and custom corporate education.

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