The Real Property Law Section serves New York real property lawyers and the public, promotes the successful transaction of real estate business in New York State, and contributes to the sound development of real property law in New York State.  Toward that end, we:

  • Identify and draw attention to problems, abuses, and issues affecting real property, recommending improvements in real property law, procedure, and practice as appropriate;
  • Publish a high quality journal to keep Section members informed of developments and the latest thinking in real property law;
  • Provide a Section website and give Section members a variety of forums to discuss the state of the law and possibilities for improvement;
  • Offer high quality continuing legal education programs to Section members sufficient to meet all their CLE requirements;
  • Act as a resource for legislators and government officials and comment on and, where appropriate, initiate legislation;
  • Establish and operate committees and task forces that seek to achieve the Section’s goals within numerous areas of real property law;
  • Educate the public about real estate law and the benefits of using lawyers in real property transactions, particularly residential transactions; and
  • Work with the real estate finance, brokerage, title insurance, surveying, and other related industries, to improve practices, communications, and working relationships.

Contact the Real Property Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell
[email protected]
(518) 487-5675

Ira Goldberg

Ira S. Goldenberg

Ira S. Goldenberg of White Plains is the new chair of the Real Property Law Section.

Goldenberg is a partner at Goldenberg & Selker. He represents boards of condominiums, homeowners associations and cooperatives, as well as developers, unit owners, sellers and purchasers.

A 36-year member of the State Bar, Goldenberg previously chaired the Section Delegates Caucus. He was a member of the State Bar’s Executive Committee. He was co-chair of the the Real Property Law Section’s Condominiums and Cooperatives Committee, as well as its Attorney Escrow and Electronic Communications & Meetings task forces.

Goldenberg graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and earned his law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center.

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Past Events Highlights


A Guide To Residential Real Estate Closings (Long Island)

Learn from seasoned real estate and title practitioners how to utilize best practices during the real estate closing process and how to avoid traps for…

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A Guide To Residential Real Estate Closings (NYC & Webcast)

Learn from seasoned real estate and title practitioners how to utilize best practices during the real estate closing process and how to avoid traps for…

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Renewable Energy Siting (Webinar)

On April 3, the Public Service Law Article 10 siting process for large solar and wind farms was replaced by the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth…

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Navigating Real Estate Closing Logistics And 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges During COVID-19 (Webinar)

Learn how certain real estate related matters have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic including the current landscape as it relates to title closings, including…

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COVID-19 Shut-Down: Addressing The Needs Of Not-for-Profits (Webinar)

The Real Property Law Section Not-for-Profit Committee is pleased to present guest speaker Karin Kunstler Goldman, Deputy Bureau Chief of the NYS Attorney General's Office…

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RPLS Not "The Montreal Summer Meeting" (Webinar)

July 8Non-Debt Financing for Home Purchases – 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice12 p.m.Prof. Shelby D. Green, Pace Law SchoolProf. David J. Reiss, Brooklyn Law SchoolCOVID-19…

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Making & Protecting The Record: Virtual And Live - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

An Appellate Judge's View: Key Points for Preserving Error for Appeal | How do an offer of proof and a voir dire of a witness…

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Real Property Assessment Review: Practice And Procedure - Summer 2020 (Webinar)

A review of Real Property Assessment practice and procedure.

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N.Y. Real Property Law Journal

The N.Y. Real Property Law Journal  features substantive articles relating to the practice of real property law on various topics including property transactions, leases, zoning, disclosure, and cooperatives and condominiums. Also included are a regular column entitled, “Bergman on Mortgage Foreclosures” as well as updates on Section news, programs and events. Co-edited by William P. Johnson, Esq., Prof. Robert J. Sein, and Marvin N. Bagwell, Esq., the N.Y. Real Property Law Journal is published by the Real Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Real Property Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1530-3918 (print) ISSN 1933-8465 (online)

The N.Y. Real Property Law Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as property transactions, leases, zoning, disclosure and cooperatives and condominiums.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in the N.Y. Real Property Law Journal, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to any of its Co-Editors.  Accepted articles fall generally in the range of 7-18 typewritten, double-spaced pages. Please use endnotes in lieu of footnotes. The Co-Editors request that all submissions for consideration to be published in this Journal use gender-neutral terms where appropriate or, alternatively, the masculine and feminine forms may both be used. Please contact the Co-Editors regarding further requirements for the submission of articles.

Marvin N. Bagwell, Esq.
[email protected]

William P. Johnson, Esq.
[email protected]

Matthew J. Leeds, Esq.
[email protected]

Prof. Robert J. Sein 
[email protected]



N.Y. Real Property Law Journal Spring/Summer 2020

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Attorney Professionalism Award

Each year, the Real Property Law Section has honored an outstanding individual real estate practitioner with its Professionalism Award. The Section’s Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 award, to be presented at the Section’s Annual Meeting luncheon on January 30, 2020.


The Real Property Law Section is now accepting applications for its two law student scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in January, 2020 at the NYSBA Annual Meeting.

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