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2014 Annual Spring Litigation Conference

Please join us for our 2014 Annual Spring Litigation Conference, presented by the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. The May 15, 2014 conference will once again be held at Filoli, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, located in Woodside, CA. 2014 marks the 7th consecutive presentation of this annual award winning conference.

We will start the morning with: Decisions, Decisions: City of Perris v. Stamper. The dividing line between the Judge and Jury roles in Eminent Domain cases is constantly shifting. Eminent Domain is a unique area of law in which the Judge decides many issues of fact. Find out why the decision in this published case gives the Jury (not the Judge) the responsibility of determining issues of contested facts, and how an appraiser’s analysis can be the deciding factor in the “Judge vs. Jury” issue.

Then we move on to: Risky Business – What Appraisers Don’t Know About IRS work CAN Hurt. We will explore IRS Donation Appraisal Requirements, and the personal liabilities incurred by appraisers performing these appraisals.

Then after strolling through the Fioli gardens (optional self-guided tour) our lunch will be served on the Tennis Court Terrace, overlooking the gardens.

The afternoon starts with our Keynote Speaker: Judge W. Scott Snowden sharing his presentation on: Effective Expert Witness Testimony.

The afternoon continues with: CCC: The Collision of Condemnation & Contamination. We will explore the intriguing interaction of Condemnation Law and Practice with Contamination Law and Practice. As one might expect, property owners and condemning agencies have differing opinions in this area where the law is ambiguous at best, and some say even contradictory. Hear from leading experts on both sides of this controversial topic.

The education portion wraps up with: Legal Bits – A quick trip through what is new in California Real Estate Law, which is of interest to both appraisers and attorneys.

Then join us for social networking following this day of education, intrigue and controversy; there will be much to discuss.