About the Section

Volunteers and Leaders

RELU members volunteer in a variety of capacities, including working on subcommittees to track and review proposed or pending legislation in the areas of land use and real estate, as well as testify and provide information to the legislature when needed. At the conclusion of each session, the section issues a detailed report of all new legislation relevant to real estate and land use in the Digest and online. Subcommittees also volunteer in planning the annual meeting and other educational seminars, writing for the Digest, and undertaking other tasks necessary to continually provide useful and timely services to members. RELU is a leader among sections in contributing to the Campaign for Equal Justice and occasionally contributes to specific programs of other legal organizations that are determined to benefit RELU members. RELU led the 2015-2016 effort to reorganize and rewrite the multiple volumes in the Bar Books series on real estate topics; this rewrite won a national publishing award.

The Executive Committee is always open to inspired member ideas about other services that can be offered to our membership, including mentor projects, improvement of law, and luncheon topics. Please reach out with your ideas.

Legislative Subcommittees

There are two legislative subcomittees: Real Estate Legislative Subcommittee and Land Use Legislative Committee. Both are comprised of approximately ten to twenty lawyers whose practices bring a wide variety of experience in real estate and land use law. The legislative subcommittees are the eyes and ears of the section. We review bills introduced in legislative sessions, discuss a bill’s potential impact, track bills as they move through a session with amendments, submit comments or testify at the legislature where necessary. The committees also review proposals from section members for law improvement legislation and, if appropriate, refers those proposals to the OSB for review and possible introduction in the next legislative session. All section members are welcome to join the legislative committees. During the odd-year longer legislative sessions, we meet frequently during the session to discuss and keep pace with bills and amendments. After the conclusion of the session, committee members summarize the various bills of interest to real estate practitioners. These summaries are available at the OSB website, published in the RELU Digest, and the new laws are discussed at the Annual Summer Conference. If interested in joining the real estate legislative subcommittee, please contact Pat Ihnat for the Real Estate Legislative Subcommittee and Will Rasmussen for the Land Use Legislative Committee.

List Serve

The list serve is available to all RELU members, is moderated by the executive committee, and is hosted by the Oregon State Bar. Any member can post a query to the list serve and receive replies off-line. This email community provides access to more than 1000 Oregon attorneys with varying degrees of experience in land use or real estate and ranging from casual acquaintance to in-depth knowledge. This is a fantastic resource to help you with thorny legal and practice questions. Section members that can watch and learn from or post and connect with experts and leaders. If you are a member of the Section, you can access the list serve by emailing [email protected].

RELU Digest

Our professional publication for more than 25 years, the Digest focuses on practical topics related to real estate and land use ranging from summaries of new legislation to opinions of interest from the Land Use Board of Appeals and state and federal courts, with a concentration on Oregon cases. Published six times each year, the Digest is delivered electronically to all section members and published on the Section website. A collaborative effort of a large group of volunteer writers from the Section and professionally edited, the Digest focuses on information that is useful to practitioners. Even if you are a new Oregon lawyer, we invite you to write case summaries for the Digest. Email either of the Digest editors, Jennie Bricker or Judy Parker.

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