RPTE CLE Conference

35th Annual RPTE National CLE Conference

In Person | May 10-12, 2023
Washington, D.C.








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Hugh Drake

Hugh F. Drake
Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law 

Letter from the Section Chair

Please join me as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s National CLE Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 10-12, 2023. This marks RPTE’s first time back in the nation’s capital in 8 years and our return to an entirely in-person program.

This year’s Conference will present the latest developments in real estate and trust and estate law, as you capture a year’s worth of CLE credits. Our speakers feature leading practitioners and professionals, as well as governmental and judicial insiders. The Conference will also offer valuable networking opportunities with attorneys from across the country, including working lunches hosted by our substantive committees.

To take advantage of this wonderful venue, a variety of social events are planned for your enjoyment, highlighted by a private reception on Thursday evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. in May!


Hugh F. Drake
Chair of the American Bar Association’s
Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law

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35th Anniversary Celebration at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Conference attendees will have private access to the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture, with over 40,000 artifacts.

Real Property Program Highlights:

  • More than “Knowing Your Customer”: A Primer on Due Diligence in Mortgage Lending Transactions
  • Development and Planning for, Funding of, and Build Out of Resiliency Infrastructure
  • Arbitration: A True Alternative for Dispute Resolution? Practical Guidance for Real Estate Practitioners

Trust and Estate
Program Highlights:

  • Digital Assets Killed the Paper Trail: A Primer on Digital Asset Administration
  • Ending on Good Terms: Practical Guidance for Trustees on Termination of Trusts
  • Update on Fiduciary Litigation Regarding Retirement Plan Investments


Real Property

Real Property focus on property use, ownership, development, transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and disposal.

Trust & Estate

Trust and Estate focus on trusts, estate planning, employee benefits, insurance, and probate and trust litigation.


The Joint committees focus on multi-practice issues that enhance the effectiveness of lawyers in all legal practice areas.

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Our Sponsors

Visit our on-site conference expo to learn more about the companies that sponsor the National CLE Conference and the services they provide to assist our registrants in their practice area. Their support is very valuable to us and we encourage you to take advantage of their services through the expo.