2023 Residential Real Estate College

Date: Aug 16, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $180

Non-Member Price: $225

Section Price: $169

Event Code: I158123

Areas of Law: Ethics, Real Property, Trust, & Estate

Earn up to 6.1 credits, including 1.0 in Ethics! (More Information)




Donald D. Campbell, Esq.
Donald D. Campbell, Esq., Gillette
practices with Campbell & Campbell in Bayonne, New Jersey, and served as counsel to Pamrapo Savings Bank, where he reviewed all closing documents for their ten banking offices in northern New Jersey for 28 years. He has conducted more than 15,000 closings for buyers and sellers of real estate, handling properties ranging from single family homes to large-scale developments and industrial sites. He also has testified and served as an expert witness for insurance companies and attorneys in real estate malpractice matters and for plaintiffs and defendants in real estate litigation.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Campbell is a member of the General Practice and Real Estate and Probate Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is a former Rule 1:40 Mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is a former Certified Trial Attorney, State Public Defender and Municipal Prosecutor, and also served as CEO of Bell Mortgage, which specialized in commercial lending. Formerly licensed as a New Jersey Mortgage Banker, he has consulted for the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee on standards for closing attorneys.

Mr. Campbell is the author of several ICLE publications, including Step by Step Guide to Residential Real Estate Closings, Dos and Don’ts of Residential Real Estate Closings and Representing Parties in Multi-Unit Residential Transactions. He has also served as a moderator and speaker at numerous ICLE seminars.

Mr. Campbell received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his J.D. from Villanova Law School, where he was Student Bar President. He clerked for the Honorable Lawrence Bilder, Appellate Division (Ret.), and served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times and awarded the Bronze Star and other commendations.


Michael F. Harris
Heritage Abstract Company, Morristown
is President of Heritage Abstract Company in Morristown, New Jersey, one of the most respected title insurance and settlement agencies in New Jersey.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Harris has been a member of the American Land Title Association. Following his judicial clerkship he worked as a medical malpractice defense attorney. He joined Heritage Abstract Company as staff attorney and purchased the company in 2004.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Hermann L. Breitkopf, A.J.S.C., Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Christine L. Matus, Esq.
The Matus Law Group, Toms River
is the owner and founder of The Matus Law Group in Toms River, New Jersey, which focuses in estate planning, real estate transactions, special needs trusts and other matters. She is also a mediator with the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Special Civil Part.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Ms. Matus is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association (APALA), and Secretary of the Ocean County Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, where she serves on its Advisory Panel. A former Board Member of the Ocean County YMCA and a former member of the Central Ocean County Rotary, Ms. Matus has served as General Counsel to the Attorney Ethics and Disciplinary Board, District IIIA. She is President of MOCEANS, Inc., has served as General Counsel to non-profit organizations and is a former Director of the American Cancer Society’s Ocean County Chapter.

Ms. Matus has lectured to the public on topics ranging from special needs (estate) planning to real estate as well as to corporate organizations regarding non-profit rules and regulations. The author of Basic Estate Planning for Parents With Special Needs Children, she is a contributing editor to the Turning Point, a newsletter for the Filipino community in Ocean County. She has also co-authored articles on elder law topics and is the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Matus received her B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and her J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she was a member of the Senior Staff of the International Law Review and was the recipient of several other honors.
Caroline Record, Esq., CCAL
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, Roseland
is a Partner in the Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, office of Hill Wallack, LLP. A member of the Community Associations and Real Estate Practice Groups, she concentrates her practice in community association law and residential real estate. Her practice also includes estate planning and administration, special needs trusts, guardianship applications, foreclosure and other real estate-related work.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia, Ms. Record is a past President of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and a former Trustee and Past Chair of its Editorial and Legislative Action Committees. She is Past Chair of the Common Interest Ownership Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a former member of the Board of Consultors of the NJSBA Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section, and Past President of the New Jersey Community Association Political Action Committee. Ms. Record was elected to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Community Association Research, is Past President of the Foundation and served on CAI’s Business Partner’s Council from 2009-2012. She was an investigator for the District X Ethics Committee from 1999 to 2003 and has served as Secretary of the District XA and XB Ethics Committees since 2006. She also teaches the M204 class in Community Governance for CAI.

Ms. Record received her undergraduate degree, with highest honors from the Political Science Department, from Rutgers College and her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

This comprehensive and timely program will provide you with best practice tips to effectively handle residential real estate transactions in your practice.

As done yearly, our expert panelists will cover the latest developments, best practice procedures and best form letters for New Jersey residential closing attorneys. This is the annual practical seminar with latest developments, best practices for seller/buyer attorneys and better form letters. Join experienced practitioners for valuable presentations on new addendums, form letters, financing issues, relevant case law, and a discussion of ethical concerns every attorney should be wary of. You’ll walk away with the best tools in the business!

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 - Welcome and Introduction of Panelists
  • 9:05 - Let’s go to the New Statewide Contract
    • Updates to the statewide contract
    • What protects Buyers?
    • What protects Sellers?
    • What protects Brokers?
    • Does anything protect Attorneys? - Christine Matus, Esq.
  • 9:35 - Negotiating the Contract, home inspection issues, best form letters - Donald D. Campbell, Esq. with panel response
  • 10:25 - Break
  • 10:35 - Addendums- Best addendums for residential closings - Christine Matus, Esq. with panel response
  • 11:25 - Unique concerns when representing a buyer or seller of a community association property - Caroline Record, Esq
  • 11:55 - Morning Q&A
  • 12:00 - Luncheon
  • 12:30 - Real Estate Agents and Attorneys - The tensions and possible solutions - A panel discussion
  • 12:50 - Title Agent Settlements - Michael F. Harris, Esq.
  • 1:30 - Real Estate Litigation- Deposits, Closing Attorney Conflict, Time of the Essence, Chancery Procedures, Time of Essence Litigation Issues - Donald D. Campbell, Esq.
  • 2:00 - Break
  • 2:10 - Ethical Issues: Fees, Protective Letters, Escrow Problems, Title companies- partners and problems? - Donald D. Campbell, Esq. and panel
  • 3:00 - Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.1 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 1.0, NJ General: 5.1, NJ New Admit Real Estate: 5.1).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 5.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 0.5, PA Substantive Credit: 4.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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