Real Estate

Section Focus

Two speakers, a man and a woman, stand at a podium in a corner, facing the viewer's right. In the foreground is a Christmas tree. Adjacent to the speakers, hanging on the wall, is a projected screen.The Real Estate Law Section offers monthly lunch meetings during its fiscal year (September through June). Speakers present topics ranging from leasing, development, loan transactions, landlord/tenant issues, legislative updates and other relevant real estate issues. CLE credit of 1.0 hour is given for attendance at each presentation.

The Section participates in and contributes to several community based fundraising campaigns including Habitat for Humanity, Texas C-Bar, and Historic Records Preservation. Monetary scholarships are awarded to a student at each of Houston’s law schools.

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Scholarship Opportunity!

The Real Estate Law Section is currently accepting scholarship applications! Scholarships are awarded to second- and third-year law students from each of the three Houston-area law schools (UHLC, STCL Houston, TMSL) with a demonstrated interest in real estate law. Click here to download the application.

Awards given: A total of $3,000 in scholarship funds per school will be awarded to students at each of the three Houston area law schools (University of Houston, South Texas College of Law Houston, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law). The committee may select up to three (3) students to receive a portion of the $3,000 allocated to each school.
Eligibility: Any current second or third year law student currently enrolled at a law school listed above who has earned at least 30 credit hours is eligible to apply.
Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in real estate law.
Application deadline: Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 28, 2020.
Recognition: Scholarship recipients will be recognized at a future HBA Real Estate Law Section lunch meeting.
Instructions: Applicants must submit the following documents (in pdf format) for consideration via e-mail to Susan George at

  • A completed 2020 Scholarship Application Form;
  • A current resume;
  • An unofficial law school transcript; and
  • A short essay (limited to 350 words) expressing interest in real estate law.


Section Officers

Ryan Morgan, Locke Lord LLP

Immediate Past Chair
Cassandra McGarvey, Sanders McGarvey

Chair Elect
Susan George, Andrews Myers

Katy Carmical, Winstead PC

History of Real Estate Section Chairs

Bylaws of the Real Estate Law Section

Member Details

Section Members: 598
Section Dues: $25

Section Notes

Appendix items from Nov. 19, 2014 CLE “A Primer of What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know About Architect’s Agreements and Construction Contracts.” Click for Index to Appendix

Law Student Policies

Total of $3000 in scholarship funds awarded to three students at each Houston Law School. Amount awarded per student will be based on number of applicants. Minimum award of $1000.

Cost of parking. Reservation is required. Up to five students per school may attend.