Since 2003, HEREL Conferences have offered continuing legal education and networking opportunities for higher education real estate and construction lawyers in a relaxed and collegial setting.
HEREL is an informal organization of higher education lawyers committed to providing first-rate CLE opportunities for attorneys who practice real estate and construction law at institutions of higher education. HEREL also welcomes participation by outside counsel who represent higher education institutions and by non-lawyer real estate professionals.While many of us are members of NACUA and support NACUA’s programs, we believe that HEREL conferences offer a program more focused on the needs of real estate and construction lawyers.
Since its inception, HEREL has held conferences across the country, including Philadelphia, PA; Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; St. Louis, MO; Durham, NC, Seattle, WA and most recently in Hanover, NH in 2016.
HEREL conferences have attracted real estate practitioners from the country’s leading higher education institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Princeton, Dartmouth, Stanford, the University of California system and others. The programs feature presentations by leading outside lawyers as well as experienced in-house counsel that explore issues in depth and at a level of sophistication that will readily allow practitioners to use the information in their practice, including topics related to taxation, construction, environment and energy, and structuring and documenting transactions.
The small-group setting of HEREL conferences--participation is limited to 50--and the large percentage of conference participants who return to the conference year after year create a level of camaraderie that allows colleagues to speak freely about issues and questions that, in a larger setting, might be more difficult.