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Real Estate Alumni Offer Career Advice to Recent Grads
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Tim Oberweger ’05 served as the roundtable moderator

At the Real Estate Roundtable Discussion “Starting or Reinvigorating a Real Estate Legal Career in 2020 and Beyond,” more than 60 current students and recent graduates learned how to break into the industry from a distinguished panel of successful alumni.

The virtual event featured Tim Oberweger ’05, vice president at Stewart Title Company and member of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Board, who served as moderator; Lisa Bova-Hiatt ’94, executive vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at the New York City Housing Authority; Adjunct Professor Richard J. Sobelsohn ’98, vice president, legal, at Cohen Brothers Realty; Craig L. Price ’99, partner at Belkin, Burden, Goldman; Robert Alleman ’10, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; Niki Tsismenakis ’11, partner at Goldstein Hall; and Karl Dowden ’13, of KarlDowdenLaw.

The panelists highlighted the Law School’s prominence in the real estate sector, with alumni who are leaders in the industry, including alumni in roles in the public and private sectors, at large law firms and as solo practitioners, as representatives for buyers and sellers, and in financing and bankruptcy.

“We have a plethora of people practicing all over real estate, and it’s a part of our alumni network of which we are particularly proud,” said Dean Cahill. “We are delighted to have so many people from so many different settings here to talk to you, so that our strength in real estate can be passed on to the next generation.”

“Use your education to find the next opportunity,” said Oberweger. The other panelists agreed, citing the alumni network as instrumental in developing their own careers. The panelists encouraged attendees to reach out to individual alumni personally for advice. “We take such pride in our school,” said Bova-Hiatt. “Even if we can’t offer you a job, we can help talk you through the path you want to take.”

The panel was organized by Professor Debra Bechtel, director of the Law School’s Corporate and Real Estate Clinic, with assistance from the Brooklyn Law School Real Estate Society and its copresidents, Molly Drescher ’22 and Daniel Landau ’21; the Office of Development and Alumni Relations; and the Career Development Center.