Provides funding for scholarships for a second or third-year law student to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a former Chair of the Section. The fund has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and from Rosalyn Mitzner to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner.
Melvyn Mitzner of New York was named chair of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 4,200-member Real Property Law Section in 2001 – 2002 and a legend in the New York Real Estate legal community. He was the senior vice president and chief underwriting counsel of Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., and Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, who earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Melvyn was very active in the section and was a member of its committees on Condominiums and Cooperatives, and Real Estate Financing and Liens. He was a past co-chair of the Committee on Real Estate Taxation—Local and State, and of the Committee on Title and Transfer. He was also a contributing author to the NYSBA publication, Real Estate Titles. In addition to his NYSBA activities, Mitzner had professional affiliations: the American Bar Association; American College of Real Estate Lawyers; New York State Land Title Association, where he chaired the Legislative Committee; Title Insurance Rate Service Association, Inc., where he chaired the Law and Forms Committee; Westchester County Bar Association, where he chaired the Real Property Law Section; and The Board of Assessment and Review of the City of White Plains, which he chaired. He is a former member of the Rockland County, White Plains and Northern Westchester County bar associations.
At the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he served on the Committee on Cooperatives and Condominiums and the Real Property Law Committee. He was a sub-chair of the Interest on Interest Legislation Committee; and is a former member of the Housing and Urban Development Committee.
Mitzner published numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and other periodicals. He was a lecturer on real property law topics