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Celeste M. Hammond

Celeste M. Hammond

Director, Center for Real Estate Law
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.987.2366
Office: Room 1601
Office Hours: By appointment

BS, cum laude, Loyola University
JD, University of Chicago Law School

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Celeste Hammond practiced law in Chicago for eight years before joining the John Marshall Law School faculty. She was a leader in creating the Center for Real Estate Law in 1995 and serves as the founding director. Professor Hammond is active as a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society and Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She has chaired subcommittees of the ABA Section on Real Property Probate and Trust Law. She was chair of Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee and president of the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association. She is a Fellow of the ABA Foundation and was elected recently to the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).

Professor Hammond helped establish the Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) where she was its first chair. In 2004, she became the first chair of the AALS Section on Real Estate Transactions. She speaks frequently at national and international programs and conferences. She is one of the authors of Modern Real Estate Finance and Land Transfer – A Transactional Approach, 5th ed. 2012 (Aspen) and co-author of Commercial Leasing- A Transactional Primer, 2nd ed. 2011 (Carolina Academic Press).

She is an arbitrator for the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for which she hears cases related to real estate and business transactions. She is an expert witness and litigation consultant on commercial real estate, real estate malpractice, business transactions and consumer law related to subprime mortgages.

Professor Hammond teaches Contracts, Property and Real Estate Transactions in the JD program. She teaches advanced electives in the LLM/MS in Real Estate Law: Leasing Ownership & Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, and Real Estate Transactions.

Professor Hammond was Petrillo Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law during Fall 2012. She was Visiting Professor at Loyola University School of Law in 2007.

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The Global Subprime Mortgage Crisis as Explained by the Contras between American Contracts Law and Civil Law Countries' Laws, Practices and Expectations in Real Estate Transactions: How American Lack of Informed Consent Contributes to the Global Crisis in Subprime Mortgage Investments as Does the Absence of the Civil Law Notary (with Landini), Hofstra J. Int'l L. & Bus. (forthcoming 2012)

Integrating Doctrine and Skills in First Year Courses: A Transactional Attorney's Perspective, 17 J. L. Writing Inst. 409 (2011)

Commercial Leasing: A Transactional Primer (with Daniel B. Bogart), Carolina Academic Press (2nd ed. 2011)

Symposium, Foreward: Water as a Resource: Implications for Real Estate Ownership, Development and Public Policy, 43 J. Marshall L. Rev. XXIII (2010)

Borrowing from the B Schools: The Legal Case Study as Course Materials for Transaction Oriented Elective Courses: A Response to the Challenges of the MacCrate Report and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Report on Legal Education, 11 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 9 (2009)

The Use of Real Estate Auctions in Commercial Short-Sales (with Craig Post), 23 A.B.A. Prob. & Prop. 2 (2009)

Real Estate Auction of United Homes, Inc. Portfolio - A Legal Case Study (with Steven Good and Margot Weinstein) (2009)

Modern Real Estate Finance and Land Transfer: A Transactional Approach(with Bender, Madison, and Zinman), Aspen Pub. (4th ed. 2008)

Let the Bidding Begin: America for Sale – Real Estate AuctionsACREL Papers (with Steven Good), ALI-ABA & ACREL (Fall 2008)

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Presenter: "Recent Developments in Leasing," ABA Property Probate & Trust Law Committee (May 2013)

Moderator: "Demystifying Green Construction-Public Sector," The John Marshall Law School (Nov. 2012)

Presenter: Environmental Law Program Colloquium Series, "Greening Commercial Leases: A Business Response to Climate Change and Environmental Goals," University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law (Oct. 2012)

Moderator: "Urban Agriculture - A New Industry that Needs Transactional Lawyers," The John Marshall Law School (Oct. 2012)

12th Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice, "40th Anniversary Quiet Revolution in Zoning and Land Use Regulation," The John Marshall Law School (Oct. 20, 2011)

"Pre-dispute Arbitration Causes in Transactional Documents," University of Tennessee College of Law (Oct. 21, 2010)

11th Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law and Practice, "Water as a Resource: Impact on Real Estate Ownership, Development and Land Use Policy," The John Marshall Law School (Nov. 1, 2009)

Yes We CArNegie: Change in Legal Education af the Carnegie Report, "Integrating Doctrine and Skills in First Year and Elective Courses: A Transactional Lawyer's Perspective," The John Marshall Law School (July 29, 2009)

Workshop on Teaching Transactions, "Using Legal Case Studies to Teach Transactional Courses," Association of American Law Schools (June 10-13, 2009)

"Real Estate Auctions as Preferred Method for Selling Real Property: Advantages and Limitations," University of Hawaii College of Law (Feb. 22, 2009)

"Comparative Law Analysis: Belgian and American Succession Law," Vrije Universiteit (Brussels,Belgium) (Jan. 21, 2008)

"Build Them and They Shall Come: Responsible Growth of Post JD Degree Programs," Association of American Law Schools (Jan. 4, 2008)

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