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2020 Annual Real Estate Institute

Total Credits: 4.4 Self Study

Practice Area:
Real Property
Audio and Video
Access for 1 year(s) after purchase.


8:30 – 9:20 AM | Title & Endorsement Underwriting | Construction Escrow and Disbursements
Speakers: Matthew
Cermak and Brienne B​erscheid, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Chicago, IL ​

9:20 – 10:20 AM | Contracting & Drafting Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Speaker: Scott L. Smithson
Dentons US LLP, St. Louis ​   

10:20 – 10:30 AM | Break

10:30 – 11:20 AM | Medical Marijuana
Speaker: Eric M. Walter
, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis​

11:20 – 11:30 | Break

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM | The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Firm, Your Practice, and the Profession
Speaker: Jittaun Dill​
, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis

12:20 PM | Adjourn

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for ethics, elimination of bias credit or Kansas credit.


Speaker Bio

Brienne Berscheid Related seminars and products

Chicago Title Insurance Company

Brienne Berscheid serves as Assistant Vice President and Construction Escrow Manager for Chicago Title’s Chicago National Commercial Services (NCS) operation. Brienne oversees the National Construction Disbursement Department to responsible for reviewing and administering construction escrow projects across the country. The National Construction Disbursing Department specializes in ground-up commercial developments, including stadiums, office towers, senior living facilities, and multi-family housing complexes. Brienne has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Matthew Cermak Related seminars and products

Chicago Title Insurance Company

Matt Cermak serves as a Commercial Account Manager for Chicago Title’s Chicago National Commercial Services (NCS) operation. Matt’s primary role is to quarterback each transaction for his local and national client base. Matt has spent the last 5 years managing several high-profile national client accounts, including but not limited to national developers, law firms and corporations in complex multi-state, multi-site commercial real estate transactions. Matt has a B.S. from Missouri State University where he was also a member of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golf Team.

Jittaun Dill Related seminars and products


Jittaun Dill is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law where she also earned her certificate in Employment Law. While in law school she was the recipient of the SLU School of Law Everette Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trail Advocacy and alongside her law school partner, the 3rd Place Winner of the Regional Black Law Students Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.  She clerked for a mid-sized St. Louis law firm as a Summer Associate and upon graduation joined the firm. After several years of practice, Jittaun began working in Diversity and Inclusion at  AmLaw 100 firms and today she calls Husch Blackwell home as its Diversity and Inclusion Manager.  She serves on the Executive Board of Cultural Leadership and is the Past Chair of the Mound City Bar Association's Membership Committee. 

Scott Smithson Related seminars and products

Dentons US LLP

Scott Smithson is a member of Dentons’ Real Estate practice group with experience representing clients in various complex transactional matters.


Scott works with banks, lenders, investors, developers, landowners and tenants to document and close commercial real estate transactions, including financings, purchases, sales, leases and new development. He also drafts and negotiates agreements relating to the construction and management of commercial real estate projects, and he assists with the resolution of disputes arising during construction.


Prior to joining Dentons, Scott worked as in-house counsel at a publicly traded financial services holding company, where he provided practical, value-added counsel to the parent company and its subsidiaries, including retail brokerage, asset management and investment banking firms.

Eric Walter Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale, LLP


Eric Walter is a partner at Armstrong Teasdale with extensive state and federal litigation experience in a wide range of complex commercial and business cases. A significant part of Eric’s practice involves representing businesses and individuals in the legalized marijuana and hemp industry. He has successfully represented companies applying for medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary licenses, and advises clients on state and federal regulations involving investors and other business partners. He serves as chair of the Marijuana Law Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is general counsel to the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association: MoCannTrade.

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