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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.

Full Curriculum Vitae


Climate Change: Implications for Commercial Real Estate Clients (and Their Attorneys): Legal Update, The ACREL Papers – Fall 2014 (American College of Real Estate Lawyers / ALI-CLE 2014)

The Evolving Role for Transactional Attorneys: Clients Responding to Client Needs in Adapting to Climate Change, 47 J. Marshall L. Rev. 543 (2013)

Letter to the Editor: Looking for Global Warming Solutions, Chicago Sun-Times (August 2013)

Modern Real Estate Finance & Land Transfer: A Transactional Approach (5th ed. Aspen 2013) (with Steven Bender, Michael T. Madison & Robert M. Zimmerman)

The Global Subprime Mortgage Crisis as Explained by the Contrast 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, 11 Hofstra J. Int'l L. & Bus. 133 (2012) (with Ilaria Landini)

Symposium, Foreword: 40th Anniversary of The Quiet Revolution in Zoning and Land Use Regulation, 45 J. Marshall L. Rev. iii (2012)

Does a Home Buyer Have Article III Standing to Sue a Title Insurance Company under Statutory Remedy for the Company's Participation in a Kickback Scheme, 39 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 125 (November 2011)

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, Carolina Academic Press (2nd ed. 2011) (with Daniel B. Bogart)

Real Estate Law and Practice Symposium: Forward, 43 J. Marshall L. Rev. iii (2010)

More Publications


Speaker: "Ethics for the Transactional Attorney," The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL (CLE) (May 2014)

Speaker: Association of Law & Property Society, "Role of the Transactional Attorney in Light of Climate Change," Association for Law, Vancouver, B.C. (May 2014)

Speaker: Study Space VII, Beyond Affordable Housing: An Interdisciplinary Multinational Approach to Adequate Housing Options Conference, "Retreat from Rising Seas — the Impact on Commercial Real Estate Industry," Barcelona, Spain (May 2014)

Speaker: JMLS Faculty Works in Progress Series (CLE), "Evolving Role for Transactional Attorneys: Clients Adapting to Climate Change" (April 2014)

Moderator & Speaker: "Drafting Appropriate ADR Clauses in Transactional Documents" (CLE), John Marshall Law School (April 2014)

Moderator: "Real Estate is Back," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law (February 2014)

Moderator: 12th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference, "Legal Issues Impacting Real Estate Panel," Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL (January 2014)

Speaker: The New Energy, Association of American Law Schools, Annual Meeting, "Post JD Academic Programs," New York, NY (January 2014)

Moderator: "Real Estate is Back," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law (February 2014)

Speaker: Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice, "Evolving Role of the Transactional Attorney: Clients Adapting to Climate Change," John Marshall Law School (September 2013)

Speaker: Ask a Professor CLE Program, ABA Property Probate & Trust Law Committee, "Recent Developments in Leasing" (May 2013)

Speaker: University of Arkansas Law Review Symposium: Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act, "Residential Landlord & Tenant Law," University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (February 2013)

Speaker: JMLS Faculty Works in Progress Series (CLE), "5th Edition: Modern Real Estate Finance and Land Transfer — A Transactional Approach" (November 2012)

Moderator: CLE Program, "Demystifying Green Construction — Public Sector," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago, IL (November 2012)

Speaker: Environment Law Program Colloquium Series, "Greening Commercial Leases: A Business Response to Climate Change and Environmental Goals," University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI (October 2012)

Moderator: CLE Program, "Urban Agriculture — a New Industry that Needs Transactional Lawyers," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago, IL (October 2012)

Panelist: Ethics/Professionalism in Transaction, Law Day (May 2012)

Moderator: CLE Program on Ethics and Professionalism for the Transactional Lawyer, "Ethics in Transactional Attorneys," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law (May 2012)

Speaker: The John Marshall Law School Career Services Program, "From Your Property Course to a Real Estate Law Practice: Alums Tell their Stories" (April 2012)

Speaker: The Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun 2012 Memorial Lecture, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Implementation of the Great Lakes Compact" (March 2012)

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