2024 ARELLO Legal Exchange

Carmel, Indiana
August 6–7, 2024

About This Event

Join us for the first-ever ARELLO® Legal Exchange (ALE)! With so much discussion around recent litigation and changes in the real estate industry, we believe now is the best time to introduce an event targeted at the real estate legal minds in the industry.

ALE will take place at the stunning Hotel Carmichael in Carmel, Indiana on August 6 and 7.

Whether you're a real estate regulator, attorney, licensee, or other industry professional, there is a spot at this event for you.

From panels with the nation's top MLS Executives to sessions with real estate attorneys and other industry experts, this event will be the premier gathering place for real estate legal minds.

Event highlights include:

  • MLS panels featuring the top MLS executives
  • Industry partner updates from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)
  • AI panel with industry experts leading these advancements
  • Legislation updates on both state and federal levels
  • Table talk with live polling and discussions
  • Networking reception to kickoff the event




Mitchell A. Skinner is the managing member of Larson Skinner PLLC, providing legal counsel and strategic advice on MLS governance, data management, and intellectual property. Named to the Swanepoel Power 200 from 2016 to 2020, Mitchell advises the Council of Multiple Listing Services, the Real Estate Standards Organization, and numerous MLS and REALTOR® Associations. He specializes in software and content licensing, intellectual property portfolio creation, and collaborative initiatives.



Rene Galicia is an Executive Vice President at Bright MLS, focusing on delivering value and quality to stakeholders. With expertise in MLS operations, policy issues, data licensing, compliance, and customer service, Rene handles complex issues with professionalism. He is passionate about improving MLS policies and advancing the industry. As an attorney, Rene brings a high level of professionalism and diplomacy to his role.

Shelley Specchio is the Chief Executive Officer of MIBOR REALTOR® Association in Indianapolis, IN, since 2017. She brings a focus on community involvement and real estate market efficiency. Shelley has extensive experience in the real estate industry, starting her career in 1994 and progressing to CEO of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS in 2008. She is dedicated to superior service and national industry involvement, allowing her to anticipate trends and foster collaboration. Shelley holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada.

Anne Marie DeCatsye has been CEO of Canopy Realtor® Association since 2001, managing Canopy MLS, Canopy Real Estate Institute, and Canopy Housing Foundation. With a background in association law and lobbying, she has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Charlotte’s Most Admired CEOs. Anne Marie serves on various local and national boards, including the Realtor.com MLS Advisory Board and the NAR Legal Action Committee. She is a frequent industry speaker and advocate for affordable housing. Anne Marie holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a law degree from The Catholic University of America.

Justin Haag, President & CEO of NWMLS since 2024, leads the organization in strategic direction and oversees a professional staff providing real estate information and support to over 30,000 professionals. He joined NWMLS in 2008, previously serving as General Counsel. Justin is also on the Board of Directors for the Council of Multiple Listing Services and the MLS Technology Platform. Before NWMLS, he practiced law at Foster Pepper PLLC. Justin holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Edward Zorn is Vice President and General Counsel for the California Regional MLS, overseeing legal aspects and compliance for 105,000 brokers and agents. With nearly 30 years as a real estate attorney and over 20 years as a broker, Ed has extensive experience in Realtor Association and brokerage representation. He has been an Adjunct Professor at California Baptist University and served as a state Director for the California Association of Realtors. Ed is an active member of the NAR MLS Listing Issues and Policy Committee and a frequent industry presenter.



Sam DeBord is CEO of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). He is the author of Working with Real Estate Data, organized real estate’s premier technology course for onboarding and professional development. Sam has served as President’s Liaison for MLS and Data Management with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing broker for Coldwell Banker Danforth, a mentor for NAR REACH and a board director for association, MLS and venture fund organizations.

Charlie Lee is the Senior Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). He is an experienced legal professional with a robust background in association law and governance. He joined NAR in 2018 after a decade at the Appraisal Institute, where he served as Associate Counsel, advising on various legal issues. At NAR, Charlie handles legal matters related to multiple listing services, litigation, not-for-profit taxation, cybersecurity, and antitrust. He also serves on several committees, including the MLS Policy and Issues Committee and the REALTOR® Property Operations Committee. Charlie earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and his law degree cum laude from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School.


Meeting time zone: Eastern Daylight Time (US/Eastern time)

Tuesday August 06 Welcome Reception
6:00–9:00 pm Welcome Reception
Wednesday August 07 Program
8:00–8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
8:30–8:45 am Opening
8:45–9:15 am National Association of REALTORS┬« Update

Charlie Lee, NAR Senior Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs

9:15–10:15 am MLS Panel #1

NAR Settlement & Industry Litigation

10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30–11:45 am Table Talk

Live polling & discussions

11:45 am–1:00 pm Keynote Lunch Presentation

Mitch Skinner, LarsonSkinner PLLC, Owner & Managing Member 

1:00–2:00 pm AI Panel

Moderated by Len Elder

2:00–3:00 pm MLS Panel #2

What is an MLS today (and what is it not)?

3:00–3:15 pm Emerging Federal & State Legislation: What's on the Horizon?
3:15–4:00 pm Fireside Chat

Jessica Hickok, ARELLO CEO, & Sam DeBord, Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) CEO

While the overall event dates are generally set well in advance, the individual session times are subject to change without notice.

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Hotel Information

Hotel Carmichael

1 Carmichael Square, Carmel, IN 46032

The nightly room rate is $249.00++. To stay within the ARELLO room block, click here

Attendees must book their room no later than July 16, 2024. 

Cancellation Policy

In accordance with ARELLO Procedure 9, all cancellation requests must be in writing and sent to ARELLO's Chief Executive Officer. Cancellations received at or before July 7, 2024 11:59pm EDT (30 days prior to the start of the event) will receive a full refund. There is a $100.00 cancellation fee for cancellations received between July 8, 2024 12:00am EDT and July 27, 2024 11:59pm EDT (10 days prior to the start of the event). No refunds will be made for cancellations received after July 28, 2024 12:00am EDT.

Refunds for cancellations due to an illness, injury, death or emergency will be considered on a case by case basis by the ARELLO Chief Executive Officer.

Registration Fee Information

General Admission

All registrants pay the same fee for this event.

  • Everyone
Registration closes on:8/1/24
Please note that registration fees for attendees are set to ensure ARELLO's costs are covered including the hotel/venue service charges and state and local taxes. Every effort is made to make these reasonable and affordable for our members.


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