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Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:30 pm  RECEPTION

President’s Gallery, Wren Building (please note the Wren Building has limited accessibility for people with physical disabilities)

Great Hall, Wren Building
Friday, October 13, 2017
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Penny Commons
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Panel 1: The Future of Land Use Regulation: A Tribute to Callies


Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Room 119

Comprehensive land use regulation has been an integral part of our legal and political system since the United States Supreme Court first upheld a comprehensive zoning ordinance in Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. David Callies, the 2017 prize recipient, has focused much of his scholarly work on land use regulation – on the evolution of state and local laws governing land use, on the problems and issues that they raise, and on constitutional limits of land use regulation. Using Callies’s work as a springboard, Panel 1 will discuss the future of land use regulation, particularly in light of evolving constitutional limits and the tensions between public and private rights.


Opening Remarks: David L. Callies, FAICP, Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Michael M. Berger, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, California
  • James W. Ely Jr., Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University
  • Shelley Saxer, Laure Sudreau-Rippe Chair in Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Robert H. Thomas, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Honolulu, Hawaii
Moderator: Lynda Butler, Chancellor Professor & Director, Property Rights Project, William & Mary Law School

10:30 am - 10:45 am  Networking Break

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Penny Commons

10:45 am - 12:00 noon


Panel 2: Challenges to the Western Idea of Property

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Room 119

As the income divide among the world’s peoples widens and as climate change proceeds faster than predicted, challenges to the western idea of property are mounting. Throughout the world, the poor and the displaced are questioning whether a capitalist property regime can ever work for them or their children. Can a western system of private property become more inclusive? Are there ways to reform it to address the challenges and needs of the poor and the displaced? Do the belief systems of Indigenous and other peoples provide more effective ways to define the relationship between humans and nature? Panel 2 will consider these and other questions.

  • Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Kristen A. Carpenter, Associate Dean for Research & Council Tree Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado
  • Angela R. Riley, Professor of Law and Director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • Mark D. Savin, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Moderator: James Y. Stern, Associate Professor, William & Mary Law School

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch Roundtable: Public/Private Partnerships, Civil Forfeiture, Infrastructure Takings, and Other Emerging Issues in Constitutional Protection of Property

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Penny Commons

  • Andrew Prince Brigham, Brigham Property Rights Law Firm, PLLC, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Gideon Kanner, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Loyola Law School
  • Mark F. (Thor) Hearne II, Partner, Arent Fox LLP Law Firm, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Coordinator, Boston College Land & Environmental Law Program
Moderator: Joseph T. Waldo, Partner & President, Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk, Virginia

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel 3: Property Rights in Water

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Room 119

Rising population and increasingly severe water shortages have led to serious crises in the United States and the world. Efforts to deal with water shortages in the United States are often met with lawsuits from water rights holders whose uses are restricted or curtailed. For those rights holders, even severe drought conditions do not justify changes to their water allocations. Panel 3 will consider the extent to which government may limit or prohibit water use in times of prolonged water scarcity. Topics include the role of public health and safety factors (such as adequate water supplies for safe drinking and fire fighting), the constitutionality of laws limiting water use of riparian owners, the priority of environmental water rights, and more generally the impact of drought and climate change on traditional water allocation systems.

  • Robert H. (Bo) Abrams, Professor of Law, Florida A&M University
  • Eric C. Alston, Scholar-in-Residence & Faculty Director, Hernando de Soto Capital Markets Program, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Holly Doremus, James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, UC Berkeley Law School
  • Renee Moulun, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Natural Resources Section, Oregon Department of Justice
Moderator: Linda Malone, Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Networking Break

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Penny Commons

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel 4: The Denominator Problem and Other Emerging Issues in the Regulatory Takings Field

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Room 119

Though the regulatory takings doctrine has existed for almost 100 years, Murr v. Wisconsin demonstrates that key issues remain unsettled, including how to define the property that is at issue. The answer matters a lot, affecting whether a government regulation has taken all of the property or instead only a part. Panel 4 will consider Murr and other emerging issues in regulatory takings law.

  • Stuart Banner, Norman Abrams Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • Steven J. Eagle, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • John Groen, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts; Coordinator, Boston College Land & Environmental Law Program
Moderator: Stephen J. Clarke, Partner, Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Norfolk, Virginia

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm  RECEPTION

*Schedule is subject to change.

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