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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ALPS Call for Papers

ALPS 3rd Annual Meeting
March  2-3, 2012, to be held at
Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.

Co-sponsored by Syracuse University College of Law
and Georgetown Law Center


Registration Opens September 1, 2011
and Closes January 20, 2012

Early Bird Registration fee is $145 for registration prior to November 15.  After November 15 registration is $175.

Registration will be available on our web pages by September 1, 2011


CALL FOR PAPERS  (Paper/Abstract submissions can be done with registration).

ALPS, third Annual Meeting (supported by Syracuse University, College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center) to be held at Georgetown Law School, March 2-3, 2012.   Our first two meetings included 150 participants each; of which approximately 1/3 were from outside of North America.  The discussions on all areas of property were exciting and benefited from the diverse mix of viewpoints presented.  We are looking forward to an equally good meeting this coming March.

This year registration will include an option to register to attend without presenting a paper.  For those wishing to present a paper any topic on property law and policy is of interest and may be on any of a number of topic areas including:

Real, Personal, and Intangible Property

Cultural Property

Intellectual Property

Real Estate Transactions and Finance

Land Use and Zoning

Urban Planning and Development

Environmental Law

Climate Change



Green Development

Mortgages and Foreclosure

Land Titles

Indigenous Populations and Sovereignty

Human Rights and Property

Entrepreneurship and Property

Takings and Eminent Domain

Property Theory

Property History

The Economics of Property


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July 20, 2011 in ALPS, Conferences | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 7, 2011

More on ALPS

The Association of Law, Property, and Society conference this weekend was fabulous!  A few thoughts:

1.  As Steve mentioned, the papers presented by the diverse group of participants were thought-provoking.  There was something for everyone at this conference, and I particularly enjoyed the presence of so many international participants. 

2.  The conference was well-designed to facilitate scholarly and informal networking.  I thought that the panels were, in general, organized around the same themes or concepts which helped encourage collaboration.  I will definitely be in contact with several people that I met at the conference to provide more info to help their work, or because they had thoughts about resources and ideas to support my work.  I also just met a lot of really nice people that I want to stay in touch with!

3.  My co-bloggers here at PropertyProf and I (re)discovered that this site has a lot of lurkers.  I was struck by how many people mentioned a random post that one of us made months ago.  This isn't a blog that attracts a lot of comments, for whatever reason, so it was very nice to hear that our fellow profs do read the blog and find it useful.  Thanks for reading!

4.  My co-bloggers here at PropertyProf are awesome and it was great hanging out with them in person.  Electronic communication (through blogs and e-mail) is a wonderful convenience, but nothing beats spending time with people! 

5.  The third annual conference is already being planned for next year.  If you haven't attended the first two years, I highly recommend that you try to make it next year! 

Tanya Marsh

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Association for Law, Property, and Society Papers

For anyone that couldn't make it to the conference, here's a list of the papers that are being presented.  This get together really is terrific.

Steve Clowney

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ALPS on the horizon

My top three concerns heading into the ALPS conference, for which I leave way too early tomorrow:Edelweiss

(1) will be revealed as idiot during panel (estimated probability: 33%);

(2) will spill food on others (estimated probability: 48%);

(3)  will have song "Edelweiss" stuck in head entire time (estimated probability: 99%).

Mark A. Edwards

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Cemeteries, Land Use, and Cultural Differences

As readers of this blog may recall, one of my main research interests is the law of cemeteries and the relationship between the law, custom, and commercial interests in determining how Americans dispose of our remains.  I am fortunate enough to receive regular e-mails from students, colleagues and friends, sharing an Internet link to a stories related to this area.  (It's a little disturbing that so many people associate me with death, but it is also very nice of them to help me with my research!)

My colleague Barbara Lentz recently e-mailed me a link to a story from by an American author sharing her family's experience with the Greek burial system.  The author's grandparents moved back to their native Greece in the 1990s, eventually died and were buried there.  At that point, the author's family learned that in Greece, graves are rented for a maximum of three years.  When the lease term is up, the remains are removed from the individual grave to a communal ossuary.  

From an American perspective, the Greek practices are horrific.  Our default position is that a grave is permanent, with superstition, secular cultural norms, and religious beliefs all arguing against disturbing a grave (See, e.g. Poltergeist).  But of course that isn't the entire story.  Why are there few graveyards in Manhattan and Chicago, and none in San Francisco?  Because they were all moved to the suburbs (or paved over) when the cities began to expand.  We would all have difficulty imagining that it would be acceptable to disinter Grandma and put her skeleton in a museum, but the Smithsonian has a fascinating CSI-type exhibit on the dead of Jamestown, Virginia -- all of whom were disinterred, examined, and put in a museum. We all draw lines regarding the rights of (or respect for) the dead and the interests of the living.  I'm really interested in where Americans draw those lines, and why.

If you are also interested in this subject and attending ALPS, I will be participating in a Saturday morning panel at 8:30am.  And if you run across any interesting stories, or have some to share from your own experience, please feel free to e-mail them to me!

Tanya Marsh

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

ALPS: Are you going?

I'm curious to know how many of our readers will be attending the ALPS conference next week.  If you're going, leave a comment, and if you're presenting tell us that too.  I'll be there and will be presenting, and I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Mark A. Edwards

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Property Symposia

It seems to me that there is a relative lack of law review symposia on property-related issues.  I don't have any solid data to go on, but it seems to me that there should be more property symposia given that (a) there are lots of property profs out there and (b) there are so many amazingly cool property issues that would benefit from consideration in a symposium.

This leads me to two questions.  First, do you agree that property symposia seem scarce?  Second, what specific subjects do you think would make good symposium topics?  Off the top of my head, I'd like to see symposia on (1) the judicial takings issue; (2) home and the law; (3) statutory reform of property law; (4) the future of estates, future interests, and the RAP in light of the proposed Restatement (Third); (5) the future of adverse possession; (6) common interest communities; (7) critical evaluations of the new "progressive" property; (8) the relationship between property and liberty.

Organizing symposia, of course, can be a bit of a pain.  But if there is enough interest out there, it might be possible to come up with a plan to coordinate symposia, perhaps under the auspices of ALPS.

Ben Barros

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