Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Save the Date: State & Local Government Law Works-in-Progress Conference

UHLC

For anyone writing in the area of property and local government law, here's an announcement from the University of Houston Law Center, courtesy of Kellen Zale:

The University of Houston Law Center will be hosting the 5th Annual State & Local Government Law Works-in-Progress Conference on Friday, October 7, 2016 and Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Scholars and practitioners writing in areas related to state and local government law are invited to attend and/or present works in progress. A formal call for papers will follow during the summer.  Registration will take place in late August, and the deadline for papers and abstracts will be in mid-September.  The conference will provide an opportunity for state and local government law scholars and practitioners to present works-in-progress and receive feedback from colleagues.  Questions should be directed to Kellen Zale at kbzale@central.uh.edu.

June 14, 2016 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AALS Property Law Section Call-for-Papers!

AALPS
AALS Property Law Section Call For Papers
January 2017 -- AALS Conference in San Francisco, CA
 
The AALS Property Law Section has two panels at the AALS Conference this year.  If you would like to participate in either of these panels, please email a title and abstract of your proposed presentation to Ezra Rosser, erosser@wcl.american.edu, by June 1, 2016.  The Property Section’s Executive Committee will select participants from the proposals received by that date.  
 
(1) “Property and the Challenge of Housing Affordability” -- CoSponsored by State and Local Government Law, and Poverty Law Sections.  1:30-3:15 pm, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.
 
The main property law panel this year focuses on housing affordability, a topic that is appropriate for a conference being held in San Francisco.  Two speakers will be chosen from this call-for-papers and they will join invited panelists Courtney Anderson (Georgia State), Steve Eagle (George Mason), Lisa Alexander (Texas A&M), and moderator Eduardo Peñalver (Cornell).  Fordham Urban Law Journal has agreed to publish articles coming out of this panel and has asked that authors submit drafts to them by August 1, 2016, making this call ideally suited for those who already anticipate working on a housing affordability topic this summer.  If you have any questions about this panel or the associated publication opportunity, please email erosser@wcl.american.edu.  
 
(2) “Property Law Works in Progress” -- 3:30-4:45 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
 
This year, the AALS Property Law Section is organizing a works-in-progress session for junior (pre-tenure) scholars.  This is meant to be an opportunity to present and get feedback on works that will not be published as of Jan. 2017 and that are still at a stage in which feedback could be valuable.  In addition to having the opportunity to share work through the panel, selected presenters will be matched with a senior scholar who will provide written comments.  There is no limitation as far as topic area for this panel and we look forward to receiving your proposal. 
 
Looks like two great opportunities for property law scholars! Send in your papers ASAP!

May 25, 2016 in Articles, Conferences, Home and Housing, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Housing in a Time of Expanding Crisis @USFLaw

 

This past Friday I had the pleasure of participating in a symposium on Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class: Revisiting Housing Rights and Policies in a Time of Expanding Crisis, hosted by the wonderful faculty and law review folks at the University of San Francisco School of Law (and a special hat tip to our very gracious host, Tim Iglesias). The timing of this gathering couldn’t have been better. 2015 was a busy year in the housing world as SCOTUS upheld the validity of the disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act and HUD issued its significantly updated regulations on the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing. Moreover, cities and local governments are being looked to more than ever to solve major and seemingly intractable issues around housing, spurring a host of new policies, programs, and initiatives. The impressive participants of the USF symposium (coming from practice, government, non-profit, and the academy) explored these and related issues, including potential solutions to pressing problems of housing. Here’s an overview of what the panelists had to say:

What’s the matter with housing?
Rachel Bratt (Harvard Joint Center) kicked off the day by giving an overview of the nation’s current housing woes. She noted that the increase in income inequality over the last 20 years, combined with disinvestment and misinvestment of public resources, has been at the core of the affordable housing issue. She also described how political spending has played a role in further entrenching existing housing interests (in 2015, $234M was spend on real estate/finance lobbying, second only to healthcare). Bratt also explained the uneven distribution of federal housing benefits to the wealthy and the continued persistence of concentrated racial segregation. Rosie Tighe (Cleveland State-Urban Affairs) followed by describing the particular housing problems facing so-called “shrinking cities” (those places in an intense population-decline). She noted that the issue for these cities has more to do with poor quality affordable housing, rather than quantity. Tighe described the failure of low-income housing tax credits to meet the needs of these locales, and discussed the need for more scattered-site developments in these areas, while recognizing the financing and property management challenges inherent in such developments. Peter Dreier (Occidental-Poli Sci) rounded-out the discussion by pointing out that the current political discussions around the presidential election have focused much on wages and other issues, but not at all on housing. He described some reasons for the absence of attention to this important area, and drew the strong connection between household over-all health and housing.

What’s the matter with our current solutions?
Chris Odinet (Southern) started the discussion by describing some current efforts by states and local governments to deal with the fall-out from the housing crisis and on-going issues of blight and abandoned property. He then explained a number of recent federal court cases and acts taken by the FHFA that have significantly frustrated these efforts and also seriously call into question the ability of states and local governments to be innovative in dealing with issues of housing when federal programs are involved. Michael Allen (Relman, Dane, & Colfax) discussed the Fair Housing Act and the new “affirmatively furthering” regulations. He went into depth on contemporary disagreements between affordable housing advocates (who support more affordable units) and fair housing groups (who support integrated housing, and advocated for a way to reconcile their views under the auspices of these new HUD regulations. John Infrana (Suffolk) followed by describing the types of housing in and changing household composition of many cities. Despite these changing demographics, however, housing has not kept pace. In connection with this, Infranca pointed to the many possibilities that micro-housing and accessory-dwelling units (ADU) provide in the way of meeting this need. He noted that ADUs allow for greater economic diversity and can better align with demographic trends, but noted current legal barriers to them such as occupancy requirements and zoning restrictions. Marcia Rosen and Jessica Cassella (both of the National Housing Law Project)) concluded the panel by discussing the current state of the public housing program in the U.S., noting that there are currently 1.2M units (and ever-declining). She described HUD’s recent efforts to give public housing authorities (PHAs) a financing tool to rehab and rebuild these properties through the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). This program essentially allows PHAs to convert their public housing stock into section 8 funded housing, and to combine section 8 with tax credits and other forms of debt and equity financing to fund the project. Cassella stated that although the program has great potential in terms of revamping old and decaying public housing properties, there are draw-backs in the way of transparency and long-term funding stability.

What are some new solutions?
For this final panel, John Emmeus Davis (Burlington Community Development Associates) gave an overview of community land trusts (CLTs)—currently over 280 exist nationwide—and their successes across the country. He noted that these types of entities are usually most successful in communities where there would otherwise be no affordable housing available. He noted the ability of CLTs to empower communities, protect tenants, and provide street-level land reform. Andrea Boyack (Washburn) followed by noting the current lack of rental stock compared to the growing demand across the country. She pointed out that in 2015 over half of the population of the U.S. is renting, with an annual demand of 300K new rental units per year. She followed by describing some current statistical trends in American homeownership and posited a number of ways in which cities and states in particular can seek to achieve solutions to these major housing problems. Lastly, Lisa Alexander (Wisconsin) discussed the the human right to housing, not through the lens of federal law, but rather through the ways in which localities across the country are building legal structures that provide many of the rights associated with a right to housing. She noted that market participation has been important to this process, and she used the “tiny homes for the homeless” movement and community control of vacant land as examples.

You can watch each of these presentations by clicking on the youtube video above. Participants, moderators, and USF Dean John Trasviña (former HUD assistant secretary for fair housing) are pictured below.
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January 31, 2016 in Conferences, Home and Housing, Land Use, Landlord-Tenant, Law Reform, Mortgage Crisis, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Transactions, Recording and Title Issues, Takings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 9, 2013

SEALS 2014 Property Panel?

SEALS '13 is almost over and its been great -- the series for new and newish faculty members has been particularly interesting, as well as the panel on interdisciplinary courses.  But not a ton of property or real estate offerings.  Anyone interested in putting together a panel or discussion group (or more than one) on a property/real estate/land use theme?  We could do something general or specific.  Next year SEALS will be back at Amelia Island Plantation, August 1-7th.

If you have ideas for a panel or discussion group, please leave a comment or e-mail me directly.

Tanya Marsh

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Call for Papers -- ALPS Reminder

I'm live blogging from AALS in DC. Attended a great session yesterday, co-sponsored by the Property and Real Estate Transactions Sections, on many facets of urban development in the current economic climate.

We were reminded during the session that property profs can return to DC shortly, on March 2-3, to attend the 3rd annual ALPS conference at Georgetown. The deadline to submit a paper topic is January 20th. If you don't have a paper in progress, they are recruiting moderators. All of the PropertyProf bloggers attended last year's conference. It is a great multi-disciplinary, yet property-focused, get together.

Get the details and register at the website: http://www.alps.syr.edu/

Tanya Marsh
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Property Programs at AALS Annual Meeting

The early bird registration deadline for the AALS Annual Meeting is tomorrow, November 17th.  For those on the fence about attending, I thought I'd post the sessions that appeared to be of particular interest to property profs.  If I missed a session, please reference it in the comments.

Thursday, January 5

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

[4220] Sections on Property Law and Real Estate Transactions Joint Program: Rethinking Urban Development

    Moderators:  Carol Brown (UNC) and Steven Eagle (George Mason)

2:30 - 3:40 p.m.

[4100L] What Property Professors Need to Know About the Mortgage Crisis: De Soto and the Title Security in the U.S.

    Speakers:  June Rose Carbone (UMKC); Nestor Davidson (Fordham); Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Northeastern); James Kelly, Jr. (Notre Dame)

[Note:  I am very sad that these two programs overlap.]

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Payments in Lieu of Taxes by Nonprofit Organizations

If you are in New York City on October 4, 2011, consider attending a CLE sponsored by the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School, entitled "Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) by Nonprofit Organizations."  Here's the brief synopsis:

Other cities (such as Boston) are adopting policies to "encourage" and "compel" nonprofits that are exempt from property taxes to make payments to the city to defray costs of city services (fire protection, police, streets, etc.) attributable to those exempt properties.  This is a growing trend as municipalities face budget crunches with decreased tax revenues and increased costs.  The October 4th program will present different perspectives on whether New York should consider nonprofit PILOTs.  This program will be of interest to lawyers, the nonprofit sector, policy makers, professional services providers, and the public.

Event Speakers Daphne A. Kenyon and Adam H. Langley are also co-authors of Payments in Lieu of Taxes : Balancing  Municipal and Nonprofit Interests, a report published in November 2010 by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  This report will be discussed during the program and is available for download at http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/1853_Payments-in-Lieu-of-Taxes.

The program is free, but registration is required.  You can register here

This looks like a fascinating program -- I wish New York was a little closer to Winston-Salem!

Tanya Marsh

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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


www.alps.syr.edu

 

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

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST at: www.alps.syr.edu/join

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

Housing

Home

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)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

11th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference – 'Teaching and Researching Property Law in the Twenty First Century'

The 11th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference will be held at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore on 12-13 July 2012.  The theme of the conference is “Teaching and Researching Property Law in the Twenty First Century”.  The theme is intended to encompass new approaches and challenges in the teaching and researching of property law.  Research topics may include those dealing specifically with the way Property Law is developing to meet the challenges of the twenty first century including issues relating to: the management of resources; the environment and climate change; new technologies and human rights.  However, as in previous conferences, the theme of the conference is intended to be interpreted broadly and abstracts of papers on any Property Law topic are welcome.  As this conference is taking place in Asia, Asian scholars working in the field of property law are encouraged to submit proposals. Abstracts of papers will be selected on the basis of quality and originality of ideas.
 
Presenters whose offers of papers are accepted will be expected to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and to pay their registration fees.  Unfortunately, the conference organizers do not have any funding to help meet travel and accommodation costs or grant a waiver of the registration fees.
 
If you would like to offer a paper, please submit a working title and an abstract (of no more than 350 words) by email to Tang Hang Wu at lawthw@nus.edu.sg<mailto:lawthw@nus.edu.sg>  before 1 February 2012.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Conference News: Coastal Climate Change Adaptation at UConn

The University of Connecticut School of Law is hosting a symposium on  "Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in Connecticut."  The conference is scheduled for February 10, 2012.  The organizers write, "we invite papers that lay out the existing legal and regulatory structure in Connecticut as well as in other states, identify gaps and obstacles in these approaches, present innovative and environmentally sound approaches to climate change adaptation and stimulate legal thinking on legal and policy remedies to this issue of international importance. All submitted papers must contain a legal, policy or regulatory approach, solution or tool designed to facilitate climate change adaptation in Connecticut."

Here's a link to the important info: http://seagrant.uconn.edu/whatwedo/climate/legal/

Steve Clowney

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Modern Studies in Property Law 2012 - Call for Papers

The 9th Biennial Conference takes place at the University of Southampton from Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2012.  The conference series has its origins in the biennial conference first held by the University of Reading in 1996.  Those conferences gave rise to the book, Modern Studies in Property Law which, since 2001, has been the medium for refereed publication of the conference papers.  Modern Studies in Property Law 2012 will again be closely tied to publication of a volume of the book.

The opening keynote address on Wednesday 21st March will be delivered by Simon Gardner.  On Thursday 22nd March the conference keynote address will be given by Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe.

Further details can be found on the conference website.

Call for Papers

Proposals for papers should be sent to MSPL2012@soton.ac.uk<mailto:MSPL2012@soton.ac.uk> by 31 July 2011. Proposals should include:

1.      A short abstract (300 words)
2.      A very brief CV (just a few lines)

A few points to bear in mind

1.      All papers will be considered for publication in a volume of the book Modern Studies in Property Law.  This is subject to a refereeing process and acceptance of the paper for the conference does not necessarily mean that the paper will be published in the book.
2.      Historically, lots of papers are offered for the conference and it is hoped that this will continue.  This does mean that not all papers can be accepted.  The decision as to which papers to accept will be made by a panel of property lawyers.
3.      All speakers will be asked to write a short synopsis of their paper six weeks before the conference so that this can be circulated to delegates in advance of the conference.  The full version of the conference paper must be available three weeks before the start of the conference and will be circulated at the conference.
4.      The refereeing process will take place immediately after the conference and will operate to a strict timescale to ensure timely publication of the book.
5.      Chapters in the book should be in the region of 8,000-10,000 words.
6.      Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer any funding towards the travel coasts or the costs of attending the conference, even for speakers.

March 25, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Conference News

The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law will hold its 22nd Annual Spring Symposia on April 28-29, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington.  Panels that might interest law profs include:

* Origination Changes that are Transforming the Mortgage Industry

* Revisiting Commercial Real Estate Remedies

* Condominium and Resort Rental Management Agreements

* The Current State and Future Development of Natural Gas Production

* Alternative Structures for Real Estate Joint Ventures

* Understand Lease Economics and Tenant Improvements

Here's the brochure (pdf).

Steve Clowney

March 22, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Buffalo Law Conference on Hydrofracking

Save The Date and Call for Presentations

Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science, and the Economy

March 28-29, 2011 at University at Buffalo School of Law

Buffalo, New York

On March 28-29, 2011 the University at Buffalo Environmental Law Program and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy will host the conference: Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science and the Economy. Horizontal-gas drilling involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, and its potential effects is an important environmental and energy concern for the nation. This conference provides an opportunity for a scholarly exchange of ideas regarding the issue as well as a forum for community discussion.

We welcome submissions on any related topic, including the following:

·         Hydrofracking and Nuisance Law
·         Impacts on Tribal Lands
·         Administrative law and the EPA Rulemakings
·         Environmental Review Processes    
·         Application of federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act
·         Energy issues, in including the Energy Policy Act and DOE policy
·         Endocrine Disruption and Human Health Impacts

Authors will have an opportunity to publish their work in the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal. You are invited to submit a paper or presentation proposal for of no more than 250 words by Monday, February 21st to jol@buffalo.edu.

For more information, contact Jessica Owley [jol@buffalo.edu or 716-645-8182] or Kim Diana Connolly [kimconno@buffalo.edu or 716-645-2092]

 

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Early Registration for ALPS Extended to Dec. 20

The early registration discount for the ALPS conference has been extended to December 20.  This is a great conference - register now, if you haven't already!

Ben Barros

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Friday, November 5, 2010

International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights Conference

The fifth conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR) will be held between 26–28 May 2011 at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. The program and call for papers may be found at http://www.law.ualberta.ca/plpr/2011/call_for_papers.php

Professor Jill Grant of Dalhousie University and Professor William Fischel of Dartmouth College are this year's keynote speakers.

We invite papers on all topics related to law and planning, including:

- legal aspects of urban, regional, and rural planning;
- land use controls;
- property rights, expropriation and compensation;
- housing;
- land policy, land management, and land readjustment;
-
heritage preservation;
- environmental protection;
- land use and aboriginal rights;

Abstracts may be submitted by December 15, 2010 to plpr2011@law.ualberta.ca
For further information, contact Eran Kaplinsky at eran.kaplinsky@ualberta.ca.

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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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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Litigating Takings Conference at UC Berkeley

From John Echeverria (Vermont)

On November 5, 2010, the 13th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations will be held at Berkeley Law in Berkeley, California.  This year’s conference, sponsored by Vermont Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Berkeley Law and others, will feature a discussion of constitutional review of property rulings in the aftermath of Stop the Beach Renourishment, takings claims in the era of climate change, eminent domain practice five years after Kelo, takings claims arising from water regulation, and other issues.

The program brochure and registration information are available at:

http://www.vermontlaw.edu/x11644.xml

CDs of the program materials and conference proceedings also will be available.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ALPS Meeting Registration is Open

This year's Association for Law, Property, and Society annual meeting will be held on March 4-5, 2011, at Georgetown Law School.  Registration is now open at the ALPS website.  Last year's meeting was great, and I hope that many of you can make it.

Ben Barros

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Off to AALS

I'm off to New York for the AALS mid-year Property meeting.  I hope to see many of you there.

Ben Barros

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save the Date - ALPS 2011

The first-annual Association for Law, Property, and Society conference held last week was fantastic.  If you didn't go, you should strongly consider going next year.  The next annual meeting will be held on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Georgetown University Law Center.  Block those dates on your calendar now!

Ben Barros

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