Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Houston Symposium on Climate Change, Water, and Adaptive Law

The University of Houston Law Center and the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal are pleased to announce a Symposium on Climate Change, Water, and Adaptive Law to be held on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Czech Center Museum, 4920 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas 77004.  Leading experts from diverse universities, disciplines, professional backgrounds, and policy making roles will address how law and the legal system need to adapt to address the impacts of climate change on water resources and regimes, and the extent to which it can.

Speakers include:

Panel on State and Local Adaptation to Climate Change’s Impacts on Water:

1. Robin Kundis Craig, Attorneys’ Title Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Florida State University College of Law (Opening Presentation of the Symposium)

2. Noah Hall, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School; Executive Director, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

3. Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use, Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Urban Planning, Chair of the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility, University of Louisville; Symposium Visiting Professor, University of Houston Law Center

4. Kathleen Miller, Scientist III, Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research

5. Daniella Landers, Shareholder, The Sutherland Law Firm, Houston, TX

Luncheon Keynote Speech:  The Hon. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso), Texas State Senate

Panel on Energy, Climate Change, and Water: The Complex Intersection

1. A. Dan Tarlock, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

2. Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Dispute Resolution Panel Member for Federal Hydropower Dam Relicenses, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

3. Amy Hardberger, Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX

4. Elizabeth Burleson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law; Consultant, United Nations

5. Scott Deatherage, Partner, Environmental Law Section, & Practice Group Leader, Climate Change & Renewable Energy Practice Group, Thomspon & Knight, LLP, Dallas, TX

Symposium Description: "Water use and climate change share a complex, dynamic, multiscalar interdependence.  Water use contributes to climate change in the energy used to transfer water substantial distances, the destruction of carbon-sequestering vegetation and erosion of soils (and the subsequent release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere) from too much or too little water, and the facilitation of sprawling (and arguably unsustainable) development, among other relationships. Hydropower has been suggested as an alternative energy source that reduces emission of greenhouse gases, but poses a variety of other ecological and social concerns.  Perhaps most importantly, climate change will affect water supplies and watersheds, contributing to water scarcity, rising sea levels, saltwater intrusion into groundwater, more severe storm-event cycles that alter watershed hydrology, and changes to riparian vegetation and stream structures that similarly alter watershed functioning and composition.  This symposium will address the capacity of water law to adapt to the changing, uncertain, and potentially extreme demands and stresses that climate change -- and our responses to climate change -- will put on water resources."

For more inhttp://www.law.uh.edu/eelpj/symposium.html, or contact Chief Symposium Editor/Director - Lisa Baiocchi-Mooney, lcbaiocc@central.uh.edu.  The Symposium will offer 8 hours of CLE credit for the State of Texas.

January 19, 2010 in Conferences, Natural Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Call For Proposals - Emory Transactional Law Conference

UPDATE 1/15/10 -- There was a technical problem with the submission form that has now been fixed.  If you have already submitted a proposal, please resubmit it.  The new proposal form can be found here:  http://www.law.emory.edu/centers-clinics/center-for-transactional-law-practice/2010-conference/call-for-proposal-form.html  .  The link below has also been fixed.



Emory University School of Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice is delighted to announce its second biennial conference on the teaching of transactional law and skills, Transactional Education:  What’s Next?  The conference will be held at Emory Law on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, 2010. 




We are accepting proposals immediately, but in no event later than 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2010. We welcome proposals on any subject of interest to current or potential teachers of transactional law and skills. Among the topics we hope to receive proposals on are the following: 




Each panel will be 90 minutes long.


1. Contract drafting – the “building block” for all transactional lawyering

·            The five basic contract concepts as the foundation of contract drafting (representations and warranties, covenants, conditions, discretionary authority, and declarations)

·            How to draft the different parts of a contract (introductory provisions, definitions, etc.)

·            Writing clearly and without ambiguity

·            Advanced contract drafting issues (syllabus, teaching methods, etc.)

2. Teaching transactions in an international setting

·            The basic framework of contract law in civil law jurisdictions

·            The drafting of contracts in civil law jurisdictions

·            Business transactions in accordance with Islamic law

·            Simulations as a mode of teaching

·            Integration of international issues into transactional skills courses

·            Cultural issues affecting the negotiation of international transactions

·            The use of clinics to teach international transactions

·            How non-U.S. law schools are teaching transactional skills

·            Teaching foreign LLM students about drafting in a common law country

3. Teaching contract drafting for the first time from a legal writing professor’s perspective

4. Teaching transactional skills in a doctrinal course

·            Business Associations

·            Contracts

·            Corporate Finance

·            Employment Law

·            Intellectual Property

·            Property

·            Other courses

5.  Teaching accounting from a transactional perspective


6.  Teaching ethics from a transactional perspective


7. Teaching transactional skills other than contract drafting

·            Problem solving

·            Negotiation

·            Interviewing and counseling

·            Written communication:  memoranda to superiors and clients

·            Judgment

·            How, if at all, does pedagogy differ from that used when teaching these skills in the litigation context

8. Teaching transaction-related tasks

·            Project management

·            Due diligence

·            Third party opinion letters

·            Drafting of resolutions


9. Transactional training techniques (including technology such as clickers and Google Docs)


10. Curricular Issues

  • Field placements/externship programs
  • The role of adjuncts in a transactional skills curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary courses, including JD/MBA courses

11. Transactional Centers and Certificates

·            Why have a center

·            How to start and then run a center

·            What is a transactional certificate program




We will also reserve several panels as “Exercise Showcases.”  Each will be 90 minutes long. At each of these panels, professors will each take approximately 15 minutes to demonstrate an exercise he or she uses to teach a transactional skill or task or a principle of doctrinal law.  In addition, we hope that each of the other panels, when appropriate, will take the opportunity to showcase an exercise. 




At this conference, we will introduce Lunch Roundtables. They will be 40 minutes long.  These will be informal group discussions of topical issues. If you would like to lead a Roundtable, please submit a proposal as you would if you were proposing a panel. 




As transactional education has expanded, the need for high quality training materials has continued to grow. Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough textbooks that adequately address our needs. As a result, professors labor to create materials for their courses. Currently, gaining access to these terrific teaching materials is generally by word of mouth or a request on a listserv. One goal of this conference, therefore, is to create a databank of teaching materials available to professors and practitioners. The databank will be known as The Emory Exchange for Transactional Training Materials. It will store (for eligible users) syllabi, PowerPoint slides, exercises and other transactional teaching materials that professors and practitioners submit. Our hope is that the Exchange will facilitate the growth of transactional education by being a source of high quality teaching materials.  If you would like to submit materials separately from submitting a proposal for the conference, please click here.




Information on registration and hotel reservations will be distributed in early 2010. To keep the costs for registrants as modest as possible, speakers must pay the registration fee and for their own travel expenses.




To submit a proposal, please click here.  Once again, the deadline is 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2010.

Emory is delighted to once again host this Conference, and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta June 4th and June 5th.




The Steering Committee


Tina L. Stark, Chair, Emory University School of Law

Danny Bogart, Chapman University School of Law

Deborah Burand, University of Michigan Law School

Joan MacLeod Heminway, The University of Tennessee College of Law

Jeffrey Lipshaw, Suffolk University Law School

Jane Scott, St. John’s University School of Law

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Vermont Takings Conference

I'm back from the Regulatory Takings conference that was held at Vermont Law School last Friday.  I had a great time and learned a lot.  Thanks to John Echeverria and everyone at VLS for organizing the event.

Ben Barros

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Attention Junior PropertyProfs

AALS Property Law Section Junior Scholars Works in Progess Call For Papers

The AALS Property Law Section invites junior property scholars to submit works-in-progress for a junior scholars panel at the upcoming AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The panel will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. At the panel, paper au-thors will have the opportunity to present their papers and receive commentary from senior scholars knowledgeable about their paper topics.

Eligibility: The panel is open to scholars who (a) currently have a permanent or visiting ap-pointment at an AALS member or fee-paid school; (b) have been teaching for six or fewer years; and (c) do not yet have tenure. Papers that have been accepted for publication may be submitted for consideration, but only if they are early enough in the production process for the author to fully incorporate comments provided at the panel.

Submissions: Two papers and an alternate will be selected for the panel by blind peer review. Papers should be submitted by e-mail to both Carol Brown (carol_brown@unc.edu) and Steven Eagle (seagle@gmu.edu), with the subject line “Property Junior Scholars Panel.”

To facilitate blind review, authors should place their names and other identifying information on a separate cover page only. Authors also should alter or delete references within the text that would reveal their identities to a referee. During the selection process, papers will be judged by how successfully they establish their contributions in a scholarly manner and by how substan-tially those contributions add to current property law scholarship.

Deadline: Papers must be submitted by Noon, October 26, 2010 (EDT).

Please direct any questions to the panel organizers, Steven Eagle (seagle@gmu.edu) and Carol Brown (carol_brown@unc.edu).

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference

This year's Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference will be held at William & Mary on October 16-17.  This year's honoree is Richard Pipes.

Ben Barros

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Call for Papers - 2010 AALS Property Section Mid-Year Meeting

TO:      Teachers and Members of the AALS Sections on Property, Land Use
           Planning, Natural Resources and Real Estate Transactions
FROM:   Planning Committee on 2010 Workshop on Property Law: What Do the 
            Mortgage Crisis and the Global Warming Crisis Tell Us About the
            Fundamentals of Property Law?:   
                 Vicki Been, New York University School of Law, Chair 
                 Eduardo Peñalver, Cornell Law School
                 Joseph W. Singer, Harvard Law School
                 Alfred C. Yen, Boston College Law School 
Request for Proposals
We are seeking proposals for two different types of presentations of works in progress on property law. 
We are planning the AALS 2010 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Property: What do the Mortgage Crisis and the Global Warming Crisis Tell Us About the Fundamentals of Property Law? The Workshop will be held on June 10-11, 2010 at the Sheraton New York in New York City. The Workshop will use the mortgage and housing crisis, as well as the global warming crisis, as lens to explore how recent scholarship on normative theories of property, the burgeoning work on behavioral law and economics, current research on risk regulation, scholarship on race, class and inequality, and recent developments in political economy can advance our understanding of, and approach to teaching about, key issues in property law. While the workshop will feature a variety of panels on those issues, we also would like to offer breakout sessions to feature works in progress, especially by junior scholars. Nestor Davidson and Ben Barros, who have organized a Property Works-in-Progress Conference for the last few years, are likely to take a break for 2010, so we view these breakout sessions as filling the gap left by that break. We will offer two types of breakout sessions - the first will feature works-in-progress that are completed drafts that are ready or nearly ready for submission to journals. We expect each session to feature up to three 15-minute presentations by different scholars, followed by questions from the moderator and the audience. The second will allow scholars to present very early ideas for papers in five to eight minutes, and get feedback from the audience about the viability of the topic and suggestions for useful resources.    
Our first priority for works-in-progress that are substantially complete will be for topics that will further the themes of the conference by focusing on some aspect of what the housing and mortgage crisis or global warming crisis tell us about property law or about teaching property. But we will leave room as well for junior scholars to present works in progress on other topics, in the spirit of the Property Works-in-Progress conference. Our goal is to feature promising emerging scholarship regardless of its fit with our overall themes. For the very early works in progress roundtables, our goal is simply to expose junior scholars to helpful feedback, so there will be no subject matter preferences. 
Interested faculty should submit a brief (no more than 500 words) written description of the proposed presentation, along with their resume. Please submit these materials by e-mail to property@aals.org by October 30, 2009. Selected speakers will hear from us by December 15, 2009.
Those selected must register for the Workshop and pay the registration fee, and are responsible for their own travel and other expenses. Please direct questions to Professor Vicki Been at New York University School of Law, vicki.been@nyu.edu.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Poster Proposals for AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Property Section is soliciting proposals for poster presentations for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  Here's a memo from Jane La Barbera with the details:

To:       Law Teachers
From:  Jane M. La Barbera
Re:       Poster Presentation at 2010 AALS Annual Meeting
You are invited to submit a proposal of a poster presentation for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana (January 6-10, 2010).
Please send your proposal by e-mail to sections@aals.org by September 4, 2009. The proposal should state your name, the name of your law school, the Section for which you are submitting, a title of the poster, a description of what you will be presenting and an actual electronic copy of the poster itself. Your proposal will be sent to the Section Chair and Chair-elect and they will review and select the posters that will be presented as the Section's posters at the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting. This is an opportunity to share your work with the larger academic community. If your Section is not sponsoring posters, you may still submit a poster proposal; the AALS Committee on Sections and Annual Meeting will review it. AALS will notify all posters proposers by October 14, 2009 of the section's decision.
The following AALS Sections are seeking proposals from individuals for poster presentations for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting: 
1.      Administrative Law
2.      Aging and the Law
3.      Animal Law
4.      Clinical Legal Education
5.      Civil Rights
6.      Contracts
7.      Disability Law
8.      Education Law
9.      Family & Juvenile Law
10.    Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers
11.    International Human Rights
12.    International Legal Exchange Section
13.    Law and Interpretation
14.    Law, Medicine and Health Care
15.    Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research
16.    Minority Groups
17.    Nonprofit Law and Philanthropy
18.    Pro-Bono & Public Service Opportunities
19.    Property Law
20.    Taxation
21.    Teaching Methods 
Goal of Posters at AALS Annual Meeting 
Posters are intended to provide authors an opportunity to present in clear and succinct fashion the thesis and conclusion of their research or to describe teaching innovations outside formal program presentations. Because the focus is on the content of the research and innovative teaching, posters that are primarily promoting a particular school program, project, book or materials are not eligible for poster display. Other advertising or fliers are not permitted with posters.
Audience for Posters
The readers of posters may be professors casually passing through the hallway, professors who are reading posters for insights into possible interdisciplinary links to their own work or professors who seek out a particular poster because it presents research important to the reader. It is important to keep poster information succinct and readable increases exposure to the core ideas of the poster.
Who Can Submit a Poster?
A faculty member or professional staff member at an AALS member law school or AALS fee-paid law school can submit a poster proposal to a Section.
Display of Posters
Posters will be displayed outside in the hallways Hilton New Orleans Riverside from Wednesday, January 6 through Sunday, January 10, 2010. Posters will be grouped and identified as a Section's poster. AALS will provide the easels and the poster presenter will provide the poster. Your poster will be displayed on an easel and needs to be easily read from 2-3 feet away, the content easily digested by viewers who stop for a minute or two to review your work. Specific suggestions on size, format and logistical details of preparing and getting your posters to New Orleans are described below.  
Poster Presentations
AALS will schedule an hour for Sections' posters to be presented during the Annual Meeting. The current plan is to have one day during the Annual Meeting with three one hour time slots assigned to poster presentations, most likely, the day of presentation will be either Friday, January 8 or Saturday, January 9. Poster presenters should be prepared to have their posters displayed in the hallways from January 6 through January 10, 2010 throughout the AALS Annual Meeting. If AALS receives too many Section posters to fit in the appropriate space, we will have presenters post their posters on an easel for an hour and allow other posters to replace it, so that all can be shown. 
Poster Guidelines:
Posters should easily read from 2-3 feet away. Text should be limited to the core ideas and presented in a font size that allows our aging academics to read it with ease.
Experienced poster presenters suggest 3-6 graphics to mix in with your text to make the posters more engaging. Posters should be mounted on a hard backing such as foam core that can be placed on an easel. Foam core is available at print shops, art supply stores, FedexKinkos, Staples, etc.  FedexKinkos sells a 3'x4' foam core poster board for approximately $36. The closest FedexKinkos store to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is located at 901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 100 (504) 585-5750.
Because posters typically will be placed on easels in an area in which other posters are displayed, it is important that posters not exceed 3ft x 4ft (36 x 48 inches). 
Other than easels, AALS does not provide construction materials. Unless you have the AALS decorator (C.H.S.), the hotel's Business Center or local copy place assist you with your poster, please bring your own pins, tacks, tape, and whatever other set-up materials you need to assemble your poster. Please note that electricity will NOT be provided to the posters. There is no audio visual equipment with posters.
Many universities offer assistance in poster design and printing. Research assistants are also a good resource for figuring out how to put the poster together. 
Some good tips and examples of posters can be found at these websites:
Shipping Posters
You are responsible for shipping your poster to and from the AALS Annual Meeting.
1) The Hilton New Orleans Riverside's Business Center, second floor near the Hilton Exhibition Center, will accept mounted posters or posters rolled into a tube and shipped in care of yourself for approximately $10-20 (price is determined by the actual size and weight). Please send for delivery no earlier than three days prior to your arrival date. If you wish to send the poster back to the point of origin after the Annual Meeting, you may use your own Fedex, UPS or Airborne account or a credit card; the Business Center will charge approximately a $10-20 handling fee to ship the poster out.   If you plan to ship your poster home, please retain the box in which your poster was originally shipped since the hotel does not stock oversized boxes. 
Please note you must be a guest staying at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in order to ship the poster in care of yourself. If you are staying at one of the overflow hotels, you will need to ship your poster to yourself at the hotel you at which you are staying.
2) Posters shipped to the hotel can be taken to the local FedexKinko's (901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 100 (504) 585-5750) where they will mount it on foam core for $5 per square foot.
3) FedexKinko's can receive an electronic file of posters (PDF preferred), produce a poster, affix it to foam core and deliver it free of charge on orders above $50 ($20 surcharge for orders below $50) to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (24 hour advance notice needed for delivery). The cost to produce, print and mount a poster onto foam core is $156 for a 3x4' color poster on matte paper - there is a discounted price of $130 if you also have the poster laminated; $96 for black and white up to 3' in width.
Files can be submitted to the FedexKinkos Web site(www.fedexkinkos.com) - select Print to FedexKinkos Location and follow the instructions.  You will receive an email confirmation followed by a phone call from FedexKinkos.  Files may also be sent to FedexKinko's at usa2153@fedexkinkos.com; 24 hour turnaround. Payment by credit card is required.
4) The exhibit decorator, Convention Handling Services (C.H.S.), offers several options for receiving and mounting posters:

Package #1 - Decorator provides 3'x 4' foam core. Presenter takes care of shipping poster to and from the Hilton New Orleans as well as affixing the poster to the foam core.  $22.50
Package #2 - Decorator will receive mounted poster and ship it back to point of origin at conclusion of the Annual Meeting.  $25.00
Package #3 - Decorator will receive unmounted poster, provide you with a 3'x4' white foam board and the materials needed to affix the poster to the board, and ship it to point of origin at conclusion of the Annual Meeting. You are responsible for affixing the poster to the foam board.  $47.50
Removing Posters at the End of the Annual Meeting
Posters should remain on the easels until Sunday, January 10, 2010. At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, the hotel will discard any remaining posters. If you wish to keep your poster, please plan to retrieve your poster before 12:00 p.m. and return it by the various methods listed above.

Ben Barros

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Save the Date and Call For Papers -- First Meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS)

Robin Paul Malloy (Syracuse) is organizing a new organization for property scholars, the Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS).  Here is the conference announcement and call for papers:

The first ALPS annual meeting will be held March 5-6, 2010, at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.  Save the date.  Topics will include all areas of property (real, personal, intangible, cultural, and intellectual property), and themes will center on Property and issues related to Entrepreneurship, Development, Identity, Takings, Sovereignty, Finance, Mortgage Markets, Securitization, Environment, Sustainability, Land Use, Patents, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Internet, and the concept of Home. While all types of paper topics are welcome and encouraged two particular themes are being developed for book publications.  These two themes are: 1) Property, Identity, and Sovereignty; and 2) Property and Entrepreneurship.  Individual paper proposals or session proposals for a panel composed of three to four paper participants are welcome (panels may include a chair and discussant as well). Send proposals or questions to Robin Paul Malloy at rpmalloy@law.syr.edu.  (Send Robin an e-mail and he will put you on the mailing list for e-updates on the ALPS Annual Meeting).  More details to follow.

This is a great idea, and ALPS will fill an important need.  If you want to be in the loop, be sure to send Robin an e-mail.

Ben Barros

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

AALS Call For Papers

From Carol Brown, Chair of the AALS Property Section:

The Sections on Property Law and Real Estate Transactions are co-sponsoring an extended program at the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The program theme is law as transformative agent, and the program goal is to explore the transformative potential of property law theory and property praxis in the transactional setting.  The national mortgage foreclosure, credit, and housing crises have prompted re-examination of traditional categories of thinking in those areas.  The Sections recognize, however, that scholarly innovation is wide-ranging, and the Sections encourage authors to take a broad view of the law as transformative agent.  The Sections seek two or three papers pertaining to this subject.  Papers will be presented at the program of the Sections at the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting and will be published in the Indiana Law Review.

Abstracts of one page or less should be submitted by e-mail to Lloyd T. Wilson, Jr. (Chair, Section on Real Estate Transactions) at ltwilson@iupui.edu and to Carol N. Brown (Chair, Section on Property Law) at carol_brown@unc.edu by August 1, 2009.  Selection will be made by the Section Chairs in consultation with Section officers.  Those who submit abstracts will be notified of the Chairs’ selection by September 1, 2009.  To assure timely publication, selected authors should plan to submit their papers to the Indiana Law Review by December 15, 2009.  Questions should be directed to Professors Wilson or Brown at their e-mail addresses.

Ben Barros

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy - Podcast

The podcast of the Property Section panel from last month's meeting in San Diego is now online.

Ben Barros

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

AALS Property Section -- Call for Papers

The Property and Taxation Sections of the AALS are seeking to co-sponsor a half day session at the annual AALS meeting next year (January, 2010) in New Orleans.  If you are working on the intersection of these two areas of law and would like to present a paper--we would love to hear from you by February 28, 2009.  Specifically, please send us a working title, a brief description of your paper, and a draft if one is available.

The papers will be published in Northwestern Law School's Journal of Law and Social Policy; therefore, we will only consider unpublished pieces for possible inclusion in the AALS panels.

If you are interested, please contact  Professor Carol Brown, University of North Carolina Law School (carol_brown@unc.edu) or Professor Nancy Staudt, Northwestern University Law School (n-staudt@northwestern.edu). Please be sure to include both of us on your e-mail submissions.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Property Mid-Year Meeting 2010

I recently learned that the Property Section of the AALS has been approved for a mid-year meeting in 2010.  No date or location has been set.  I'll post more info as I get it.

Ben Barros

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New AALS Property Section Leadership

Here is the new AALS Section Leadership:

Chair:  Carol Brown, UNC

Chair-Elect:  Kali Murray, Marquette

Secretary:  Nestor Davidson, Colorado

Executive Committee Members:  John Fee, BYU; Shelley Saxer, Pepperdine; Steve Eagle, GMU

Ben Barros

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Back from AALS

Thanks to all of you who attended the various property programs at AALS in San Diego.  It was great to see so many blog readers in person.

Ben Barros

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Off to AALS

I'm heading off to the AALS Conference in San Diego.  Hope to see you there at one of the Property Section events!

Ben Barros

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Poverty Law Events at AALS

From the folks at the AALS Poverty Law Section:

Section on Poverty Law: January AALS Program: "Privatization: Promise and Pitfall at the Intersection of Law, Markets and Poverty" -  January 9, 3:30 - 5:15 p.m.

This year our AALS program addresses the strategy of  harnessing "social justice capital"  to attack poverty and insure community control of development. Can mixed public/private finance, with its reliance on market mechanisms and capital investment, provide resources where government alone has failed to allocate them? The Section is continuing its practice of locating a case study in the city of the AALS conference; here, our example of community capitalism is Market Creek Plaza, the first "community development IPO," in which residents of a disinvested neighborhood in San Diego have taken charge of its redevelopment and partially financed redevelopment through buying their own equity shares. Our panelists, including the CEO of the foundation which supports Market Creek Plaza, will present their experiences as advocates with using capital investment to promote social justice ends.

Panelists: Barbara Bezdek (Maryland), Louise Howells (UDC), Jennifer Vanica (President and CEO, Jacobs Family Center for Neighborhood Innovation)

Commentator: Angela Harris (Berkeley)

Moderator: Susan Bennett (American)

Save the Slot: Program Prequel: Visit to Market Creek Plaza

We have been offered an opportunity to tour Market Creek Plaza, meet some of its shareholder residents, and discuss the history and progress of the resident - directed development.

Here's logistical information for the tour, which will last from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on January 9. We'll meet at the check-in desk at the Marriott at 8:00 a.m. so we can take the trolley ride to Market Creek Plaza. If you're driving, I've also attached driving directions to the Plaza. Also attached are the map of the Plaza, the San Diego Trolley map and important ridership information, and boarding schedules to get you back and forth from the hotel to the Plaza. Since we will have a tight schedule, we've been asked to have all participants, whether arriving by trolley or by car, arrive at the same time - 8:45 - at the Euclid trolley stop, where we'll be met by representatives from Market Creek.

Once everyone is assembled, we anticipate dividing the group into two batches with two residents and one staff member conducting each tour.  A conversation with the resident shareholders and board members of Market Creek will follow the tour.

To give you some idea of the goals, history and structure of the community ownership of Market Place,  our contact at Market Creek has provided the file of its 2007 Social & Economic Impact Report (attached) – a the link to the PolicyLink publication Market Creek Plaza: Toward Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change:


We need a head count: so if you think you might attend, PLEASE e-mail sbennet@wcl.american.edu, cc to our contact, MaryJane Garcia,  MGarcia@jacobscenter.org,  ASAP.

Ben Barros

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Papers for Junior Scholars Works in Progress Panel

As we've previously noted, the Property Section will hold a Junior Scholars Works in Progress Panel at AALS.  The panel will be held on Friday, January 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  If you are attending the panel, you can download the two papers here:

Daniel Kelly, Strategic Spillovers: Using Externalities to Extract Payments [Download kelly__strategic_spillovers1.pdf]

Leah Theriault, An Efficient Breach Theory of the Numerus Clausus [Download theriault_aals_wip_dec71.pdf]

Ben Barros

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Changing Conceptions of Property Seminar

Via the Legal History Blog, I learned that the Folger Library is holding a seminar titled "Changing Conceptions of Property" that will meet on Thursday and Friday afternoons between May 14 and June 12, 2009.  Here's the annoucement:

This seminar, sponsored by the Center for the History of British Political Thought, will examine the radically changing character of a fundamental concept in political and legal thought: property. Its shifting meanings in early modern Britain mirrored, and in many respects, drove, transformations of the emerging understanding of rights. Property originally indicated the right or title of a possessor to a thing possessed (with the possessor's entitlement to legal protection and political membership). During the seventeenth century, however, property came to designate the thing possessed. Participants will examine the conceptual history of property, from real property in land to personal property in goods, capital, or credit, which increasingly defined the individual as a political agent with the capacity to act in society. Primary readings will be drawn from the common law mind through Harrington and Locke to the Scottish Enlightenment and Adam Smith. Session topics may include: the role of property in commerce and political economy; the social and legal agency of women as derived through property; and the use of property as a justification for its expropriation from indigenous peoples. Research projects may address social conventions and practices influenced by changing discourses of property, cultural pressures under which those discourses changed, or varieties of discourse in which property figures. Invited faculty will contribute their perspectives.

More info is available through the Library's website.

Ben Barros

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

AALS Real Estate Transactions Section -- Field Trip

The Naval Training Center in San Diego closed in 1995.  The city redeveloped this prime location on San Diego Bay as Liberty Station.  The development "restores waterfront access to the public for the first time in 80 years, creates new parks, and establishes creative-arts facilities."

Who would not welcome the opportunity to tour such a landmark public-private real estate project?  The AALS Real Estate Transactions Section invites you to join us on our Liberty Station field trip as we tour this innovative and vibrant development.  The field trip will take place on Friday, January 9, 2009.  For details, including meeting times and locations, and to reserve one of the limited spaces still available, please contact Lloyd T. (Tom) Wilson, Jr., Section Chair-Elect, at ltwilson@iupui.edu.

The AALS Real Estate Transactions Section prides itself on creating new and exciting experiences through its annual field trips.  These trips are also planned around the important concepts of building comradery and informal networking opportunities.  Please help us continue our tradition.

I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego!

Carol N. Brown, Section Treasurer

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Property Section Newsletter/AALS Section Panels

Thanks to Kali Murray, the Secretary of the Property Section, this year's Property Section Newsletter is now available:  Download property_newsletter1_nov1.pdf.  Among other things, the Newsletter highlights the Section's two panels at the AALS conference in San Diego:

First, the Section is sponsoring an extended session titled Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy.  Speakers include:  Gregory S. Alexander, Cornell Law School; Nestor Davidson, University of Colorado School of Law; Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Northeastern University School of Law; Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame Law School; Larissa Katz, Queen’s University, Ontario; Daniel B. Kelly, Harvard Law School; Eduardo M. Peñalver, Cornell Law School; Carol Rose, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law; Ezra Rosser, American University Washington College of Law.  Here's the panel description:

Hernando de Soto is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. His books The Mystery of Capital and The Other Path have been tremendously influential. He has been included on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and has received praise from politicians from across the political spectrum. His work also has been controversial, and some of his arguments have received sustained criticism.

One of de Soto’s core ideas is that the institution of private property is necessary for the proper functioning of a market economy. Many property scholars closely follow de Soto’s work, but de Soto’s ideas have been strangely neglected in property scholarship within the legal academy. His work has been widely discussed in the context of property in developing countries, but has not had the same impact on the property issues that arise in mature market economies like the United States.

This program seeks to remedy this neglect. It brings together a diverse group of scholars to apply de Soto’s work to a wide range of contemporary issues in property law and theory.

The Property Section business meeting will immediately follow the Hernando de Soto panel.

Second, as we did last year, the Section is sponsoring a Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Panel.  Two papers will be presented: Strategic Spillovers: Using Externalities to Extract Payments by Daniel Kelly and An Efficient Breach of the Numerus Clausus by Leah Theriault.  Congratulations to Dan and Leah, whose papers were selected from a very strong group of submissions!

Ben Barros

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