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CFP: Memphis Law Review Symposium: Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications in Restoring a City

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The University of Memphis Law Review Annual Symposium


March 18, 2016 in Memphis, TN 


It is a pleasure to invite you to The University of Memphis Law Review’s 2016 Annual Symposium. The theme this year is “Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications in Restoring a City.”  As the name suggests, we will focus our attention on the legal issues of cities that face large turnover, abandonment, and blighted properties. The University of Memphis Law Review, organizer of the event, will host Symposium sessions at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at 1 North Front Street Memphis, TN 38103 on March 18, 2016.

The University of Memphis Law Review Symposium is held every spring on a topic of current interest to the student population, the legal community, and the city. The Symposium is a one-day CLE event. An issue of The Memphis Law Review will be published in conjunction.

This law symposium is unique in that it will be followed by a Community Summit at the Law School on March 19, 2016. The Summit is specifically designed for local, regional and state officials, civil leaders and others who put law and public policy into practice.

Topics of interest

With this symposiums focus on the legal implications of revitalizing distressed communities, neighborhoods, and properties, we are particularly interested in the intersection of law and policy as local government, together with community, institutional and philanthropic partners, deploy a wide variety of policies, strategies, and legal remedies to address blighted properties.  Our topic specifically covers the areas of municipal, real property, and environmental law.  Under this broad umbrella, we are particularly interested in articles addressing:

  • Code enforcement laws and policies to defeat residential blight
  • Mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy and property abandonment
  • Use of data in the fight against blighted property
  • Criminal nuisance theory and procedure
  • Health law and Healthy Homes theory and procedure
  • Disparate impact in revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Property rights in the light of community beautification projects
  • Land banking functions, structures and legislative requirements
  • Tax delinquency and issues of takings or eminent domain
  • Disparate racial impact in neighborhood stabilization policies and practices
  • HUD’s new affirmative fair housing policy in blighted urban neighborhoods
  • Administrative versus judicial remedies in property revitalization
  • Special purpose housing and environmental courts
  • Public policies and programs for better health in homes and neighborhoods

Guide for authors

The deadline to submit abstracts is October 1, 2015. To submit your abstract, please click on the following link:

Click “Submit Now” and search for The University of Memphis Law Review. Follow the remaining prompts to upload and submit your article.  Please identify your submission as a symposium proposal so it will be sent to the correct editor.

You may also submit directly to The University of Memphis Law Review through email at [email protected].

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: November 1, 2015

Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2015

Organizing committee:

For any additional questions about the event or about submitting an article, please email Kelly Masters Peevyhouse at [email protected].

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