Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Study Space X: Balancing Urban Redevelopment, Economic Growth, Social Equity and Environmental Protection in the Building of a Metropolitan Area - June 19-23 - Marseille

From the folks at GSU Law:

The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at Georgia State University College of Law is accepting applications for a weeklong workshop in Marseille, France focused on balancing urban revitalization with a culturally diverse population and widespread economic inequality.  Study Space X:  Balancing Urban Redevelopment, Economic Growth, Social Equity and Environmental Protection in the Building of a Metropolitan Area  will take place June 19-23, 2017 and is being organized in conjunction with Aix Marseille Universite, SciencesPo, Métropole Aix-Marseille Provence, and Euroméditerranée.

The cost of the program is $985 and includes scheduled group meals (listed in the schedule), speaker honoraria and site visits.  Hotel (estimated at $1200 for the week with breakfast daily), airfare, and airport ground transportation must be purchased separately.  Some scholarships to help offset the program fee are available, but early application is encouraged.

Attached is the program brochure, which details the schedule and expectations of participants.  You may also find more information online at:

Applications are due April 7, 2017 but early application is encouraged and space is limited.  Apply online at

If you have any questions or are interested in a scholarship, please contact Karen Johnston at [email protected].

Download Study Space Marseille Final Brochure

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February 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Draft 50-State Survey of State Laws Related to Short-Term Rentals

With the increase in state-level laws addressing the short-term rental market, I asked students in my Economic Development Clinic to do a quick review of state laws, or currently proposed legislation, on the subject.  You can view the first draft here.  We are taking the unusual step of providing this in draft form for two reasons.  First, there is so much action at the state level right now that a survey like this seemed important to get out as soon as possible.  Second, we wanted assistance with anything we have missed or stated incorrectly.  If you see anything that is amiss, let us know and I will update the file.  Feel free to share the link, and it will get prettier and more complete as the semester moves on.  Thanks to my students--Jon Bonneson, Aaren Carnline, Thomas Cruz, and Geoffrey Schroeder for their assistance in compiling this data.

February 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (4)

Hawaii Law sharing economy symposium this Friday!

I am excited to be participating in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law's sharing economy symposium, which will be held this coming Friday.  Here is the flyer:

UHLR Sharing Economy Symposium

February 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cal Fire Science Consortium webinar: Feb 16 @ 11 PST: Miller on a Four-Step Approach for Planning for Wildfire in the WUI

I am excited to be giving a webinar lecture on my wildfire planning guide for the California Fire Science Consortium on Thursday, February 16 at 11 am PST.  Learn more about their excellent series of webinars here.  Here is the announcement:

Our first webinar in our 2017 WUI Webinar series will be Feb. 16, 2017 with Professor Stephen R. Miller on a Four-Step Approach for Planning for Wildfire in the WUI. 

About the Webinar

This talk will focus on a four-step approach to integrating wildfire planning for the wildland-urban interface (WUI) through a variety of planning and implementation processes that work across departments within local governments.  Attendees may wish to review the guide on which the talk will be based prior to the session.

View WUI Wildfire Planning Guide PDF >

The talk will begin by briefly discussing how the WUI is both a sociological and legal term that is fluid based upon context, and how that fluidity matters for planning purposes.  The talk will then discuss a conceptual framework that local communities — governmental and non-governmental — can use over time. This framework, referred to in the presentation as the “WUI Wildfire Planning Process,” consists primarily of a four-step, cyclical planning process that revolves around the inter-governmental National Cohesive Strategy Vision and Goals for wildfire, and is supported at all times by education and outreach.  The four active steps of the WUI Wildfire Planning Process are: draft and adopt a community wildfire protection plan (CWPP); regulate and incentivize the built environment at all scales; implement, maintain and enforce regulations and incentives; and respond to substantial changes such as wildfires or the passage of time. While each of these steps is well known in the fire world, finding ways to create an integrated, on-going fire strategy across departments has remained elusive in many communities.  This talk will discuss how this conceptual framework can assist planning efforts.

About the Presenter

Stephen R. Miller is a law professor at the University of Idaho College of Law in Boise.  He is principal investigator on a three-year grant from the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands to investigate and propose best practices for wildfire planning in the West.  Along with his collaborators, he recently published a 167-page WUI wildfire planning guide, which details the four-step approach he will discuss in the webinar.  Professor Miller holds an A.B. from Brown University, a master’s in urban planning from University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings.  In addition to wildfire, Professor Miller is a prolific writer on a variety of topics in the areas of land use, sustainability, and urban environmental law.  Learn more about Professor Miller here and access his other writings here.

February 6, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Livestock Grazing on Public Lands: Law, Policy and Rebellion: 2017 Idaho Law Review Symposium

I am delighted to be the faculty advisor for the 2017 Idaho Law Review Symposium, "Livestock Grazing on Public Lands:  Law, Policy and Rebellion," which will be held in Boise, Idaho on March 31, 2017.  We have a star-studded array of public lands experts coming for the event, and plan to stream it live.  More on that soon.  In the meantime, if you are in the Boise area, here is the registration link.  We also are doing some amazing partnering events associated with the symposium with BLM Idaho, which I will post more about in the coming days.


The line-up is below:


8:30:  Introductions and welcome

9:00 – 10:30:  Solicitor's Panel:  The Past and Future of Livestock Grazing on Public Lands

Moderator: Stephen R. Miller, University of Idaho College of Law

John Leshy, Emeritus Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law, U.C. Hastings College of the Law; formerly Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior during Clinton administration

William Myers III, Partner, Holland & Hart, formerly Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior during George W. Bush administration

Bret Birdsong, Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, formerly Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Department of Interior during Obama administration

[Invited: Trump administration Solicitor’s Office representative]


10:45 – 12:15:  Species Conservation and Livestock Grazing

Moderator: Anne Corcoran Briggs, Attorney-Advisor, Boise Field Office, U.S. Department of the Interior

Cally Younger, Legal Counsel, Idaho Office of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

Sam Eaton, Deputy Administrator & Legal Counsel, Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation

Mara Hurwitt, Wild Horses and Livestock Grazing

Anthony L. Francois, Pacific Legal Foundation

Kristin Ruether, Western Watersheds Project


12:30 – 2:00:  Lunch & Debate:  The Transfer of Public Lands Movement

Moderator: Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho College of Law

John Leshy, Emeritus Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law, U.C. Hastings College of the Law; formerly Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Richard Seamon, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law, formerly Assistant to the Solicitor General of United States, U.S. Department of Justice; co-author of the legal analysis prepared for the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands


2:15 – 3:45:  What is the Role of Government?:  Alternative Regulatory Structures for Livestock Grazing

Moderator:  Jerry Long, University of Idaho College of Law

John Nagle, John N. Matthews Professor of Law, The Law School, University of Notre Dame

Peter Appel, Alex W. Smith Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman, Letters from the West columnist

Alan Schroeder, Schroeder & Lezamiz Law Offices, LLP


4:00 – 5:30:  Flexibility and Oversight:  Alternative Livestock Grazing Management Options

Moderator:  Anastasia Telesetsky, University of Idaho College of Law

Tim Murphy, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, State Director, Idaho

John Foltz, Professor & Special Assistant to the University of Idaho President for Agricultural Initiatives  

Melinda Harm Benson. Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico

February 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Drake Law School and the University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Sustainable Urbanism Partner to Update Sustainable Community Development Code


Drake Law School and the University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Sustainable Urbanism Partner to Update Sustainable Community Development Code

DES MOINES, IA | DENVER, CO (February 1, 2017): Drake University Law School has entered into a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Sustainable Urbanism and Clarion Associates, LLC, to update and expand the Sustainable Community Development Code. This online, interactive model code provides state and local governments with examples of the most innovative and up-to-date land use standards to promote sustainable development. The code has been used by numerous cities, towns, and counties across the United States to help tune-up their zoning, subdivision, and other development ordinances by removing barriers, creating incentives, and filling regulatory gaps.

Faculty, research assistants, and students from the partner institutions will collaborate to update the code. Jonathan Rosenbloom, professor of law at Drake Law School, and Rocky Piro, FAICP, executive director of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism in the College of Architecture and Planning, are co-leads of the code project, with support of an advisory committee comprised of land use and sustainability experts from around the country.

“One of the most powerful tools local governments have is authority over land use,” Rosenbloom said. “The updated code will be an invaluable resource to help local governments utilize this authority in a way that promotes environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities.”

Increasingly, local governments are targeting land use and development as pathways to sustainability—from climate change, water conservation, and renewable energy to transportation, food security, community health, and affordable housing. Traditional land use and development policies and patterns, however, are often at odds with community sustainability goals.

Originally created by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver and Clarion Associates, LLC, the Sustainable Community Development Code was designed to solve this problem, offering the best ideas about how to promote sustainability through innovative land use and development standards.

“The partnership between the Center and Drake Law School is an exciting, timely one that will help refresh and expand the model code at a crucial time as local governments take a more prominent role across the nation in promoting sustainable growth and tackling tough issues like climate change,” said Chris Duerksen, former board chair at the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and land use attorney with Clarion Associates, which helped create the code.

“The update and maintenance of the code meshes very well with the mission of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism and its commitment to provide resources that help make cities and towns more vibrant, livable, sustainable, and equitable places,” Piro said.

Students at both universities will work on developing the code as part of their coursework, including students in Drake Law School’s Land Use Law and Sustainability and the Law courses. In addition, each year two Drake Law students will have the opportunity to work on continually updating the code. “This is a great opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in sustainability practices,” Rosenbloom said.

Drake Law School prepares outstanding lawyers who will promote justice, serve as leaders in their communities and the legal profession, and respond to the call of public service. One of the 25 oldest law schools in the country, Drake combines a rich history with the latest technology and an innovative curriculum. Drake Law School is consistently ranked as one of the Best Law Schools for Practical Training by The National Jurist and focuses on providing practical experience to equip students for career success.

The Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver is a collaborative home for urban planners, architects, engineers, economists, health professionals, public policy experts, and others to work together in using best available information and best practices to advance sustainable solutions for both the natural environment and the built environment.

The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver is the only college in Colorado offering comprehensive programs in the design and planning of the built environment, from undergraduate through accredited professional master’s degrees to the doctorate.

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February 2, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)