Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 13 - National Preservation Law Conference - Georgetown Law & National Trust for Historic Preservation

From Peter Byrne:

National Preservation Law Conference 

Conference Agenda
Tuesday, June 13. 2017

*Optional 2-hour stand-alone webinar, Preservation in a Nutshell (Peter Byrne; Sara Bronin; Ryan Rowberry)

8:25 a.m.—Welcome

Peter Byrne, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Paul Edmondson, General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation

8:30 a.m.—Leveraging Historic Preservation in Real Estate Development

Tax Credits

  • Economic Benefits of the National Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • Recent IRS Guidance

New Tools

  • Form-Based Codes as Historic Preservation Tool
  • Using GIS as a Data Visualization Tool for Preservation Law
  • Adaptive Reuse, Tax Credits, and Special Use Districts: Success Stories from Baltimore

Sara C. Bronin, University of Connecticut School of Law

Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation

Reina Murray, GIS Project Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ernst Valery, President, Ernst Valery Investment Corp.

10:00 a.m.—Preservation on the Federal Level

  • National Trends
  • ACHP Engagement Section 106 Litigation
  • Advocacy Update
  • Legislative Update

Will Cook, Associate General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Javier Marques, General Counsel, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Betsy Merritt, Deputy General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Hilary Tompkins, Hogan Lovells

11:00 a.m.—Break

11:15 a.m.—Preserving America’s Cities

  • Historic Districts and Urban Economics
  • Lessons from Foreign Cities
  • Amendments to local preservation ordinance
  • Damages award for illegal demolition of historic buildings


David Lewis, Goulston & Storrs


Chris Bowers, Miklos Law PLLC

Caroline Cheong, University of Central Florida

Omar Izfar, Former Houston City Attorney

Mark Silberman, Counsel, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

12: 15 p.m.—Lunch  

  • The Baltimore Food Hub: Using Historic Preservation Tax Incentives to Support the Food Innovation Economy

China Boak Terrell, American Communities Trust

1:15 p.m.—National Monuments and Traditional Cultural Properties

  • Antiquities Act, Bears Ears, Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Using State and Federal Law to Protect Native Hawaiian Burials

Matt Adams, Dentons, LLP

Brian Turner, Public Lands Attorney, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice

Joel West Williams, Native American Rights Fund

2:15 p.m.—International Cultural Heritage

  • International Criminal Court Prosecutions and Cultural Heritage
  • Strategies in Preventing Illegal Looting

Leila Amineddoleh, Amineddoleh & Associates and Fordham University School of Law

Tess Davis, Antiquities Coalition and the University of Glasgow

Tom Kline, Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

3:15 p.m.—Break

3:30 p.m.—Managing Climate Change

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Historic Resources
  • How the National Park Service is Planning for Climate Change
  • Threats to World Heritage Sites: Climate Change & the Paris Agreement and Road to the Conference of the Parties 22
  • Confronting Sea Level Rise: Hazard Mitigation Planning & Implementation

Peter Byrne, Faculty Director, Georgetown Climate Center

Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation, City of Annapolis

Marcia Rockman, NPS Climate Change Planner

Jess Phelps, United States Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Natural Resource & Environment Division

Andrew Potts, Nixon Peabody, Former Executive Director, US/ICOMOS

4:45 p.m.—Conclusion

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Historic Preservation

Tom Mayes, National Trust for Historic Preservation

5:15 p.m.—Reception


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About the organizers:

Preservation Leadership Forum

The Preservation Leadership Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a network of preservation professionals. Forum is the single place where preservation leaders— professionals, students, volunteers, activists, experts—can keep up with what is happening in the preservation world, as well as share and network with one another. Member benefits include exclusive access or deep discounts on high-quality publications, regular communication pieces, conferences and trainings, events for networking or educational purposes, and grant opportunities for organizations. The Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) training series provides cutting-edge information and training for preservation leaders, covering topics such as law, real estate, technology and advocacy. Visit for more information.

About Georgetown Law

Georgetown University Law Center is one of the world´s premier law schools. It is pre-eminent in several areas, including constitutional, international, tax and clinical law, and the faculty is among the largest in the nation. Drawing on its Jesuit heritage, it has a strong tradition of public service and is dedicated to the principle that law is but a means, justice is the end. Visit for more information.

Georgetown Law CLE

Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education provides high-quality continuing legal education programs and materials to meet the ever-changing educational needs of the legal profession. Our speakers consist of experienced legal professionals who share in our commitment to deliver highly relevant, timely, and practical information. Our programs address the specific interests of practicing attorneys and help to develop their critical competencies, while also meeting the mandatory CLE requirements of state bars associations. Visit for more information.

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