Thursday, November 29, 2018

CFP: 5th Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators (SCALE) + Morrison Prize ($10,000) nominations

From Troy Rule at ASU Law:

Call for Presentation and Panel Proposals for the Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators.  The conference will be held on May 10, 2019, at ASU Law in downtown Phoenix, AZ.  Each year, roughly 50 law professors from throughout North America are selected annually to speak at this conference, and their airfare/transportation costs (up to $500) and lodging are covered by ASU.  The conference’s focus encompasses land use law (and other areas, too), and Michael Gerrard (Columbia) will be this year’s keynote speaker. 

Here’s a link with more information about the conference and how to submit proposals:   

In connection with the conference, ASU is also conducting its Fourth Annual Morrison Prize Contest.  This is a $10,000 prize contest for recent environmental sustainability-related law journal articles that are ALREADY WRITTEN.  Entrants must merely send five offprints of their article and a cover letter to the address in the Call for Entries.  The deadline (December 31) for entering the contest is fast approaching.  Information on that is below.


$10,000 prize for an article you've already published! 

The Morrison Prize is a $10,000 award presented annually to the author(s) of the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic paper published in North America during the previous year. The prize winner(s) will present the winning paper in a plenary session at the Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators on May 10, 2019, which will be held at the Beus Center for Law and Society located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.


The Morrison Prize contest is open to full-time law professors who have published environmental sustainability-related papers in printed U.S. or Canadian legal academic journals during the contest period. The contest is not open to students. All papers appearing in a qualifying journal's final 2017 issue or in an issue printed and circulated prior to November 15, 2018, fall within the 2019 contest period. Works-in-progress and papers that are not published in print form before the deadline are not eligible. Papers focused on topics in environmental law, water law, energy law, natural resources law, land use law, disaster law, climate change law, or agricultural law meet the subject matter requirements for eligibility.

Judging Process and Criteria:

The Morrison Prize seeks to recognize the paper published within the eligibility period that is likely to have the most significant positive long-term impact on the advancement of the environmental sustainability movement. All eligible papers entered into the prize contest will undergo independent review and scoring by a diverse group of full-time law professors who teach in environmental sustainability-related areas at four different accredited North American law schools.
The contest scoring system focuses primarily on a paper's quality and originality of analysis (20%) and potential for real-world impact on policy developments directly related to environmental sustainability goals (80%).

ASU Law will announce the 2019 Morrison Prize winner in February. The winner must present the winning paper at the May 2019 Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators to claim the cash prize.

How to Enter:

To enter the 2019 Morrison Prize contest, mail a cover letter and five (5) offprints of your qualifying paper to:

Josh Abbott
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Mail Code 9520
Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467

The deadline for submitting papers is December 31, 2018.

Entries postmarked by the deadline will be accepted. Nominations of colleagues' or peers' articles are welcome but must include five (5) offprints. For any questions regarding the contest, please contact Josh Abbott at 480-965-2465 or

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mulvaney on Property-as-Society

Tim Mulvaney (Texas A&M) has posted Property-as-Society on SSRN.  The paper will also be published in the Wisconsin Law Review.  Here is the abstract:

Modern regulatory takings disputes present a key battleground for competing conceptions of property. This Article offers the following account of the three leading theories: a libertarian view sees property as creating a sphere of individual freedom and control (property-as-liberty); a pecuniary view sees property as a tool of economic investment (property-as-investment); and a progressive view sees property as serving a wide range of evolving communal values that include, but are not limited to, those advanced under both the libertarian and pecuniary conceptions (property-as-society). Against this backdrop, the Article offers two contentions. First, on normative grounds, it asserts that the conception of property-as-society presents a more useful structure for assessing whether an allocative choice is fair and just absent compensation than the conceptions of property-as-liberty and property-as-investment. Second, on doctrinal grounds, it suggests that the property-as-liberty conception has fallen from grace in takings jurisprudence since its peak in Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council in 1992; moreover, while the property-as-investment understanding remains of some force, the property-as-society conception has ascended to a position of jurisprudential prominence, as most recently evidenced in both the majority and the dissenting opinions in the 2017 matter of Murr v. Wisconsin.


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Real Estate Review seeking short articles / excerpts for Winter, 2019 edition

As some of you know, I am the editor-in-chief of Real Estate Review, a quarterly Thomson Reuters publication aimed at legal professionals and the real estate industry more generally.  I am seeking several additional 2,000 - 5,000 word articles for our upcoming edition.  I would need the submissions by mid-December.  The articles do not need to be copiously footnoted.  Excerpts of larger articles--where permitted by previous publisher--are also welcome.  While articles tend to focus on legal issues, the broader areas of real estate practice are also encouraged!

E-mail me if you have interest at

I am also pleased to say that, beginning with this edition, we will offer a $150 honorarium per accepted article.  

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Law Student Legal Writing Competition

The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association is sponsoring its annual student competition.  Details are in the pdf below.

Download 2019 ABA Writing Competition Guidelines

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Video from Law, Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface conference now available

The archived video from the University of Idaho's Law, Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface conference now available here.  The schedule of events is available below:

Download Wildfire Symposium - Schedule

There were a number of excellent presentations that I think many will find timely.



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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy now available!

The brand new Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy, which was edited by Nestor Davidson (Fordham), Michele Finck (Oxford), and John Infranca (Suffolk) will be available Nov 22.  With essays by 36 scholars, it will surely be a resource for both academic and regulator alike in the coming years.  View the table of contents here.  

I'm excited to be a part of the collection. 



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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Call for Papers: 10th Annual Conference on Law, Property, and Society (ALPS)

Call for Papers 10th Annual Conference on Law, Property, and Society

For more information, as well as registration, please visit:

The Association for Law, Property & Society (ALPS) is an organization for those engaged in
scholarship on all aspects of property law and society. Its annual meeting brings together scholars
from different disciplines and from around the world to discuss their work and to foster dialogue
among those working in property law, policy, planning, social scientific field studies, modeling,
and theory. Most annual meetings include participants attending from six continents, representing
numerous counties, and working in common law, civil law, Indigenous law, and mixed legal
traditions. ALPS will hold its 10th Annual meeting at Syracuse University, in Syracuse New York,
May 16-18. The dates include a pre-conference reception on the evening of May 16; full day
meetings on May 17-18, each with continental breakfast, lunch, and light reception; and an
optional field trip during the day on May 16. Field trip detail will be available prior to registration
and tentatively include a visit to the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. The Oneida Indian Nation
is one of the original members of the Haudenosaunee people (also known as the Six Nation of the

Paper submissions on any subject related to property law and the practices that shape property
norms and institutions are welcome. ALPS has a strong commitment to international and
interdisciplinary diversity, and paper topics reflecting that commitment are encouraged. ALPS
accepts both individual paper submissions and proposals for fully formed panels (usually 3 to 4
presenters, sometimes including films or multimedia outputs). Individually organized sessions of
full panels may have as few as 3 presenters; all sessions with individually submitted papers will
typically have at least 4 presenters. Submissions may be of full paper drafts and completed
projects, or early works-in-progress.

While papers on any topic of property law are welcome, some possible organizing themes might
include property in relation to...

• Disability law, the Built Environment, and Accessibility • Indigenous People • Energy Law • Water Law • Climate Change • Land Use Planning, Land Regulation, and Zoning • Historic Preservation • Property and Real Estate Development • Environment • Housing • Human Rights • Natural Law • Tax • Mortgages and Financing • Land Titles / Land Registries • Tenure • Estates • Conveyancing • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademark, Copyright • Property Theory • Theoretical Approaches to Property: e.g. Feminist; Economic; Empirical; Behavioral; Semiotic • Historical Perspectives on Property • Takings, Confiscation, and Compensation

Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. In addition, submissions must include: (1) the name of the submitting scholar, (2) the scholar’s institution, and (3) an email contact for the author or authors. If submitting a panel, please insure that an abstract for each paper accompanies the submission and that each abstract includes the name of the panel. Abstracts may be submitted beginning October 10, 2018. Submissions may be made via the concerned webpages. Authors and panel proposers will be notified of the acceptance of their individual submissions or proposed panel on a rolling basis starting after December 1, 2018. In general, each presenter will be limited to one research paper presentation per conference, although some exceptions may be made for special discussion groups or other unique thematic panels. The deadline for submitting papers and panels is February 20, 2019.

Conference registration will open December 1, 2018. The cost of registration is as follows:

                                                           Regular           Full-time LL.M. or PhD students

Until January 31, 2019                  $195                $75

Beginning February 1, 2019         $280               $125

Registering for the conference authorizes ALPS to include your name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail in the official program for attendees.

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