Monday, July 22, 2019

ABA Webinar: Knick Picking Regulatory Takings: Did the Court Right a Wrong, or Wrong a Right?

Knick Picking Regulatory Takings: Did the Court Right a Wrong, or Wrong a Right?

Friday, July 26 | 2 – 2:30pm ET

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Join us for a half hour on the 5-4 SCOTUS decision in Knick v. Township of Scott (June 21, 2019). Knick overruled the 34-year-old precedent in Williamson County requiring that federal takings claimants seek compensation in state court before being allowed to proceed in federal court.

Presenters Dwight Merriam and Robert Thomas will discuss reaction to the decision — which has been as divided as the Court. Was this the conservative justices having their way? Is it a right versus left issue? Did that baby, stare decisis, get thrown out with the old ripeness bathwater? Will the federal courts become a forum resembling a small town zoning board of appeals, buried in trivial cases to the detriment of more important issues on the docket?

In this fast-paced half-hour, we'll ripen the ripeness problem for you, poke about the entrails of the decision to conjure up its true meaning, offer up a doyens' debate on other pundits' prognostications, and preview the in-depth program which will be held at the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco (Thursday, August 8, 2019).


  • Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen, University of Oregon School of Law


  • Dwight H. MerriamLand Use Attorney; Fellow & Past President, American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Robert H. ThomasDirector, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert; Joseph T. Waldo Visiting Chair in Property Rights Law, William & Mary Law School

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Call for Papers: State and Local Government Responses to the Affordable Housing Crisis: ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

I am delighted to be the new editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law.  Below is a call for papers for the next issue.  We welcome submissions both relative to the theme of the issue and within the Journal’s broader scope, too.  Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss an idea or a submission.


ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

 Call for Papers

State and Local Government Responses to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Drafts due September 1, 2019

The Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (the Journal) invites articles and essays discussing how state and local governments are responding to the affordable housing crisis.  Example topics could include investigation of new state statues, local ordinances, or policies regarding:  rent control / rent stabilization; inclusionary zoning; source of income provisions; funding affordable housing; state-level affirmatively further fair housing provisions; and re-zoning single-family residential districts for higher densities.  Other relevant topics are welcome.  The Journal publishes both essays (typically 2,500–6,200 words) and articles (typically 7,000-10,000 words). 

In addition, the Journal welcomes articles and essays on any of the Journal’s traditional subjects: affordable housing, fair housing and community/economic development. Topics could include important developments in the field; federal, state, local and/or private funding sources; statutes, policies or regulations; and empirical studies.

The Journal is the nation’s only law journal dedicated to affordable housing and community development law.  The Journal educates readers and provides a forum for discussion and resolution of problems in these fields by publishing articles from distinguished law professors, policy advocates and practitioners.

Interested authors are encouraged to send an abstract describing their proposals. Submissions of final articles and essays are due by September 1, 2019. Please email abstracts and final drafts to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Stephen R. Miller, at The Journal also accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor with any questions.


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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Detroit Mercy hiring announcement for Property Prof

Announcement: Property Law Position

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law seeks a proven or aspiring scholar and teacher with an interest in teaching first-year Property Law for a tenured or tenure-track position beginning 2020-2021.  Applicants must have a law degree and strong academic background and must demonstrate either a record of or potential for both teaching excellence and high scholarly achievement in any area of law.  The balance of the teaching package will be determined in conversation with the successful candidate.

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, which should include a brief description of their ideal teaching package and a general indication of their areas of scholarly interest.  Please direct the cover letter, a current CV, additional supporting materials (if any), and any questions you may have to:

Professor Julia Belian, Chair of Faculty Recruitment

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

651 East Jefferson

Detroit, Michigan 48226


Materials will be accepted via email or regular mail.  Review of applicants will begin in July 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

About Our Program of Legal Education

Detroit Mercy Law offers a unique curriculum that complements traditional theory- and doctrine-based course work with intensive practical learning.  Students must complete at least one clinic, one upper-level writing course, one global perspectives course, and one course within our Law Firm Program, an innovative simulated law-firm practicum.  Detroit Mercy Law also offers a Dual J.D. program with the University of Windsor in Canada, in which students earn both an American and a Canadian law degree in three years while gaining a comprehensive understanding of two distinct legal systems.  Interested Dual J.D. students are fully integrated into upper-level U.S. courses.  The program’s first-year U.S. Property Law module could form a component of the teaching package if desired.

Detroit Mercy Law is located one block from the riverfront in Downtown Detroit, within walking distance of federal, state, and municipal courts, the region’s largest law firms, and major corporations such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Comerica Bank.  The School of Law is also uniquely situated two blocks from the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, an international border crossing linking Detroit with Windsor and Canada. 

Detroit offers a dynamic variety of culinary, cultural, entertainment, and sporting attractions.  See and learn more at

Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus.  The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence.  University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

July 7, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

West Virginia Law Review Symposium RFP

The West Virginia Law Review invites you to participate in its annual legal Symposium issue (February 27-28, 2020). This year, the United States’s fourth oldest law review will be highlighting the tensions between state and local governments. The Symposium editors are now accepting a select number of proposals for panels and sessions on topics related to home rule, Dillon’s Rule, and preemption such as: energy facility siting; local ordinances on discrimination, minimum wage, and gun regulations; consumer laws; the West Virginia home rule pilot program; and other related issues. The symposium is intended to develop legal scholarship in state and local government law and stimulate discussion between students, academics, and practitioners.

Abstracts of 250-500 words should be submitted through the Google Form ( Abstracts must be submitted by September 3, 2019. Applicants should expect that the Symposium Editors may request further information or the opportunity to discuss the proposal in further detail. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis with final decisions expected no later than the end of September.

For more information about WVLR please visit our website at,

For additional information about the annual symposium or potential topic selection, please contact:
Gabrielle Marcum, WVLR Symposium Editor,
Austin Rogers, WVLR Symposium Editor,
Jesse Richardson, WVLR Symposium Faculty Advisor,

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