We've teased some of the details on the 2017 ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation and Condemnation 101 Conference, to be held at the Westin San Diego, January 26-28, 2017, but here are the details you've been waiting for.
This is the "big one," our annual 3-day festival of all things eminent domain, property, takings, inverse condemnation, and just compensation. Truly national in scope, this is the 34th annual edition, and the one conference you must attend. Our 2016 conference in Austin was one of the best in years, and we're on the way to replicating it in 2017, with a great venue in an exciting city.
Look for the web and printed brochures to show up in your mailboxes, but in the meantime, here are some of the highlights (we'll post more in the next few days):
- Relocation, relocation, relocation: we are featuring two sessions on this important and growing area of law. Our first panel will address the tension between condemnors, property owners, and tenants in securing relocation benefits, and our second will be a case study of an appeal under the Uniform Relocation Act, complete with lessons learned and traps for the unwary. Featuring a slate of experts: David Arnold (Virginia), Janet Handy Bush (Maryland), Kenneth Gindy (Texas), Brian Kunze (Virginia), Jill Gelineau (Oregon), Kelly Walsh (Washington), and Martyn Daniel (Washington).
- Present and Future Highway Projects: we have several panels on issues related to present and planned highways and other transportation projects. We'll focus on the issues that arise when a highway authority plans to take property but doesn't do so immediately -- where are the lines between planning and taking in those cases? Strategies for property owners in obtaining information from the highway department under public records laws, and the role of federal funding in these and similar cases. Featuring Linde Hurst Webb (Ohio), Matthew Bryant (North Carolina), W. Andrew Gowder (South Carolina), Minming Wu (from the Federal Transit Administration (invited)), and Mark Murakami (Hawaii).
- Trial and practice insights: we have several panels devoted to the latest strategies from condemnation jury trial experts: how to use experts (appraisers and others) to make your case; how to employ a jury consultant to maximize your results; winning valuation evidentiary issues before and during trial; admitting or excluding the "lowball" offer; and maximizing the property owner's testimony in the just comp phase. With Jeremy Hopkins (Virginia), Mary Nell Bennett (Louisiana), Christian Torgrimson (Georgia), Darius Dynkowski (Michigan and Ohio), Andrew Brigham (Florida), Scott Jenny (California), Justin Hodge (Texas), and Susan MacPherson (Minnesota)
- Inverse and regulatory takings: It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court blockbuster Lucas -- has the sky fallen? With Dwight Merriam (Connecticut), and Luke Wake (California and DC). Where the line is between an exercise of the police power to protect the public, and a taking is something we've been trying to figure out for nearly a century since Pennsylvania Coal. David Breemer (California) and I (Hawaii) will bring you the latest.
There's a lot more, of course, Reserve your space by registering for the conference here.