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VLS Conference Will Draw Top Experts To Explore Challenges of Regulatory Takings

October 28, 2009

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for a closely watched regulatory takings case, Vermont Law School will bring together legal experts from around the country on November 6 to explore critical issues raised by recent and pending takings cases, as well as potential government responses.

The daylong conference, "Litigating Regulatory Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations," will be held on the VLS campus in South Royalton. The event is cosponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and Columbia Law School. Preregistration is required.

The series of panel discussions will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5:15 p.m. Issues of bilateral property rights, global warming, and water regulation will be among those addressed. The lunch discussion will examine the U.S. Supreme Court case, Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in which private waterfront landowners have challenged the state's plan to restore storm-eroded beaches. At issue is whether the legislatively supported plan, which would create public beaches between private property and the water, deprives property owners of waterfront rights and is thereby an uncompensated taking. Oral arguments are scheduled for December 2.

John Echeverria, a VLS environmental law professor who recently filed an amicus brief in the Florida case on behalf of the American Planning Association and its Florida chapter, said the conference will address key questions facing lawyers, judges, scholars, and policymakers in this and other takings cases.

"This conference will bring together the leading academic scholars in the field of takings, along with many experienced practitioners from around the country, to discuss the cutting-edge issues involved in defining private rights-and responsibilities-with respect to land and other property," said Echeverria, who has written extensively on takings and other aspects of environmental and natural resource law.
Experts from nearly a dozen leading law schools, as well as lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Attorney General's Office and the Congressional Research Service, will take part in the panel discussions. Several judges visiting VLS as members of the Kenyan Environmental Tribunal are also scheduled to attend.

For details on the conference or to register online, visit http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/elc/landuse/takings09/. Registration fee is $35 for the general public or $200 for VBA CLE credits (7), and includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception. For more information, email jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu or call 802-831-1217.

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