​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Takings Conference 2017

​​​​The 20th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations​​

October 6, 2017
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

About the Conference​​​

This conference explores the takings issue as it relates to land use, environmental rules and other forms of regulation.  In addition to offering a basic education in modern takings law, the conference brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss cutting-edge issues.  The conference will examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Murr v. State of Wisconsin and its implications for the future of takings doctrine.  Deputy United States Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler will offer reflections on his experience over the last 30-plus years arguing takings cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court.  Other topics will include important new developments in the application of the Takings Clause to water management, the relationship between private property rights and housing opportunity, and the property issues associated with siting of renewable energy projects and other energy infrastructure.  The conference will also focus on current takings issues and controversies specific to Minnesota.  

Conference Faculty


John M. Baker
Attorney
Greene Espel PLLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

J. Peter Byrne 
John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law 
Faculty Director, Environmental Law & Policy Institute
Georgetown University Law Center 
Washington, D.C.​ 

Jean Coleman
Staff Attorney
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
St. Paul, Minnesota 

John D. Echeverria 
Professor of Law 
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, Vermont

William A. Fischel
Professor of Economics
The Robert C. 1925 and Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

John Groen
Executive Vice President
General Counsel
PLF Northwest Center
Pacific Legal Foundation
Bellevue, Washington

Kathryn Hoffman
Executive Director 
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
St. Paul, Minnesota

Brad Karkkainen
Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law
University of Minnesota Law School 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Alexandra B. Klass
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Edwin S. Kneedler
Deputy United States Solicitor General
U.S. Department of Justice 
Washington, D.C.

Richard J. Lazarus
Howard & Katherine Aibel Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

William B. Lazarus
Assistant Chief, Appellate Section
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Jay R. Lindgren
Partner
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robert Meltz 
Special Counsel
Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, D.C. 

Myron Orfield
Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law
Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Howard A. Roston
Shareholder 
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Troy A. Rule
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability 
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law 
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona 

C. Ford Runge
Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and the Law
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Miriam Seifter
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Law
Madison, Wisconsin

Misha Tseytlin
Wisconsin Solicitor General 
Wisconsin Department of Justice 
Madison, Wisconsin 

Sandra B. Zellmer
Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law
Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, Nebraska​

​Key Questions to be Addressed​

  • What did the Supreme Court rule in Murr v. State of Wisconsin?
  • How will the decision in Murr affect future litigation?
  • Do strong legal protections for private property impede or enhance access to affordable housing?
  • When are local governments responsible under the Takings Clause for flood damage?
  • ​What is driving increased conflicts between private property rights and energy infrastructure expansion?
  • Are regulatory limits on water diversions a compensable taking?
  • How does Minnesota takings doctrine diverge from national takings law?

Conference co-​Sponsors

Vermont Law School

University of Minnesota Law School

Minnesota State Bar Association (Public Law, Real Property & Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Sections)

League of Minnesota Cities

Minnesota Association of City Attorneys

Association of Minnesota Counties

League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association

Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Greene Espel, PLLP

National Association of Attorneys General

Conference of Western Attorneys General

American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division

National Association of Counties

U.S. Conference of Mayors