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

APA Minnesota Chapter


Friday, October 6, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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This program explores the takings issue as it relates to land use and environmental regulation. In addition to offering a basic education in takings law, the sessions bring together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss cutting-edge issues. The program will examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Murr v. State of Wisconsin which addressed the question of whether a local shoreland ordinance can require the merger of adjacent substandard lots when owned by the same person. The conference will also focus on current takings issues and controversies specific to Minnesota, such as the new buffer law. 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.

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John D. Echeverria

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John Echeverria is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he teaches Property, Federal Courts and a wide range of environmental and natural resource law courses. Prior to joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 2009, he served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental ... Read More

J. Peter Byrne

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J. Peter Byrne is the John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Professor Byrne joined the Law Center faculty in 1985. After graduation from the University of Virginia law school, he served as ... Read More

Myron Orfield

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Professor Myron Orfield is the Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. He has written three books and dozens of articles and book chapters on local government law, spatial inequality, fair housing, school desegregation, charter schools, state and local taxation and finance, and land use law. The syndicated columnist Neal ... Read More

John Baker

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John M. Baker is one of the founding partners of Greene Espel PLLP in Minneapolis. He has represented cities, counties, planning officials, and other public officials for over 25 years. He also taught land use law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul from 2006 to 2014. He ... Read More

Troy A. Rule

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Troy A. Rule is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Professor Rule teaches Property, Secured Transactions and Energy Law & Policy. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law ... Read More

William A. Fischel

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William A. Fischel is a long-time professor in the Dartmouth College Economics Department and he is also Robert C. 1925 and Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies. Professor Fischel has applied economic analysis to the takings question and various land use issues, most notably in Zoning Rules! The Economics of ... Read More

Brad Karkkainen

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Brad Karkkainen is the Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Professor Karkkainen is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of environmental and natural resources law. After visiting at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2003, Professor Karkkainen ... Read More

Richard J. Lazarus

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Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources Law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts. Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in 40 cases ... Read More

Kathryn Hoffman

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Kathryn Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kathryn joined MCEA in 2010 as Staff Attorney and works to support energy and mining issues. She was named Executive Director in January 2017. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School ... Read More

Sandra B. Zellmer

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Sandra B. Zellmer is the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law at the Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sandra Zellmer began teaching at the College of Law in 2003. She teaches and writes about natural resources, water law, public lands, wildlife, environmental law, disaster law, and related topics ... Read More

Alexandra Klass

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Professor Alexandra B. Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric ... Read More

Robert Meltz

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Robert Meltz is Special Counsel with Defenders of Wildlife. For 40 years, he was Attorney-Adviser with the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, where he had responsibility for advising Congress on takings issues, property rights legislation, and environmental law. In that capacity, he testified before congressional committees on property right legislation and ... Read More

Jean Coleman

Confirmed Speaker

Jean Coleman is an attorney and land use planner with over two decades of experience working with local governments in Minnesota, the upper Midwest, and Northeast states on land use and natural resource issues. Ms. Coleman taught the environmental sustainability policy clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School for ... Read More

C. Ford Runge

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C. Ford Runge is director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) and a Professor of Applied Economics and Law at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and writing interests concentrate on trade and natural resources policy. Mr. Runge received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at ... Read More

Jay R. Lindgren

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Jay R. Lindgren is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Lindgren is a nationally recognized legal expert in innovative finance and regulatory strategies for urban redevelopment and public infrastructure projects. He practices in the areas of Land Use and Project Development, Municipal Law and Public Finance ... Read More

William Lazarus

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Mr. Lazarus is an Assistant Chief in the Appellate Section of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Chicago, and a 1982 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Following law school, Mr. Lazarus was a ... Read More

Howard A. Roston

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Howard A. Roston is a Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, PA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Roston’s practice includes a broad real estate litigation and transactional focus. His clients include both international and local real estate individuals and companies. He has successfully tried scores of condemnation cases, before both court-appointed commissioners ... Read More

Miriam Seifter

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Miriam Seifter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Madison, Wisconsin. Miriam Seifter teaches and writes in the fields of administrative law, federalism, energy law, and property law. Her recent work focuses on the role of states and interest groups in the federal regulatory process ... Read More

Misha Tseytlin

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Misha Tseytlin became Wisconsin Solicitor General in December 2015. Tseytlin previously served as General Counsel in the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, where he specialized in litigation challenging unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful overreach by the Federal Government. Prior to joining General Patrick Morrissey’s staff in West Virginia, Tseytlin ... Read More

John Groene

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