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2012 Takings Conference

Takings Conference 2012

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15th Annual Conference on
Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations

UC Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California

Friday, November 9, 2012

This conference explores the regulatory takings issue as it relates to land use and environmental regulations.  The conference brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss cutting-edge issues raised by recent decisions and pending court cases. Some of the topics to be discussed include the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States, recent and pending court cases arising from regulation of surface and groundwater resources, current issues in assessing the economic impact of regulatory action in takings cases, sea level rise due to climate change and its effects on coastal development, and the latest takings developments on the international stage including the current status of investor-state expropriation claims under international trade agreements.

Takings Conference 2012

Key Questions to be Addressed

Is the government liable for a taking for causing or contributing to flood damage?

Can government regulation of surface waters or groundwater lead to a takings claim?

How should the courts measure “economic impact” in takings cases?

How can regulators respond to the challenge of rising sea levels due to climate change?

How do the evolving takings standards in other countries and under international law differ from US takings standards?

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General Conference Documents


Conference Schedule

Friday, November 9

7:30 to 9:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 to 9:00
Introductory Program on Takings and
Related Constitutional Doctrines

Richard M. Frank, UC Davis School of Law
Robert Meltz, Congressional Research Service

9:00 to 9:15
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 to 10:35
Measuring the Economic Impact of Regulation
Steven J. Eagle, George Mason University School of Law
Hope Schmeltzer, California Coastal Commission
Daniel L. Siegel, California Department of Justice

10:35 to 11:40
Property and Climate Change
J. Peter Byrne, Georgetown University Law Center
Tim Eichenberg, San Francisco Bay Conservation and
Development Commission
Sean B. Hecht, UCLA School of Law

11:40 to 12:30
International Takings Issues
José Enrique Alvarez, NYU School of Law
Jane Dwasi, University of Nairobi

12:30 to 1:00

1:00 to 1:45
Keynote:  Brian E. Gray 
UC Hastings College of the Law

1:45 to 3:00
Regulating Surface Water
Joseph M. Feller, Arizona State University College of Law
Tara Mueller, California Department of Justice
Roderick E. Walston, Best, Best & Krieger LLP

3:00 to 3:15

3:15 to 4:00
Takings Claims Based on Flooding: 
Arkansas Game & Fish Commision

John D. Echeverria, Vermont Law School
R.S. Radford, Pacific Legal Foundation

4:00 to 5:30
Regulating Groundwater
John Leshy, UC Hastings College of the Law
Andrew S. Miller, Kemp Smith LLP
Dave Owen, University of Maine School of Law
Joseph L. Sax, UC Berkeley School of Law

General Information

Conference Location:
UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California


The following moderately priced hotels are in reasonable proximity to UC Hastings and are recommended for conference participants:

Hotel Abri
127 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA   94102
866-778-6169 |
$199/night plus taxes
Please reserve by October 8 to ensure availability.
When calling for reservations, refer to the “Takings Conference.”

Villa Florence
225 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA   94102
800-553-4411 |
$179/per night plus taxes
Please reserve by October 18 to ensure availability.
When calling for reservations, refer to the “Takings Conference.”

Larkspur Hotel Union Square
524 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-983-6237 |
$149/night plus taxes (25 rooms available at this rate)
Please call as a soon as possible to obtain the guaranteed rate. When calling for reservations, refer to the “Takings Conference.”José Enrique Alvarez
Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law
New York University School of Law
New York, NY

Speakers are subject to change.

Cancellations/Rain Checks:    
Please email your cancellation notice to by 5:00 p.m. EST, November 5, 2012, for a refund (less $100 administrative fee).  Rain checks for a future program will be granted for cancellations received after November 5 and prior to the start of the program.

CLE Credits
Accreditation will be requested from the California Bar Association for 8.75 credits (based on a 60-minute hour).  UC Hastings College of the Law is an accredited CLE provider in the State of California.

For questions or registration help, please contact Ginny Burnham at
Vermont Law School:

Call 802-831-1215
Fax 802-831-1043

Conference Sponsors

Vermont Law School

UC Hastings College of the Law

Georgetown University Law Center

American Planning Association,
Planning and Law Division

California Department of Justice

California Environmental Law & Policy Center

League of California Cities

Conference of Western Attorneys General

Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California

International Municipal Lawyers Association

National Association of Counties

National League of Cities

National State Attorneys General Program at
Columbia Law School

UCLA Environmental Law Program

U.S. Conference of Mayors

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2012 Takings Conference
Environmental Law Center
Vermont Law School
PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT   05068

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