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Rights on Land and Water: Takings Law Conference to Explore Environmental Regulations

November 15, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School and Georgetown University Law Center will co-host the 14th annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations on Friday, Nov. 18, in Washington, D.C.Image of John Echeverria

The conference will bring together some of the nation's leading scholars and practitioners to discuss cutting edge issues raised by recent and pending court cases and new initiatives involving land use and environmental regulation.

Key questions to be asked:
• Is the government liable for a taking for causing or contributing to the flooding of private lands?
• Does a lack of "reasonable investment-backed expectations" bar a takings claim?
• Can courts and litigators make sense of the notoriously muddy Penn Central analysis?
• What novel and difficult takings problems is climate change likely to produce?
• How do private rights in land and water differ, and what are the implications of these differences for takings litigation?

Professor John Echeverria, one of the nation's top experts on takings law, is available to comment at 802.831.1386 or

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235,

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