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Takings Conference 2017

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

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

Conference Schedule

8:00 to 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 to 9:15 Introductory Program on Takings and Related Constitutional Doctrines

  • Robert Meltz, Defenders of Wildlife
  • 9:00 to 9:15 Welcome and Introductions

    9:15 to 10:45 Murr v. State of Wisconsin

  • John Groen, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Richard J. Lazarus, Harvard Law School
  • C. Ford Runge, University of Minnesota
  • Miriam Seifter, University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • Misha Tseytlin, Wisconsin Solicitor General
  • 10:45 to 11:00 BREAK

    11:00 to 12:15 Minnesota Takings Topics

  • Jean Coleman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kathryn Hoffman, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Brad Karkkainen, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Jay R. Lindgren, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • 12:15 to 12:45 Lunch

    12:45 to 1:30 Keynote: Arguing the Takings Issue in the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy United States Solicitor General
  • 1:30 to 1:45 BREAK

    1:45 to 2:45 Energy Facility Siting

  • Alexandra B. Klass, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Howard A. Roston, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Troy A. Rule, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2:45 to 3:45 Property Rights and Housing

  • J. Peter Byrne, Georgetown University Law Center
  • William A. Fischel, Dartmouth College
  • Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School
  • 3:45 to 4:00 BREAK

    4:00 to 5:00 Water and Takings

  • John M. Baker, Greene Espel PLLP
  • John D. Echeverria, Vermont Law School
  • Sandra B. Zellmer, Nebraska College of Law
  • 5:00 to 6:00 Reception

    University of Minnesota Law School
    Mondale Hall, Auerbach Commons
    Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Fredrickson & Byron, P.A., and Greene Espel LLP

    Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to change.

    CLE Credits

    Accreditation has been requested by University of Minnesota Law School for the State of Minnesota for 7.25 CLE Credits (based on a 60 minute hour). Materials for attorneys who intend to apply for CLE credits to other states will be provided on the conference website and by email. University of Minnesota Law School is an accredited CLE provider in most MCLE states.

    CM Credits

    This conference has been approved for 7.25 AICP Certification Maintenance credits.


    For questions or registration help, please contact Rebecca Milaschewski at Vermont Law School:
    Call: 802-831-1287
    Fax: 802-831-1140

    Cancellations/Rain Checks/Substitutions

    Please email your cancellation notice to by 5:00 p.m. EST, September 30, 2017, for a refund (less $100 administrative fee). Rain checks for a future program will be granted for cancellations received after October 15 and prior to the start of the program.


    The following hotels located in the vicinity of the law school have moderately priced rooms available for conference speakers and participants:

    Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
    1500 S Washington Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
    Call 877-699-3216 (refer to Vermont Law School Takings Conference)
    Please book rooms by September 7, 2017, to obtain conference rate.

    Aloft Minneapolis
    900 Washington Avenue South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
    Call 612 455 8400 (Reference: Univ. of MN discounted rate)
    To register online, go to and use 10966 under the SET/Corporate Account # to get the University of Minnesota room rate.

    Conference Sponsors

    Vermont Law School, Environmental Law Center

    University of Minnesota Law School


    CM Credits

    AICP members can earn 7.25 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for attending this entire conference. More information about AICP's CM program can be found at: