University of Michigan Law School Talk on Property Rights Since Kelo

On Thursday, March 14, I will be giving a talk on “Property Rights Since Kelo” at the University of Michigan Law School. The event will run from 11:45 to about 12:50.

I will cover both the legislative and judicial reactions to the Supreme Court’s controversial 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows government to take property from one private owner and give it to another simply on the basis that the new owner might promote “economic development” in the area. Much has happened since Kelo, which generated the broadest legislative reaction of any decision in Supreme Court history, with 44 states and the federal government passing eminent domain reform laws in its wake. While important progress has been made in protecting property owners, much remains to be done.

University of Michigan property Professor James Krier, coauthor of the widely-used Dukeminier and Krier property law textbook, will comment on my talk. The event is sponsored by the University of Michigan Law School Federalist Society.