Life After ‘Poletown’: What is the Future of Takings in America?

A Roundtable Discussion, Tuesday, November 16, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Chicago IL
Presented by the National Law Journal
and the
University of Chicago Law School

For 50 years, takings jurisprudence has been expanding toward broader definitions of "public purpose." To some, this has been necessary to eliminate urban blight, while others see it as a threat to home and hearth. The tide may have begun to turn this summer when the Michigan Supreme Court reversed the infamous Poletown decision — in which a town was taken and given to General Motors. Things certainly are coming to a head now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases: Kelo v. City of New London (a real property takings case) and Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (a regulatory takings case). But what is the right direction to take in shaping the scope of our government’s power to take private property? How courts answer that question will impact the role of government in the development of land and communities in the 21st century. Your home — or your city — could be at stake.

Alicia Mazur Berg
Vice President of Campus Environment, Columbia College (Former Commissioner of Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago)

Dana Berliner
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice

David Dana
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Northwestern University School of Law

Richard Epstein
James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Carla T. Main
Associate Editor
The National Law Journal

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The U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiorari in two controversial takings cases. For more reading on those cases, see the following briefs filed with the high court: