The Environmental Law Program hosted the 18th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulation, known as “The Takings Conference,” on September 25. This annual event brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss issues related to land use, environmental rules, and other forms of economic regulation. The conference changes location each year, and it was held at Maryland to recognize the contributions of Professor Robert Percival and Professor Michael Pappas to the field.
Professor Percival delivered the conference’s keynote address entitled "Ways Not to Think About Regulatory Takings: Professor Tribe and Why Takings Issues Will Outlive Plastic Trees.” Professor Pappas discussed his recent research into takings claims based on government failure to regulate.
The conference also addressed the practical implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent takings decisions, pending takings issues before the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the significance of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Kelo v. City of New London on its 10th anniversary. Panels highlighted potential takings issues arising from government efforts to deal with flooding and other disasters as well as local government access to insurance against takings claims.
Selected proceedings will be published in the Maryland Law Review.