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July 23rd, 2015 — By — In News & Events

OCA and The Counselors of Real Estate Announce a Webinar Today Focused on the Impact of the Controversial Kelo Decision

Today, Owners’ Counsel of America and The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE) will present our first cooperative webinar: Kelo v. New London: The Grasping Hand and Its Legacy at 12:30 PM (Eastern) / 11:30 AM (Central) / 10:30 AM (Mountain) / 9:30 AM (Pacific) / 6:30 AM (Hawaiian).  Participants can register here.

Our distinguished panel includes:

Anthony DellaPelle, Esq., CRE, Shareholder/Partner, McKirdy & Riskin, PA.
Tony has represented property owners in eminent domain, redevelopment and real estate tax appeal matters for more than 25 years.  He also has significant experience representing landowners in land use, zoning and planning matters.  He is the New Jersey member of OCA and a designated member of The Counselor of Real Estate.

Professor Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
Ilya has spoken and written extensively on the topic of eminent domain and public use.  In 2009, he testified on property rights issues at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  He is the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Jack Sperber, Esq., CRE, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels.
Jack represents property owners and condemning entities in eminent domain proceedings in Colorado and around the country.  Jack regularly writes and lectures at legal conferences and before trade associations.  He has served for many years as one of the planning chairs for the American Law Institute’s national eminent domain conference and is the Colorado representative of OCA and a designated member of The Counselor of Real Estate.

Robert H. Thomas, Director, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert.
Robert is a land use, property rights and appellate attorney focusing on regulatory takings, eminent domain, water rights, and voting rights cases.  He is a frequent speaker on land use and eminent domain issues and regularly publishes scholarly and practical articles in these practice areas.  He is a planning chair of the American Law Institute’s national eminent domain conference and also the Hawaii member of OCA.

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo changed the political physics of property rights,” said Andrew Brigham, Owners’ Counsel of America President and Florida member.  “While the Federal baseline under Kelo permits eminent domain takings for economic development and the transfer of private property to private entities, we have witnessed legislative reforms at the state level which restore private property rights and again allow the marketplace to determine who may benefit from investment-backed expectations.”

OCA is honored to collaborate with The Counselors of Real Estate to plan and host this webinar discussing the impact of the infamous and controversial Kelo decision during the ten year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case.

“Kelo v. New London: The Grasping Hand and Its Legacy” webinar will take place today, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM (HST), 9:30 AM (PDT), 10:30 AM (MDT), 11:30 AM (CST), 12:30 PM (EDT), 5:30 PM (BST) and will be 75 minutes in length.  To register visit here.

We hope that you will join us later today.