June 1st, 2022 — By — In OCA Blog

Are You a Law Student Interested in Property Rights? If So, Consider Applying For the Toby Prince Brigham OCA Scholarship This Fall.

Owners’ Counsel of America was founded in 2000 by Toby Prince Brigham, one of the premier eminent domain lawyers in the country. After graduating from Yale University in 1956 and the University of Florida College of Law in 1959, Mr. Brigham devoted the next 54 years of his law practice exclusively to the defense of property rights on behalf of private landowners. At the time he began practicing law, eminent domain was not a special area of practice and few lawyers were experienced in handling such cases. In fact, Mr. Brigham was instrumental in developing the field of eminent domain and condemnation litigation as a focused and dynamic discipline—a practice area which is a unique blend of constitutional rights, civil rights, property rights, land use laws, valuation and appraisal theory, and trial advocacy. Through the ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, which he co-chaired for many years, Toby inspired a generation of practitioners to take up the cause of defending and protecting property owners from all manner of government takings.

In honor of Toby’s legacy of professionalism and achievement, in 2021 OCA established the Toby Prince Brigham OCA Scholarship to pay for all expenses of a second or third year law student to attend the ALI- CLE Eminent Domain conference and associated OCA events held annually in January or February. This unique scholarship affords the student the opportunity to learn about the substantive law of eminent domain and property rights, while also meeting and networking with the leading lawyers in these practice areas from across the country.

If you are a law student with a demonstrated interest in private property rights and would like to apply for or learn more about the Toby Prince Brigham OCA Scholarship, please contact Leslie Fields, Executive Director of OCA. You can reach Ms. Fields by email at ownerscounsel@gmail.com or by phone at 303-806-5155. Applications will be released in August and are due by October 1, 2022.

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