Conference and hotel registration for the 32d Annual Land Use Institute (April 19-20, 2018, Detroit, Michigan) now ongoing! Register here for the 2018 LUI in what the New York Times calls "the most exciting city in America."


The Agenda and Faculty list is posted here. Download a printable pdf brochure with the complete schedule and other information


This venerable two-day conference will be held at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, in conjunction with the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law and the ABA Public Contracts Section's Spring "Renaissance in Detroit" Conference (April 19-22).


The hotel for both conferences is the Westin Book Cadillac, in the heart of downtown Detroit. Hotel reservations here.  


The 2018 Babcock keynote address, "The Role of Planning and Law in Solving Homelessness" will be presented by Wendie Kellington.


Other featured speakers: Dennis Archer, former Detroit Mayor (and Past President of the American Bar Association); Neisen Kasdin, former Mayor of the City of Miami Beach; Jared Fleischer, Quicken Loans; and Maurice D. Cox, Director, Planning & Development, City of Detroit. And, as always, a renown national faculty of land use law practitioners, scholars, jurists, and public officials

April 19-20, 2018

For the 2018 Land Use Institute (April 19-20, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan), Planning Co-chairs Frank Schnidman and Dean Patricia Salkin have assembled a national faculty, and an agenda which covered numerous areas, including: Affordable Housing; Agricultural Land; Comprehensive Planning; Development Agreements; Eminent Domain; Environmental Justice; Exactions; First Amendment; Historic Preservation; Impact Fees; Moratoria; Non-Conforming Uses; Takings; Variances; Vested Rights and Wetlands. Details of the 2018 program here. Printable brochure will be posted soon.




Planning Chair Frank Schnidman invites you to Detroit


Local government land use decisions affect economic development and quality of life. They can also create major challenges to efforts by property owners to develop and use their property, as well as to residents as they cope with growth and change. This program is designed for attorneys, professional planners, and government officials involved in land use planning, zoning, permitting, property development, conservation and environmental protection, and related litigation. It not only addresses and analyzes the state-of-the-art efforts by government to manage land use and development, but also presents the key issues faced by property owners and developers in obtaining necessary governmental approvals. In addition, the entire approach of the program is to provide practice pointers that give immediate “take home value.”


Young lawyers and those new to the land use practice (or those who would like a refresher) will find this program very valuable. We have scheduled special events focusing on mentorship and networking to help you build your knowlege and expand your network!


This outstanding program features:


  • Preeminent faculty of practitioners and academics who provide nationwide perspective without losing sight of state specific issues;
  • Critical review and analysis of the most important new cases;
  • Practice-oriented discussion of basics and “hot” topics
  • Guidance on routine and complex procedural issues; and
  • Outstanding networking opportunities, including continental breakfast, breaks and a reception for registrants and faculty.
2018 LUI Brochure
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