2018 Land Use Institute
Agenda & Faculty



(All times are Eastern Standard Time)

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan


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Thursday, April 19, 2018


1:00 p.m.    Registration


1:30 p.m.    Welcome – Phyllis L. Crocker, Dean, University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law; Robert H. Thomas, Damon Key Leong Kupckak Hastert, and Chair ABA Section of State and  Local Government Law, Honolulu, HI; Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit, MI (Invited)


                    Course Overview  Mr. Schnidman


2:00 p.m.   Update on Planning, Land Use, and Eminent Domain  Moderator: Mr. Merriam; Panel: Mss. Agrimonti, and Rosenthal; Prof. Callies and Eagle; Messrs. Ackerman, Cope, Dalton and Gray


3:45 p.m.    Networking and Refreshment Break


4:00 p.m.     Ethical and Professionalism Considerations for the Land Use Practitioner and Government Lawyer – Moderator: Mr. Schnidman; Panel: Ms. Salkin and Mr. Brown


 6:00 p.m.     Adjourn for the Day


 6:30 p.m.      Welcome Reception  Held jointly with the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law and ABA Section of Public Contracts Conference and other co-sponsor organizations. Location: Clark Hill PLC, 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500, Detroit. 



Friday, April 20, 2018


8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m.         Federal Laws, Regulations, and Programs Affecting Local Land Use Decision Making Moderator: Mr. Gowder; Panel: Mss. Agrimonti, Kellington, Powers and Rosenthal; Messrs. Cope, Dalton, Gray, Merriam, and Thomas


10:30 a.m.       Networking Break


10:45 a.m.    Annual Richard F. Babcock Faculty Keynote Address: “The Role of Planning and Law in Solving Homelessness” – Introduction by Mr. Schnidman; Speaker: Ms. Wendie Kellington; Response Panel: Ms. Rosenthal, Mr. Gray and Prof. Eagle


12:00 noon      Lunch Break (Sponsored On-Site Box Lunch)


Women in the Law Luncheon Session

(Co-Chairs Mss. Rosenthal and Salkin)


Young Practitioners Luncheon Session

(Co-Chairs Messrs. Merriam and Gowder)




Nuts and Bolts of Land Use Practice: Eminent Domain, Vested Rights and Regulatory Takings: Where Are We Now – Moderator: Mr. Thomas; Panel: Prof. Eagle; Messrs. Ackerman and Roston

Public Private Partnerships – Moderator: Ms. Chumbler; Panel: Messrs. Kasdin, and Marquez


Climate Change and Resilient Development – Moderator: Ms. Powers; Panel: Messrs. Gowder and Merriam



  2:30 p.m.  Networking and Refreshment Break





Nuts and Bolts of Land Use Practice: Client Representation-Developer, Government and Citizen Groups – Moderator Mr. Thomas; Panel: Ms. Agrimonti; Mr. Kasdin


Autonomous Vehicles-Local Planning for Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Moderator: Mr. Gowder; Panel: Ms. Kellington; Mr. Merriam


Housing Supply and Affordability – Planning Alternatives and Legal Consequences – Moderator: Ms. Salkin; Panel: Prof. Callies, and Messrs. Gray and Marquez


 4:15 p.m.        Networking Break


4:30 p.m.         The Land Use Issues Impacting the Fall and Rise of Downtown Detroit


Moderator: Ms. Massaron


Michael McLauchlan, Vice President for Government Relations, Ilitch Holdings, Detroit, MI


Jared Fleischer, Vice President of Government Relations, Quicken Loans, Detroit, MI


Maurice D. Cox, Director, Planning & Development Department, Detroit, MI


Response Panel:


Dennis W. Archer, Former Mayor, Detroit, MI; Former ABA President; Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit, MI; Chairman and CEO, Dennis W. Archer, PLLC, Detroit, MI


Neisen Kasdin, Former Mayor, Miami Beach, FL; Managing Partner, Akerman, Miami, FL


6:00 p.m.         Adjournment


6:30 p.m.         Optional Downtown Detroit Tour with Section of State and Local Government Law (Details to be Announced)


7:00 p.m.         Optional Dinner with Section of State and Local Government Law - Texas de Brazil, 100 Woodward Avenue (This is a ticketed event at $65/person.) https://texasdebrazil.com/locations/detroit/


Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 11.5, including 2 hours of Ethics




Planning Chair (also on faculty)
Frank Schnidman, former Distinguished Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and former John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Planning Co-Chair (also on faculty)
Patricia E. Salkin, Provost for the Graduate and Professional Division, Touro College, New York, NY




Alan T. Ackerman, Ackerman Ackerman & Dynkowski, P.C., Bloomfield Hills, MI


Lisa M. Agrimonti, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, MN


Dennis W. Archer, Former Mayor of Detroit (1986-1990 and 1994-2001); Former ABA President; Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Chairman and CEO, Dennis W. Archer PLLC, Detroit


Christopher L. Brown, Deputy Law Director, Mansfield, OH


David Callies, Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI


Martha Chumbler, Carlton Fields Jorden Bert, Tallahassee, FL


Ronald S. Cope, Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd., Chicago, IL


Maurice D. Cox, Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit, Detroit, MI


Daniel P. Dalton, Dalton & Tomich, Detroit, MI


Steven J. Eagle, Professor, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA


Jared Fleisher, Vice President of Government Affairs, Quicken Loans, Detroit, MI


W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., Austen & Gowder, Charleston, SC


Matthew S. Gray, Perkins Coie, San Francisco, CA


Neisen Kasdin, Akerman, Miami, FL


Wendie L. Kellington, Kellington Law Group PC, Lake Oswego, OR


Victor Marquez, The Marquez Law Group, San Francisco, CA


Mary Massaron, Plunkett Cooney, Detroit, MI


Michael McLauchlan, Vice President of Government Affairs, Ilitch Holdings, Detroit, MI


Dwight Merriam, Robinson + Cole, Hartford, CT


Erica L. Powers, Department of Geography & Planning, State University at Albany, Albany, NY


Deborah Rosenthal, FitzGerald Yap Kreditor, LLP, Irvine, CA


Howard Roston, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, MI


Robert H. Thomas, Damon Key Leong Kupckak Hastert, Honolulu, HI


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