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The 2018 Land Use Institute, April 19-20, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is proud to announce that it is partnering with the ABA Land Use Institute as a presenting sponsor for its 2018 conference at the University of Detroit School of  Law on April 19-20, 2018.  Daniel Dalton will be speaking on religious land use and zoning issues both days of the conference. Come and learn from the best land use attorneys in the nation on all land use related topics.  The forum is a wonderful place to learn, network and have fun.  The agenda and faculty is noted below.  We look forward to seeing you in our home town in April.

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

Download a printable pdf brochure with the complete schedule and other information

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, MI

Daniel P. Dalton, Dalton & Tomich,  PLC. 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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