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Prof. David Callies '65 Publishes Eminent Domain

December 4, 2011

103154December 4, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — David L. Callies, Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law and 1965 graduate of DePauw University, is co-author of Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law. Published by the American Bar Association, the book "is written by leaders in the field and will introduce general practitioners working for condemnors and property owners alike to the many intricacies of condemnation practice," notes a synopsis.

It adds, "Eminent domain has a long and distinguished legal history, dating from the first limits on sovereign power in the Magna Carta. Just compensation is a newer concept, and court decisions such as Kelo v. New London make the exercise of eminent domain controversial. Can government condemn property to increase its tax base? Can the state transfer property from one private owner to another for incidental public benefit, and does this constitute 'public use'? While eminent domain traditionally was used to acquire property for roads, waterways, defense 103156installations, government and public buildings, and the interstate highway system, it has recently been a favored tool in developing urban areas, creating shopping malls, and building big-box retail stores."

Order the book here.

A political science major at DePauw, Callies went on to earn graduate degrees from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and the University of Nottingham (LL.M.). He has authored many other books, including the recently released A Concise Introduction to Property Law; Property and the Public Interest and Preserving Paradise: Why Regulation Won't Work.

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