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Spring 2018 Environmental Distinguished Lecture

On February 7, we were delighted to welcome Columbia Law School’s Thomas Merrill to campus. Merrill, the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law, is one of the nation’s preeminent property law scholars and writes widely in the fields of property and administrative law. He provided the Spring 2018 Environmental Distinguished Lecture, “The Supreme Court’s Regulatory Takings Doctrine: Common-Law Constitutionalism Runs Aground.” 

Merrill spoke to students, professors and practitioners about some of the Court’s most recent decisions from the perspective that constitutional law has come to resemble common law.

Before entering academia, Merrill served as deputy solicitor general for the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced at Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in Chicago. He also clerked for the Honorable David L. Bazelon, of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and for the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, of the U.S. Supreme Court. Merrill previously taught at Northwestern Law School and Yale Law School. 

If you were unable to attend the lecture, you may view it here

Thomas Merrill
 Thomas Merrill, the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School