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Symposium commemorates 25th anniversary of landmark case

From new beach-front properties to deepening ports to offshore drilling, the development of our coasts has dramatically increased in recent years. But with sea levels rising at increased rates and hurricanes consistently threatening populous coastal communities, coastal management has never been as vital. Twenty-five years ago, a landmark case from South Carolina was decided by the United States Supreme Court, and it changed how courts handle takings cases.

This November, the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, along with the University of South Carolina School of Law, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this case with a symposium and CLE, “Takings and Coastal Management a Quarter-Century after Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.”  

The symposium will bring practicing attorneys, regulators, policy makers, and public interest advocates together  with academic experts in real property, environmental, coastal, and administrative law. Over the course of two days, these experts will explore the law Lucas established and how that law has affected the  management of coastal property, both nationally and in the southeast. 

The third day of the symposium is optional and offers participants the opportunity to travel to Wild Dunes in Charleston,  South Carolina, where participants will visit the property at issue in Lucas and other nearby locations that provide interesting examples of legal issues associated with coastal development. 

This course has been approved for up to 10 CLE credits in South Carolina, with 8 CLE credits available for the first two days of the course, and an additional 2 CLE credits available for the third day in Charleston. CLE approval for other states is pending. 

Program co-sponsors include the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; the ABA Section of Litigation; and the South Carolina Bar.

Corporate sponsors include: Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; and Richardson Plowden.

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