For the lawyers out there: on Monday, November 3 at 8:30 am, the Municipal Art Society is holding a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course, titled “Public Use After Kelo: The Continuing Debate Over 5th Amendment Takings Jurisprudence.”

This course will discuss the evolution of the public use clause of the 5th Amendment, tracing its evolution up through the Supreme Court’s now famous 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London. Panelists include Matthew Brickerhoff, who argued for the plantiffs in Goldstein vs. Pataki, the eminent domain case dealing with the Altantic Yards development.

The panel will revisit Kelo, as well as the implications of Justice Stevens’ reminder that “nothing in [the Court’s] opinion precludes any State from placing further restrictions on its exercise of the takings power.” Panelists will discuss legislative responses to the Supreme Court’s ruling, as well as recent public use litigation in state and lower federal courts. The program will conclude with a discussion of what changes, if any, should be made to New York’s own law of eminent domain.

Details after the jump.


  • Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Esq., Deputy Chief, Tax & Bankruptcy Litigation Division, New York City Law Department
  • Matthew Brinckerhoff, Esq., Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
  • William Heinzen, Esq., Deputy Counselor to the Mayor of New York City


  • David Schnakenberg, Ralph C. Menapace Jr. Fellow in Urban Land Use Law, Municipal Art Society

CLE Credit: 2 Hours in Areas of Professional Practice, All Attorneys.
*Accreditation application pending

Cost: MAS members – $125.00. Non-members – $150.00. Gov’t/Student/Non-Profit – $75.00.

Registration: Download registration form. For further information please contact