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Daniel Selmi

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While in law school, Daniel Selmi was comments editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Selmi was appointed a deputy attorney general for the State of California, serving from 1976-83 in the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law Sections. A lecturer at the University of California Irvine in 1979-80 and an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 1981-83, he joined Loyola's full- time faculty in 1983 and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1990-93. He has also served as reporter to the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Central District of California, and during the 1993-94 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C.

Professor Selmi is co-editor of the six volume treatise, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice and co-author of the casebook Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials . Over his career he has briefed over 30 appellate cases involving environmental and land use law, and he argued over 20 of those in the appellate court, including three in the California Supreme Court. He coaches the Law School 's student teams entered in the annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Negotiation Competition.

Professor Selmi has been a panelist on numerous occasions at the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Conference at Yosemite . He has also been a panelist at both the Annual California Land Use Law and Planning Conference and the Los Angeles County Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual “Super-Symposium”. Most recently, he was a panelist at the First and Second Annual “Little NEPA” Conferences, sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has been a regular lecturer at the “Western Environmental Boot Camp,” sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, which educates new practitioners in the field of environmental law.

BA, Santa Clara University
JD, magna cum laude, Santa Clara University
MPA, Harvard University


James Kushner

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James Kushner is an internationally recognized expert in land use, community development and constitutional law whose numerous publications stand as some of the most highly regarded treatises on the art, science and law of urban planning. Among his most recent books are The Post-Automobile City, Comparative Urban Planning Law, and the latest editions of Subdivision Law and Growth Management, Housing And Community Development, Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials, Government Discrimination: Equal Protection Law and Litigation, and Fair Housing: Discrimination In Real Estate, Community Development and Revitalization.

Early in his career, Professor Kushner served as director of housing for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Ohio, as managing attorney of the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid and Defender Society of Greater Kansas City, and as project attorney for the Earl Warren Legal Institute's National Housing and Economic Development Law Project in Berkeley.

While serving in those capacities, Professor Kushner also taught as a member of the adjunct faculties of several law schools. He joined Southwestern's full-time faculty in 1975, and in recent years was honored with the Buchalter and Rosenberg Professorships at the law school. Professor Kushner has also been in demand as a visiting professor at law schools around the country, as well as the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Dortmund University School of Regional Planning, and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Over the past decade, Professor Kushner has served as an advisor on fair housing enforcement, law and policy to the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development and other government entities. A former president of the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, he has served on numerous executive boards, including those of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Constitutional Law, Local Government Law, and Poverty Law.

B.B.A., Finance and Economics, University of Miami, 1967
J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1968


Edward Ziegler

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Professor Ziegler is a founder and past president of the  Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a frequent speaker and noted scholar on zoning, urban planning law, and sustainable development. Professor Ziegler has published in professional journals throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, China, India, Spain, Chile, Colombia and Great Britain. His writings, which include the teaching casebook Land Use Regulation, published by Aspen Co., and the five-volume treatise Rathkopf’s The Law of Zoning and Planning, published by Thomson-West, are cited and quoted in leading teaching casebooks and are widely cited in land use cases by state appellate courts as well as by the United States Supreme Court.  Professor Ziegler's consulting, research projects, and lectures on land use planning have included projects for the French Ministry of the Interior, the Pantheon-Sorbonne University of Paris I, the Institute for the Study of Public Law at the University of Barcelona in Spain, the European Network for Housing Research based in Sweden, the Federal Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Shanghai Institute of Urban Planning and Design in China. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the World Congress for the Renewable City based in Sydney, Australia and was recently selected as a European Union Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar for 2009 in the field of urban planning law and sustainable development.

In the United States, his work has ranged from projects for the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the Port of Dutch Harbor on the Bering Sea and Anchorage, Alaska, to research on New York City's special zoning districts and Florida's Reedy Creek Improvement District, which manages development of Disney World. He has been involved in research projects or symposia for the Center for the Study of American and Comparative Law, the Southwest Legal Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, The Conservation Foundation, the American Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has also served as a consultant to the United States’ Senate Judiciary and Senate Public Works and the Environment Committees on matters related to land use and private property rights.

B.A., University of Notre Dame
J.D., University of Kentucky Law School
LL.M., in public law with highest honors, National Law Center of George Washington University


Joseph F. C. DiMento

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Photo - Joseph F. C. DiMento Joseph F. C. DiMento is Professor of Law at UC Irvine with joint appointments in Planning and in Criminology, Law & Society.  He received his PhD [urban and regional planning] and JD from the University of Michigan after he served as Assistant Director in the Ann Arbor Model Cities program. His areas of research are land use, environmental law, international environmental law, urban planning and international law, and he teaches in each of these areas.  His latest books are DiMento J. and Ellis C., Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways (MIT Press, 2013), DiMento, J. and Doughman, P. (eds), Climate Change: What it Means to Us, Our Children and Our Grandchildren, 2nd ed. (MIT Press), 2014. Professor DiMento was visiting faculty in the United States Department of Justice and worked on classic land use cases such as Nollan v. Coastal Commission. He has served as Director of Land management for UC Irvine and on the Planning and Transportation Commissions for the City of Irvine.


John Echeverria

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Photo - John Echeverria John Echeverria is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he teaches Property, Public Law and a wide range of environmental and natural resource law courses. Prior to joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 2009, he served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. He also was General Counsel of the National Audubon Society and General Counsel and Conservation Director of American Rivers, Inc., and was an Associate for four years in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. He served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia immediately after graduating from law school.

Professor Echeverria has written several books and numerous scholarly articles on environmental and natural resource law topics. He has published pieces for more general audiences in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has represented state and local governments, environmental organizations, and planning groups in a variety of legal matters at all levels of the federal and state court systems. In 2007, Professor Echeverria received the Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association to recognize outstanding excellence within the area of state and local government law over a lifetime of achievement. In addition to teaching at Vermont Law School, he has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Echeverria received a JD degree from the Yale Law School. He received a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as a BA degree from Yale College (summa cum laude).