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Fall 2017
5297 Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights - HODGE/MAYFIELD- 25924

Professor(s): Justin Hodge (ADJUNCT)
Honorable Debra Ibarra Mayfield (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Real Property, Trusts and Estates 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

Course Outline: Texas is home to eight of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing cities and boasts five of the top
10 cities in the total number of new residents. This growth is not a new phenomenon.
Texas has added more residents than any other state since 2000. But what happens when
the infrastructure growth associated with the Texas population boom impacts private
property owners?
An inherent tension exists between public projects needed to accommodate Texas’s
expansive growth and fundamental property rights protected by the U.S. and Texas
Constitutions. Eminent domain—the power of a governmental entity (or those with its
delegated authority) to take private property and convert it into public use for just
compensation—is designed to balance public and private property interests. Class
discussions and reading assignments will explore whether the current eminent domain
framework protects property owners and the public. The subject is generally divided into
two interrelated parts: (1) the origins of eminent domain, public use, and public necessity;
and (2) “just” compensation (including evidentiary and procedural issues that impact

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Bar Course: No

Course Materials (4/13/2017 8:34:52 AM)

No book required for this course

Required Materials: Course-case Packet. Supplemental Materials will be circulated and/or posted electronically in advance of class and will consist of selected readings and case law from various Reference Materials.