If you happen to be in Austin this week, stop by and see me at the ALI-ABA Eminent Domain Conference. It starts Thursday, January 28 and runs through Saturday. I’ll be speaking Thursday afternoon on the condemnation of privately-held utility companies — an issue that’s certainly been in the press here in California recently. I’ll be speaking with Christopher Clough of Barron & Adler in Austin, and he’s been “in the trenches” on a number of utility-company condemnation issues in Texas.
Aside from my session, there will be a lot of good presentations, including a national eminent domain update by our friend Robert Thomas, author of inversecondemnation.com on Thursday morning, and an interview with the filmmaker for Little Pink House on Friday afternoon. (If for some strange reason you’re reading an eminent domain blog but don’t recognize the “little pink house” reference, I’ll leave you with a picture of Susette Kelo’s house from the center of the Supreme Court’s 2005 Kelo v. City of New London decision.)