August 18, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 1

UF Law’s Nelson Symposium to host national and state experts in ‘dirt law’

Published: January 23rd, 2012

Category: Events, News

Nelson Symposium upcoming The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s 11th annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium could get dirty this year. That is, top national and state experts will be exploring recent and proposed changes in “dirt law” — real property law dealing with adverse possession, eminent domain, easements and mortgages — and their impact on landowners and local governments.

“Digging Up Some Dirt (Law)” will take place Friday, Feb. 10, at the UF Hilton Conference Center in Gainesville from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The symposium is co-sponsored by The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section and by The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Section.

Just in the past decade, there have been profound changes in real property law in America and it is important to understand the positive and negative impact of these changes. Among the topics to be explored will be recent legislative efforts to make it more difficult for trespassers to acquire land through adverse possession and for public entities to acquire title by eminent domain. Experts will also examine growing concerns regarding the use and abuse of conservation easements and the securitization of traditional and alternative mortgages.

“While some skeptics might think that concepts such as adverse possession and easements are relics of the past, the reality is that they have a real impact on people and places in the 21st century,” said Michael Allan Wolf, who is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at UF Law.

The symposium is named in honor of Richard E. Nelson, who served with distinction as Sarasota County attorney for 30 years, and his wife, Jane Nelson, two UF alumni who gave more than $1 million to establish the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, which is responsible for the annual event. Their support of the Levin College of Law’s Environmental and Land Use Program has been key to the program’s success and national recognition for excellence.

Registration and a $100 fee are required for the event. Students may attend free of cost, but registration is still required. The online registration form can be found here. The Nelson Symposium offers seven general CLE credits and seven certification credits in City, County, Local Government; State/Federal Government Administrative Practice; and Real Estate.

For more information, download the Nelson Symposium brochure.

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