Shrinking coastline topic of lecture about property rights

Published: March 18th, 2014

Category: Announcements, InsideUF, Top Stories

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sea levels are rising, slowly but steadily encroaching on Florida’s coastline, affecting businesses and private property owners alike. So what happens when shorelines gradually move farther inland? Does the state own what was once land but is now covered in water? Does the original landowner have a constitutional right to lay claim to their original property line?

The seventh annual Wolf Family Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law will address these and other important property rights issues when University of California at Berkeley Law Professor Daniel A. Farber talks about “Property Rights and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities.” The lecture is 11 a.m. March 24 in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and the co-director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Life Member of the American Law Institute, Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press and as editor-in-chief of Issues in Legal Scholarship.

The Wolf Family Lecture Series was endowed by a gift from UF Law Professor Michael Allan Wolf, who holds the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, and his wife, Betty. Wolf is the general editor of a 17-volume treatise, ”Powell on Real Property.” The treatise is the most referenced real property treatise in the country and is cited regularly by the courts, including several citations in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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