Innovative Cities Lecture – The Basics of Land Use Law and an Introduction to the Ultimate Exercise of Land Control-Takings!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

Dr. Kirk Harris, M.P.A., J.D., Ph.D., Esq. and Department of Urban Planning facutly member, will be delivering a lecture titled: The Basics of Land Use Law and an Introduction to the Ultimate Exercise of Land Control-Takings!. The lecture will provide participants with an understanding of the origin of municipal authority with respect to land use control; offer insight into the constitutional scope and constraints on municipal land use regulation; and provide an introduction to the law of eminent domain.

The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, with 15 minutes reserved for questions afterward.

An RSVP to is kindly requested, but not required.

About Dr. Kirk Harris:
Dr. Harris is a faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr. Harris has been working on issues related to families and communities for 20 years, as a Legal Services lawyer, a non-profit executive, a community advocate, and as a national keynote speaker. During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Dr. Harris served on then Sen. Obama’s Metropolitan and Urban Policy Committee, charged with managing the campaign's public policy platform. For four years, Dr. Harris served as the national facilitator for the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, a consortium of the country’s leading fatherhood organizations. In addition to that role, Dr. Harris has worked closely with White House staff of the Obama administration and other national leaders on issues related to fathers and families. Dr. Harris is considered a national expert in the areas of public policy related to responsible fatherhood, family support practice, community building and development, parent-engagement and leadership and anti-poverty strategies. In his capacity as a national expert, Dr. Harris has testified before Congress on issues related to fatherhood, family strengthening and community building.

Dr. Harris possesses a master of public administration degree from the Martin School of Public Policy and Public Administration, University of Kentucky, a law degree from Thomas Jefferson Law School and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr Harris is a member of the Georgia, Washington, DC and US Supreme Court Bars.

Students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University are all invited to attend. APA members who are AICP certified and attend any Innovative Cities lecture will receive 1 AICP Certificate Maintenance (CM) credit. A pizza lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Pizza lunch and refreshments are provided.

Transit Information:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee area is in a walkable, bike-able, urban neighborhood that is served by several transit lines, including the Milwaukee County Transit System, Badger Bus, and Wisconsin Coach Lines. Please consider utilizing public transit to get to UWM and avoid the hassle of parking.

Questions, comments?
Please contact Brian Peterson, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at