Prominent Michigan Eminent Domain Attorney To Speak at Annual Property Rights Conference

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Michigan-based attorney Alan Ackerman will speak at the 9th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia this week.

Alan T. Ackerman will speak at the 9th Annual Brigham-Property Rights Conference.

Alan T. Ackerman will speak at the 9th Annual Brigham-Property Rights Conference.

The Owners' Counsel of America is pleased to announce that eminent domain attorney, Alan T. Ackerman, Esq., will take part in the Ninth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 11-12, 2012. Mr. Ackerman will participate in a panel focusing upon how the judiciary shapes the law by the manner in which it defines takings and issues relating to the power of eminent domain. His article “Incorporation of the Right to Just Compensation: The Fourteenth Amendment vs. The Takings Clause” will be published in the inaugural volume of the Conference Journal.

The Conference is sponsored by William & Mary Law School and is renowned for its outstanding panel discussions assembling members of the bench, bar, and academia. Each year, the Conference awards the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize to an individual whose work has advanced the cause of property rights and contributed to the overall awareness of the important role property rights occupy in the broader scheme of individual liberty. The Conference, Prize and Conference Journal are named in recognition of Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner for their lifetime contributions to defending the right of private property ownership, their efforts to advance the constitutional protection of property, and their accomplishments in preserving the important role that private property plays in protecting individual and civil rights.

James Krier, the Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law at The University of Michigan Law School, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize. “Professor Krier is an outstanding scholar who has been a pioneer in the study of the evolution of American property rights,” explained Ackerman. “Krier has recognized that property rights are intrinsic to liberty and that the study of property is a study of both economics and societal action,” he said.

Mr. Ackerman is Managing Partner of Ackerman, Ackerman & Dynkowski, PC, a nationally recognized eminent domain and property rights law firm with offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Ackerman received both his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master's degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the past Chair of the Michigan Real Property Section, Condemnation Law Committee and the American Bar Association Real Property Section, Condemnation Committee. Mr. Ackerman defended against the use of eminent domain for economic development representing one of the property owners in Wayne County v. Hathcock (2004) in which the Michigan Supreme Court reversed the infamous Poletown decision. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching eminent domain law at the University of Detroit Law School since 1983, and now holds the position of adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law.

Mr. Ackerman writes and lectures extensively on eminent domain law and property rights. His written work has appeared in such notable publications as The ABA Journal, National Petroleum News, Marine Business Journal, Michigan State University Law Review, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, American Society of Appraisers Journal, and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Additionally, Mr. Ackerman authors the National Eminent Domain Blog,, and the Federal Eminent Domain Blog, In 2011, Mr. Ackerman travelled to Beijing, China as a panelist in the 8th Annual, and first international, Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference.


The Owners’ Counsel of America is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of private property owners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with Owners’ Counsel are in private practice in nearly every state and represent property owners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, redevelopment authorities and other entities that may be armed with eminent domain power.

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