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Event (7/30/2019): What the Supreme Court's Knick Decision Did and Did Not Change

What: Planning and Law Division Webinar in partnership with APA Learn

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Greene Espel attorney John Baker will co-present in a webinar titled What the Supreme Court's Knick Decision Did and Did Not Change. In June, a divided Supreme Court overturned part of a longstanding precedent that generally required plaintiffs alleging unconstitutional takings to first try and fail to obtain compensation under state law before pursuing a federal takings claim. Property-rights activists celebrated their one-vote win, but as a practical matter does the decision really change things for planners?

John, a founding member of the firm, regularly represents individuals and entities in state and federal appellate courts in Minnesota and beyond. John has presented oral argument on appeal more than 30 times, including to the Eighth Circuit, on the question that the Supreme Court later decided in Knick. He and his Greene Espel partner Katherine Swenson also co-authored the American Planning Association’s amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Knick case. As a thought leader on municipal law, land use, and constitutional law, John  has also written many amicus briefs for IMLA and other associations and organizations on questions of importance to public entities.


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