University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 2, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, (251) 460-6360

USA Holds Public Forum on Eminent Domain Case


The University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business economics and finance department will host a free, public forum on an influential Supreme Court case on emient domain on Friday, March 5, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Mitchell College of Business, Room 264.

The presentation is made possible through a grant by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.  

The 2005 Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London said that the government can take an individual’s land and give it to other people or corporations. If local government decides that it is reasonable to take one’s land, the government can, regardless of the strength of the argument.

Two speakers will discuss the case. Robert Frommer will detail the history of eminent domain in the U.S. He serves as a staff attorney with the Institute for Justice. Before joining the institute, Frommer worked as an attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a clerk to Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

Edward Lopez will discuss the economics of eminent domain. He is an associate professor of law and economics at San Jose State University. Currently, Lopez serves as the vice president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Finance Education. He received his doctorate in economics from George Mason University.

No reservations are required for the March 5 event, and questions will be taken after the presentation. For more information, call Lissa Williams at (251) 460-7171 or e-mail Dr. David Mitchell, assistant professor of economics and finance, at


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