The Law Firm of Ackerman Ackerman & Dynkowski PC is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Alan Ackerman will participate in the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, sponsored by William & Mary Law School, in Beijing, China, October 14-15. The Conference brings together esteemed scholars, jurists, and practitioners from the United States and China to discuss the evolution of property rights on a global scale.
The conference is being held at and in cooperation with Tsinghua University School of Law, one of China’s top universities and law schools. Holding the conference in China “will foster a comparative framework for the discussion of property rights that is long overdue given the strong ties between the United States and China and China’s dynamic role in the world economy,” explained William & Mary Law School Professor Lynda Butler.
William & Mary Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas said the slate of participants comprised many scholars “whose work forms the foundation of contemporary American property law jurisprudence.” Mr. Ackerman will participate in a panel entitled “Reflections on Important Property Rights Decisions,” which will analyze some of United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s property rights decisions.
During the Conference, Justice O’Connor will receive the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize and will be a featured speaker. O’Connor served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006. She made history in 1981 as the first woman nominated to serve on the high court. Her widely cited dissenting opinion in Kelo v. City of New London (2005) has been hailed as a pivotal opinion in property law jurisprudence. She became Chancellor of the College of William & Mary following her retirement from the judiciary. A formal reception will be held on October 13 at the United States Embassy in Beijing to honor Justice O’Connor and the conference’s Chinese host, Tsinghua
University School of Law.
Mr. Ackerman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and his Master’s degree in 1971, both from Michigan State University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972. Ackerman is the past Chair of the Michigan Real Property Section Condemnation Law Committee, American Bar Association Real Property Section Condemnation Committee. He was on the owner’s counsel in Wayne County v. Hathcock, which reversed the Poletown decision. Ackerman has been an adjunct professor teaching eminent domain law at the University of Detroit Law School since 1983, and now serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law.