Property Owners’ Rights Conference

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The public is invited to attend an educational seminar to discuss the rights of Texas property owners facing condemnation and eminent-domain proceedings.

The greater Bryan/College Station region is subject to numerous proposed infrastructure projects—new highways, high-speed rail, high-voltage-electric transmission lines, and high-pressure natural gas or oil pipelines—that will require the use of eminent-domain power.

The public is invited to attend an educational seminar to discuss the rights of Texas property owners facing condemnation and eminent-domain proceedings. The U.S. and Texas Constitutions protect Texas property owners who are the subject of condemnation proceedings. Landowners have a constitutional right to recover for the loss in value to the property caused when the government takes land for infrastructure projects. Come listen, learn, and have your questions answered by distinguished panelists.

Where: Hilton (801 University Drive East, College Station)

When: May 9, at 9am – 12noon

What: Discussions by experts in the field of eminent domain and legislative reform

9am Introduction and welcome.

9:15am Ross Giesinger, Legislative Director and General Counsel for Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst. Mr. Giesinger will address current legislative reform efforts regarding eminent domain, including Senate Bill 474.

9:45am Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Professor of Agricultural Law at Texas A&M University. Mrs. Lashmet will speak on the topics of easement negotiation and easement rights.

10:15am Panel Discussion regarding eminent domain and its impact on Texas property owners. Real estate appraisers discuss valuation issues. Representatives from organizations that focus on protecting private property rights offer additional perspectives.

10:45am Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge, partners with Johns Marrs Ellis and Hodge LLP. Mr. Ellis and Mr. Hodge represent Texas property owners that have land taken by eminent domain. They will discuss what to expect in an eminent domain lawsuit, including common legal procedure and valuation questions.

11:30am Question and Answer session with audience.

Basic refreshments will be provided (coffee & water). RSVP is not required but appreciated. For RSVP, questions, and concerns feel free to call (512) 215-4078.