Colorado Eminent Domain Practice

November 2017
Colorado Eminent Domain Practice
Co-sponsored by BOOKS IN ACTION  
Program Description:
In the morning session, we will cover eminent domain basics, including legal authority to condemn, good faith negotiations, public use, and the determination of just compensation. In the afternoon session, these concepts will be underscored by two breakout panels, one consisting of condemning entity and landowner lawyers, and the other of expert real estate appraisers.
Who Should Attend:
Real Estate, Eminent Domain, Government, and Land Use Lawyers
CBA-CLE Publications to Watch For:
Colorado Real Estate Forms, Second Edition ZCREFB16B
Colorado Real Estate Practice, ZCREPB17B

8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introduction
9:10 am
Origin and history of the power of eminent domain
- Where does the power come from?
- Who has the right to exercise the power?
- How does the law of condemnation balance the needs of the public against the rights of private property owners?  
Presented by Leslie A. Fields, Esq.  
10:00 am
Networking Break
10:15 am
Requirements and safeguards for exercising the power of eminent domain
- Legal authority
- Condemning for a public use
- Necessity for the taking
- Good faith negotiations
- Payment of just compensation
Presented by Leslie A. Fields, Esq. and Jack Sperber, Esq.   
11:15 am
Public Use Clause
- How has the meaning of the term "public use" evolved over time
- Historical context that led to the Kelo decision
- Resulting state backlash to exerting the power for private purposes and economic redevelopment
Presented by Leslie A. Fields, Esq. and Sarah Kellner, Esq.
12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Lunch on Your Own  
1:15 pm
Just Compensation Clause
- How is just compensation determined?
- What does "fair market value” mean?
- The basis for and calculation of damages to remaining property
Presented by Leslie A. Fields, Esq.   
2:15 pm
Panel Discussion of Condemnee and Condemnor Lawyers  
Two veteran eminent domain trial lawyers will discuss a variety of topics and take questions concerning eminent domain cases from the perspective of a condemning entity and a private landowner. Examples of likely topics include
- Balancing public and private issues
- Effective negotiations
- Themes in a condemnation case
- Attorney fees
- Working with appraisers and experts
Presented by Donald M. Ostrander, Esq. and Brandee Caswell, Esq.
3:15 pm
Networking Break
3:30 pm
Panel Discussion of Appraisers and Valuation Experts
Two experienced eminent domain real estate appraisers will discuss a variety of topics and take questions concerning
- Unique aspects of eminent domain cases
- Valuation methodologies
- Damages to remainder
- Larger parcel
- Undivided fee rule
- Cross-examination issues
- Preparing for deposition testimony
Presented by Larry W. Stark, MAI, CRE and David B. Clayton, MAI
4:30 pm
Location Information
CLECI Large Classroom
1900 Grant Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
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Registration Fees
Non Member $518.00
CBA Member $478.00
CLEACCESSPASS---ELITE Pass Holder $159.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $239.00
CLE Basic Pass Holder $159.00
  • General Credits: 6.00
  • Ethics Credits:
Start Date - End Date
November 16, 2017
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Location
CLECI Large Classroom
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Sponsor Information

CLE Elite and Basic Pass Holders: Special Program Price!
Class Materials: Colorado Eminent Domain Practice, 2nd Edition by Leslie A. Fields! 14 Essential Forms Included!