Energy and Eminent Domain

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  September 16, 2019

Please join us for registration and lunch beginning at 12:00 PM,  followed by the CLE program from 12:15 – 1:15 PM.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Monday, September 16th.

This program is being held in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Law School Environmental and Energy Law Students (EELS) group. Section members are encouraged to speak with students during the lunch portion of the event.

This CLE examines the growing opposition to the use of eminent domain for energy transport projects such as oil pipelines, gas pipelines, and electric transmission lines. Such projects were protected from the state legislative reforms that restricted eminent domain following the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Kelo v. City of New London in 2005 but are now under increased scrutiny. This presentation evaluates why U.S. energy transport projects have become so controversial and suggests how states and the federal government should evaluate the need for eminent domain for these projects and enact appropriate reforms. Topics for discussion include the significant changes in the U.S. energy landscape that began in approximately 2007, just after the post-Kelo reforms had run their course; the potential consequences of the current backlash against eminent domain for energy transport projects; and ways for  policymakers, advocates, and others to reconsider the role of Kelo -style arguments in the context of energy transport projects and enact reforms that will allow critical energy projects to be built in a manner that better accommodates impacted communities and provides additional procedural rights and compensation for landowners. This presentation is based on a forthcoming law journal article: James W. Coleman & Alexandra B. Klass, Energy and Eminent Domain, Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).


Professor Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 276145 


Section Member:  $15.00
MSBA Member not in the section:  $20.00
Non-MSBA Member:  $25.00
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section and attend this CLE for FREE:  $32.00
MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE and get discounted future CLEs.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Tram Nguyen to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455