National Advisory Board
Robert H. Freilich, Esq.
Robert Freilich, Esq., Special Land Use Counsel in the national law firm of Miller Barondess, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, is at the forefront of comprehensive and growth management planning, redevelopment, annexation and regional service provision, zoning, public/private joint development, land use and taking litigation. During his distinguished career, Dr. Freilich has developed and implemented land use plans and systems for over 250 cities, counties and states from San Diego to Boston, and Seattle/Tacoma to the Florida Keys. Dr. Freilich is the National Editor of The Urban Lawyer and Director of the Annual Planning and Zoning Institute of the American Center For National and International Law. Dr. Freilich is the author of the leading casebook in the field; Cases and Materials on Land Use, West Publishing Company (4th Ed. 2004). Dr. Freilich received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and M.I.A., LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia University. In 1968, he became Hulen Professor in Urban Affairs and Planning at the University of Missouri. He has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (1984-1985), the London School of Economics (1974-1975), and the University of Miami School of Law (1996-1997).
Professor Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer
Professor Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer, Georgia State University College of Law, is the Professor of Law and Ben F. Johnson Jr., Chair in Law, will soon celebrate his 40th year of teaching law. He practiced law for two years with Squire, Sanders and Dempsey immediately after graduating from Duke Law School but left the practice to join the law faculty of Indiana University (Bloomington). He left there for additional law study in Europe and law teaching in Ethiopia. On his return to the U. S. he taught at Tulane University and then had a 30 year stint at the University of Florida before joining the Georgia State University faculty as its first endowed chair-holder. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at GSU’s sister institution, Georgia Institute of Technology. His teaching and research specialties are land use planning law, property law and comparative land use and environmental law and his books and articles on those topics are nearing 100 in number. They include a co-authored treatise/hornbook on Land Use planning and Development Law that is widely used by law and planning practitioners and frequently cited by courts including the Supreme Court. He is considered a pioneer in the development of impact fees and participated in formulation and litigation in regard to them in over 20 states. As a strong believer in the globalization of law and the legal profession, he has taught and lectured throughout Europe, North and South America, and Africa and has held the title of visiting professor at such foreign universities as the Universities of Frankfort, Aahus, Warsaw, Strasbourg, Limoges and British Columbia. His visiting appointments in the U.S. include Duke, Louisiana State University and Hastings College of Law.
Dwight H. Merriam, Esq., FAICP
Dwight H. Merriam, Esq., FAICP, CRE, heads Robinson & Cole’s nationally recognized Land Use Group in Hartford, Connecticut. He represents developers, local governments, landowners, and advocacy groups in land development and conservation issues. Mr. Merriam has published over 150 professional articles on land use law, coedited Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown and coauthored The Takings Issue. He is a Fellow and past president of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former director of the American Planning Association (APA) and a previous chair of APA’s Planning & Law Division. He is also a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and The Counselors of Real Estate, and he teaches land use law at Vermont Law School. He received his B.A. in sociology, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was also elected to Phi Kappa Phi. He received his master of regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. at Yale Law School.
Dr. Arthur (Chris) Nelson, AICP
Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning where he is also Director of Metropolitan Research.
For the past thirty years, Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in growth management, urban containment, public facility finance, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns. Numerous organizations have sponsored Dr. Nelson’s research such as the National Science Foundation National Academy of Sciences U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Transportation Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Fannie Mae Foundation American Planning Association National Association of Realtors and The Brookings Institution. His research and practice has led to the publication of nearly 20 books and more than 200 other scholarly and professional publications.
Prior to academia, Dr. Nelson managed his own West Coast consultancy in planning and management, and continues to provide professional planning services. In 2000, his professional planning, education, and research accomplishments were recognized as the first Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners elected based on a national (as opposed to state) process. In 2000-01, he served HUD as an expert on smart growth and growth management for the Clinton and Bush Administrations. In this capacity, he helped expand HUD’s research scholarship programs and create HUD’s doctoral fellowship program.
Dr. Nelson has earned three teaching honors at two universities (Kansas State University and twice at Georgia Tech), researcher of the year honors at a third (University of New Orleans), and scholarship honors at Virginia Tech. His books have shaped the field of impact fees, growth management, and urban containment. His papers have won national awards and international distinction. Dr. Nelson’s students have won numerous national awards including the national student project of the year award given by the American Institute of Certified Planners. His former doctoral students are becoming program chairs and research center directors across the US. Dr. Nelson has also received numerous commendations for his professional continuing education programs through which he has instructed more than 5,000 professionals in a variety of technical planning and facility financing subjects since the late 1990s.