Winter 2017


David Callies to Be Honored

University of Hawaii School of Law Professor and past Section Chair David Callies will be awarded the 2017 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize, awarded annually by William & Mary Law School. The Prize, named in honor of Toby Prince Brigham, a groundbreaking eminent domain lawyer, and property rights legal scholar Professor Gideon Kanner. The Brigham-Kanner Prize is awarded annually during the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, which will be held October 12–13, 2017, at the William & Mary College campus in Williamsburg, Virginia. All Section members are encouraged to attend the Conference to celebrate the awarding of the Prize.


Andy Gowder’s New Firm

After 30 years with the same firm where he was a summer law clerk, past Section Chair Andy Gowder has set off on a new adventure, forming a new partnership with his law school classmate, friend, and longtime law partner Jon Austen. Austen & Gowder, LLC will remain based in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, though up the peninsula a bit, in the same neighborhood where tech start-ups, nonprofits, microbreweries, design studios, barbeque joints, and artists are heading. The new partners are up-fitting a former garage and woodworking shop to house their offices, which features polished concrete floors, glass, wood, and midcentury modern furnishings—a complete break from the 19th century trappings of their former offices at 16 Charlotte Street.


Chair’s Message

I wish I could be a law student or young lawyer again, so I could do a “do over” and start out a member of the Section of State and Local Government when I first joined the ABA. Not that my career hasn’t gone well. It has! But, when I see and hear what membership in our Section does for a law student who thinks she might want to become a municipal lawyer or a young lawyer who wants to make a career move to focus on land use law, I am really envious. There are so many opportunities for mentoring, networking, writing for our several publications, and speaking at webinars and in-person CLE’s. You name it! We have committees for just about any state or local law topic you can think of.