Johns, Ellis, and Hodge Lead the Way in Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights Law School Courses

May 12, 2016 | News

The University of Texas School of Law is offering the state’s first law school course devoted solely to eminent domain law, and the University of Houston Law Center will be starting a similar course later this year.

At UT, Austin-based attorneys Luke Ellis and Chris Johns, partners at Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP, are currently teaching “Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights.” The spring semester class, which ends in May, examines the inherent tension between the public’s need to accommodate growth and the fundamental private property rights protected by the U.S. and Texas constitutions. Eminent domain laws allow the government and other condemning entities to take private property and convert it to public use for just compensation. Houston attorney Justin Hodge, also a Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge partner, recently received approval to teach a similar class at the University of Houston this fall…

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