An upcoming Virginia Environmental Law Journal symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law will focus on some of the complex legal issues facing historic preservation and the competing values that come into play.

The event, co-sponsored by the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and Virginia Environmental Law Forum, begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 in the Law School’s Purcell Reading Room.

“The implementation of preservation strategies raises considerations of federalism, private-versus-public action, and community values,” said Bonnie Cantwell ’19, the journal’s editor-in-chief. “We thought the intellectual intrigue of this topic would appeal to a wide array of law students. At the same time, we think that the people of Virginia have a particular obligation to consider the nature and value of historic preservation, given the centuries of significant events that have unfolded here.”

Professor J. Peter Byrne ’79, director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program and Climate Resource Center at the Georgetown University Law Center, will deliver the keynote address at 12:15 p.m.

Historic Preservation in the 21st Century: Protecting Built and Natural Environments

Purcell Reading Room, University of Virginia School of Law

Friday, Nov. 2

9 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast

9:30 a.m.


Jonathan Z. Cannon, University of Virginia School of Law, Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law; Hunton & Williams Professor of Law; Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Panel on Cultural and Environmental Resources 

Co-sponsored by the J.B. Moore Society of International Law

Moderator: Julia D. Mahoney, University of Virginia School of Law, John S. Battle Professor of Law, Class of 1963 Research Professor in Honor of Graham C. Lilly and Peter W. Low

  • Scott Davis, Principal, SGD Urban Solutions; Member, Graduate Urban & Regional Planning Program at Georgetown University
  • Marion Werkheiser, Founding Partner and Attorney at Law, Cultural Heritage Partners
  • Greg Werkheiser, Founding Partner and Attorney at Law, Cultural Heritage Partners
  • Parker Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council and Executive Director, Capital Region Land Conservancy

11 a.m.-Noon

Panel 2: Panel on New Urbanism and Historic Preservation

Co-sponsored by the Virginia Environmental Law Forum

Moderator: Richard C. Schragger, University of Virginia School of Law, Perre Bowen Professor of Law, Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law

  • Will Cook, Associate General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Trip Pollard, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

12-12:15 p.m.


12:15-1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

J. Peter Byrne ’79, John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law; Faculty Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program; Faculty Director, Climate Resource Center, Georgetown University Law Center

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