Conservation Planning and Law
This seminar will explore planning techniques and legal issues surrounding protection of landscapes of natural, historical and cultural value and public uses of those landscapes. In addition to readings on conservation planning and law, the course will engage in sustained exploration of issues in the preservation of iconic local and regional landscapes, including the Monticello-Ashlawn-Morven group of historic properties, downtown Charlottesville and the University, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah Park, and Skyline Drive. Among other activities, seminar students will serve as counsel to a University committee tasked with establishing and curating a trail connecting the University’s historic Morven property with James Monroe’s Ashlawn and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, with potential further connections to Charlottesville and the University through Belmont. Students will have the opportunity to research the legal and institutional means by which natural and cultural sites are recognized and protected, issues of public use, access and liability, property instruments used in the creation of conservation sites (fee ownership, easements, leases), etc.
The seminar will be conducted in coordination with seminars in the Architecture School and the Department of Environmental Sciences. Law students will meet periodically with their counterparts in land use planning and environmental science to share information and analysis. The seminar will also include field trips to relevant sites as part of assessing the values to be protected and communicated.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.