Jim Ely honored for scholarship in private property rights

Jim Ely

Professor Jim Ely was recently honored by the Owners' Counsel of America's Crystal Eagle Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the field of private property rights. The Owners' Counsel of America is a non-profit organization that brings together legal experts in eminent domain to serve as a national think-tank and platform for exchange of data, strategies and legal remedies.

Ely's article, "Kelo: A Setback for Property Owners," which appears in the January/February 2006 edition of the American Bar Association's Probate & Property magazine, addresses the implications of what he terms the "profoundly disquieting" recent Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London. In a 5-4 vote, the Court upheld the use of eminent domain power for economic development purposes, concluding that the city of New London, Connecticut's development plan satisfied the "public use" requirement in the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause although the land ultimately would be used for private development.