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Regulating Big Box Retail Development and Other Land Use Challenges

Dan Curtin
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Tue, Oct 4, 12:45-1:45pm
Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room

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Dan Curtin will discuss the use and implementation of the general plan as the primary tool in regulating development; the general plan is the constitution for land use. Mr. Curtin will address the importance of the general plan in California and elsewhere, especially in light of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Kelo.

Please join us for a vegetarian/vegan-friendly lunch!

Speaker Biography:

Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. concentrates his practice on local government and land use law representing both private and public-sector clients. He is a member of the firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP in the Walnut Creek office.

Mr. Curtin served as Chair of the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association, 2001-2002. He was Past Chair of the Land Development, Planning & Zoning Section of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (formerly NIMLO). He is past Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. Mr. Curtin has also served as President of the City Attorneys’ Department of the League of California Cities, as a member of the Board of Directors of the League, and as Regional Vice President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

In honor of his outstanding contributions to the practice of state and local government law for over 45 years, the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association awarded Mr. Curtin with the Jefferson Fordham Lifetime Achievement Award.
In recognition of his extensive contributions to NIMLO and to the entire municipal law community nationwide, as well as his years of leadership and service to the legal profession, Mr. Curtin was honored with NIMLO’s Charles S. Rhyne Award for Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law. He is the recipient of the American Planning Association’s National Distinguished Leadership award for 20 years of writing, teaching, encouraging and supporting planning ideas. He also was named Honorary Life Member of the California Park and Recreation Society in recognition of his exceptional service to the field of parks and recreation.

Mr. Curtin is the author of numerous publications on California land use and subdivision law, which have been cited frequently by the California Courts, including “Curtin’s California Land Use & Planning Law,” published and revised annually by Solano Press, “Subdivision Map Act Manual,” published by Solano Press and “Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process,” published by California Continuing Education of the Bar, Berkeley, California. He is a frequent lecturer for the University of California Extension and Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and was an adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco Law School teaching Land Use Law.

Mr. Curtin received his A.B. from the University of San Francisco and his J.D. from its School of Law. He has served as assistant secretary of the California State Senate, Counsel to the Assembly Committee on Local Government, Deputy City Attorney of Richmond, and City Attorney of Walnut Creek.


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