Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law

Texas A&M University School of Law’s Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law was co-founded by:

Program Mission

The Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law creates innovative research, curricular and experiential offerings, and policy solutions to meet both urban and rural property challenges in the 21st century. As urbanization becomes the dominant world migration pattern over the next 50 years, the law will play a central role in determining how rural areas retain their vitality and sustainability, as well as how urban centers can equitably, efficiently and sustainably accommodate the urban influx. The Program’s mission is to understand the evolving role of law in these developments and to design novel legal strategies to enhance both equity and efficiency in urban and rural redevelopment. The Program is one of the first in an American law school to focus on both urban and rural real estate, housing, land use and community development law challenges.


Annual Real Property Law Schmooze Event

The Real Property Law Schmooze is an annual event which affords property law scholars the opportunity to share works-in-progress or early-stage ideas with other leading property law scholars at Texas A&M University and beyond.

2018 Real Property Law Schmooze

February 1-​3, 2018
"Bridging the Urban Versus Rural Divide"

The 2018 Real Property Law Schmooze invites 17 legal scholars with expertise in either urban or rural property law to present unpublished works-in-progress or early-stage ideas that are relevant to the theme of how law can help resolve urban and rural challenges and bridge the urban versus rural divide.

We welcome papers on a broad range of urban and rural property law challenges including, but not limited to, housing law and policy, land tenure, land loss, land use, zoning, the environment, and property law and theory, as well as papers that address international and comparative urban and rural property law issues.

Joseph William SingerProfessor Joseph William Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will be the Distinguished Real Property Law Keynote Speaker on February 2, 2018. His talk will be open to the entire law school, as part of the Faculty Speaker Series.

2018 event details available at

Inaugural Schmooze

The 2017 Schmooze featured the work of 22 legal scholars from southern law schools in the United States. Professor Lee Anne Fennell from the University of Chicago Law School ​gave the keynote ​presentation "Searching for Fair Housing."

► Learn more about the inaugural Real Property Law Schmooze.

Real Property Schmooze 2017
schmooze 2017 panel
Real Property Schmooze 2017

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Lisa T. Alexander
Housing and Community Development Law and Business and Social Entrepreneurship Law

Professor Stephen R. Alton
Associate Dean for Planning and Evening Programs
Real Property, Wills and Decedent’s Estates

Associate Professor Vanessa Casado Pérez
Property Law, Natural Resources Law and Water Law

Professor Gabriel Eckstein
Director, Program in Natural Resources Systems
Property Law, Water Law and International Environmental Law

Professor Terri Lynn Helge
Estate Planning and Non-Profit Organizations

Luz Herrera
Professor Luz Herrera
Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Community Development Law and Small Business Law

Professor Thomas ​W. Mitchell
Property, Rural Law, Land Use, Minority Land Ownership, and Legal Reform

Tim Mulvaney
Professor Timothy M. Mulvaney
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Property Law and Environmental Law

Professor Aric Short
Director, Professionalism ​& Leadership Program
Property, Fair Housing, and Lawyer Professionalism