Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law

Texas A&M University School of Law’s new Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law is co-founded and ​co-​directed by

Program Mission

The Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law will create innovative research, curricular and experiential offerings and policy solutions to meet both urban and rural property and community development 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.

Real Property Law Schmooze Event

The Real Property Law Schmooze is the first event sponsored by the Program and it afforded property law scholars the opportunity to share unpublished works-in-progress or early-stage ideas with other leading property law scholars at Texas A&M University and beyond. Professor Lee Anne Fennell from the University of Chicago Law School ​was the luncheon keynote speaker on February 4. ​For its inaugural year, the Program invited only 22 external legal scholars from law schools in the​ southern United States. The papers these scholars presented engaged 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, including papers that addressed international comparative property issues. In future years, the Schmooze will extend invitations to scholars throughout the U.S., and abroad, based upon topics or regions.

Learn more about the inaugural Real Property Law Schmooze event.

Other Affiliated Faculty

  • Professor Stephen R. Alton, Associate Dean for Planning, Compliance 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 Water, Energy & Food Security Law (Property Law, Water Law and International Environmental Law)
  • Professor Terri Lynn Helge (Estate Planning and Non-Profit Organizations)
  • Professor Luz Herrera, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning (Community Development Law and Small Business Law)
  • Dean Andrew P. Morriss, Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chair (Property, Energy Law and International Financial Transactions)
  • Professor Timothy M. Mulvaney (Property Law and Environmental Law)
  • Professor Aric Short, Vice Dean (Property, Fair Housing, and Lawyer Professionalism)