Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld’s Tips for Law Teachers

Today in Land Use class, I had an abysmal time attempting to teach Avco v. South Coast Regional Comm’n, a 1976 California Supreme Court case that is crucial in understanding the “vested rights” doctrine.  Avco holds that a developer has vested rights to develop only when 1) it relies on a permit; and 2) has …


Charles M. Haar, 1920-2012

Harvard Law School’s Charles Haar, a pioneering land use scholar, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 91.  Dan Filler notes that He was an expert in land use, urban development and property law.  Among his various achievements,  Haar was one of the key draftsmen responsible for developing four of President Johnson’s important urban policy initiatives: the Demonstration …