Roberts to Take Office as ABA Section Chair

Wake Forest Law Professor Thomas E. Roberts will be officially installed as the Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law at the Annual ABA Meeting in Chicago on August 4-7. This section has 5000 members and is influential in shaping policies in the areas of urban, state and local government law.

Roberts has been a key member of the Section for a number of years and has served in many lead roles, including his service as chair of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, publications director, communications director, chair of The Urban Lawyer Advisory Board, and as the editor of Government Law News, a monthly e-bulletin.

The Section’s main interest areas are depicted in its committees:  Land Use Planning and Zoning, Government Operations, Environmental Law, Public Education, Public Finance, Ethics, Homeland Security, and Condemnation.

Roberts’ academic involvement with and passion for many of these targeted areas make him an insightful and enthusiastic Section leader. He is widely regarded as an expert on land use law and was recently asked by the American Planning Association to write an amicus brief in Lingle v. Chevron, a takings case decided this summer by the US Supreme Court.  His brief supported the prevailing party in the appeal and his analysis of the opinion was featured in the National Law Journal.  He was also asked to join a number of other law professors specializing in land use law in filing an amicus brief in Kelo v. City of New London, also recently decided by the same court.

We salute Professor Roberts for his on-going service to the ABA and congratulate him on his election and installation as a leader of this vital Section.