Becky L. Jacobs

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University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper


It is difficult to believe that a decade has passed since the original Festschrift in honor of the occasion of Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer’s 45th year of teaching. That first Festschrift was an impressive and moving scholarly tribute to Julian’s impact on his colleagues, on his students, and on broader legal doctrine. Yet, despite the many accolades received and accomplishments documented in Festschrift I, Julian lamented with typical humility and self-deprecation, in his Introduction and Thank You that he had “never succeeded in developing a course which adequately links the coverage of land use and environmental law[,]” but that he hoped that others would succeed in that endeavor. Julian, however, has been wildly successful in that endeavor. Not only does the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth that Julian directs at Georgia State University College of Law offer an LL.M. that provides students with “a unique opportunity to study environmental and land use law from a global perspective[,]” Julian also has generated and stimulated influential ideas and concepts on the nexus between environmental law and land use; he has participated in the conceptualization, organization, and implementation of a series of visionary workshops and conferences focusing on the environmental and other consequences of land use policies and planning; he has published innovative “impact” scholarship on the topic; and he has inspired administrators, planners, legislators, law students, legal practitioners, scholars, and the judiciary to consider and weigh in on the linkage. This essay will consider that record of success, particularly that of Julian’s scholarship pertaining to development impact fees.

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