Thought provoking dialogue about eminent domain, just compensation and civil asset forfeitures to be held March 14 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Ferrum, Va. (March 1, 2016) – The sixth annual Ferrum College Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation & Leadership, focuses this year on the theme “Government Seizures of Property, and will be held on Mon., March 14, 2016 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke. The Forum sessions will include a series of presentations from leading experts on the subject, a panel discussion, and a question and answer period for attendees. Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Corporate sponsorship tables are available at several different levels. Individuals are welcome. $50 per person includes continental breakfast, Forum sessions, and a networking luncheon.

The 2016 Forum will examine pertinent sections of the Fifth Amendment as it addresses eminent domain, civil asset forfeitures, and just compensation from a variety of perspectives. Panelists will include Jeffrey R. Allen, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Transportation Section, Office of the Virginia Attorney General; Coleman Bazelon, Principal, The Brattle Group; Elliott Casey,Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, County of Albemarle, Western District of Virginia;Julia D. Mahoney, John S. Battle Professor of Law, University of Virginia; and Rob Poggenklass, Tony Dunn Legal Fellow, ACLU of Virginia, Adjunct Professor, William & Mary School of Law. Connie Stevens, News Director for WVTF/RADIO IQ & Virginia Public Radio, will serve as the Forum moderator.

“Ferrum College is proud to host this year’s nationally recognized speakers who will be discussing the government’s power to take private property for public use as well as equitable reparation for confiscated properties,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten. “We are pleased that the College is able to provide this opportunity for the region to participate in such a timely conversation.”

Registration information and other details are available at www.ferrum.edu/forum.html or by calling (540) 365-6940.

More about the panelists:

Allen is the Chief of the Transportation Section for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in Richmond, Virginia. The Transportation Section consists of fifteen attorneys who collectively represent the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Port Authority, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bazelon is a principal in the Washington, DC office of The Brattle Group. He is an expert in regulation and strategy in the wireless, wireline, and video sectors. He has consulted and testified on behalf of clients in numerous telecommunications matters, ranging from wireless license auctions, spectrum management, and competition policy, to patent infringement, business valuation, and broadband deployment. He frequently advises regulatory and legislative bodies, including the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Congress. He also has expertise in the federal government’s use of discount rates for policy and regulatory analysis, intellectual property valuation, economic impact analysis, and antitrust and damages analysis.

Casey is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Albemarle, and formerly prosecuted for City of Alexandria and the County of Arlington in Virginia. Casey specializes in money laundering, narcotics, and complex white collar offenses. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, is cross-designated as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Casey also instructs law enforcement agencies throughout the D.C. area in forfeiture, money laundering, identity theft, and search & seizure.

Mahoney teaches courses in property, government finance, constitutional law and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Yale Law School, she joined the University of Virginia faculty as an associate professor in 1999 and is now John S. Battle Professor of Law. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and before entering the legal academy, practiced law at the New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Her scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials.