Campbell Law School

Michael B. Kent, Jr.

Mike Kent joined the Campbell Law School faculty prior to the fall 2013 semester. He teaches courses in Property, Environmental Law, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law and Wills & Trusts. His research has focused primarily on eminent domain, regulatory takings, and land use issues.
Prior to Campbell Law, Kent was a tenured faculty member at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, teaching courses in Real Property, Land Use Planning, Local Government Law, and Wills, Trusts & Estates. For several years, he also led courses in Professional Responsibility, and he is a past Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism.
Kent served as a visiting professor at Stetson University College of Law from 2009-10, where he also taught courses in Real Property, Local Government Law, and Trusts & Estates.
Kent held nearly 10 years of legal experience before joining the academy, most recently with Tisinger, Tisinger, Vance & Greer in West Georgia, where his practice focused primarily on real estate development, land use, local government, and public utility regulation. Before entering private practice, Kent clerked for Judge J. Owen Forrester of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, as well as for Judge Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
As a law student, Kent received the Marion F. Smith School of Law Scholarship, served as Articles Editor for the Georgia Law Review, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

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Environmental Law
Land Use Regulation
Local Government Law
Wills & Trusts

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Education More ▼

B.A., University of Alabama, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

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John Marshall Law School
Faculty Adviser, John Marshall Law Journal, 2010-12
Judicial Clerkship Adviser, 2007 – 2009, 2010-11
Editorial Advisory Board, John Marshall Law Journal, 2008-10
Faculty Adviser, JMLS Property Law Society, 2007-09
Member, Retention, Promotion & Tenure Committee, 2011-13
Member, Faculty Development Committee, 2006 – 2007, 2012-13
Member, Faculty Recruitment Committee, 2007 – 2008, 2011-12
Member, Honors & Awards Committee, 2010-11
Member, Academic Standards Committee, 2008-09, 2010-11
Member, Library Committee, 2007-09
Member, Curriculum Committee, 2006-07

Guest Blogger, PropertyProf Blog, Spring 2010
Member, Georgia Legal History Foundation, 2012-13
Member, Association for Law, Property, and Society, 2009-present
Member, American Society for Legal History, 2008-present
Fellow, National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, Fall 2007
Member, American Bar Association, 2006-present
Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2000-present

Guest Speaker, Natural Law, Positive Law, Knowledge, and Ethics, Douglas County High School International Baccalaureate Program, Douglasville, Georgia, Sept. 21, 2011
Panelist, Law and Ethics, Douglas County High School International Baccalaureate Program, Douglasville, Georgia, Sept. 23, 2010
Member, Kiwanis Club of Douglas County, 2010-12

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Anti-Evasion Doctrines in Constitutional Law, 2012 Utah Law Review 1773 (with Brannon P. Denning)

The World of Deadwood:  Property Rights and the Search for Human Identity, 20 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 489 (2011) (with Lance McMillian)

More Questions Than Answers:  Situating Judicial Takings Within Existing Regulatory Takings Doctrine, 29 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 143 (2011)

Theoretical Tension and Doctrinal Discord:  Analyzing Development Impact Fees as Takings, 51 William & Mary Law Review 1833 (2010), reprinted in Patricia E. Salkin, Ed., 2011 Zoning & Planning Handbook 337 (West 2011)

Public Utilities, Eminent Domain, and Local Land Use Regulations:  Has Texas Found the Proper Balance?, 16 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 29 (2009) (symposium)

From “Preferred Position” to “Poor Relation”:  History, Wilkie v. Robbins, and the Status of Property Rights Under the Takings Clause, 39 New Mexico Law Review 89 (2009)

Pavesich, Property and Privacy:  The Common Origins of Property Rights and Privacy Rights in Georgia, 2 John Marshall Law Review 1 (2009) (symposium introductory essay)

Construing the Canon:  An Exegesis of Regulatory Takings Jurisprudence After Lingle v. Chevron,
16 New York University Environmental Law Journal 63 (2008)

Forming a Tie that Binds:  Development Agreements in Georgia and the Need for Legislative Clarity,
30 Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal 1 (2006)

Qualified Immunity in the Eleventh Circuit After Hope v. Pelzer, Georgia Bar Journal, Oct., 2003, at 22

Daubert, Doctors and Differential Diagnosis:  Treating Medical Causation Testimony as Evidence,
66 Defense Counsel Journal 525 (1999) (edited version of second place paper, International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest, 1999)

The Court Giveth and Congress Taketh Away:  Statutory Preemption and the Federal Common Law D’Oench Doctrine, 116 Banking Law Journal 214 (1999) (student work)

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