On Friday, November 6, 2020, the editorial board of the Iowa Law Review, the Iowa Business & Law Center, and Professor Gregory H. Shill will host the Fall 2020 Symposium on The Future of Law and Transportation. Transportation policy has enormous implications for the environment, social justice, public health, and economic growth.  

In Should Law Subsidize Driving?, 95 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 498 (2020), Iowa Law Professor Gregory Shill wrote: 

In the United States, motor vehicles create more greenhouse gas emissions and kill more children than any other cause. They rack up trillions of dollars in direct and indirect costs annually, ranging from time lost in traffic to decreased brain function in urban children to cancers and other debilitating conditions caused by exhaust emissions, tire and brake pad wear, and road construction. Singled out are vulnerable people—including children, seniors, the poor, people of color, and people with disabilities—whom our car-first transport regime immiserates, impoverishes, and kills with uncommon frequency and precision. Cars’ convenience exacts an enormous social cost. Every year, nearly 100,000 Americans are killed by either car crashes (40,000) or car pollution (58,300). 

Transportation policy can be found at all levels of government and across multiple fields of study. The Symposium will focus on the law, principles, impacts, and potential of transportation policy, an issue space that has grown increasingly salient in recent years and is poised to become riper still. The challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic have not altered this trajectory, and in some ways may fortify it.

The Symposium will, for the first time, unite top legal scholars of the transportation law field with scholars from related fields to discuss and produce scholarship on the past, present, and future of law and transportation from a variety of perspectives, including land use law, state and local government, environmental, administrative, tax, and torts among others. Scholars will participate in oral presentations on Friday, November 6, and contribute to a Symposium issue of the Iowa Law Review

The Symposium will take place on Friday, November 6 from 8:30am to 4:45pm CT. Direct Zoom link to join: https://tinyurl.com/TransportationLaw2020. 

The legal scholars that are participating in the Symposium on The Future of Law and Transportation are: 

Gregory H. Shill 

  • Associate Professor 
  • Affiliated Faculty Member at the National Advanced Driving Simulator 
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • Professor Shill’s interests include firms, cities, and transportation, and he writes in the fields of corporate law, securities regulation, and law and economic geography.

Deborah N. Archer

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Law
  • Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
  • Director of the Civil Rights Clinic 
  • NYU School of Law 
  • Professor Archer is a nationally recognized expert in civil rights and racial justice, and teaches and writes in the areas of racial justice, civil rights, and clinical pedagogy.

Sara C. Bronin

  • Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law 
  • Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law 
  • University of Connecticut School of Law 
  • Professor Bronin’s scholarly research focuses on property, land use, historic preservation, and climate change law.

Vanessa Casado Pérez

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Research Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics 
  • Texas A&M University School of Law 
  • Professor Pérez’s research interests include property and water law driven by real world problems and often include an economic analysis approach.

Pamela Foohey

  • Professor of Law 
  • Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law
  • Professor Foohey’s research centers on bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law. Her work primarily involves empirical studies of bankruptcy and related parts of the legal system, combining quantitative and qualitative, interview-based research.

Janice C. Griffith

  • Professor of Law 
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Professor Griffith’s legal expertise is focused on state and local government law, regionalism, and metropolitan growth issues. She has published articles on federalism, public finance, land use, home rule, regional governance, and other issues in local government law.

Jamila Jefferson-Jones

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Professor Jefferson-Jones’s scholarship reflects her intellectual interest in theories of property and ownership as well as in property and wealth attainment by communities and groups on the margins of society. Her recent work has three strands: (1) the interplay between and among sex, race, status and property; (2) the intersection of property and criminal justice theory; and (3) the regulation of the housing sector of the sharing economy.

Randall K. Johnson

  • Professor of Law 
  • Director of the Public Service Law Center 
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Professor Johnson teaches Administrative Law, Corporate Income Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, Law & Economics, Local Government, Remedies, Trusts and Wills & Estates.

Noah Kazis

  • Legal Fellow 
  • NYU Furman Center
  • Noah Kazis’s research focuses on land use and local government law, with a particular emphasis on the institutional structures of local governments.

Audrey McFarlane

  • Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development
  • Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law 
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Professor McFarlane’s research and teaching focus on areas of law related to economic development. Her scholarship examines the ways in which economic development is not a neutral policy that government can advance without addressing significant structural issues related to race, class and geography.

Daniel B. Rodriguez

  • Harold Washington Professor of Law 
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor Rodriguez’s principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law, and the law-business-technology interface.

Darien Shanske

  • Professor of Law 
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • Professor Shanske’s academic interests include taxation, particularly state and local taxation, local government law, public finance, and political theory, particularly jurisprudence.

Deb Niemeier

  • Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Engineering 
  • Professor in the School of Education 
  • University of California Davis 
  • Professor Niemeier’s primary research interest has been on developing highly accurate, accessible processes and emissions modeling and travel behavior models that can be used in the public sector, including the identification and modeling of environmental health disparities and improved understanding of formal and informal governance processes in urban planning.

Kenneth Stahl

  • Professor of Law
  • Director of the Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program 
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  • Professor Stahl’s scholarly work focuses on the relationship between the local political process and judicial doctrine in land use and local government law. His research combines doctrinal analysis with insights from disciplines including urban sociology, geography, economics, and the humanities.


- Ryan Meger