James E. Krier is simply one of the most astute and concise thinkers of property rights issues of any professor in the country. This University of Michigan Law School Professor is being awarded the 2012 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize. It is well deserved. The award will be presented on October 11-12 at the William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. William and Mary Law School should be proud of its Property Rights Program and how it has created thought-provoking discussions during the past ten years. Joseph Waldo, a William and Mary Law School graduate, and the outstanding Virginia practitioner in the eminent domain field, has been a strong supporter of property rights, the Law School, and the overall community. He is to be commended for elevating the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights prize to this point of esteemed recognition.
"Professor Krier is an outstanding choice for the Brigham-Kanner Prize," said Lynda Butler, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Property Rights Project. "He has been a leading property scholar for decades and is known to many a law student and professor for his groundbreaking casebook on Property. What makes Jim’s scholarship special is his ability to bring so many different disciplinary perspectives to bear on a property issue or problem, and he always does so in an engaging and thought-provoking way."Krier teaches courses on property, trusts and estates, behavioral law and economics, and pollution policy. His research interests are primarily in the fields of property and law and economics, and he is the author or coauthor of several books, including Environmental Law and Policy, Pollution and Policy, and Property (7th edition). Krier's most recent articles have been published in Harvard Law Review, Supreme Court Economic Review, UCLA Law Review, and Cornell Law Review. A professor of law at UCLA and Stanford before joining the Michigan Law faculty in 1983, he has been a visiting professor at both Harvard University Law School and Cardozo School of Law.