The Future of Law & Transportation

Presented by: Iowa Law Review & the Iowa Innovation, Business and Law Center

Faculty Organizer: Professor Gregory Shill

November 6, 2020

University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA

Held virtually via Zoom. 



This year’s Symposium will focus on the law, policy, and potential of transportation, an area that is growing increasingly important due to its connection to economic growth, public health, and climate change. The Symposium will, for the first time, convene a diverse group of scholars from multiple fields to discuss and produce scholarship on the past, present, and future of law and transportation from a variety of perspectives, including: land use, state and local government, environmental, administrative, tax, and tort law, as well as allied fields in the social sciences. Pieces from the Symposium will be published in Issue 5 of Vol. 106 of the Iowa Law Review. A list of keynote speakers and presenters is listed below, and can also be found here


The Future of Law & Transportation

Iowa Law Review Symposium, November 2020

All Times Central; All Events Virtual



Friday, November 6

8:30-8:45am:  Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

Dean Kevin WashburnN. William Hines Dean and Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

IBL Center Director, Professor Jason RantanenProfessor of Law, Ferguson-Carlson Fellow in Law, and Director of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center, University of Iowa College of Law

Law Review Organizers and Hosts, Dana Waterman and Hayley ShermanEditor-In-Chief and Symposium Editor, respectively, Iowa Law Review

Faculty Organizer and Host, Professor Gregory Shill, Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law, and Affiliated Faculty Member, National Advanced Driving Simulator, University of Iowa College of Engineering


8:45-9:45am:  Panel One

Transportation Planning & Land Use I

Professor Jonathan LevineProfessor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

“Transportation Policy Entrenchment: Institutional Barriers to Accessibility-Based Planning”

Professor Audrey McFarlane, Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

“Black Mobility and the Refusal of Funds: Structural Racism and Mass Transportation Decision-Making”

Professor Sara BroninThomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

“The Failed Federalism of Street and Vehicle Design Standards"


9:45-11:05am: Panel Two

Rights of Way & Public Space

Professor David PrytherchProfessor of Geography, Miami University, Department of Geography “Mobility Justice and the Public Right-of-Way: The Geography of Traffic Law and Design”

Professor Jamila Jefferson-JonesAssociate Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

“#DrivingWhileBlack as #LivingWhileBlack”

Professor Tara GoddardAssistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning

“Not ‘Just Semantics’: How the Language and Framing of Transportation Safety Shapes Perception and Practice”

Professor Vanessa Casado PérezAssociate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, and Research Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics

“Reclaiming the Streets: Pedestrianization”


11:05-11:15am: Short Break


11:15am-12:00pm: Keynote Address

Ms. Beth OsborneDirector, Transportation for America


12:00-12:45pm: Lunch (no programming)


12:45-1:45pm: Panel Three

Mobility, Segregation & Polarization

Professor Clayton NallAssistant Professor, University of California-Santa Barbara, Department of Political Science “The Road to Inequality and Political Constraints on Legislating a Green New Deal”

Professor Deborah ArcherAssociate Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, New York University School of Law

“Transportation Policy and the Underdevelopment of Black Communities”

Professor Daniel RodriguezHarold Washington Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

“Road Wary: Transportation, Law, and the Problem of Escape”


1:45-3:05pm:   Panel Four

Transportation Planning & Land Use II

Professor Janice GriffithProfessor of Law, Suffolk University School of Law

“Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Evolving Roles as Transportation Planning Incorporates Environmental and Sustainability Goals”

Professor Noah KazisLegal Fellow, New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

“Transportation, Land Use, and the Sources of Hyper-Localism”

Professor Kenneth StahlProfessor and Director, Environmental Land Use and Real Estate Law Program, Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law

“Integrating Transportation Policy into the Land Use Curriculum”

Professor Darien ShanskeProfessor of Law, University of California-Davis School of Law (co-author: Professor Deb NiemeierClark Distinguished Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering)

“Subsidizing Sprawl, Segregation and Regressivity: A Deep Dive into Sublocal Tax Districts”


3:05-3:15pm:   Short Break


3:15-4:00pm:   Keynote Address

The Honorable Ray LaHood, 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation


4:00-4:40pm:  Panel Five

Transportation & Finance

Professor Pamela FooheyProfessor of Law, Indiana University-Bloomington, Mauer School of Law

“Bursting the Auto Loan Bubble in the Wake of COVID-19”

Professor Randall JohnsonProfessor of Law and Director of the Public Service Law Center at Mississippi College, Mississippi College School of Law

“Why Illinois Should Eliminate Its Video Tolling Subsidy”

4:40-4:45pm:  Thank You & Farewell