IRWA 2024 Annual International Education Conference

International Right of Way Association’s 70th Annual International Education Conference
06.23.2024 - 06.26.2024
Long Beach, CA

Sejin Brooks, Rick Rayl, Steve Silva and Jillian Friess Leivas will participate in the International Right of Way Association’s (IRWA) 70th Annual International Education Conference June 23-26, 204 in Long Beach, CA.

On June 24th, Sejin will present “Building New Infrastructure Under Old Laws: Have Laws Evolved Concurrently (and Consistently) with Infrastructure Technology?”. This session investigates and discusses the emerging legal issues that ROW Professionals face, which arise from the continuous development of technology to meet the growing demands on public infrastructure. In addition, there will also be a discussion about the often-lagging changes in laws that govern the acquisition and use of property for such public projects.

On June 25th, Steve and Jillian will present an “Eminent Domain & Legislative Update.” During the session, Steve and Jillian will discuss key U.S. cases and legislation, pending and adopted, from the last year that impact the eminent domain and right of way industries. Additionally, they will discuss notable trends that have emerged in the case and statutory law.

On June 25th, Rick will present “You Don’t See That Every Day: Rare Valuation, Right to Take, and Relocation Issues.” This session focuses on valuation, right to take and relocation issues that rarely occur but can have significant impacts if they are not handled properly. These situations can be avoided or resolved if the parties identify them early in the process. But spotting these rare events is often a challenge. Extreme results tend to arise when the issue is not identified until late in the process, leading to absurd results. The session will use case studies and references to esoteric "lost" laws that still exist in various jurisdictions. The goal is to offer practical advice concerning how agencies, right of way agents and attorneys can manage these unique issues when they occur, often by crafting "win-win" resolutions to the problem.

Rick will also present “Taming Tricky TCEs” on June 26th. This session will provide an overview of issues and best practices involved in acquiring temporary construction easements, including how the source of funding can change how TCEs are drafted, appraised and acquired. 

The International Right of Way Association (IRWA) is a global, member-led organization of dedicated professionals within the right of way industry. Established in 1934 as a not-for-profit association, IRWA's purpose has always been to improve people's quality of life through infrastructure development.

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