David L. Callies, Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law

William S. Richardson School of Law

Professor David L. Callies will act as moderator for the Housing Panel.  Professor Callies is the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he teaches land use, state and local government and real property. Prior to coming to Hawaiʻi he practiced local government and land use law with the firm of Ross & Hardies of Chicago during which time he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and served as an Assistant State’s Attorney.  He is a graduate of DePauw University, the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and the University of Nottingham (LL.M.), and a past foreign fellow and present life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

He is past chair of the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association; past chair of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law and the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006; past chair, section of state and local government law, the American Association of Law Schools; past chair, Academics Forum, and member of Council, Asia Pacific Forum, of the International Bar Association; a member of the American Law Institute (ALI); a Member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and co-editor of the annual Land Use and Environmental Law Review (with Dan Tarlock). He is also a board member of the Social Science Association of Honolulu.

Among his seventeen books are Bargaining for Development: A Handbook on Development Agreements, Annexation Agreements, Land Development Conditions and Vested Rights (with Curtin and Tappendorf) (ELI, 2003); Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and Land Use Regulation in the Asia-Pacific (with Kotaka) (U.H. Press, 2002, republished in Japanese, 2007), Property and the Public Interest (with Hylton, Mandelker and Franzese) (Lexis Law Publishing, 3d ed., 2007); Preserving Paradise: Why Regulation Won’t Work (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1994); Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls In Hawaii (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1984), and (with Robert Freilich and Tom Roberts), Cases and Materials on Land Use (Thomson-West, 5th ed., 2008). His book, Land Use Controls in the United States is published in Kyoto(in Japanese and Shanghai (in Chinese). His latest book (with coauthors) The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. He has delivered endowed lectures at Albany Law School and at John Marshall Law School (Chicago) and is a regular lecturer at the annual conferences of the American Planning Association, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, the Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, and the ALI-ABA Inverse Condemnation Program. His most recent article (of over 75) was written by request for the Asia Pacific Law Journal of Hong Kong City University for a special 2007 edition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s establishment as a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, entitled “Takings, Physical and Regulatory” and addressed the recent use of U.S. property law precedents by Hong Kong’s highest court.

Robert H. Thomas, Director

Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert

Robert H. Thomas will act as moderator for the Transportation Panel.  Mr. Thomas is a land use and appellate lawyer with the Honolulu firm Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, and focuses on regulatory takings, eminent domain, water rights, and voting rights cases.  He has tried cases and appeals in Hawaii, California, and the federal courts.  For a list of reported cases in which he’s been involved, go here.

Robert received his LL.M., with honors, from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his J.D. from the University of Hawaii School of Law where he served as editor of the Law Review. Robert taught law at the University of Santa Clara School of Law, and was an exam grader and screener for the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Mr. Thomas is the Hawaii member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a national network of the most experienced eminent domain and property rights lawyers. Membership in OCA is by invitation only, and is limited to a single attorney from each state. He is also the Co-Planning Chair (with Joe Waldo, of Virginia) of the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education‘s annual program on condemnation law, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation.  Mr. Thomas is also the Managing Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation Hawaii Center, a non-profit legal foundation dedicated to protecting property rights and individual liberties.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law, and in Super Lawyers in Appellate Law, Land Use/Zoning, and Government/Cities/Municipalities.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Eminent Domain Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on State & Local Government Law.

Mr. Thomas is also a frequent speaker on land use and eminent domain issues in Hawaii and nationwide. For a list of upcoming events and speaking engagements, go here.  He regularly publishes scholarly and practical articles in his area of practice. For a complete list, go here.  In addition, his blog on land use, property, and takings law,, is one of the most widely-read blogs on those subjects.

Justin D. Levinson, Professor of Law

William S. Richardson School of Law

Professor Justin D. Levinson will act as moderator of the Civil Rights/Discrimination Panel.  Professor Levinson is a Professor of Law and Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar at the William S. Richardson School of Law.  He is a leader in the field of implicit bias and the law and an expert in psychological decision-making in the legal system.  His scholarship, which regularly employs experimental social science methodology, has appeared in the NYU Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, among others, and has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.  Professor Levinson served as lead editor of Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, a volume that was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 (co-edited by Robert J. Smith).  He has lectured, taught courses, and trained audiences globally, including in Eastern and Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

In 2008, Professor Levinson founded the Culture and Jury Project, an interdisciplinary and international research collaboration devoted to facilitating the study of human decision-making in the law.

Professor Levinson previously practiced corporate law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California.  He has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Beijing University, and as a Fellow at the Culture and Cognition Lab at UC Berkeley.  He regularly teaches Business Associations, Law and Psychology, Corporate Finance, High Growth Entrepreneurship, and has offered a seminar on Implicit Bias and the Law.