Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Prize

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The Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Prize is awarded annually by William & Mary College School of Law, at the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference and is named after Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner for "their contributions to private property rights, their efforts to advance the constitutional protection of property, and their accomplishments in preserving the important role that private property plays in protecting individual and civil rights."[1] Toby Prince Brigham is a founding partner of Brigham Moore in Florida. Gideon Kanner is professor of law emeritus at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. The Brigham-Kanner Prize is awarded annually during the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference.

Since 2004, the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize has been awarded to a scholar, practitioner or jurist whose work affirms the fundamental importance of property rights and contributes to the overall awareness of the role property rights occupy in the broader scheme of individual liberty.[2]


  • Frank Michelman (2004), Robert Walmsley University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, for his article "Property, Utility, and Fairness: Comments on the Ethical Foundations of 'Just Compensation' Law."[3]
  • Richard Allen Epstein (2005), James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, for his book "Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain."[4]
  • James W. Ely, Jr. (2006), Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, for his book "The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights."[5]
  • Margaret Radin (2007), Henry King Ranson Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and Faulty of Law Distinguished Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, for her books "Contested Commodities"and "Reinterpreting Property."[6]
  • Robert C. Ellickson (2008), Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law at Yale University, for his body of work on property.[7]
  • Richard Pipes (2009), Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of History, Emeritus, at Harvard University.
  • Carol M. Rose (2010), Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources professor at the University of Arizon Jame E. Rogers College of Law, for her involvement in property rights at Yale Law School and her books "Perspectives on Property Law and Property and "Persuasion: Essays on the History, Theory, and Rhetoric of Ownership."[8]
  • Sandra Day O'Connor (2011) for her lifetime of contributions to property rights law, particularly her dissent in Kelo v. City of New London.[9]
  • James E. Krier (2012), Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, for his lifetime of scholarship, including his casebook on Property.[10]
  • Thomas W. Merrill (2013), Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, for his body of scholarship on property, including the books "Property: Takings" and "Property: Principles and Policies."[11]
  • Michael M. Berger (2014), appellate attorney at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, for his years of property rights advocacy in the courts.[12]
  • Joseph W. Singer (2015), Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, for his body of scholarship on property rights.[13]
  • Hernando de Soto Polar (2016), author of "The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs on the West and Fails Elsewhere," and "The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism," for his writing and his efforts at designing and implementing property-rights reforms in developing nations around the world.[14]


  1. ^ "Bob Ellickson ’66 Awarded Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize". Yale. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Professor David L. Callies, Hawaii Life Fellow, Honored with Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize from the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project". American Bar Foundation. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Conferences". William and Mary Law School. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ "James W. Ely, Jr.". Vanderbilt Law School. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Margaret Jane Radin". University of Toronto. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bob Ellickson ’66 Awarded Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize". Yale Law School. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ "7th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference September 30 & October 1, 2010". Owners' Counsel of America. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be honored with the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize". Owner's Counsel of America. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR". Ackerman, Ackerman & Dynkowski. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ "10th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize Recipient Announced: Columbia Prof. Thomas W. Merrill". Owners' Counsel of America. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "2014 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Report: Honoring Michael Berger". Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "JOSEPH L. SINGER TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS BRIGHAM-KANNER PROPERTY RIGHTS PRIZE". Ackerman, Ackerman & Dynkowski. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Florida Eminent Domain Attorney Andrew Brigham to Speak on Property, Equality and Freedom at International Property Rights Law Conference in The Hague". PRWEB. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 

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