Eminent Domain

 ***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***

Current Research Guides 

Resources for Professor Mandelker's
Environmental & Land Use Litigation Seminar
Fall 2006

by Dorie Bertram, Director of Public Services and Lecturer in Law



Technical Note: Links may require your LexisNexis or Westlaw passwords

Legislation & Ballot Measures
(Federal, State & Local)

List from the Castle Coalition


Secondary Sources


Construction and Application of "Public Use" Restriction in Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause--United States Supreme Court Cases, 10 A.L.R. Fed.2d 407 

What constitutes "blighted area" within urban renewal and redevelopment statutes, 45 A.L.R.3d 1096 




Jan G. Laitos, Law of Property Rights Protection: Limitations on Governmental Powers.  [Law LC Collection  KF5599 .L28 1998]

Brian W. Blaesser, Alan C. Weinstein and Daniel R. Mandelker, Federal Land Use Law and Litigation.
2005 ed. [Law LC Collection KF5698 .F43  2005]
2006 ed. [Law LC Collection KF5698 .F43  2006]
Online via Westlaw: Database Identifier FEDLANDLAW

Philip Nichols. Nichols on Eminent Domain.
Online via LexisNexis.  Source Path:
Legal > Secondary Legal > Matthew Bender(R) > By Area of Law > Real Estate >Nichols on Eminent Domain

Legal Periodicals

Index to Legal Periodicals  

In addition to keyword searching, try the following subject headings:

  • Dedication to Public Use
  • Economic Development
  • Eminent Domain
  • Right of Property


In addition to keyword searching, try the following subject headings:

  • Eminent Domain (Law)
  • Kelo v. City of New London
  • Public Use
  • Property Rights


LexisNexis Shepard's
Westlaw Keycite

Remember that running your primary sources through a citator is an important step in your research process.  Citators will:

  • verify that your case or statute is still good law
  • expand your research
    • find other relevant primary sources
    • find secondary sources

Try running Kelo through Shepard's and/or KeyCite.

Keycite tip:  Once you KeyCite 545 U.S. 469, select "Citing References" from the left hand frame.  Then use the "Limit KeyCite Display" button towards the bottom of the screen.

Shepard's tip: Once you Shepardize 545 U.S. 469, click on the "FOCUS - Restrict By" link to limit your results.

Organizations Working on Eminent Domain Issues

Brief Writing

Selected Books


Author  Bahrych, Lynn.
Title  Legal writing in a nutshell / by Lynn Bahrych, Marjorie Dick Rombauer. 
Published  St. Paul, Minn. : Thomson/West, 2003.
Edition  3rd ed.
  [Law Library Reserve KF250 .S68 2003] 
See Ch. 9, "Argumentative Memoranda and Persuasive Writing" 

Author  Re, Edward Domenic
Title  Brief writing & oral argument / by Edward D. Re and Joseph R. Re. 
Published  Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Oceana Publications, 1999.
Edition  8th ed.
  [Law Library Reserve KF251 .R4 1999]

Author  Aldisert, Ruggero J.
Title  Winning on appeal : better briefs and oral argument / by Ruggero J. Aldisert. 
Published  Notre Dame, Ind. : National Institute for Trial Advocacy, c2003.
Edition  2nd ed.
  [Law Library Reserve KF9050 .A935 2003]

Author  Oates, Laurel Currie
Title  The legal writing handbook : analysis, research, and writing / Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist, Kelly Kunsch. 
Published  New York : Aspen Law & Business, c2002.
Edition  3rd ed.
[Law Library Reserve KF250 .O18 2002]
See Ch. 9 "Writing an Appellate Brief"


Selected Articles

TITLE:  Some random thoughts on brief writing.
AUTHOR:  Kapelke, Robert J.  
Publication Date:  January 2003.   Page:  29-26.  
32 Colo. Law. 29       

TITLE:  Appellate brief writing in the Eighth Circuit. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit). 
AUTHOR:  Owens, Dennis.   Publication Date:  March-April 2001.   Page:  75(10). 
57 J. Mo. B. 75 

TITLE:  Judges on briefing: a national survey.       
AUTHOR:  Garner, Bryan A.   Publication Date:  Annual 2001.   Page:  1-34.
8 Scribes J. Legal Writing 1   

TITLE:  Wisdom's idiosyncrasies. (transcript of Judge  John Minor Wisdom's grammatical preferences for legal writing taken from a May 31, 1990 manuscript) (Transcript).
AUTHOR:  Wisdom, John  Minor.   Publication Date:  April 2000.  Page:  1273.
109 Yale L.J. 1273 

TITLE:  Pursuing quality: writing a helpful  brief. (Appellate Law in the New Millennium: Bridging  Theoretical Foundation with Practical Application).  
AUTHOR:  Duncan, Sarah B.   Publication Date:  Summer 1999.   Page:  1093-1136.
30 St. Mary's L.J. 1093   

TITLE:  Points to ponder before writing your next appellate brief.
AUTHOR:  Walsh, Michael G.  Publication Date:  June 1998.   Page:  15(10).
 44 Prac. Law. 15 

TITLE:  The art of writing a really bad brief.       
AUTHOR:  Weis, Joseph F., Jr.   Publication   Date:  October 1996.   Page:  39(2).
 43 Fed. Law. 39

TITLE:  The art of persuasive legal writing: briefs come alive when every word sings to the reader.
AUTHOR:  McElhaney, James W.   Publication Date:  January 1996.   Page:  76(2).
82 A.B.A. J. 76 

TITLE:  Hints on writing law court briefs from some  people who read them.  
AUTHOR:  Carnathan, Sean T.;  Kemble, Karen T.   Publication Date: September 1994.   Page:  318(6).
9 Me. B.J. 318 

Sample Briefs

1. Briefs on Microfiche

We have a collection of Supreme Court Records and Briefs on microfiche. This includes the Applications for Writ of Certiorari, Briefs and Amicus Curiae Briefs.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Finding Records and Briefs on Microfiche/Microfilm 

  • Find a Supreme Court Case in your area of interest.
  • Note the docket number and the United States Reports cite
  • for cases from 1916 to the present, look up the microfiche by docket number. They start in microfiche cabinet number 10.
  • for cases from 1832 to 1915, look up the microfilm by the United States Reports cite. They start in microfilm cabinet 39.

2. Briefs Online

Briefs on Westlaw

Legal briefs on Westlaw include briefs, joint appendices and petitions for certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court (1976 to the present and selected coverage back to 1871), U.S. Court of Appeals (selected coverage from 1976 to the present). Briefs from several states including California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania are among a growing list of state filings.  Some Trial Court, District Court, and Bankruptcy Court Filings, including motions and pleadings, have been added to the Westlaw menus.

You'll find direct links to legal briefs from cases in Westlaw. Relevant legal briefs are also listed in the KeyCite® references for any case you cite.

Full text Briefs and Amicus Curiae Briefs are available on Westlaw (Database SCT-BRIEF) and on Lexis/Nexis (Source: US Supreme Court Briefs). The advantage here is that you can word search the briefs (e.g., all briefs containing the term "NEPA").

Westlaw  Lexis/Nexis 
Database Name: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Database Identifier: SCT-BRIEF-ALL
Source Name: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Source Locator: Area of Law - By Topic > Litigation > Cases > Trial Transcripts & Briefs > U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Database Name: United States Court of Appeals Briefs
Database Identifier: CTA-BRIEF
Database Name: All State Briefs
Database Identifier:
Database Name: Briefs Multibase
Database Identifier: BRIEF-ALL
(combination of the three databases above)
Source Name: Brief Reporter
Source Locator: Area of Law - By Topic > Litigation > Cases > Trial Transcripts & Briefs > Brief Reporter
(Brief Reporter publishes legal briefs obtained from  attorneys throughout the country. Currently over 5,000 briefs are available online.)

Additional Assistance

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