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Michael B. Kent, Jr.

Michael B. Kent, Jr

Associate Professor


404-872-3593 Ext. 269


B.A., University of Alabama, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Courses Taught

Local Government Law; Professional Responsibility; Real Property; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Scholarly Legal Writing & Editing

Career Highlights

Prior to joining the John Marshall Law School faculty in 2006, Professor Kent practiced with the West Georgia law firm of Tisinger, Tisinger, Vance & Greer. His practice focused primarily on real estate development, land use, local government, and public utility regulation. Before entering private practice, Professor Kent served as law clerk to Judge J. Owen Forrester of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, followed by additional service as law clerk to Judge Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While in law school, Professor Kent received the Marion F. Smith School of Law Scholarship, served as Articles Editor for the Georgia Law Review, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. In 2007, Professor Kent was named a Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he taught as a visiting professor at Stetson University College of Law. Professor Kent’s current research focuses primarily on eminent domain, regulatory takings, and land use issues.


The World of Deadwood: Property Rights and the Search for Human Identity (with Lance McMillian), ___ S. Cal. Interdisc. L. J. ___ (2011)

More Questions Than Answers: Situating Judicial Takings Within Existing Regulatory Takings Doctrine, 29 Va. Envtl. L. J. (2011)

Theoretical Tension and Doctrinal Discord: Analyzing Development Impact Fees as Takings, 51 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1833 (2010)

Public Utilities, Eminent Domain, and Local Land Use Regulations: Has Texas Found the Proper Balance?, 16 Tex. Wes. L. Rev. 29 (2009) (symposium)

Pavesich, Property, and Privacy: The Common Origins of Property Rights and Privacy Rights in Georgia, 2 J. Marshall L. J. 1 (2009) (symposium introductory essay)

From “Preferred Position” to “Poor Relation”: History, Wilkie v. Robbins, and the Status of Property Rights Under the Takings Clause, New Mexico L. Rev. (forthcoming 2009)

Construing the Canon: An Exegesis of Regulatory Takings Jurisprudence After Lingle v. Chevron, 16 N.Y.U. Envtl. L. J. 63 (2008).

Forming a Tie that Binds: Development Agreements in Georgia and the Need for Legislative Clarity, 30 Environs Envtl. L. & Pol’y J. 1 (2006).

Qualified Immunity in the Eleventh Circuit After Hope v. Pelzer, Ga. B. J., Oct. 2003, at 22.

Daubert, Doctors, and Differential Diagnosis: Treating Medical Causation Testimony as Evidence, 66 Def. Couns. J. 525 (1999).

The Court Giveth, and Congress Taketh Away: Statutory Preemption and the Federal Common Law D’Oench Doctrine, 116 Banking L. J. 214 (1999).