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Shelley Ross Saxer, J.D.
Vice Dean and Laure Sudreau-Rippe Endowed Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • B.S., Pepperdine University, 1980, summa cum laude

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While in law school, Dean Saxer served as the chief managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California and then worked briefly as a corporate associate for the Century City law offices of O'Melveny & Myers.

She has published articles dealing with liquor store overconcentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Dean Saxer is a co-author of Contemporary Property, American Casebook Series, Thomson West (4th ed. with Grant S. Nelson, Dale A. Whitman, and Colleen Medill). She is also working on a book with Jonathan Rosenbloom, titled Environmental Sustainability & Resiliency Law & Policy to be published by Wolters Kluwer.



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  • Shelley Ross Saxer, When Local Government Misbehaves, 2016 UTAH L. REV. 105 (2016) SSRN
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, To Bargain or Not to Bargain? A Response to Bargaining for Development Post-Koontz, 67 FLA. L. REV. F. 5 (2015) SSRN
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, "Rails-to-Trails": The Potential Impact of Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, 48 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 345 (2015) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer & Carol M. Rose, A Prospective Look at Property Rights, 20 GEO. MASON L. REV. 721 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Judicial State Action: Shelley v. Kraemer, State Action and Judicial Takings, 21 WIDENER L.J. 847 (2012) (Symposium) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, The Fluid Nature of Property Rights in Water, 21 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 49 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Managing Water Rights Using Fishing Rights as a Model, 95 MARQ. L. REV. 91 (2011) (Symposium) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer & Douglas W. Kmiec, Equality in Substance and in Name, S.F. CHRON., Mar. 2, 2009
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Assessing RLUIPA'S Application to Building Codes and Aesthetic Land Use Regulation, 2 ALB. GOV'T L. REV. 623 (2009) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Banishment of Sex Offenders: Liberty, Protectionism, Justice, and Alternatives, 86 WASH. U. L. REV. 1397 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Saxer, The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Kenneth W. Starr, Douglas W. Kmiec & Charles R. Eskridge, The Second Annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Justice Clarence Thomas, 37 PEPP. L. REV. 7 (2009) (special issue) HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Faith in Action: Religious Accessory Uses and Land Use Regulation, 2008 UTAH L. REV. 593 (2008) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Tribute to Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., 34 PEPP. L. REV. 253 (2007) (symposium editor) HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer & Daryl Fisher-Ogden, World Religions and Clean Water Laws, 17 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 63 (2006) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Government and Religion as Landlord and Tenant, 58 RUTGERS L. REV. 409 (2006) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, A Property Rights View: Commentary on Property and Speech by Robert A. Sedler, 21 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 155 (2006) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Government Power Unleashed: Using Eminent Domain to Acquire a Public Utility or Other Ongoing Enterprise, 38 IND. L. REV. 55 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Eminent Domain, Municipalization, and the Dormant Commerce Clause, 38 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1505 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Eminent Domain Actions Targeting First Amendment Land Uses, 69 MO. L. REV. 653 (2004) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer & Gary M. Thompson, Optimizing a Law School's Course Schedule, 1 PIERCE L. REV. 181 (2003) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, "Am I My Brother's Keeper?": Requiring Landowner Disclosure of the Presence of Sex Offenders and Other Criminal Activity, 80 NEB. L. REV. 522 (2001) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Planning Gain, Exactions, and Impact Fees: A Comparative Study of Planning Law in England, Wales, and the United States, 32 URB. LAW. 21 (2000) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, One Professor's Approach to Increasing Technology Use in Legal Education, 6 RICH. J.L. & TECH. 21 (1999-2000) SSRN
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Zoning Away First Amendment Rights, 53 WASH. U.J. of URB. & CONTEMP. L. 1 (1998) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Shelley v. Kraemer's Fiftieth Anniversary: "A Time for Keeping; a Time for Throwing Away"?, 47 U. KAN. L. REV. 61 (1998) HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, Local Autonomy or Regionalism?: Sharing the Benefits and Burdens of Suburban Commercial Development, 30 IND. L. REV. 659 (1997) HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, When Religion Becomes a Nuisance: Balancing Land Use and Religious Freedom When Activities of Religious Institutions Bring Outsiders into the Neighborhood, 84 KY. L.J. 507 (1996) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, License to Sell: Constitutional Protection Against State or Local Government Regulation of Liquor Licensing, 22 HASTINGS CONST. L.Q. 441 (1995) HeinOnline
  • Shelley Ross Saxer, "Down With Demon Drink!": Strategies For Resolving Liquor Outlet Overconcentration in Urban Areas, 35 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 123 (1994) HeinOnline

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