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Professor Peter Byrne Appointed Baumgartner Chair in Real Property Law

February 8, 2016 —

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Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor J. Peter Byrne as the John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Chair in Real Property Law. Professor Byrne will be formally installed as the inaugural chair at a ceremony in the 2016 spring semester.

“A longstanding and dedicated member of our community, Peter Byrne merges excellence in teaching and scholarship,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “His commitment to Georgetown and his accomplishments inside and outside the classroom make this chair a well-deserved honor.”

Byrne, who joined the Law Center faculty in 1985, teaches courses on property, land use, and historic preservation. He is the faculty director of the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program and the Georgetown Climate Center. He also serves as the District of Columbia Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation. He was associate dean for the J.D. program from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2013 to 2015. He was the John Carroll Research Professor in 1996-97.

Byrne is the co-author of the first casebook on historic preservation law and has authored numerous law review articles and book chapters on property, land use, historic preservation, natural resources and higher education law. In recent years, his published work has addressed numerous topics including regulatory takings, adaptation to climate change, gentrification, affordable housing, designation of historic properties, listing of endangered species and academic freedom. 

Byrne received a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. He then worked as an associate at Covington & Burling.

The John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Chair in Real Property Law was established at the Georgetown University Law Center through the bequest of John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. (L’48) in 2012. Mr. Baumgartner specialized in condemnation and real estate tax assessment cases. He also served as vice president of the Georgetown Law Alumni Board. In 1985, he was awarded the John Carroll Award, which honors alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll. Having recognized that his Law Center education prepared him for a successful and satisfying career, Mr. Baumgartner took great pleasure in showing Georgetown his appreciation through this bequest.

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