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Dwight Merriam, attorney, to present annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

Dwight Merriam Dwight Merriam, a partner with Robinson & Cole, Attorneys at Law, will present the Bloustein School's annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m.. This year's lecture will be "What We Must Never Forget: The Social Equity Obligations of Planners and Planning Officials."

In his discussion, Mr. Merriam will address how planners -- both professional planners and elected and appointed officials -- have a special and unique obligation to give voice to those who are structurally disenfranchised from participating in the state, substate regional, and local land use planning and regulatory processes. Planners must also give voice to those who are poor and need safe, clean, and decent housing everywhere. They must give voice to generations not yet born who will inherit the landscapes we shape, save, and sometimes destroy today. Many other populations similarly need advocates. This session will detail those obligations, give examples of where the issues have been raised, review the applicable history and recent developments in New Jersey, and offer the perspective of a planner and lawyer on what all planners can and must do.

Mr. Merriam represents developers, local governments, landowners, and advocacy groups in land development and conservation issues. He has published over 200 professional articles on land use law, and authored or edited five books: Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown, The Takings Issue, The Complete Guide to Zoning, Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context, and At the Cutting Edge 2008.

Mr. Merriam is a fellow and past president of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former director of the American Planning Association, and past chair of APA’s Planning & Law Division. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was elected in 2008 to be one of the 50 U.S. members of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute. He is also a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Counselors of Real Estate. He has taught land use law at Vermont Law School since 1994.

Mr. Merriam received his B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was also elected to Phi Kappa Phi. He received his Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor at Yale Law School where he received the Ivan Meitus Prize for his article on the transfer of development rights.

The annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture was established in the memory of Isadore Candeub in tribute to his long and successful career as a planning consultant and to his extraordinary dedication to planning in towns, cities and regions across America. Before his passing in 1986 he was chairman of the executive committee of Candeub, Fleissig & Associates, consultants in community development and environmental planning. Mr. Candeub, with Morris B. Fleissig, a lawyer, founded the firm in Newark in 1953. Earlier he had spent 20 months in the Federal Government as chief planner for the Northeastern region of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, precursor of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was a 1943 graduate of the City College of New York; did graduate work at Columbia University and received a master's degree in 1948 from the School of Architecture and City Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be held at the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 1 to Amy Cobb by phone at 732-932-5475 ext. 638 or by e-mail to

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance credits (credits for attending live event only).

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