Transportation Infrastructure Law and Policy:

The Road Forward

Event Description:

Transportation is at the heart of American life. Transportation infrastructure provides access, or lack thereof, to employment, resources, educational opportunities, housing, and more. Thus, transportation is the backbone of our economy, and it intersects with nearly all areas of law. Transportation infrastructure and climate change initiatives are inextricably intertwined. Our highways, roadways, and bridges are aging and in need of repair. Investments are also needed to combat growing inequities in these areas. The symposium will include discussions on each of these topics from diverse scholars that examine and even reimagine transportation infrastructure.


1:00-1:05 PM Introduction and Welcome from the Vice Dean

1:05-2:05 PM TBD  

2:05-2:10 PM Break

2:10-3:10 PM Space, Race, and Transportation Equity

3:10-3:15 PM Break

3:15-4:15 PM Panel: The Future of Transportation Infrastructure

TBD (1:05-2:05 PM)

Speaker: TBD

Space, Race, and Transportation Equity (2:10-3:10 PM)

Speaker: Kali Murray

Professor Kali Murray is a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. Professor Murray’s research agenda is focused on the “politics of participation” in patent, property, and administrative law. Professor Murray is interested in the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture on the development of property law. Prof. Murray is a Co-Director of Marquette University Law School’s Intellectual Property Program. Prof. Murray has also worked extensively on diversity and equity issues. She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Johns Hopkins University, and M.A. in History from Johns Hopkins University. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Among her works, she has published a book, The Politics of Patent Law: Crafting the Participatory Patent Bargain.  Her current work, Infrostructure(s), focuses on how public rights in information are constructed. She is a co-author of Integrating Spaces: Cases and Materials on Race and Property Law (1st Ed. 2012).

Panel: The Future of Transportation Infrastructure (3:15-4:15 PM)

To promote environmental resilience, innovative approaches are needed to our transportation fuels, forms, and funding. Congress and the White House are seeking to address this through a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $284 billion for transportation and more for environmental remediation. Experts will discuss innovative solutions to these issues and the possible impact of additional federal funds.

Joseph Kane

Joseph W. Kane is a Fellow at Brookings Metro. Kane’s work focuses on a wide array of built environment issues, including transportation and water infrastructure. Within these areas of research, Kane has explored infrastructure’s central economic role across different regions as well as its relationship to opportunity and resilience. Kane has coordinated the production of new metrics and developed interactive content to better inform decisions by policymakers and practitioners. Kane’s recent work has explored transportation and placemaking, climate investment, and federal infrastructure policy. Kane also continues to examine challenges and opportunities facing the country’s infrastructure workforce. Prior to Brookings, Kane was an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kane holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.

Benjamin Dierker

Benjamin Dierker is the Director of Public Policy at the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii), where he researches the intersection of economics, law, and public policy on issues ranging from transportation and energy to technology and infrastructure. A Texas native, Benjamin is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Public Administration. He holds a J.D. from the Scalia Law School at George Mason University and is a member of the Washington, D.C. bar. 

Beth Osborne

Beth is the Director of Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy since 2009. At DOT, Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21. Before joining DOT, Beth worked for Sen. Tom Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for Smart Growth America and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of Representatives working as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Klink (PA-04) and as legislative director for Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03).

Joe Halso

Joe Halso is a staff attorney at the Sierra Club, where he works to electrify our nation’s cars, trucks, and buses. Joe leads the Club’s work on utility regulatory issues related to transportation electrification in state utility commissions across the Midwest and West. He also works to support clean transportation policies at the state and federal levels and is a chair of the American Bar Association’s Renewable, Alternative, Distributed Energy Resources committee. Joe is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. He is based in Denver, CO.