Wayne State University
John E. Mogk
John E. Mogk
Professor of Law
Room 3399
(313) 577-3955

Education

B.B.A., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Dip. of Comp. Law, University of Stockholm

Biography

Following graduation with distinction from The University of Michigan Law School in 1964, where he served on the law review and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif, Professor Mogk practiced law with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. His practice included providing legal counsel to the pioneering program revitalizing the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

He joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1968, one year after Detroit's major civil disturbance, to focus upon critical issues facing America's distressed urban communities. His work has included research, teaching and engagement in the field of urban law and policy on such issues as economic development, neighborhood rehabilitation and intergovernmental cooperation. Professor Mogk frequently contributes editorial commentary on critical urban issues to the major media outlets.

Professor Mogk has assumed many public leadership positions, including his recent position as Chair of the Michigan Council on Labor and Economic Growth and as past Chair of Habitat for Humanity Detroit from 1999 to 2006. He has been an adviser to the state, Wayne County and the city of Detroit on a variety of urban development initiatives, including the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the City of Detroit Empowerment Zone program. He has also served on the Detroit Board of Education, Executive Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan Construction Code Commission. From 1974-1994 he was executive director of the Michigan Energy and Resource Research Association, a nonprofit state, university and industry scientific partnership developing renewable energy policy and projects for Michigan.

He has received special commendations from the Michigan Legislature and Detroit Common Council and was selected Outstanding Professor by the law school student body in 1979, 1983 and 1994, 1997 and 2003 and by the alumni in 1993. Professor Mogk was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Unites States (U.S. Jaycees) in 1973.

He teaches courses in Property, State and Local Government Law, Energy, Land Use Planning, and Urban Development. Professor Mogk was a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in England during 1985-86, and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2001. He has served as editor of the Michigan International Lawyer, published by the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the State Bar's Land Title Standards Committee.

Urban Agriculture Policy Paper
Professor Mogk led two former students, Sarah Kwiatkowski and Mary Jo Weindorf, on an urban agriculture policy paper for the city of Detroit. The paper, titled “Promoting Urban Agriculture as an Alternative Land Use for Vacant Properties in the City of Detroit: Benefits, Problems and Proposals for a Regulatory Framework for Successful Land Use Integration,” was submitted to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh in August 2010 .

Courses Taught

Property
Energy
Land Use
Urban Development

Selected Publications

Eminent Domain and the Public Use: Michigan Supreme Court Legislates An Unprecedented Overruling of Poletown in County of Wayne v. Hathcock, 51 WAYNE L. REV. (2005)

A Tribute to Professor Edward J. Littlejohn, 43 WAYNE L. REV. 1 (1997)

The Evolving Regulation of Combined Heat and Power in the United States, 1 UTILITIES L. REV 19 (1990)

PURPA and the Evolving Regulation of Cogeneration - A Guide for Prospective Cogenerators Focusing on the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Facility, 35 WAYNE L. REV. 1051 (with F. Lepley Jr.) (1989)

Anglo-American Energy Policy: Combined Heat and Power in the United Kingdom and the United States, 8 URBAN LAW AND POLICY 131 (1986)

Urban Renewal After the 1974 Housing Act, 52 U. DET. L.J. 947 (1975)

Survey of the Law of Real Property [in Michigan], 16 WAYNE L. REV. 835 (with R. Bartke) (1970)
 

In The News

July 15, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Michigan Daily (University of Michigan publication) report titled "Students find future and opportunity in the city."

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May 27, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Bloomberg News report titled "Detroit Blight Census Leaves Fate of Isolated Residents Unspoken."

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May 27, 2014
John E. Mogk was interviewed by Al Jazeera America TV for a report titled "Detroit task force unveils plans for blight fight."

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May 27, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Clearing neighborhood blight could cost $2B, Detroit group finds."

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April 23, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "After Joe Louis Arena, Detroit riverfront site's future up in air."

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March 25, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Herman Kiefer Health Complex in Detroit offered for new use."

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March 9, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "DIA grand bargain could prove to be a work of art, but not a done deal."

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March 6, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Different strategies for Gilbert, Ilitches as they reshape Detroit."

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February 21, 2014
John E. Mogk was quoted in an Associated Press story picked up for a Fox News report in Chicago (channel 32) titled "Detroit draws first map to get out of bankruptcy."

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December 10, 2013
John E. Mogk wrote a column titled "Here's a way Lansing can help cities besides an emergency manager." The piece was published in the Detroit Free Press.

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November 4, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Bloomberg News report titled "Detroit Recovery Begins Where Philadelphia and Leipzig Converge."

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October 30, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Packard Plant runner-up faces $2M deadline."

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October 26, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in an Associated Press article titled "Detroit bets on uncertainty of rail, new arena" that was published in the Daily Tribune (Royal Oak).

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October 8, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News story titled "Napoleon: Plan would attract $3B to redevelop Detroit."

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October 4, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in "Six decades in Detroit: How abandonment, racial tensions and financial missteps bankrupted the city," a special report in the Detroit News.

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August 26, 2013
John E. Mogk wrote an article titled "Bankruptcy is not the end but the beginning for Detroit" that was published in The Conversation.

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August 12, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News editorial titled "Leadership is key to Detroit's revival."

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August 12, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Bloomberg News report titled "Michigan Safety Net for Boomers Frays on Bankrupt Detroit."

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August 9, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in an article in Bloomberg News and Crain's Detroit Business titled" Detroit losing $1 million check bares hobbling processes."

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August 1, 2013
John E. Mogk wrote an opinion column, "Why the upcoming election is so crucial to Detroit's Future," published in the Detroit Free Press.

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August 1, 2013
John E. Mogk was a panelist on a CRI English (China) radio report about Detroit filing for bankruptcy.

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July 23, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in an article in New Scientist titled "Forget RoboCop - Detroit to turn green to regenerate."

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July 23, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Toledo Blade article titled "Rebirth of Detroit."

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July 12, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Ilitch poised to develop entertainment district as well as arena."

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May 14, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a National Public Radio report titled "An 'entrepreneurial seedling' sprouts in Detroit."

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April 14, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business article titled "Suits seen as unlikely roadblocks to bridge."

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April 10, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a News-Herald Newspaper article titled "Efforts to repurpose McLouth could finally bear fruit."

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April 3, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Metro Times (Detroit) article titled "EM law heads to court."

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March 21, 2013
John E. Mogk participated in a panel discussion on the status of Detroit. The discussion aired on the China Radio International network's (CRI) "Today on Beyond Beijing" segment, CRI's two-hour English version news magazine show featuring views and debates on global current affairs.

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March 14, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Bloomberg News article titled "Half of Michigan blacks lose local power in Detroit takeover."

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March 13, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit Metro Times opnion column titled "Snyder's Detroit shuffle."

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March 7, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Metro Times article titled "An emergency manager and Detroit's undue process."

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February 10, 2013
John E. Mogk was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit planners try a softer approach to urban renewal."

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January 17, 2013
John E. Mogk was part of a panel talking with Craig Fahle on WDET-FM radio for a segment titled "Now that a framework for Detroit Future City has been built, will it work?"

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January 8, 2013
John E. Mogk wrote an opinion piece published in the Detroit Free Press. The commentary is titled "Understand the opposition to Hantz urban farm plan."

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