John Mogk

John Mogk

Professor of Law

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John Mogk

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 .

Degrees and Certifications

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

Courses Taught

Property
Energy
Land Use
Urban Development

Academic Interests

  Milliken v. Bradley Case

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)
 

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Morouns, speculators look like winners in Detroit land swap to ensure FCA factory jobs.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “What could stop City Council from approving Jeep plant deal? Not much.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “FCA’s Jeep assembly plant is coming to Detroit — but city may have paid too much.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “Felon has role in Detroit’s demolition program.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Dan Gilbert defends Quicken Loans over ‘junk’ bond rating.”

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  • John Mogk

    wrote an op-ed for Bridge Magazine, “Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “Fate of Fiat Chrysler's Detroit plant in city’s hands.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Taylor treasurer, home on disability, finds pay gone, job in jeopardy.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Wayne County treasurer's family bought tax-foreclosed properties.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Detroit's old banks have vanished but new services may be better.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Milwaukee, Kalamazoo County say they keep squatters out.”

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  • John Mogk

    spoke with WJR’s Frank Beckmann about the now defunct Amazon deal.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “State, Gilbert have deal to hide Amazon subsidy details.”

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Detroit seeks to compel landlords to list renters in search for tax evaders.”

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  • John Mogk

    wrote “Action to enforce Headlee compliance” for the Grosse Pointe News.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “3-way deal big step toward jail land swap in Detroit.” 

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  • John Mogk

    wrote, “Reconsider honors to Lewis Cass, do more to honor abolitionist Jacob Howard” for the Detroit Free Press.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “New Detroit land bank CEO ready for ‘messy’ work.”

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  • John Mogk

    wrote "Eminent domain helps Detroit compete" for The Detroit News.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Gilbert’s soccer stadium moves forward with land deal."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "On Hudson's site, will Gilbert's tower signal next recession or start of a building boom?"

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Little Caesars Arena: Welcome to Detroit's new playground."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit News for its report, "LCA’s to-do list gets smaller and smaller."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "New details, renderings for Gilbert's Monroe Block plan show huge ambitions."

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  • John Mogk

    was cited by the Detroit Free Press for its report, “Woman seeking ban over neighbor's secondhand smoke.”

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  • John Mogk

    wrote, "The riot didn't cause Detroit's decline," for Crain's Detroit Business' "Other Voices" guest blog.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Tallest building in Detroit planned for Hudson site."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by Detroit Metro Times for its report, "Detroit sports city? The unknown cost of putting a fourth pro sports facility downtown."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Analysts call Dan Gilbert's jail offer to Wayne County a 'win-win'."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Will Gilbert's plan for tax incentives flare 'Two Detroits' tension?"

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Housing spats boil up in Detroit neighborhoods."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by The Bond Buyer for its report, "Michigan Cities' Suit Says State Shortchanged Them on Aid."

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  • John Mogk

    was a guest on WDET for its report, "Lawsuit claims state shorting locals by billions."

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  • John Mogk

    was cited by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "14 cities sue Michigan, say revenue-sharing math isn't right."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by several media outlets including WDET, WMUK, Daily Tribune and Crain's Detroit Business for reports about a lawsuit that says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year. Mogk is the lead attorney in the lawsuit.

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted in The Detroit News for its report, "Taxpayer group sues Mich., says it owes cities millions."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Marouns aren't done trying to block Gordie Howe bridge."

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  • John Mogk

    was cited in a Macomb Daily column titled, "Court battle looms over cuts in revenue sharing."

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Will more Detroit neighborhoods turn to fees for better services?"

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  • John Mogk

    was quoted by Crain's Detroit Business for its report, "Brewster plan splits; parking an issue."

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  • John Mogk

    was cited in a Macomb Daily guest column, "State legislators continue to violate Michigan Constitution," written by retired editor Ken Kish.

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  • John Mogk

    wrote a guest column, "Michigan continues to short change local governments." It appeared in Macomb Daily, Oakland Press and Daily Tribune.

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  • John Mogk

    was mentioned in C&G Newspapers for its report, "Woods joins pending legislation against state of Michigan."

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  • John Mogk

    wrote a letter to the editor, "The serious financial crisis our cities face." It appeared in The Detroit News.

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  • John Mogk

    wrote a guest column, "State's dereliction in funding cities violates constitution," for the Detroit Free Press.

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