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John Lovett

De Van D. Daggett, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law

Education

J.D., Tulane University, 1995

M.F.A., Indiana University, 1991

B.A., Haverford College, 1988

Departments

  • College of Law
  • Law

Expertise

  • Louisiana Civil Law
  • Property Law

Bio

John Lovett joined the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2002, after five years in practice with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis and judicial clerkships with the Hon. F.A. Little, Jr., United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, and the Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Professor Lovett has served as Chair of the Property and Real Estate Transactions Sections of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and has served as contributing editor to the ABA journal, Probate and Property. In the fall of 2009, Professor Lovett was a McCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Law School. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Academic Affairs at Loyola. In 2013, Professor Lovett was elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).  In 2017, he was awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh Law School, which he will hold from September 2017 until August 2020.

Professor Lovett’s teaching and research focus on property law in common, civil and mixed jurisdictions. He has published many book chapters and numerous articles in journals such as the Connecticut Law Review, Edinburgh Law Review, Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Journal of Law, Property and Society, Louisiana Law Review, Loyola Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Probate and Property, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, Stellenbosch Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Texas A&M Law Review, Tulane Law Review and Vermont Law Review. He is also co-author of Louisiana Property Law: The Civil Code, Cases, and Commentary (Carolina Academic Press 2014).

Professor Lovett received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1988, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1991, and his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1995, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor for the Tulane Law Review.

Scholarly Papers at SSRN.com

Classes Taught

Civil Law Property I & II
Sales and Leases
Land Use

Areas of Expertise

Property law in civil law, common law and mixed jurisdictions, land use and real estate transactions.

Publications

Case Books

LOUISIANA PROPERTY LAW: THE CIVIL CODE, CASES, AND COMMENTARY (with Markus G. Puder and Evelyn L. Wilson) (Carolina Academic Press 2014).

Law Review Articles and Essays

Good Faith in Louisiana Property Law, 78 LA. L. REV. 1163 (2018).

Moving to Higher Ground, Protecting and Relocating Communities in Response to Climate Change, 42 VT. L. REV. 25 (2017).

Disseisin, Doubt, and Debate: Adverse Possession Scholarship in the United States (1881-1986), 5 TEX. A&M L. REV. 1 (2017).

Precarious Possession, 77 LA. L. REV. 618 (2017).

One Fine Day in Stellenbosch: A Review of Bram Akkermans, Ernst Marais and Eveline Ramaekers (eds.), Property Law Perspectives II (Intersentia 2014), 4(3) EUR. PROP. L. J. 223-252 (Dec. 2015).

Tragedy or Triumph in Post-Katrina New Orleans?: Reflections on Possession, Dispossession, Demographic Change and Affordable Housing, 40 FORDHAM URB. L. J. CITY SQUARE 22 (2013), available at http://urbanlawjournal.com/3-tragedyor-triumph-in-post-katrina-new-orleans-by-john-a-lovett/ , reprinted in 23 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development 289 (2015).

Love, Loyalty and the Louisiana Civil Code: Rules, Standards and Hybrid Discretion in a Mixed Jurisdiction, 72 LA. L. REV. 923 (2012).

The Right of Responsible Access Meets the Right to Exclude: Scotland’s Bold Experiment in Public Access Legislation, 26 PROB & PROP. No.2, 52 (2012).

Progressive Property in Action: The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, 89 NEB. L. REV. 739 (2011).

Meditations on Strathclyde: Controlling Private Land Use Restrictions at the Crossroads of Legal Systems, 36 SYRACUSE J. INT’L L. & COMM. 1 (2008).

Creating and Controlling Private Land Use Restrictions in Scotland and Louisiana: A Comparative Mixed Jurisdiction Analysis, 2008 (2) STELLENBOSCH LAW REVIEW 231.

Property and Radically Changed Circumstances: Hurricane Katrina and Beyond, 74 TENN. L. REV. 463 (2007).

Doctrines of Waste in a Landscape of Waste, 72 MO. L. REV. 1209 (2007).

Rebuilding a Region: Housing Recovery Efforts in the Wake of Katrina and Rita, 20 PROB. & PROP. 49 (2006).

A New Way: Servitude Relocation in Scotland and Louisiana, 9 EDINBURGH L. REV. 352 (2005).

A Bend in the Road: Easement Relocation and Pliability in the New Restatement (Third) of Property: Servitudes, 38 CONN. L. REV. 1 (2005).

On the Principle of Legal Certainty in the Louisiana Civil Law Tradition: From the Manifesto to the Great Repealing Act and Beyond, 63 LA. L. REV. 1397 (2003).

Another Great Debate?: The Ambiguous Relationship Between the Revised Civil Code and Pre-Revision Jurisprudence as Seen Through the Prytania Park Controversy, 48 LOY. L. REV. 615 (2003).

The Alien Tort Statute: Subject Matter Jurisdiction and a Cause of Action in United States Courts for Suits by Aliens Alleging Torts in Violation of the Law of Nations, 47 ROCKY MTN. MIN. L. INST. 24-1 (2001) (with Donald R. Abaunza).

Tortious Interference and Unfair Trade Claims: Louisiana’s Elusive Remedies for Business Interference, 45 LOY. L. REV. 395 (1999) (with George Denegre, Jr. and Shannon Holtzman).

Comment, Batture, Ordinary High Water and the Louisiana Levee Servitude, 69 TUL. L. REV. 561 (1994).

Book Chapters

Towards Sustainable Community Ownership: A Comparative Perspective on the Community Right to Buy, in LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND: HISTORY, LAW AND POLICY, MALCOLM M. COMBE, JAYNE H. GLASS & ANNIE TINDLEY, eds. (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019).

Professor Longhair’s Legacy, Revendicating Movables under Louisiana Law, in NORTHERN LIGHTS: ESSAYS IN PRIVATE LAW IN HONOUR OF DAVID CAREY MILLER, DOUGLAS BAIN, RODERICK PAISLEY AND ANDREW R.C. SIMPSON, EDS., 31-65 (Aberdeen University Press, 2018) available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2726062.

Tacking in a Mixed Jurisdiction, in NOTHING SO PRACTICAL AS A GOOD THEORY: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF GEORGE GRETTON, ANDREW J.M. STEVEN, ROSS ANDERSON, & JOHN MACLEOD, EDS. 162-76 (Avizandum Pub. Ltd. 2017), available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3103308.

Can Charter Schools Save Cities?: Social Capital and Urban Public Education, in HOW CITIES WILL SAVE THE WORLD, JOHN TRAVIS MARSHALL AND RAY BRESCIA, EDS. 159-187 (Routledge 2016).

“Somewhat at Sea”: Public Use and Third Party Transfer Limits in Two U.S. States, in RETHINKING PUBLIC INTEREST IN EXPROPRIATION LAW I, BJORN HOOPS ET. AL., EDS., 93-124 (Boom/Eleven International and Juta 2015), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2685860.

Commercial Title Conditions in Scotland and Louisiana, in MIXED JURISDICTIONS COMPARED: PRIVATE LAW IN LOUISIANA AND SCOTLAND, VERNON PALMER AND ELSPETH REID, EDS. 30-66 (Edinburgh University Press 2009).

Property and Radical Change: Observations on Property Relationships from Post-Katrina New Orleans, in LAW AND RECOVERY AFTER DISASTER: HURRICANE KATRINA, ROBIN PAUL MALLOY, ED., 7-36 (Ashgate 2008).

Tributes

Into Centuries of Centuries: Reflections on Marc. R. Poirier (1952-2015), 3 J. L. PROP. & SOC. 1 (2017), available at http://alps.syr.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2017/05/JLPS-2017-04-Lovett.pdf.

Reports

REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 180 OF THE 2015 REGULAR SESSION: FEASIBILITY OF THE USE OF LEVEE ROADS BY OWNERS OF ENCLOSED ESTATES, PRIVATE USE OF LEVEE ROADS COMMITTEE, LOUISIANA STATE LAW INSTITUTE, (Oct. 10, 2016) (Reporter).

POTENTIAL UNIFORM EASEMENT RELOCATION ACT, THE JOINT EDITORIAL BOARD FOR UNIFORM REAL PROPERTY ACTS (Dec. 2010) (sole author).

THE CHALLENGES OF SUDDEN NATURAL DISASTERS FOR LAND ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT: THE CASE OF HURRICANE KATRINA IN NEW ORLEANS, J. DAVID STANFIELD, ED. (April 2008) (contributor to case study submitted to the United Nations-Habitat Program).

Symposia Introductions

Symposium Introduction, Fourth International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists (Conference Papers), 62 LOY. L. REV. 613 (2016).

Symposium Introduction, Third International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists (Conference Papers), 57 LOY. L. REV. 703 (2011).

Symposium Introduction, Revitalizing Community Assets: Blighted, Abandoned and Tax Adjudicated Property and Land use in Post-Katrina New Orleans, 53 LOY. L. REV. 719 (2007).

CLE Materials

A Deep Dive into Easements, in THE ACREL PAPERS 21-108 (American College of Real Estate Lawyers, ALI-CLE, Fall 2017, Los Angeles, CA) (with Diane B. Davies and James C. Smith).

Strategies for Revitalizing Abandoned and Blighted Property, New Orleans Bar Association, Real Property Section CLE, Oct. 2, 2008.

Literature Reviews

Keeping Current: Property, 23 No. 5 PROB. & PROP. 19-20 (Sept./Oct. 2009).

Keeping Current: Property, 23 No. 4 PROB. & PROP. 49-51 (July/Aug. 2009).

Keeping Current: Property, 23 No. 3 PROB. & PROP. 21-23 (May/June 2009).

Keeping Current: Property, 23 No. 2 PROB. & PROP. 28-30 (Mar./Apr. 2009).

Keeping Current: Property, 23 No. 1 PROB. & PROP. 21-23 (Jan./Feb. 2009).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 6 PROB. & PROP. 30-32 (Nov./Dec. 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 5 PROB. & PROP. 19-20 (Sept./Oct. 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 4 PROB. & PROP. 27-28 (July/Aug. 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 3 PROB. & PROP. 20-21 (May/June 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 2 PROB. & PROP. 31-33 (March/April 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 22 No. 1 PROB. & PROP. 17-19 (Jan./Feb. 2008).

Keeping Current: Property, 21 No. 6 PROB. & PROP. 28-30 (Nov./Dec. 2007).

Newspaper Opinion-Editorial Articles

Turn Surplus into an Insurance Solution, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (Dec. 23, 2006). (with Raphael J. Rabalais, Jr.).

Road Home Flexibility Aids Recovery, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (Nov. 4, 2006).

Why Can’t Our Road Home Be As Simple as Mississippi’s, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (Aug. 17, 2006).

Move-away Penalty is Unfair, Impractical, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (April 18, 2006)