Daniel P. Selmi

Professor of Law
Fritz B. Burns Chair in Real Property

BA, Santa Clara University
JD, magna cum laude, Santa Clara University
MPA, Harvard University 

Background

Professor Selmi specializes in Land Use Law, Environmental Law, and Appellate Advocacy.  He also teaches Torts and Natural Resources Law.  Professor Selmi holds the Fritz B. Burns Chair in Real Property Law and has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1983.  He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Loyola from 1990 to 1993.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Selmi was a deputy attorney general in the Office of the California Attorney General from 1976 to 1983, first serving in the Environmental Law Section and then in the Natural Resources Law Section. From 1975 to 1976, he was judicial law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge for the Central District of California.  During the 1993-94 academic year, Professor Selmi was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  During 1979 and 1980 he taught as an adjunct at Loyola and also taught classes during 1979 as an adjunct lecturer at the University of California Irvine.  

Professor Selmi is co-author of the casebook Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials, now in its fourth edition, and co-author of the two-volume treatise, State Environmental Law. He is co-editor of the most comprehensive treatise on California environmental and land use law, the six-volume California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice.  His most recent book, Principles of Appellate Advocacy, was published in 2013 by Aspen Publishing.  His 2011 article, “The Contract Transformation in Land Use Regulation,” published in the Stanford Law Review, was voted by peers in the field as one of the “top 10” land use and environmental law articles of the year and republished in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review.

Professor Selmi is a former chair of the California State Bar Committee (now Section) on Environmental Law and has been a panelist on numerous occasions at the Section's Annual Conference at Yosemite. He has also been a panelist at both the Annual California Land Use Law and Planning Conference and the “Super-Symposium on Environmental Law” held annually by the Section on Environmental Law of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He was a panelist at the First and Second Annual “Little NEPA” Conferences, sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has been a lecturer at the “Western Environmental Boot Camp,” sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, which educates new practitioners in the field of environmental law.  He also served the reporter to the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Central District of California.

Professor Selmi has extensive appellate experience. Over his career he has argued almost 30 cases involving environmental and land use law in the state and federal appellate courts, including four in the California Supreme Court, and he has briefed over 40 cases in those areas. In 2013, he received a CLAY Award  (“California Attorney of the Year”) in the field of Environmental Law from California Lawyer Magazine for his work on American Coatings Ass’n v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 54 Cal. 4th 446 (2012), a case which he argued in the California Supreme Court. In 2008, he was elected to membership in the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  The Academy, the oldest lawyers' organization in the country dedicated solely to the practice of appellate law, admits members only by election "after rigorous scrutiny of their skill in appellate practice."  In addition, he has served as an expert witness in several land use and environmental law cases, and currently is a court-appointed special master in litigation.

Public Service

  • Member (and former Chair), California State Bar Section on Environmental Law
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Environmental Law
  • Former Chair, Editorial Board, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association)
  • Former Chair, The Committee on the Public and the Profession, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, California Environmental Law Reporter (Lexis Nexis)

Selected Scholarship

  • Book, Principles of Appellate Advocacy (2013) (with Teacher’s Manual).
  • Co-author, Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials (with James Kushner and Edward Ziegler) (4th ed. 2012) (with Teacher’s Manual)
  • 2012 Annual Update to State Environmental Law (West) (two-volume treatise updated annually)
  • Article, The Contract Transformation in Land Use Regulation,” 63 Stanford L. Rev. 591 (2011).
  • Short Article, “The Year in Review: Ten Environmental and Land Use Cases From 2010,” California Environmental Law Reporter (Feb. 2011) (latest in Professor Selmi's series of “Year in Review” articles published annually since the inception of the Reporter in 1991)
  • Article, “Themes in the Evolution of the State Environmental Policy Acts,” 38 Urban Lawyer 947 (2006)