June 14, 2022
The Infrastructure Junkies! invited President Judy Jones to center stage to explain how and why she assumed the helm a year earlier than originally planned. Is she ready? Did she need another year to prepare? Learn more about her unlikely path to this position, her philosophies, leadership style and her goals for the International Right of Way Association.
This episode of Infrastructure Junkies! was graciously underwritten and sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC, DBE certified relocation specialists who will handle all of your relocation needs, no matter how complex. From one parcel to 100.
May 31, 2022
Infrastructure Junkies! welcome back Professor Greg Jackson from the History that Doesn't Suck Podcast to tell you a story about one of the greatest infrastructure marvels in American History: the transcontinental railroad. Learn about the reasons why our young country so desperately needed this new infrastructure development, how it was set up as a race between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, the high stakes of failure, the challenges of drilling through mountains, native American hostilities, weather, and also learn about the remarkable people that got it done. What a story!
This episode was generously sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC, your experts in the Uniform Relocation Act. From one parcel to one hundred, anywhere in the United States, Blackbird gets it done!
May 17, 2022
Appraiser Bob Grace joins Infrastructure Junkies! to discuss the wild and wonderful world of fixtures in the right of way field. The appraiser's first encounter with items in the acquisition inspection will set the stage for how certain "things" are handled throughout the eminent domain process. Are they realty or are they personal property? And what is a "trade fixture"? Get that determination wrong, and bad things can happen. Tune in!
May 3, 2022
For the first time ever, The Eminent Domain Podcast and Infrastructure Junkies! team up for a JOINT EPISODE which examines the nuts and bolts of IIJA. We focus on how and when it will affect our industry, where the funding is going--and where it's not. Attorney Jeremy Young has studied the landmark legislation and provides your hosts a wonderful and fascinating overview of what is to come.
April 19, 2022
Indian property rights scholar Bethany Berger, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, joins Infrastructure Junkies! to explain the intersection between Indian rights and right of way projects and infrastructure development in the United States. She discusses the derivation of Indian property interests, how Indian reservations were established, the laws that govern Indian property rights, the source of those laws, and the effects of burial grounds and Indian artifacts on a project.
For more information on this topic, the regulation on rights of way over trust and restricted lands on reservations can be found at 25 CFR 169 (there are some older statutes that apply to reservations generally), and the best resource to find out more about Indian property rights is Cohen’s Handbook on Federal Indian Law, which is available on Lexis (but not Westlaw). Ch.15, section 15.09 is all about rights of way, and Ch.20 section 20.02 is all about the National Historic Preservation Act.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Blackbird Right of Way, a full service, DBE certified right of way company, for making this episode possible.
April 5, 2022
Tom Forestier, a partner with Winstead, PC, has represented some of the largest companies in the oil and gas industry for his entire career. Tom joins Infrastructure Junkies! to discuss how the oil and gas industry has lost public support, the disfavor of fossil fuels, and the difficulty of building pipelines in this new era. And did someone mention bourbon? Yes, please!
March 22, 2022
Your hosts explore application of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, to businesses impacted by a right of way or eminent domain project. Martyn Daniel, an eminent domain and business relocation consultant and Brandee Caswell, an attorney who assists large companies with complex relocations, offer their perspectives on application of the URA to this complex and sometimes imperfect process. Find out the role of the Karate Kid in relocations, and whose alter ego is Daniel Larusso, Johhny Lawrence, Mr. Miyagi and Ali with an "i"!
This episode is generously sponsored by Blackbird Right of Way LLC.
March 8, 2022
Two of the best and most successful property rights (landowner) eminent domain attorneys in the United States, Andrew Prince Brigham (Jacksonville) and Christian Torgrimson (Atlanta), join Infrastructure Junkies! to share their perspectives from the other side. Along the way, they discuss what attracted them to defending landowners, their perspective on the ongoing debate of whether eminent domain is good or evil, as well as jury trial strategies. Learn what they view as unfair practices by condemning authorities and which agencies are more difficult than others. They identify bad condemning authority practices and behaviors and best of all, appraisers and appraisal tactics which they are able to exploit at trial. As would be expected, each guest handily survives "Cross Examination with Dave"!
This episode was recorded on location at the Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Infrastructure Junkies! would like to thank Amy Weinberg at ALI-CLE for providing our team the space to record at the conference.
Infrastructure Junkies! would also like to thank Pender & Coward's Eminent Domain / Right of Way Practice Group for its generosity in sponsoring this episode.
February 22, 2022
Infrastructure Junkies! kicks off Season 3 with a blockbuster roundtable with special guests Lisa Harrison and Marcus Boyd. Tune in to consider hardline negotiations in right of way, silver linings in relocation benefits, the need for diversity in the right of way industry and whether the infrastructure industry is really ready to "go green". Along the way your hosts and guests consider the benefits of being a vegetarian, reality TV guilty pleasures, the need to read, and Texas Tech basketball, baby! This episode was generously sponsored and made possible by Pinnacle Consulting Management Group. Thank you, Pinnacle!
November 23, 2021
Patrick McCallister joins the IJs to discuss his education outreach to recruit the next generation of Infrastructure Junkies as well as his new Eminent Domain and Right of Way Clubhouse. "Tish" from Boots, Bibles and Scrapbookin'! Podcast breaks into the studio and takes the interview into her own hands. Hilarity ensues.
November 9, 2021
Professor Tanya D. Marsh from Wake Forest University School of Law teaches the only law school course on cemetery and funeral law in the United States. She joins the Infrastructure Junkies to educate us all on what to do if human remains lie in the path of a right of way project. How can graves be condemned through eminent domain? Does a corpse have the right to just compensation? And what even are "human remains" that trigger special treatment? Find out here!
October 26, 2021
Professor Greg Jackson returns to finish the gripping story of how the Brooklyn Bridge was designed and constructed. This American infrastructure marvel represented the greatest right of way feat of its time and set the standard for bridge engineering going forward.
October 12, 2021
Check out the wondrous story of the greatest American infrastructure achievement of the 19th Century: the Brooklyn Bridge. Professor Greg Jackson of the wildly popular History That Doesn't Suck podcast joins the Infrastructure Junkies! to bring the story of our nation's greatest infrastructure marvel to life. Listen to how the brilliant John Roebling identified the pressing need to connect Brooklyn with Manhattan in the mid 1800's and then conceived the engineering technique to accomplish this vision. A road supported by string? Not quite, but this marvel still provides safe passage to over 100,000 people every day nearly a century and a half after completion.
September 28, 2021
Do you have a "hot" infrastructure project with heavy media scrutiny? Has the use of eminent domain become controversial...or has the landowner utilized the media or politicians to weaponize its case? Are some impacted property owners a hotter potato than others? Join Infrastructure Junkies' fascinating interview of PR expert Brian Daskam, who guides your hosts through the minefield of controversial projects. And bonus! Get Brian's hot take on 90's music and....coffee? Oh, and a spirited round of "Cross Examination with Dave!"
September 14, 2021
Yes, you heard it right. Almost 20 years ago, Jeff Meader suffered a very unfortunate and stressful experience involving eminent domain. But this savvy entrepreneur took the proceeds from that painful process and turned his nightmare into a dream come true for himself and his family...and the Eminent Domaine Winery was born. If you are interested in the human aspect of the right of way process, this episode is for you. If you love wine or are interested in the nuances of how it is created, this episode is for you. If you just love a feel good human interest story, this episode is for you. Join us!