John Mogk

Prof. John Mogk

Distinguished Service Professor of Law; Chair, Levin Center at Wayne Law Faculty Committee, Wayne State University Law School

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. In addition to corporate law and litigation, 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 Planning and Development Department. 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, 2003 and 2016 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, 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 .


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