Thomas Hawkins

Thomas Hawkins, a Florida licensed attorney, has represented parties on all sides of the planning and development review process including developers, neighborhood groups and local governments. From 2008 to 2014, Hawkins served as City Commissioner of Gainesville, Florida. He has taught courses in land use law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and College of Design, Construction and Planning. Thomas holds a Doctor of Law from the Emory University School of Law and a Master of Science with a major in Real Estate from the University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business.

Courses taught by Thomas Hawkins

Planning and the Law: Procedural Due Process

The United States Constitution protects rights to "due process." In a land use law context, due process is why local governments must treat legislative and quasi-judicial decision making differently. At the end of this course, students will be able to differentiate between legislative and quasi-judicial decisions and to understand the due process implications of the distinction.

69 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A

Planning and the Law: The Takings Clause

This course will help students understand and explore three legal concepts borne of the United States Constitution's Takings Clause: eminent domain, regulatory takings, and exactions. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify whether a particular government action is at risk of violating the Takings Clause.

69 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A