TCAA/TML Legal Defense Program: Amicus Briefs and Comments Filed

TCAA, in conjunction with the Texas Municipal League, files amicus briefs and comments in support of cities on many issues. To keep up to date on the status of these issues, go to

Tree Preservation:  RQ-0154-KP, Constitutionality of municipal tree preservation ordinances. John Echeverria, Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and a nationally-recognized takings law expert, submitted a comment letter to the attorney general’s office. He argued that it is “exceedingly unlikely” that the City of Austin or City of Colleyville ordinances could work a taking that requires compensation. His legal research across the country, including recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent, showed that to be the case. Professor Echeverria submitted the letter on July 7, 2017.