Welcome to City Square

  • The Fordham Urban Law Journal is proud to present “City Square,” the Journal‘s online companion.  City Square is a competitive and lively arena showcasing meaningful discourse between the nation’s top legal scholars.  City Square features five literary discussions at a time and is regularly updated with new content.   Enjoy the literary discussions as they unfold and stay tuned! City Square Responses and Replies are permanently published on urbanlawjournal.com.  We also hope to make City Square available on Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline soon.


2014 Cooper-Walsh Colloquium

Financing and Fairness: Implementation and Equity in the Urban Charter School

Date & Time: Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM

Location: Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street

The Cooper-Walsh Colloquium is a gathering of the top thinkers in various disciplines who bring creative analyses and solutions to bear on the most pressing issues that affect urban areas. The Colloquium is organized in conjunction with Professor Susan Block-Lieb, the Cooper Family Chair in Urban Legal Issues, and Professor Sheila Foster, the Albert A. Walsh Chair of Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law. The Colloquium consists of four paper presentations and four accompanying responses that serve as a workshop for the main papers and facilitate open discussion among the panel and colloquium attendees. Articles and responses developed at this year’s Colloquium will be published in the Cooper-Walsh Issue of the Journal in March 2015. (more…)

Oct 17, 2014 | Read →

Upcoming Issue Preview: Comparative Urban Governance

“Comparative Urban Governance: Why the United States is Incapable of Reform” by James A. Kushner

In the effort to make cities more equitable, efficient, and sustainable, the success of older Western European cities and states might provide models for best practices for restructuring municipal governance.  In this article, I will look at issues such as environmental ideology, automobile transport influence, and the anti-tax movement, and discuss governance models from the standpoint of susceptibility to corruption, capture by corporate entities, commitment to constituency, and the role of community political fragmentation. (more…)

Jun 4, 2014 | By James A. Kushner | Read →

The Fountain Blog

De Blasio Prefers School to Work: The Fate of Workfare

By Henry Parr

The New York Times reported last week[1] that Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to reform the city’s welfare program and to remove its “workfare program.” Workfare is one of the city’s largest welfare programs that requires recipients to work assigned jobs in order to receive unemployment assistance. Under the city’s current Work Experience Program (WEP), participants have to work up to 35 hours a week at assigned public agencies, non-profits, religious institutions, and private companies, in order to receive public assistance.[2] (more…)

Nov 17, 2014 | Read →


Discussing “Rights Versus Duties, History Department Lawyering, and the Incoherence of Justice Stevens’s Heller Dissent” by Nicholas J. Johnson

2. “The Statute of Northampton by the Late Eighteenth Century: Clarifying the Intellectual Legacy” by Patrick J. Charles

In a article examining the “myths and realities about early American gun regulation,” Saul Cornell provides new insight as to how the right to arms outside the home evolved in Antebellum law.[1]  Cornell’s article is arguably the first to seriously examine this legal development and I do not challenge his general findings in this regard.[2]  Where we seemingly diverge is the role that the Statute of Northampton served in this process, particularly its intellectual impact by the turn of the nineteenth century.[3] (more…)

Dec 20, 2013 | By Patrick J. Charles | Read →

Discussing “In with the New, Out with the Old: Expanding the Scope of Retroactive Amelioration” by S. David Mitchell

1. “Determining the Retroactive Reach of Decriminalization and Diminished Punishment” by Harold J. Krent
May 22, 2013 | By Harold J. Krent | Read →

Discussing “English Reforms to Judicial Selection: Comparative Lessons for American States?” by Judith Maute

5. “Diversity, Merit, and the English Judiciary: The Lessons that can be Learned from the Reform of Selection Processes, A U.K. Contribution” by Hilary Sommerlad

Thank you to the Fordham Urban Law Journal for this opportunity to participate in the debate over the recent United Kingdom Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 (“CRA”),[1] which was delineated so comprehensively by Professor Maute, particularly the potential of the new judicial appointment processes it instituted for diversifying the judiciary.[2]  Sparked by Professor Maute’s suggestion that these reforms could provide lessons for the U.S. selection system, the conversation has been broadened by subsequent contributors to encompass themes such as the meaning and value of diversity, the means by which progress on diversity can be measured, and the question of merit, representativeness and judicial legitimacy.[3]   (more…)

Dec 23, 2013 | By Hilary Sommerlad | Read →
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