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.
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Editorial Board of the Fordham Urban Law Journal!
Editor-in-Chief: Jenna Lowy
Managing Editor: Sean Jaime
Business Editor: Shai Vander
Online Managing Editor: Henry Parr
Senior Articles Editor: Michael D’Ambrosio
Writing and Research Editor: Rodrigo Bacus
Cooper-Walsh Editor: Nicolette Ursini
Symposium Editor: Moshe Peters
Notes and Articles Editor: Hunter Brook
Notes and Articles Editor: Mary Dolan
Notes and Articles Editor: Carlos Ugalde
Notes and Articles Editor: William Brophy
Notes and Articles Editor: Colleen Powers
Notes and Articles Editor: Heather Zimmer
Notes and Articles Editor: Natasia Siveski
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
City Square invites current first year students to participate in the inaugural Jason Libou Online Writing Competition.
Wherever cities are advancing urban policy, the writers for City Square’s blog, Fountain, bring information to the attention of our readers in a constant stream of current events summaries and content. This competition aims to continue the mission of City Square by providing dynamic academic content and advancing the urban policy discussion.
The competition gives 1L students the opportunity to engage in urban policy issues and practice a legal writing format starkly different from the first year curriculum as well as demonstrate interest by contributing to the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
Up to 5 winning blog posts will be published on City Square. (more…)
By Carlos F. Ugalde
Puerto Rico continues to fall deeper into recession, piling up its current debt load. With more than $70 billion in total debt and no legitimate revenue-increasing mechanisms, insolvency is the most likely outcome. One of Puerto Rico’s largest contributors with $9 billion in debt is its government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”), which virtually produces, transmits and distributes all of the electric power in Puerto Rico. (more…)
The Urban Law Journal, in partnership with the Feerick Center for Social Justice, will select a Fordham Law student for the George J. McMahon Fellowship. Eligible students include rising 2Ls or 3Ls working in public interest or government organizations, preferably outside of New York for the summer. The student will produce a written work on issues related to his or her research and work for the organization. The Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend, and the recipient will work with next year’s ULJ editors to prepare the paper for publication in the ULJ.
Please view more information by clicking on the “Fellowships and Other Funding” link in the drop-down menu “About the Journal” above.
Deadline to submit an application: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
One of the frequently criticized aspects of American mass incarceration, privatized incarceration, is frequently considered worse, by definition, than public incarceration for both philosophical-ethical reasons and because its for-profit structure creates a disincentive to invest in improving prison conditions. Relying on literature about the neoliberal state and on insights from public choice economics, this Article sets out to challenge the distinction between public and private incarceration, making two main arguments: piecemeal privatization of functions, utilities, and services within state prisons make them operate more like private facilities, and public actors respond to the cost/benefit pressures of the market just like private ones. (more…)