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.


Volume XLIII Editorial Board and Staff

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: Natasa Siveski


Associate Editor: Yehuda Alpert

Associate Editor: David Isakov

Associate Editor: Zachary Levovitz

Associate Editor: Jared Gans

Associate Editor: John Loubriel


Sep 1, 2015 | Read →

Online Symposium: Police Brutality in a Post-Ferguson America

American Policing in the 21st Century: Legitimacy as a Key Concern

Tom R. Tyler*  & Jeffrey A. Fagan**Φ



This is a moment for the reconsideration of policing in America.  In that effort we should examine the successes and failures of policing over the last several decades.  We should also ask what works and what does not work in policing today.  And, perhaps most importantly we need to explore what policing should be about in the 21st century.


May 5, 2015 | Read →

The Fountain Blog

Law Enforcement’s Growing Use of Social Media to Target Gang Activity

By Vinh Hua

Social interaction among teens and youths increasingly occurs in the digital world via the use of social media. Social media has become a central facet of the lives of many youth. As the internet becomes more ubiquitous, more Americans have web access. More young men and women in the inner city and in other poverty-stricken communities now participate in social media. Among these youth are gang members. Searching for the adoration of their peers, many of these young men and women post pictures and status updates that incriminate either themselves or their friends.  As the digital world takes on more prominence, gang culture has made its own imprint on the social media landscape.


Nov 11, 2015 | Read →

Featured Fellowship

George J. McMahon Fellowship

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.


Jan 21, 2015 | Read →

Upcoming Issue Preview: Prison Privatization

“Are Private Prisons to Blame for Mass Incarceration and Its Evils? Prison Conditions, Neoliberalism, and Public Choice” by Hadar Aviram

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…)

Jan 19, 2015 | By Hadar Aviram | 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 →
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