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.
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Urban Law Journal at Fordham University School of Law in New York City will hold an all-day Symposium examining the regulation of artistic expression within urban landscapes. The symposium will examine certain legal issues surrounding street art, such as intellectual property and public and private spaces. Through some smaller and less conventional panels, the symposium will also look at a range of different perspectives of artistic urban expression, covering topics such as larger scale metropolitan art, the role of street art in shaping and changing communities, and reverse vandalism.
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…)
By Henry Parr
Is gentrification still a thing? Earlier this week, Slate published a piece by John Buntin entitled “The Myth of Gentrification.” Citing quantitative studies, Buntin suggests that gentrification is exceedingly rare and beneficial to low-income residents when it does occur. “It’s time to retire the term gentrification altogether,” argues Buntin. (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.
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”), which was delineated so comprehensively by Professor Maute, particularly the potential of the new judicial appointment processes it instituted for diversifying the judiciary. 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. (more…)