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 XLIV Editorial Board and Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Chris Fennell
Managing Editor: Natasa Siveski
Business Editor: Jessica Baker
Senior Articles Editor: Gilana Keller
Online Managing Editor: Claire Glass
Writing and Research Editor: Naomi Babu
Cooper-Walsh Editor: Susan Moskovits
Symposium Editor: Kate Ross

Notes and Articles Editor: Theodore Becker
Notes and Articles Editor: Katie Campbell
Notes and Articles Editor: Lucy Gubernick
Notes and Articles Editor: Julie Hendrickson
Notes and Articles Editor: Winhkong Hua
Notes and Articles Editor: Samantha Indelicato
Notes and Articles Editor: Sara Johnson

Associate Editor: Adam Natan
Associate Editor: Herbert Rosen
Associate Editor: Kaitlyn Walsh


Jun 27, 2016 | Read →

Exclusionary Housing: Discrimination in the Sharing Economy and New York City’s Answer to Gentrification

Challenges to Achieving New York City’s Affordable Housing Goals: Reconciling Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, Community Preference Requirements, and Fair Housing Laws

By Professor Andrea McArdle 

I. Introduction

Under the mayoral administration of Bill de Blasio, New York City has embarked on an ambide blasio ten year plantious affordable housing initiative mandating that real estate developers include below-market-rate units in rezoned areas of the city.  Although approved by the New York City Council, the policy faces continuing community opposition, the expiration of a state tax subsidy law that would have attracted developers to participate in the plan, and likely complications as a result of a lawsuit filed last year challenging a community preference provision the City enforces with its affordable housing projects. This series of developments presents a number of challenges to realizing   the City’s affordable housing goals.


May 26, 2016 | Read →

The Fountain Blog

Ghomeshi Acquitted on All Charges: The Legal System’s Failure to Address Rape Trauma Syndrome in Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Jian Ghomeshi 1

By Kate Ross

 Last month, Canadian radio celebrity Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted of rape and assault, after three women who came forward faced antagonistic cross-examination on their memory lapses, delays in reporting the abuse, and failure to mention subsequent interactions with Ghomeshi.[1]  The complainants offered evidence that these gaps were irrelevant to the assaults or symptomatic of emotional confusion and trauma that often accompany experiences of sexual assault, but the judge found them fatal to the complainants’ credibility nevertheless.


May 12, 2016 | 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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