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

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


Mar 9, 2015 | Read →

Writing Competition

The Jason Libou Online Writing Competition


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…)

Mar 9, 2015 | Read →

The Fountain Blog

Puerto Rico’s Municipal Debt Crisis: A Two-Front Battle?

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…)

Mar 17, 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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