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.


Announcing the New (Updated) Masthead for Volume XLII!


Congratulations to Volume 42′s Editorial Board, Members, and Staffers!


 This year’s masthead… (more…)

Mar 9, 2014 | Read →

Upcoming Issue Preview: Comparative Urban Governance

“Comparative Urban Governance: Why the United States is Incapable of Reform” by James A. Kushner

In the effort to make cities more equitable, efficient, and sustainable, the success of older Western European cities and states might provide models for best practices for restructuring municipal governance.  In this article, I will look at issues such as environmental ideology, automobile transport influence, and the anti-tax movement, and discuss governance models from the standpoint of susceptibility to corruption, capture by corporate entities, commitment to constituency, and the role of community political fragmentation. (more…)

Jun 4, 2014 | By James A. Kushner | Read →

The Fountain Blog

New York City’s Vision Zero Overcomes Legal Hurdles

By Carlos F. Ugalde

On January 2014, upon his inauguration as mayor, Bill de Blasio announced his intention to adopt a road traffic safety program, known as Vision Zero, aimed at eradicating all traffic fatalities in New York City by 2024.  In 2013, New York City had one of the highest traffic mortality rates in the United States cities with 286 traffic-related fatalities.  Swedish policymakers were the first to institute this type of strategy in 1997.  Consistent with the Swedish plan, de Blasio’s Vision Zero prioritizes human life and safety over economic efficiency, setting aside core principles of cost-benefit analysis.  (more…)

Sep 29, 2014 | Read →

Discussing “Rights Versus Duties, History Department Lawyering, and the Incoherence of Justice Stevens’s Heller Dissent” by Nicholas J. Johnson

2. “The Statute of Northampton by the Late Eighteenth Century: Clarifying the Intellectual Legacy” by Patrick J. Charles

In a article examining the “myths and realities about early American gun regulation,” Saul Cornell provides new insight as to how the right to arms outside the home evolved in Antebellum law.[1]  Cornell’s article is arguably the first to seriously examine this legal development and I do not challenge his general findings in this regard.[2]  Where we seemingly diverge is the role that the Statute of Northampton served in this process, particularly its intellectual impact by the turn of the nineteenth century.[3] (more…)

Dec 20, 2013 | By Patrick J. Charles | 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 →

Discussing “English Reforms to Judicial Selection: Comparative Lessons for American States?” by Judith Maute

5. “Diversity, Merit, and the English Judiciary: The Lessons that can be Learned from the Reform of Selection Processes, A U.K. Contribution” by Hilary Sommerlad

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”),[1] which was delineated so comprehensively by Professor Maute, particularly the potential of the new judicial appointment processes it instituted for diversifying the judiciary.[2]  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.[3]   (more…)

Dec 23, 2013 | By Hilary Sommerlad | Read →
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