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.


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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

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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


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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.

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May 5, 2015 | Read →

The Fountain Blog

Another SAT Overhaul May Fail NYC Minority Students

The following post is a winning submission for the 2016 Jason Libou Online Writing Competition. Competitors were prompted to write a blog post on a topic of their choice relating to urban law and policy. 

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The College Board implemented a new version of the Standardized Admissions Test early this year, purportedly to even the playing field for students across various socioeconomic statuses. The test now focuses more on material that a typical high school student learns in school.  In other words, it is another means of testing student progress under the Common Core, an educational standard followed and adopted by most of the country, including New York State.  The redesign may leave New York City’s minority students less prepared for college than their recent predecessors.

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May 2, 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.

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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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