2013 Urban Law Journal Symposium


“What is Urban Law Today?”  A Symposium on the Field’s Past, Present, and Future in Honor of the Urban Law Journal’s 40th Anniversary

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Full Video of each of the Symposium’s four (4) panels is available below:

Panel 1:  Exclusionary Zoning and Housing in Urban Planning

Panel 2:  Urban Environmental Challenges

Panel 3:  Consumer Protection by Local Governments

Panel 4:  What is Urban Law?

Symposium Description and Agenda

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is the country’s second most cited law and public policy journal.  Each year the Journal hosts at least one major symposium and dedicates a special book to the symposium’s featured topic.  In addition to attracting a large regional audience and promoting vibrant discourse and debate, past symposia have garnered national attention through the influential scholarship they generate.

This year’s Symposium, held on February 28, 2013 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, marked the 40th Anniversary of the Journal, and in honor of that milestone, we built the Symposium around the critical issues explored in the Journal’s inaugural issue in 1972.

For our 40th Anniversary Symposium, we gathered authors specializing in these inaugural topics to discuss key changes in urban law since the Journal’s debut and to explore the issues and challenges that we will be contending with for years to come.  Across all of these topics, the Symposium reflected more broadly on what “urban law” meant as a discipline when the Journal began and what it might means going forward.






Introductory Remarks

Constantine Katsoris, Wikinson Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Michael M. Martin, Dean, Fordham University School of Law

Joanna Zdanys, Editor in Chief, Fordham Urban Law Journal


Exclusionary Zoning and Housing in Urban Planning

J. Peter Byrne, Associate Dean ,Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

Rick Hills, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Matthew Parlow, Associate Dean For Academic Affairs And Associate Professor Of Law, Marquette University Law School

Christopher Serkin, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Stephanie Stern, Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Moderator: Annie Decker, Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law




Urban Environmental Challenges

John Nolon, Counsel and Faculty Liaison, Land Use Law Center; Visiting Counsel and Faculty Liaison, Land Use Law Center; Visiting Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Dan Tarlock, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law

Michael Allan Wolf, Professor of Law, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Moderator: Sheila Foster, Vice Dean, Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law, Co-Director Stein Center for Law & Ethics




Consumer Protection by Local Governments

Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law,

Kathleen Morris, Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law

Moderator: Susan Block-Lieb, Professor of Law, Cooper Family Chair of Urban Legal Studies, Fordham University School of Law


What is Urban Law?

David Barron, Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, Harvard Law School

Olatunde Johnson, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Audrey McFarlane, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore Law School

David Schleicher, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law

Moderator: Nestor Davidson, Professor of Law, Director Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law


Closing Remarks


This program is free and open to the public

CLE Credits: 3 Non-transitional & transitional, Professional Practice NYS CLE Credits are available for $85 ($70 for Fordham Law alumni and public interest attorneys).