Founded in 2012, the Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School seeks to investigate and improve the role of the law and legal systems in contemporary urbanism. It promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of the legal, governance, and regulatory aspects of urban environments by advancing collaborative research and scholarship, organizing local and global convenings, and supporting knowledge sharing, career pathways and pedagogy in the world of urban law. In particular, the Center’s efforts focus on forces that shape urban inequality and urban innovation, targeting the most pressing issues facing our nation’s cities and their metropolitan regions.
Lisa Lim, Partner, Akerman LLP
Lisa Lim focuses her practice in real estate finance and development, economic development, and affordable housing. Lisa has extensive transactional experience including the representation of borrowers, lenders, and government agencies in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of complex transactions involving the acquisition and/or disposition, construction, development, and/or preservation of multifamily and mixed-use developments, condominiums, hotels, senior housing, and public and charter schools. Her concentration has been on deals that are public-private collaborations with an emphasis on tax exempt bonds, affordable housing, and regulatory frameworks. Lisa has served as lead counsel on a number of 80/20 projects and other prominent developments that have helped to revitalize and develop various parts of New York City. Lisa's major transactions include Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy I, and the New York Genome/University of Buffalo Genomics Center joint venture.