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April 5, 2016

Spring greetings from the Fordham Urban Law Center!  It's been a busy and rewarding semester. The Urban Law Center continues to flourish and expand its horizons, thanks in large part to your support. 

Recent Urban Law Center happenings include:


  • Two Pathways-to-Practice Roundtable Events.  These programs brought nearly 50 students into conversation with seven Fordham Law School alumni representing a range of NYC government agencies (including the NYC Law Department and Mayor's Office), as well as legal services organizations, to discuss career pathways for graduates in local government, urban policy and affordable housing preservation and development. (Pictured below.)


  • Two new Center Fellows. The Center welcomed Ivy Chiu (formerly a Center Dean's Fellow, now a Research Fellow, J.D. '15) and Paula Segal (Fellow) to its team (pictured below). 


  • Deepening research partnership with UN-HABITAT's Urban Legislation Unit. The Center has successfully established a partnership model based on original, country-specific urban legal research, as well as population of the United Nations' UrbanLex DatabaseGilberto Vargas (J.D. '16) is currently the Center's first research assistant under this partnership (pictured below). Gilberto recently applied for the New York State Empire State Fellows Program; he hopes to head to Albany after graduating to learn more about the state role in shaping urban development and to affect urban reform.



DEC. 2016 

  • Urban Law Center in Barcelona.  I had the pleasure of representing Fordham Law School at a two-day Expert Group Meeting in Barcelona convened by the United Nations and Barcelona City Council to explore "new legal frameworks for urban development."  The invitation-only session brought together 30 urban planners, designers, government officials, academics, and planning lawyers from a dozen different countries to share and discuss approaches to using law as a tool for responsive urbanism in the face of planning-related challenges. (Pictured below.)  











I look forward to sharing more updates about the Center's progress at the next Advisory Board meeting.  Please save the date of Friday, June 10th.  You will receive more details as the meeting approaches.  For now, please note the following:


Friday, June 10, 2016

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, NYC
Room 4-05


Light breakfast will be served. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. 


Thank you for all that you do to support urban research, scholarship, pedagogy, and collaboration at Fordham Law School. My colleagues and I look forward to seeing you in June.

-Nisha Mistry, Executive Director

Paula Segal

Ivy Chiu, Esq.
Research Fellow

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