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.
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:
JANUARY - MARCH 2016
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 Database. Gilberto 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.
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:
SPRING 2016 URBAN LAW CENTER ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
Friday, June 10, 2016
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, NYC
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
Ivy Chiu, Esq.