2023 Symposium

2023 Symposium: Building a Greener Future Through Urban Sustainability

About the Program

Climate change has been, and will continue to be, one of the greatest global challenges we face. Cities hold a unique position in climate change. The impacts of climate change affect all areas of urban life, including infrastructure, city waterfronts, housing, and human health, and these impacts fall disproportionately on low-income communities and people of color. At the same time, urban areas are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Cities therefore play an integral role in fighting climate change – both as advocates and as targets of reform. It is imperative for cities to take the lead in finding equitable solutions to protect all of their communities and to prevent further damage to the rural and suburban environments that urban activities have negatively impacted.

The second event of the Fordham Urban Law Journal’s 50th year of publication provides a forum for this discussion at its 2023 Symposium, Building a Greener Future Through Urban Sustainability. Alongside scholars, government and agency appointees, technical experts, and advocates, the Symposium will explore a range of topics on urban climate adaptation and resilience, including flood prevention, electrification of the transportation and buildings sectors, efforts to equitably transition to clean energy, and the important environmental justice considerations central to all climate initiatives and policies.

Panel Topics

Agenda
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Check-in and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Welcome Remarks

  • Matthew Diller, Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law; Faculty Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Panel 1: The Clean Energy Transition

  • Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
  • Fred Zalcman, Director, New York Offshore Wind Alliance
  • Rachel Spector, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice Northeast Regional Office
  • Kim Diamond, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
  • Moderator: Peter Angelica, Editor-in-Chief, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Fordham University School of Law 2023

11:00 – 11:10 a.m. | Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. | Panel 2: Green Buildings 

  • Ben Furnas, Executive Director, The 2030 Project: A Cornell Climate Initiative
  • Hillary Aidun, Associate Attorney, Earthjustice Northeast Regional Office
  • Laura Popa, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, New York City Department of Buildings
  • Christopher Halfnight, Senior Director, Policy and Research, Urban Green Council
  • Moderator: Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law; Faculty Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law

12:25 – 1:10 p.m. | Lunch Break

1:10 – 1:50 p.m. | Keynote Address

  • Vicki Arroyo, Associate Administrator for Policy, United States Environmental Protection Agency

1:50 – 1:55 p.m. | Short Break

1:55 – 3:10 p.m. | Panel 3: Water, Flood Prevention, and Flood Mitigation

  • Rob Rogers, FAIA, Partner, Rogers Architects + Urban Designers
  • Sara Hughes, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning; Associate Director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, University of Michigan
  • Dan Tarlock, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Illinois Tech, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Joseph Seebode, Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs and Project Management, New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Moderator: Eric Schaaf, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

3:10 – 3:20 p.m. | Break

3:20 – 4:35 p.m. | Panel 4: Urban Climate Policy

  • Danielle Spiegel-Feld, Executive Director, Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy & Land Use Law, NYU School of Law
  • Amy Turner, Senior Fellow for the Cities Climate Law Initiative, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Dalindyebo Shabalala, Professor of Law, University of Dayton Law School; Director, Program In Law and Technology
  • Arielle King, Director of Programming, Black Girl Environmentalist
  • Moderator: Sheila Foster, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University

4:35 – 4:40 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Current Issue (Vol 49.4)

The Rule of Law and Government in the Urban Landscape

ARTICLES:

Crushing the Soul of Federal Public Defenders: The Plea Bargaining Machine’s Operation and What to Do About It
Walter I. Gonçalves, Jr.

Understanding the Public’s Opinions of UAV-Assisted Residential Monitoring by Police
Linda M. Merola & Ryan P. Murphy

ESSAYS:

Judicial Deference to Municipal Interpretation
Joseph S. Diedrich

NOTES:

Park on the Highway: Building a Cap Park as a Solution to Decades of Devastation Caused by the Construction of the Cross-Bronx Expressway
Grace Brennan

Standardized (COVID) Testing? Vaccine Mandates and Teachers’ Unions Collective Bargaining Agreements in Urban School Districts
Seamus J. Ronan

The Rainbow Connection: Revisiting the Mixed-Motive Summary Judgement Standard in Bostock’s Afterglow
Courtney Vice

Who’s an Employee Now? Classifying Workers in the Age of the “Gig” Economy
Catherine Engelmann

New York Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood Accepts Fordham Urban Law Journal’s Louis J. Lefkowitz Award

Sourced from Fordham Law News


New York Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood accepted the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award at the Fordham Urban Law Journal’s (ULJ) annual Alumni Dinner on April 21. Underwood was selected for the award due to her substantial contribution to the field of urban law throughout her distinguished career in public service. Dean Matthew Diller and ULJ Alumni President Vincent Lesch ’14 presented Underwood with the Award.

Underwood has worked as a top adviser to nine different leaders of law offices across local, state, and federal governments. Early in her legal career, she was a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court. She has worked in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and served as a leader in the Queens and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offices. She was chief assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the first female acting solicitor general of the United States. In 2018, she became the first female attorney general of the State of New York.

After accepting the award, Underwood spoke about the benefits of increasing the representation of women and minority individuals on the courts and in leadership positions in government.

Editors of Fordham ULJ Volume 49. Back row (left to right): Georgia Decker ’22, Kevin Winnie ’22, Shazell Archer ’22, and Tyler Daniels ’22. Front row (left to right): Nicholas Loh ’22, Erica Chan ’22, Caitlin Ramiro ’22, Catherine Engelmann ’22, and Nicholas Liotta ’22.

“It’s not because there is a single woman’s point of view that will change outcomes or a single point of view held by Black people or by any other identifiable group,” Underwood said. “Instead, it’s because there are some life experiences that women and members of marginalized communities have—and those experiences can matter in decision-making.”

Underwood drew on the analysis set forth by Justice Marshall, who wrote about the loss of perspective that occurs when a segment of the community is excluded from jury service. “Justice Marshall was explaining why the exclusion of Black persons from juries was harmful not only to Black defendants, but to all defendants, and indeed to everyone,” she noted. “It was the distinctive experience and perspective that mattered, not some predictable distinctive vote.

“Women, and members of other groups too, bring to decision-making a distinctive life experience—and then they each use it differently,” she continued. “Part of that shared experience is the experience of being different, of being the only woman in a room of men, like being the only Black person in a room of white people, and of needing to work especially hard to be heard and taken seriously.”

Underwood joins a long list of distinguished recipients of the Louis J. Lefkowitz award, including Geraldine Ferraro ’60, Mary Jo White, and Robert M. Morgenthau.

Dean Matthew Diller addresses attendees at the 2022 ULJ Alumni Dinner.

42nd Fordham Urban Law Journal Awards Dinner

The Fordham Urban Law Journal Alumni Association (“FULJAA”) is pleased to officially invite you to its annual Alumni Dinner, which can once again take place in person!  The dinner is on Thursday, April 21st, at the Dear Irving on Hudson restaurant, within the Aliz Hotel Times Square.


 

 

The FULJAA is also pleased to announce that this year’s Louis J. Lefkowitz Award will be presented to New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who we will honor at our dinner on April 21st.

 

 


Tickets are now on sale for $85 per person Click here to purchase a ticket to the Award Dinner or visit https://secure.touchnet.com/C20175_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2219.

Note: Due to event capacity there are approximately 50 ULJ alumni tickets left. Online tickets are sold on a first-come basis.

Current Issue (49.3)

The Legalization of Marijuana in Urban Communities

ARTICLES:

Multiunit Housing and Cannabis: Good Laws Make Good Neighbors
Daniel G. Orenstein

The Regulatabilization of Cannabis
Donald J. Kochan

ESSAYS:

Taking the Initiative: Marijuana Law Reform and Direct Democracy
Tamar Todd

Marijuana Use by Employees: Drug-Free Policies and The Changing Legal Landscape
Kerry Cork

Intrastate Conflicts and Lessons Learnt from Marijuana Legalization
Ilaria Di Gioia

Targeted Marijuana Law Enforcement in Los Angeles, 1914–1959
Sarah Brady Siff

How State Reforms Have Mellowed Federal Enforcement of Marijuana Prohibition
Douglas A. Berman & Alex Fraga

Current Issue (49.2)

The Calm Before the Storm: The Connection Between Mass Incarceration and Climate Change

Fordham ULJ Vol. 50 Masthead Released!

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is thrilled to announce the incoming Editorial Board and Associate Editors for Volume 50. The new masthead is as follows:

Peter Angelica
Editor-in-Chief

Katharine Rubery
Managing Editor

Jacob Marcus
Senior Articles Editor

Nikita Mathur
Business Editor

Madeline Johl
Writing and Research Editor

Fay Dawodu
Online Managing Editor

Sofia Johnson
Cooper-Walsh Editor

Anne Bolton
Symposium Editor

Sofia La Bella
Notes and Articles Editor

Taylor Muentener
Notes and Articles Editor
Alysia Lo
Notes and Articles Editor
Jack Gilliam
Notes and Articles Editor

Seamus Ronan
Notes and Articles Editor

Abigail Kucharcyzk
Notes and Articles Editor

Callie Ives
Notes and Articles Editor

Associate Editors

Grace Brennan Rachel Ehrlich

Hillary Bendert

We welcome this new Board of Fordham Law students and look forward to their publishing of Fordham Urban Law Journal‘s 50th Volume!

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About the Program

Over the past several years, specialized public high schools in major urban centers have faced scrutiny over their admissions practices. In the courts and in the media, critics have raised challenges over the racial composition of student populations at schools that admit students solely on the basis of an academic examination. In response, policymakers have begun considering legislation to alter these schools’ admissions practices. Underlying the debate over whether admission by test is an appropriate or desirable policy for urban public schools are deeper questions about merit and equity in the education context.

The future of admission by test in U.S. cities remains an open question. The Fordham Urban Law Journal provides a forum for this discussion at its 2022 Symposium, “Testing the Limits: Admissions Exams in Urban Public Schools”. Alongside professors, attorneys, scholars, economists, parents, and advocates, the Symposium will explore potential legal challenges to and defenses of admissions tests, representation in exam schools, the finances associated with admissions tests, and psychometric questions about who should make admissions exams and what they should test.

Panel Topics

Panel 1: Representation in Exam Schools

Robert Garda, Jr., Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Janel George, Associate Professor of Law; Director of the Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy Clinic, Georgetown Law
Osamudia James, Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
Ian Rowe, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
ModeratorTanya Hernández, Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 2: The Socioeconomics of Admission by Test

Ray Domanico, Senior Fellow and Director, Education Policy, Manhattan Institute
Chris Kwok, Board Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York; Adjunct Faculty in Asian American Studies, CUNY Hunter
Lucas Liu, Co-President, Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education
Raquel Muñiz, Assistant Professor, Boston College, Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development & School of Law
Charles Russo, Director, Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership; Research Professor of Law, University of Dayton
Moderator: Karuna Patel, Deputy Director, Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 3: Defining and Measuring Merit in Urban Public Schools

LaToya Baldwin Clark, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA Law
Preston Green III, John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law, University of Connecticut
Richard Kahlenberg, Director of K–12 Equity and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Kevin Welner, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, School of Education; Director, National Education Policy Center
Moderator: Aaron Saiger, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 4: Lessons from Higher Education for K-12 Admissions

Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Chris Kieser, Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Rachel Moran, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Maimon Schwarzschild, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Moderator: Tracy Higgins, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

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