43rd Fordham Urban Law Journal Awards Dinner

43rd Fordham Urban Journal Alumni 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 Wednesday, April 26th, at the Dear Irving on Hudson (310 W 40th St.), within the Aliz Hotel Times Square. Hope to see you all there!

Tickets are now on sale for $105 per person Click here to purchase a ticket or visit: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20175_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2398

QUESTIONS? Contact Nikita Mathur (nmathur2@fordham.edu)

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

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


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


Judicial Deference to Municipal Interpretation
Joseph S. Diedrich


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


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

The Regulatabilization of Cannabis
Donald J. Kochan


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

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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