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Professor of Law
Founder & Faculty Liaison
Professor Nolon is a Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law and teaches in the fields of property, land use, real estate, and environmental law. He is the Founder of and Faculty Liaison to the Land Use Law Center and is also Director of the law school's Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes. Professor Nolon received his JD degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Barrister's Academic Honor Society. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to develop a frameworklaw for sustainable development in Argentina, and has served as a consultant to both President Carter's Council on Development Choices in the 1980s and President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. He has held a visiting appointment at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies since 2001. Most recently, Professor Nolon received the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2009 National Planning Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate, and was appointed to the APA’s Amicus Curiae Committee and to the Editorial Board of the Metro New York Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter. Professor Nolon’s writings include over a dozen law review articles and a number of books published by the West Group, the Environmental Law Institute, Cambridge University Press, and McGraw Hill. He is a frequent guest speaker at national, state, and local conferences.
Adjunct Professor of Law
Jessica Bacher is the Land Use Law Center’s Managing Director, as well as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law. Ms. Bacher teaches Land Use Law and the Advanced Land Use and Sustainable Development Seminar, runs the academic programs, and guides student research in areas such as sea level rise and smart growth. She graduated from the University of Florida with highest honors in 1999 with her B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Environmental Studies. She received her J.D. summa cum laude from Pace Law School in 2003 along with a Certificate in Environmental Law. While in law school, she published two scholarly articles in professional law journals on the topic of using land use law to preserve barrier islands. Ms. Bacher was one of the first Graduate Fellows at the Land Use Law Center. She coauthors a regular land use feature in the New York Law Journal and Real Estate Law Journal and has edited numerous small books in the fields of Land Use and Real Estate Law.
Tiffany Zezula is the Managing Director of for both the Land Use Law Center and the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes. Ms. Zezula trains local officials, environmentalists, planners, and developers in land use law and consensus building techniques, provides strategic assistance to local governments and intermunicipal councils, and mediates land use disputes. She is also a frequent speaker on collaborative governance and local decision-making. Ms. Zezula graduated from Tulane University in 2000 with her B.S. in Ecological, Environmental, and Organismal Biology and a minor in History. She received her J.D. cum laude from Pace Law School in 2003 along with a certificate in Environmental Law. In addition to publishing two scholarly articles in environmental law journals, Ms. Zezula has edited numerous small books in the field of Land Use Law. She also is a certified mediator in the State of New York.
As the Land Use Law Center's Staff Attorney, Ms. Nolon’s work focuses primarily on the growth of urban centers, working closely with cities to address obstacles to redevelopment and sustainability. She also manages student research projects; writes on legal issues pertaining to land use, real estate, and the environment; and trains local officials, environmentalists, planners, and developers in land use law and consensus-building techniques. Ms. Nolon graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003. In 2008, she received her Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University with an advanced concentration in Urban Ecology and Environmental Design and her J.D. cum laude from Pace Law School, where she was on the Pace Environmental Law Review. Ms. Nolon is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association, and is a Peer Review Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review. She has also achieved designation by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), making her one of less than 40 LEED APs in New York State registered in the area of legal practice.
Jeff LeJava is the Land Use Law Center’s Managing Director of Innovation and also serves as an adjunct law professor at Pace Law School. Previously, Jeff served as the Administrator of the Highlands Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program for the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council, a state land use agency that manages the protection and development of an 860,000-acre region of northern New Jersey. In this capacity, Jeff developed and was implementing one of the nation’s largest TDR programs. Jeff also served as Staff Attorney for the Council where his responsibilities included litigation coordination and overseeing the Council’s land preservation activities. Before joining the Highlands Council in 2005, Jeff practiced environmental law for seven years with White & Case LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP. He is qualified to practice before the New Jersey and New York bars and the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. Jeff received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pace University School of Law in 1998 along with a Certificate in Environmental Law, and his B.A., cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 1994.
Director of Administration
Ann Marie McCoy is the Director of Administration for both the Land Use Law Center and the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes. She has been with the Center since 1999, beginning as administrative assistant for both the Land Use Law Center and Pace's Graduate Program in Comparative Law. Ms. McCoy is responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Center, including its many educational and outreach programs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Pace University magna cum laude in 2003, her Master of Science degree for Teachers from Pace in 2007 and Paralegal Studies Certificate in 2011.
Meg Byerly is the Land Use Law Center’s 2010 Graduate Fellow. In this position Ms. Byerly assists with the Center’s various programs, including projects focused on neighborhood development and sea level rise. She also helps with the Advanced Land Use and Sustainable Development Seminar and assists with student research management. Ms. Byerly graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004, she received her M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University where she studied ornithology. In May 2010, Ms. Byerly received her J.D. magna cum laude from Pace Law School with a certificate in Environmental Law. At the same time, she graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, earning her MEM. While attending Pace and Yale, Ms. Byerly served both as Professor Nolon’s Research Assistant and as Teaching Fellow for Yale’s Spring 2010 Land Use Planning and Practice Course. Additionally, Ms. Byerly served as Research and Writing Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review during the 2008-2009 academic year.
LL.M. Research Fellow
Michael Joseph Goonan graduated magna cum laude from the University at Albany - SUNY in 2008. While at Albany, Michael majored in Sociology with a double minor in Business and English. In the summer of 2009, he studied comparative civil law and common law in Hong Kong, China and Dublin, Ireland through Pace Law School’s International Summer Abroad Program. In the spring of 2010 Michael worked as a clerk-extern in Judge Deborah Batts’ chambers located in the Southern District of New York through Pace’s Federal Judicial Honors Program. As an associate member of the Pace Law Review, he worked on a Smart Growth research assignment in preparation for Professor John R. Nolon’s “James D. Hopkins Professor of Law 2009-2011” lecture. Michael served as Professor Nolon’s Research Assistant, working on the book Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell, co-authored by Professors John R. Nolon and Patricia E. Salkin. He graduated cum laude from Pace Law School in 2011 with a Certificate in Environmental Law. Currently, Michael is working at the Land Use Law Center as a Research Fellow while obtaining an LL.M. in Land Use and Sustainable Development Law at Pace Law School.
Joe Fornadel graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College in 2010, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. While at Wofford, Joe wrote his Senior Directed Study in Philosophy on “The Ethical Position of Animals through the Lenses of Utilitarianism and Process Philosophy.” Joe is currently a second year law student, involved in Pace’s Environmental Law Society and Pace’s Real Estate and Land Use Law Society. He volunteered at the Land Use Law Center from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. He has been Professor Nolon's research assistant from Summer 2011 to the present. He is expected to graduate from Pace Law School in 2013 with a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law.
Virginie K. Roveillo
Virginie Roveillo is a third-year law student and has recently joined the Land Use Center as one of Professor Nolon’s research assistants. She graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in 2007 with a B.A. in European Studies, specializing in History and French. Virginie is expecting to graduate from Pace Law School this May with a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law. She is currently an Articles Editor for Pace Environmental Law Review and an active member of Pace’s Environmental Law Society.