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City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik hosts
"Exploring Solutions to Vacant & Abandoned Buildings"

On behalf of the City of Poughkeepsie, we would like to invite you to join us at this public educational and community strategy session to discuss the conditions in your neighborhood and the City at-large in regards to vacant, abandoned and underutilized property. The Land Use Law Center will facilitate a dialogue on potential strategies to revitalize such buildings.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:30pm
Where: Poughkeepsie High School

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10th Annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference:
Sustainable Development in Tough Economic Times

Proponents of sustainable development have been dealt a tough hand by current economic conditions. This year's conference will focus on how the tough economic times have changed the feasibility of some land use and development strategies. Sessions this year include the remediation of problem properties, the revitalization of failed projects, redevelopment readiness, fair and affordable housing, office park rezoning, and cost and energy efficiency projects, specifically compact mixed-use developments that feature transit, walkability, and amenities. Join the more than 200 lawyers, professionals, business leaders, and local leaders that attend this event yearly. The Land Use Law Center's conference is a significant educational event in the region. For additional information and to register please go to our conference page.

When: December 2, 2011
Where: New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

Featured Speakers:

Plenary Session:

WHAT AMERICANS REALLY WANT: HOW DEMOGRAPHIC, ECONOMIC, AND FINANCIAL FORCES ARE RESHAPING AMERICANS' HOUSING, NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY PREFERENCES

America became a "suburban" nation after World War II, principally by neeting the needs of the Baby Boomers. The "American Dream" was to own a home on a large lot in the suburbs. That was then and this is now. The American dream is now plural; people want more out of their neighborhoods and communities than in the past. This presentation will review how changing demographics, economics, and financing are changing Americans' preferences for housing, neighborhoods and communities. It will also synthesize several national housing preference surveys to show that what Americans want now is very different from what they wanted just a generation ago. The presentation will show that mismatch between what Americans want and what they have, and summarize options to close the gap.

Arthur C. Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP
Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah, Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Finance in the David Eccles School of Business, and Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program

 

Keynote Address:

BUILT TO LAST: HOW THE NORTHEAST'S LEGACY INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WILL ENABLE SUCCESS IN A CHANGED ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMY

With the earliest European-settled communities on the continent, the northeast has literally centuries of infrastructure decisions forming the backbone of our cities and towns. These systems, and the communities built around them, took root before our society made decisions based on cheap, abundant, and readily available energy. We are now entering an age of energy price volatility, climate change, and global competition for resources. This presentation will demonstrate how the northeast's historic design cam form the foundation of future success, why some of the decisions made in the 20th Century threaten to throw us off track, and how our communities can work together to leverage their assets towards a new regional strategy for sustainability serving as a model for North America and the world.

David Kooris
Vice President, Regional Plan Association.

 

 

 


 

New York Planning Federation Annual Conference

The New York Planning Federation is busy assembling an exciting lineup of sessions and speakers for the 2011 Annual Planning and Zoning Conference. Among the topics at this year’s conference are:

  • Municipal Regulation of Gas Drilling through Rural Preservation Laws & Zoning
  • Common Mistakes in the Land Use and SEQR Process
  • Social Media and Your Municipality
  • Open Meetings Law & FOIL Procedures
  • Shared Services: Does it Make Sense or Cents?
  • Aging in the Community of Your Choice
  • Alternative Energy: Is Your Community Ready?
  • LEED for Neighborhood Development
  • New Stormwater Regulations
  • Working with Developers to Implement Community Vision
  • Ethics
  • Enforcement

The Land Use Law Center's Professor John R. Nolon and Managing Directors, Jessica Bacher and Tiffany Zezula will present at this conference on the Land Use Law update, LEED for Neighborhood Development and Collaborative Decision Making for Controversial Projects.

When: October 9-11, 2011
Where: Albany Crowne Plaza Hotel

For registration information please go to http://www.nypf.org/

 


 

Practically Grounded
Best Practices for Skill Building in Teaching Land Use, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Law

 

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This conference – co-sponsored by Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center and Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and Center for Excellence in Law Teaching – offers professors an opportunity to showcase and learn about context-based learning strategies in these dynamic practice areas.  Due to the community-based nature of proposed land use projects and environmental disputes and the fast-paced development of litigation and policy formulation at all levels of government, opportunities abound to take students into public and private practice arenas and to bring practitioners and policy makers into the classroom.

When: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Where: Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Download Conference Materials Here:
- Conference Brochure
- Agenda
- Speaker Biographies
- Speaker PowerPoints

Primary Sources Best Practices in Legal Education
- Robert MacCrate, Legal Education and Professional Development- An Educational Continuum (1992)
- Roy Stuckey et al., Best Practices for Legal Education, (Clinical Legal Education Association 2007)
- William M. Sullivan et al., Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Education Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (2007)

Panel One: Overview Discussion
Panel Two:  Clinics and Values
Panel Three:  Stakeholders and Role Playing
Panel Four:  Research and Writing
Panel Five:  Science and Other Disciplines
Panel Six:  Problem Solving
(Panel materials are in .rar archive format. If you are unable to open the file, download Winrar for PC or Stuffit for Mac)

In Summer 2011, the Pace Environmental Law Review online companion will feature articles by several of the panelists. These articles focus on the different teaching best practices presented at this conference. This online edition will become available later this summer at the PELR website.

Event Sponsored by:
Pace Law School Land Use Law Center
Pace Law School Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes
Albany Law School Center for Excellence in Law Teaching
Albany Law School Government Law Center


 

Corporation Counsel's Roundtable X

The Corporation Counsel’s Roundtable meetings are open to the corporation counsels and other legal staff from the ten cities in the Land Use Law Center's Mayors' Redevelopment Roundtable program.   As part of this program, the Land Use Law Center is hosting its tenth installment of Roundtable meetings.  With support by the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, the Corporation Counsel’s Roundtable was started as a way to address the many shared legal issues faced by its nine cities.  As part of the program, the attorneys are given a forum to discuss their common issues and possible solutions.

When: Thursday, January 20, 2010 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Room 305, New York State Judicial Institute (on the Pace Law School campus in White Plains, NY)


 

Green Jobs & Community Revitalization
- Mayors' Redevelopment Roundtable IX -

This event is open to the Mayors, their counsel, and planning staff from the nine cities in the Land Use Law Center's  Mayors' Redevelopment Roundtable program.  As part of this program, the Land Use Law Center is hosting its ninth installment of Roundtable meetings.  This meeting will cover tools available to revitalize communities, promote sustainability, and create green jobs.  Topics will include the use of industrial development agencies, training available from workforce investment boards, the establishment of business improvement districts, and the current state of economic incentives available from New York State (such as the status of brownfield credits and the excelsior program).

When: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Omni Room, New York State Judicial Institute (on the Pace Law School campus in White Plains, NY)


 

Sustainable Development Law:
Keeping Pace

James D. Hopkins Lecture and Reception.  Presented by Professor John R. Nolon, James D. Hopkins Professor of Law.  Reception immediately following.

When: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (4:00PM)
Where: Judicial Institute Lecture Hall, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Click here to watch a video of Professor Nolon's lecture
Click here to learn more about Judge James D. Hopkins


 

Corporation Counsel's Roundtable IX

The Corporation Counsel’s Roundtable meetings are open to the corporation counsels and other legal staff from the nine cities in the Land Use Law Center's Mayors' Redevelopment Roundtable program.   As part of this program, the Land Use Law Center is hosting its ninth installment of Roundtable meetings.  With support by the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, the Corporation Counsel’s Roundtable was started as a way to address the many shared legal issues faced by its nine cities.  As part of the program, the attorneys are given a forum to discuss their common issues and possible solutions.

When: Thursday, November 4, 2010 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Room 305, New York State Judicial Institute (on the Pace Law School campus in White Plains, NY)


 

Rediscovering Sustainable Development Law
In the Community and In Legal Practice

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View Lunch Address by Andrew Revkin

This half-day conference explores the emergence of sustainable development practices in communities, law firms, and government programs from the federal to municipal level. Learn how sustainability draws together affordable housing, environmental protection, economic development, and climate change mitigation.  In government programs, it integrates initiatives from HUD, EPA, and DOT, which are instrumental in helping with local green building efforts, sustainable neighborhoods, and transportation strategies. The 40-year history of sustainable development law will serve as the backdrop for presentations on its modern and practical applications.  Registration is complimentary. Lunch will be provided.

When: Friday, October 22, 2010 (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Where: New York State Judicial Institute, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Download Conference Materials Here
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Speaker PowerPoints 
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Agenda

Presentations & Speakers:

“Sustainability at the Top: Federal Laws and Programs”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey

“Law for Sustainability: Meeting the Challenge of Our Generation”
John C. Dernbach, Widener Law School, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Center

“Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell”
Patricia E. Salkin, Albany Law School, Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center

“Sustainable Development in Legal Practice”
Daniel A. Spitzer, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY

“How Citizens Help: Creating the Human Infrastructure for Collaborative Decision-Making at the Local Level”
Jessica A. Bacher, Pace Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law and Managing Director, Land Use Law Center; and
Tiffany B. Zezula, Pace Law School, Managing Director, Land Use Law Center and Theodore W. Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes

Kheel Center Lunch Address
“Avoiding 'Blah, Blah, Blah, Bang’"
Andrew C. Revkin, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Senior Fellow of Environmental Understanding and New York Times Dot Earth Blogger

Event Sponsored by:
Center for Environmental Legal Studies
Pace Energy and Climate Center
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Pace Environmental Law Society
Real Estate and Land Use Law Society