Land Use Law Center Staff

Key Program Staff


John R. Nolon

Professor of Law


Jessica A. Bacher

Executive Director


Tiffany Zezula

Deputy Director


Jennie Nolon

Staff Attorney


Ann Marie McCoy

Director of Administration, Land Use Law Center


Margaret E. ByerlyMeg Byerly Williams
Attorney Consultant, Land Use Law Center

Meg Byerly Williams is a consultant based in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she works on sustainable development projects promoting renewable energy, distressed property remediation, and sustainable neighborhood development, among other related subjects. Previously, Meg worked as a staff attorney at Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center in White Plains, New York, where she served as lead author on several Center publications, administered academic seminars, guided student research projects, and wrote for legal publications on various sustainable development topics. She holds a JD from Pace Law School, as well as an MEM from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Kevin Dwarka, J.D., Ph.D.
Attorney Consultant, Kevin Dwarka LLC

Kevin Dwarka JD, PhD is a land use lawyer and economic consultant specializing in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Headquartered on Wall Street, Dr. Dwarka’s firm provides legal guidance and quantitative analysis to real estate developers, municipalities, housing authorities, community development corporations, transit agencies, law firms, architects, and building contractors. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at Pace Land Use Law Center. Prior to forming his consultancy, he held senior positions at the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, New York City Transit, and Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates. Land use services include zoning analysis, site selection, development approvals, environmental review, and right-way acquisition for transit infrastructure projects. Versed in all aspects of the New York City land use approvals process, Dr. Dwarka helps builders navigate the complex web of land use regulations enforced by the New York City Department of City Planning, Board of Standards and Appeals, the Department of Buildings, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Economic consulting services include real estate market analysis, affordable housing finance, infrastructure cost benefit analysis, financial feasibility analysis for redevelopment projects, and economic impact studies. Current projects include the Newburgh Broadway Corridor Access Plan; the Newburgh Land Use and Market Analysis; the Newburgh Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan, the Newburgh Waterfront Mobility and Access Strategy; the Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan, and the Ridgefield Economic Development Strategic Plan. His consultancy also provides a full suite of litigation support services including expert testimony, real property valuation, and technical analysis of land use, traffic, and environmental impact documents. Since 2010, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College, where he has taught land use, urban economic development, and environmental policy. He also teaches Israeli Politics at Yeshiva University. His dissertation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, examined the use of global capital and public private partnerships for financing light rail projects in Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He received his BA from Columbia University, JD from Pace Law School, MCP from UC Berkeley, and PhD from Hebrew University. Dr. Dwarka is admitted to practice before the New York State Bar and serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Housing and Urban Development Committee. He also on the board of the New York chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism.


Graduate Fellow

Daniel DePasqualeDaniel DePasquale

Daniel DePasquale joined the Elisabeth Haub School of Law’s Land Use Law Center as a Graduate Research Fellow in Summer 2016.

Daniel received his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law in 2016, where he served as Symposium Editor for the Western New England Law Review. During law school, he wrote his student note on the use of transferable development rights (TDRs) in a regional capacity to prepare for rising sea-levels. The note won the American Planning Association’s Planning & Law Division’s Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. He also externed in the following offices: United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, within the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance’s (OECA) Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE); Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) Office of General Counsel; Connecticut Attorney General Office’s Environmental Department; and Massachusetts Community Legal Aid’s Foreclosure Defense Unit.

Daniel received his B.A. in Political Science and History from Stony Brook University and his M.A. in Political Science, with a specialization in Political Psychology, also from Stony Brook University.


A Pragmatic Proposition: Regionally Planned TDR Programs in Light of Rising Seas, 48 The Urban Lawyer 179 (2016).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW–CERCLA Enforcement: Terminology and Meaning of ‘Treatment’ Arranger Liability, expected publication in Western New England Law Review (Summer 2016).


Research Assistant

Ollia PappasOllia Pappas

Ollia Pappas graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Analysis and Policy. During her first semester at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Ollia volunteered with Land Use Law Center. It was there that her interest in Land Use Law began and flourished. Ollia is entering her second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where she is expected to graduate in 2018 with her J.D. as well as with her Environmental Certificate. She is currently the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society and the Public Relations Coordinator for the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Society. While interning for the Land Use Law Center this summer, Ollia will also be working as Professor Nolon’s Research Assistant. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of Land Use and Sustainable Development Law during her time at the Center this summer.

Land Use & Sustainable Development Scholars

J. Justin Woods, J.D., M.P.A.

Sustainable Development Scholar, Land Use Law Center
Lecturer, Department of Public Administration, Pace University

J. Justin Woods is a Scholar at the Land Use Law Center where he conducts research, publishes, and speaks on a variety of land use law and public policy topics, including urban revitalization, land banks, and brownfields. His primary interests are in sustainable development and public administration related to environmental, economic, and social justice. After successfully teaching a sustainable development seminar as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Public Administration at Pace University in the Spring of 2016, Mr. Woods was appointed as a full-time Lecturer for the 2016-2017 academic year. He is teaching sustainable development again as well as research methods and supervising graduate students’ capstone projects. Mr. Woods is also a Fellow at National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals in Washington, DC. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the International City Manager’s Association, American Planning Association, American Constitution Society, National Lawyers Guild, and Planners Network: The Organization of Progressive Planning. Mr. Woods graduated cum laude from Green Mountain College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Public Policy in 2000, and received a Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor, cum laude from Pace University in 2016. He also expects to finish a Master of Laws in Environmental Law on the Land Use and Sustainable Development track at Pace Law School in 2016.

Student Associates

Danielle MeyerDanielle Meyer

Danielle Meyer graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in The History of Art and Architecture. Prior to attending law school, Danielle worked at Klae Construction where she worked as the marketing director. Additionally, she worked closely with project managers and the sales office to create a manual for company efficiency. Working with LEED certified architects and engineers on sustainable jobs developed Danielle’s interest in Land Use Law. Danielle is entering her second year at Pace Law School and is expected to graduate in 2018 with an Environmental Law Certificate and a concentration in Real Estate and Land Use. Danielle is looking forward to her internship at the Land Use Law Center to further her interest in sustainable development.

Michael CastoreMichael Castore

Michael Castore graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behaviors as well as a minor in Environmental and Business Economics. Before attending law school, Michael worked for Philosophy IB, a boutique management consulting firm, as an associate project coordinator. He will be entering his second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and expects to graduate in 2018 with a Certificate in Environmental Law as well as a Concentration in Real Estate and Land Use. He looks forward to becoming more involved with the community and expanding his interest in the field.

James WardJames Ward

James Ward graduated from Pace University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. While at Pace, James was an inaugural student of the Undergraduate Environmental Policy Clinic, where students had the opportunity to work with local governments and nonprofit organizations to pursue environmental initiatives. James is now a rising 2L at The Elizabeth Haub School of Law and is expected to graduate in 2018 with a J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law, and Concentration in Land Use Law and Real-Estate. James has participated as a board member for the National Environmental Moot Court Competition and is a founding member of the schools Personal Injury Law Association.

Paul RecuperoPaul Recupero

Paul Recupero graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Paul’s work with the conservation department in Fairfield Ct, as well as his coursework within environmental science and geography initially has sparked his interest in land use sustainability. Along with environmental sustainability an essential facet of land use that Paul is drawn to is the effect it plays on wildlife and ecosystem preservation. Paul is a rising 2L and is expected to graduate in 2018 with a J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law. Paul is an active member of Pace’s Environmental Law and Animal Law Societies. Paul is looking forward to further developing his understanding of land use law during his internship at the Land Use Center.

Spencer EmanuelSpencer Emanuel

Spencer Emanuel just finished up his Freshman year at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Currently pursuing a major in political science, Spencer hopes to continue his education after he graduates from Michigan by attending law school. This year, he was a member of the Freshman Business Club at school. Prior to attending college, Spencer interned at the Justice Court in the Town of New Castle where he shadowed one of the town justices for a semester. His ultimate goal is to become a lawyer, potentially in the field of real estate.