Land Use Law Center Staff

Key Program Staff

Faculty

John R. Nolon

Professor of Law

Faculty

Jessica A. Bacher

Executive Director

Faculty

Tiffany Zezula

Deputy Director

Faculty

Jennie Nolon

Staff Attorney

Staff

Ann Marie McCoy

Director of Administration, Land Use Law Center

Consultants

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.

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Graduate Fellow

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.

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Research Assistant

Mark FanelliMark Fanelli

Mark Fanelli graduated from the University of Scranton in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in History. Before attending law school, Mark worked in the private security industry. He is in his second year at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he is expected to graduate in 2019 with his J.D. and his Environmental Certificate. He is currently the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society and the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Society. In addition, he is an executive board member for the Food and Agriculture Law Society as well as the Bailiff Chair for the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. While interning for the Land Use Law Center this summer, Mark will also be working as Professor Nolon’s Research Assistant. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of Land Use and Sustainable Development Law during his time at the Center this summer.

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Student Associates

Savannah BowlingSavannah Bowling

Savannah Bowling graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Management along and a minor in Environmental Law (Go Dawgs!). Before attending law school, Savannah worked for Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, a firm in Northeast Georgia, as a legal assistant in products liability litigation. Savannah’s interest in land use sparked throughout her undergraduate studies and while studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand where she experienced environmental stewardship and sustainable development initiatives on an international scale. Savannah is in her second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law and is expected to graduate in May 2019 with an Environmental Law Certificate. She expanded her knowledge of land use, environmental, and sustainable development law while interning at the Land Use Law Center this summer and is looking forward to working as Professor Nolon’s Research Assistant this fall. Savannah will also serve a Junior Associate on Pace Environmental Law Review throughout the fall and spring.

Kasey BrennerKasey Brenner

Kasey Brenner graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and a minor in Environmental Studies. Kasey is in her second year of law school at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and is expected to graduate in 2019 with an Environmental Law Certificate. Kasey is part of Pace’s inaugural class of Haub Scholars and is currently on the executive board of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Society and the Food and Agriculture Law Society. She has expanded her interests in land use and sustainable development through hands-on experience at the Land Use Law Center this summer, and will continue working with the Center as a Research Assistant in the fall semester. Beginning in the fall, Kasey will also serve as a Junior Associate on Pace Environmental Law Review and will participate in the Federal Judicial Honors Program.

Luke HoldenLuke Holden

Luke Holden graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Prior to attending law school Luke worked at Stirling Benefits, Inc. as an administrative assistant. In his role, Luke built and populated a new database for managing the information of hundreds of clients. He also worked closely with several of the chief staff members on increasing the overall efficiency of the firm. Luke is a rising 2L expected to graduate in 2019 with a J.D. and is looking forward to developing his interest in land use law through his internship at the Land Use Law Center.​

Emma LagleEmma Lagle

Emma Lagle graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology. She became interested in environmental activism as a NYPIRG intern. Emma’s experience as a legal assistant in a real estate law firm, coupled with her work on the Westchester Green Business Certification Program for the Greenburgh Nature Center, advanced her interest in land use and sustainable practices. As a second-year law student at Pace’s Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Emma is a member of the Pace Environmental Law Review, a participant in the Federal Judicial Honors Program, and President of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Society. She expects to graduate in 2020 with a J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law, and a M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Maximillian MahalekMaximillian Mahalek

Maximillian Mahalek is entering his second year as a student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law and expects to graduate in 2019 with a J.D., a certificate in environmental law, and a concentration in land use law. He has both a Master and Bachelor of the Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his research focused on crime prevention through environmental design. Maximillian's professional background includes work as a Community Development Associate at the City of Urbana, IL, and as a Title Litigation Legal Assistant at McCalla Raymer Liebert Pierce, LLC. Maximillian spent time during his 1L year serving as the Land Use Law Center’s Land Use Scholar, a role in which he researched best practices in the field of form-based codes and drafted related language to be incorporated into a municipality's zoning code. During his 2L year, he will be serving as a Research Assistant at the Land Use Law Center, a Junior Associate with the Pace Environmental Law Review, and a participant in the Federal Judicial Honors Program.