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 Blanchard

Senior 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.

Rose Noonan
Rosemarie Noonan, J.D.
Executive Director, Housing Action Council

Ms. Noonan has held the position of Executive Director since 1986 and has been with the Council since 1979. She began her housing career as Director of the National Leased Housing Association, the leading trade association for government assisted rental housing development and management located in Washington, DC. She has held program and policy positions at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal. She attended Trinity College in Washington, DC, received an advanced degree in Government from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Pace University School of Law.

Ms. Noonan has developed various programs which have assisted in the development of housing, including tax-exempt financing, mortgage insurance, and housing rehabilitation programs. She has advised State and local housing officials on designing and implementing affordable housing programs and plans. She manages the Yonkers Affordable Housing Office which is responsible for implementing a housing desegregation order. She has designed housing seminars and trained professionals nationwide. She is experienced in integrating the housing development process with health and human service programs.

She has fostered the creation of several Westchester not-for-profit organizations, e.g. The Preservation Company, Washingtonville Housing Alliance, and the New Rochelle Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation. The goal of these organizations is the development of housing which serves low income families and individuals of modest means. She has advised many civic groups, religious groups, and community organizations on appropriate roles for themselves in housing development and assisted them through the development process. Her services are primarily focused in the Hudson Region; however she has provided this service throughout New York State and in many areas throughout the country. She has a strong working knowledge of Federal, State, County and local housing programs and is skilled in integrating them to develop financially feasible and affordable housing developments.

She is the author of over a dozen guidebooks and manuals on housing programs and developing housing.



Kristin Pelatti

Kristin Pelatti is the 2019-20 Land Use and Development LLM Graduate Fellow at the Land Use Law Center.  She is admitted to practice in New York and the Federal District Court of New York - Southern District.  Kristin is a Cum Laude graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, class of 2018 and a 2016 graduate of Siena College. At Pace, she was a member of the Land Use and Sustainable Law Society, the Promotions Editor of the Pace Environmental Law Review, a member of the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Team, and placed on the Dean’s List all semesters.  Following graduation, Kristin practiced law with Pollock & Maguire, LLP in White Plains, NY



Haley BresciaHaley Brescia

Haley Brescia is the Land Use Law Center’s second year Land Use Scholar.  In her first year, she managed a team of 1Ls that researched and presented successful local strategies to protect water quality as part of the Center’s Project, Calming Troubled Waters: Local Solutions.  She is a 2018 graduate of Duke University where she focused on Political Science and Environmental Science and Policy. Haley will work with Professor Nolon’s on his article on water quality protection,to be published in the Vermont Law Review in 2019. She is the President of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Society.



Melanie Schlosser Melanie Schlosser

Melanie S. Schlosser will serve as the Land Use Scholar for the Land Use Law Center during her 1L year.  She is a 2019 summa cum laude graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey where she majored in Law & Society and Visual Arts, and contributed to the Ramapo Journal of Law & Society as Associate Editor. In her spare time, Melanie engages in artmaking, reading, hiking, and meditating. Melanie will participate with the Center professors and staff on several of their research projects and will attend workshops and presentations that they conduct or are involved in during the year