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

Allison FausnerAllison Fausner

Allison Fausner is a rising 2L at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where she is expected to graduate with in 2020 with an Environmental Certificate and a Land Use and Real Estate Concentration. Her interest in environmental issues, specifically climate change, began when she was studying philosophy and environmental ethics at SUNY Oswego. Allison is currently serving as the President of the Environmental Law Society. As Land Use Law Scholar for the Land Use Law Center, Allison assisted Professor Nolon on a forthcoming journal article detailing the ability of local governments to mitigate climate change. Allison is looking forward to continue exploring the connections between land use regulations and climate change mitigation this summer with Professor Nolon as his Research Assistant.

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Student Associates

Tony MazzaTony Mazza

Tony Mazza graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina in 2015 where he studied Ecological Forestry and Philosophy. As a student he worked on the college’s experimental forestland as an Apprentice Forester, gaining hands-on training in forest management. After graduating, he worked as a Research Intern as Casey Trees in Washington D.C. assisting in the study and implementation of urban forest management plans. He enrolled at Elisabeth Haub School of Law in Fall 2017 to enter the world of environmental policy and began volunteering at the LULC to continue research on sustainable land use methods. As a dual degree student, Tony will be supplementing his legal studies with a Master of Forestry from Yale in the hopes of bridging the gap between science and policy. His goal is to promulgate forest policy that can improve and preserve ecosystem health as well as benefit local communities.

Megan EdwardsMegan Edwards

Megan Edwards graduated from Simmons College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and English Literature. During her first year at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Megan volunteered with the Land Use Law Center and was the Treasurer for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. As a Haub Scholar, she traveled to Caenn, France to participate in the Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court. Megan is entering her second year at the Elisabeth Haub School of law where she is expected to graduate in 2021 with her J.D and an Environmental Certificate. Megan will also be graduating from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with an M.E.M. in 2021. She is currently the Director of Land Use for the Environmental Law Society, the Vice President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and is also working as a Research Assistant for Professor Rosenblum. Megan is looking forward to spending her summer at the Land Use Center, and is excited to expand her knowledge of land use as it relates to sustainable development and conservation.

Dominique AlbanoDom Albano

Dominique Albano graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with a BA in Environmental Law and Policy. During her first year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Dominique volunteered at the Pace University Land Use Law Center. Her experience at the Center triggered her interests in land use law. Dominique is entering her second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where she is expected to graduate in 2020 with her J.D. as well as with her Environmental Certificate. She is currently the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of Land Use, Water law and Coastal Management during her time at the Center this summer.​

Rachel BreslinRachel Breslin

Rachel Breslin graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics with a concentration in Sustainable Development and minors in Animal Science and Energy Policy. Prior to law school, she worked for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection researching wastewater management techniques. Rachel is a rising 2L at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and is expected to graduate in 2020 with her J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law. During her first year, she was involved in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. She looks forward to her internship at the Land Use Law Center to further her knowledge of sustainable development.

Julie YedowitzJulie Yedowitz

Julie Yedowitz graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Julie’s work with sustainable development during her undergraduate education fostered her interest in Environmental Law. Julie is now beginning her second year at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where she is expected to graduate in 2020 with her J.D. and her Environmental Certificate. She is looking forward to learning further about sustainable development this summer at the Land Use Law Center.

Alicia LeglandAlicia Legland

Alicia Legland graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish. While earning her undergraduate degree, Alicia worked as an education intern at a local organic farm on Long Island, spearheaded a sustainability initiative in the campus dining halls, and volunteered with Food and Water Watch to pass a GMO labeling bill in the New York State Assembly. She chose Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University for the stellar environmental law program to continue her passion for the environment—specifically, sustainable food systems. Having just recently finished her first year of law school, she is excited to spend her 1L summer at the Land Use Law Center to gain a hands-on experience in an environmentally-rich legal field.