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 Blanchard

Senior 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.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 NoonanRosemarie 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.

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GRADUATE FELLOW

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

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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.

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LAND USE SCHOLAR

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

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STUDENT ASSOCIATES

Justin BandiseJustin Bandise

Justin Bandise graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a degree in History. After graduating, Justin pursued a Paralegal Certification from Suffolk County Community College, which he received in December 2016. Upon coming to Pace Law School, he volunteered at the Land Use Law Center during the 2018-2019 school year and worked on the Calming Troubled Waters: Local Solutions project. Justin is looking forward to broadening his knowledge on a variety of topics this summer regarding environmental law and land use law. He enjoys playing music, drawing, and playing tennis during his free time.

Emma CampbellEmma Campbell

Emma Campbell graduated from Drew University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy and a minor in Chinese Studies. Before attending Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Emma worked as a paralegal for Sheldon Lobel, P.C., a zoning and land use firm in New York City. Emma has been passionate about the environment since she was a child, but her interest in environmental law was excited throughout her undergraduate studies. She is a rising second year law student at Pace and is expected to graduate in May 2021 with an Environmental Law Certificate. She is a junior associate for Pace Environmental Law Review and a member of the Environmental Law Society.  Emma played soccer in college and likes to hike and run with her dog. She also loves to travel and do crafts. Emma will work with the Center staff on research projects throughout the summer.

Erin DaviesErin Davies

Erin Davies graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017 with a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental science and policy. As part of her senior research capstone, Erin studied the ways in which agricultural and urban development negatively impacted freshwater resources and discovered solutions through sustainable development techniques. This experience triggered her interest in the field of sustainable development.  During her first year at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Erin volunteered at the Land Use Law Center, researching ways local governments could mitigate non-point source pollution though sustainable development strategies. Prior to beginning law school, she interned for the nonprofit NGO Sustainability, where she consulted with U.N. Ambassadors interested in sustainable development strategies. Erin is looking forward to spending the summer at the Land Use Law Center where she will gain hands-on experience in the legal field of sustainable development.

Samuel MiddletonSamuel Middleton

Samuel R. Middleton is a rising 2L and will serve as a Student Associate for the Land Use Law Center. He is a 2015 cum laude graduate from the University at Albany where he majored in sociology and criminal justice. After graduating, he worked in the construction industry, which inspired his interest in land use law, particularly in the field of sustainable development. He currently serves on the E-Board of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and is a Student Associate for LexisNexis. He is expected to graduate in 2021 with a concentration in real estate and land use. Samuel is looking forward to spending his summer at the Land Use Center and furthering his knowledge of sustainable development.

Robert O’ConnorRobert O’Connor

Robert O’Connor is a 2017 graduate of The College at Brockport, State University of New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science and majored in Political Science with a primary focus on public policy and energy. In 2016, Robert worked for the New York State Assembly as a legislative aid where he carried out policy research and helped draft legislative documents. Robert is entering his second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and is expected to graduate with his J.D. as well as an Environmental Certificate. In his spare time, Robert is an avid wildlife photographer. He is working toward a career that utilizes sustainable land use law practices to protect wildlife populations their habitats. Robert is looking forward to gaining research and practical experience during this summer.