Land Use Law Center Staff

Key Program Staff


John R. Nolon

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus


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.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.



Yuriy KorolYuriy Korol

Yuriy Korol is the 2020-21 Land Use and Development LLM Graduate Fellow at the Land Use Law Center.  He is admitted to practice in Washington State. Yuriy is a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, class of 2020 with an advanced certificate in environmental law and a 2015 graduate of the University of St Andrews with a major in sustainable development. At Pace, he was a member of the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Team in 2019 and 2020 and has worked at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and the Pace Energy and Climate Center. He was a legal fellow at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2 office, where he navigated the Brownfield Cleanup Program. He was also a land use fellow for New York City Council..



Jessica RobertsJessica Roberts

Jessica Roberts graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science. She developed a love of nature from a very early age, which resulted in her spending most of her time hiking, birding, and rock-climbing. Over time, this turned into a passion for environmental conservation. Before attending Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, she worked as a Paralegal for personal injury and asbestos litigation firms, which inspired her to pursue her passion through law. Jessica is looking forward to spending her summer at the Land Use Law Center and furthering her knowledge of sustainable development and natural resource protection.



Brooke Mercaldi Brooke Mercaldi

Brooke Mercaldi is a first year law student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. She is a 2020 graduate from Southern Connecticut State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Systems and Sustainability Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, Brooke worked with the Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies in documenting Connecticut’s shoreline dynamics and evaluating their implications for coastal zone management. Brooke will be working with the Land Use Law Center to further her education in environmental law.



Jonathon DuffyJonathon Duffy

Jonathon Duffy graduated from Xavier University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sustainability. During his time at Xavier, he worked with the City of Cincinnati to write their 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan and provided updated recommendations to Xavier University’s sustainability plan.  Jonathon 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 free time, Jonathon enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, and watching documentaries.

Samantha HowardSamantha Howard

Samantha Howard graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Justice Studies focusing on restorative justice. After graduating, she completed a service year in Washington D.C. with City Year AmeriCorps working as an interventionist. She is an Army National Guard veteran who served in the Military Police Corps for six years. She is the current president of the Environmental Law Society and looks forward to developing her knowledge of sustainable development strategies through research at the Center. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys cooking, botany, meditating, hiking, and longboarding. She also has a passion for researching, supporting, and spreading the word about ethical companies.

Emily LivelyEmily Lively

Emily Lively is a 2014 graduate of Bridgewater State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She is entering her second year at Elisabeth Haub School of Law and is expected to graduate with her J.D. as well as certificates in Environmental and International Law.  Emily currently works as a Research Assistant and serves on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association.  She is an avid lover of animals and looks forward to gaining knowledge on a variety of sustainable land use practices that can be used to protect wildlife populations and their habitats.  Emily hopes to spend the summer gaining research and practical experience in environmental and land use law.

Chris MakowskiChris Makowski

Chris Makowski is a rising 2L who will serve as one of the Student Associates for the Land Use Law Center. He graduated from Mercyhurst University magna cum laude, double majoring in Communication and English. At Mercyhurst, Chris was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey team, he created the University’s current Tutor Training Manual and Tutor Orientation Manual, volunteered at Environment Erie as a communications assistant, and was the producer, cinematographer, and co-creator of the University’s web series The Laker Effect. During his 1L tenure at Pace, Christopher volunteered as a Bailiff at the 2020 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMECC) and was a finalist in the 1L moot court competition. Christopher is looking forward to spending his Summer at the Land Use Law Center, where he can gain research and practical experience in sustainable development. 

Jaclyn McBainJaclyn McBain

Jaclyn McBain graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before attending Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Jaclyn worked as a paralegal in Boston, MA. Jaclyn developed an interest in pursuing a career in environmental law during her undergraduate studies, and her interest only grew through her involvement as a 1L representative of the Land Use and Sustainable Development division of the Environmental Law Society at Pace. She is a rising second year law student at Pace and is expected to graduate in May 2022 with an Environmental Law Certificate. In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and reading. She is looking forward to further developing her legal skills and knowledge of Land Use Law and Sustainable Development at the Land Use Law Center this summer.