Cities & Land Use
Vicki BeenBoxer Family Professor of LawVicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Faculty Director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prof. Been returned to NYU in February, 2017, after serving for three years as Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development for the City of New York. In that capacity, she led the 2400-person agency in designing a comprehensive strategy for addressing the City’s critical need for affordable housing, financing the preservation or new construction of 62,500 affordable homes in just three years; securing the passage of the nation’s most rigorous yet flexible mandatory inclusionary housing program and changing the way the agency approached neighborhood planning to be more comprehensive and community-driven.Full Profile | Publications
Professor Been, who has been on the faculty at NYU since 1990, focuses her scholarship on the intersection of land use, urban policy and housing. Under her leadership, the Furman Center has become the nation’s leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate, and housing development, and was a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2012.
Paulette CaldwellProfessor of LawPaulette Caldwell is an expert on race and civil rights with a concentration on discrimination in employment and public education law. She speaks and writes on a range of issues including critical race theory, the intersection of race and gender, disparate impact theory, and the fair governance of public schools. She is an honors graduate of Howard University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the law review, and of Howard University College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining the Law School in 1979, she served for a decade at the Ford Foundation and the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, specializing in real estate transactions and the corporate and tax representation of charitable and other nonprofit organizations. She has served as a consultant to and board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently a member of the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.Full Profile | Publications Cynthia EstlundCatherine A. Rein Professor of LawCynthia Estlund is a leading scholar of labor and employment law and workplace governance. Her new book, A New Deal for China’s Workers? (2017), takes a comparative look at labor unrest and reform in China. In her previous book, Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (2010), she chronicled the current crisis of workplace governance in the US and charted a potential path forward. Her first book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (2003), argued that the workplace is a site of both comparatively successful integration and intense cooperation, and explored the implications for democratic theory and for the law of work. Other writings focus on freedom of speech and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; critical perspectives on labor law; and transnational labor rights and regulation. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2006, Estlund taught at the University of Texas and Columbia Law School. Estlund graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University in 1978. She earned her JD at Yale Law School in 1983.Full Profile | Publications Clayton GilletteMax E. Greenberg Professor of Contract LawClayton Gillette’s teaching and scholarship concentrate on contracts, commercial law, and local government law. His research concerns issues as varied as local redistribution, contract design, long-term contracts, the political economy of international sales law, standard form contracts, municipal bankruptcy, and relations between localities and their neighbors. Professor Gillette also serves as Director of the Marron Institute of Urban Management at NYU. He has recently supervised students working on governance structures that increase fiscal stability for the Office of the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, and has consulted in litigation and arbitrations on subjects ranging from the interpretation of sophisticated financial contracts to defaults on municipal bonds. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2000, he was the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Amherst College. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the US Court of Appeals.Full Profile | Publications Roderick HillsWilliam T. Comfort, III Professor of LawRoderick Hills teaches and writes in public law areas with a focus on the law governing division of powers between central and subcentral governments. These areas include constitutional law, local government law, land use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. His publications have appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Supreme Court Law Review. Hills has been a cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and also files amicus briefs in cases on issues relevant to the autonomy of state and local governments and the protection of their powers from preemption. Hills holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University. He served as a law clerk for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the state bar of New York and the US Supreme Court bar.Full Profile | Publications Daniel HulseboschCharles Seligson Professor of LawDaniel Hulsebosch is a legal and constitutional historian whose scholarship ranges from early modern England to the 19th-century United States. He teaches American and English Legal History, Property Law, and Constitutional Law, and he supervises the Legal History Colloquium. His first book Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 (2005) examined the intersection of constitutionalism and imperial expansion in the British Empire and the early United States and the emergence of a new legal genre: constitutional law. He is now co-authoring a book with Professor David Golove entitled “A Civilized Nation”: War, Trade, and American Constitution-making, 1774-1816, which details the founding generation’s struggle to reconcile republican government with re-integration into the Atlantic World of trade and credit. Another project explores early American lawyers’ engagement with international sources of private law. Hulsebosch directs the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship Program at NYU School of Law, is a co-editor of the Legal History Series at Oxford University Press, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Legal History. He is also a member (by courtesy) of the NYU Department of History.Full Profile | Publications James JacobsChief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts;
Director, Center for Research in Crime and JusticeJames Jacobs holds a JD (1973) and a PhD in sociology (1975) from the University of Chicago. Before joining the NYU Law faculty in 1982, he was a member of the Cornell Law School faculty. He teaches first-year criminal law and upper-year electives on criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and juvenile justice, as well as various specialized seminars, e.g. this year on asset forfeiture and money laundering. Jacobs has published 16 books and more than 100 articles. His first book, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), regarded as a penological classic, deals with the impact of gangs, public employee unionism, prisoners’ rights litigation, and other post–World War II phenomena on the social organization of the American prison. Five of his books, including most recently Breaking the Devil’s Pact: The Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob (2011), document the government’s long-term campaign to eradicate Italian-American organized crime. Among his books on other criminal justice topics are Can Gun Control Work? (2004); Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics (2000); The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity (1996); and Drunk Driving: An American Dilemma (1992). His most recent book, The Eternal Criminal Record (2015), was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently working on a book-length case study of the SAFE Act, NYS’s 2013 omnibus gun control law.Full Profile | Publications
William NelsonJudge Edward Weinfeld Professor of LawWilliam Nelson ’65 has been active as a legal historian since the publication of his first history article in the New York University Annual Survey of American Law in 1966. Over the intervening years, Nelson has published two prize-winning books, eleven other books, and numerous articles in leading law reviews and history journals. Nelson has been a mainstay of NYU School of Law’s first-year teaching faculty since he returned to the Law School as a professor in 1979. He has taught either Contracts, Property, Torts, or Professional Responsibility to a large section of students in each of the past 34 years. In the upper-year curriculum, Nelson has focused on training future law teachers, especially in his seminar on legal scholarship and legal history. Nelson’s first love during the past decade has been research for a monograph that focuses on the history of the common law in colonial America.Full Profile | Publications Frank UphamWilf Family Professor of Property LawFrank Upham teaches the basic property course, as well as courses on advanced property topics, law and development, and comparative law and society with an emphasis on East Asia and the developing world. His scholarship focuses on Japan and China, and his book Law and Social Change in Postwar Japan received the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press. Recent scholarship includes “Who Will Find the Defendant If He Stays with His Sheep? Justice in Rural China,” “Property rights, commodification, and land disputes in contemporary socialist Asia,” “Lessons from Chinese Growth: Rethinking the Role of Property Rights in Economic Growth,” and “Resistible Force Meets Malleable Object: The Story of the ‘Introduction’ of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment Practice.” His most recent book, The Great Property Fallacy: Theory, Reality, and Growth in Developing Countries, employs an empirical study of the roles of property rights in global development from the English enclosures to contemporary Cambodia. His next project is a comparative study of the interaction of legal doctrine, social and economic structure, and culture in gender discrimination in France, Japan, and the United States. Upham has spent time at various institutions in Asia and works in Japanese, Chinese, and French. He graduated from Princeton University in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1974 and worked as a journalist in Asia and as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts before entering academia. In addition to having taught at NYU School of Law since 1994, he has taught at Ohio State, Harvard, Boston College, and UCLA law schools in the United States and Tsinghua University in China.Full Profile | Publications Katrina WymanSarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law;
Director, Environmental and Energy Law LLM ProgramBorn and raised in Canada, Katrina Wyman has a BA, MA, and LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Yale Law School. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2002, she was a research fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-02. Wyman’s research interests relate primarily to property and natural resources law and policy. She has undertaken case studies of the evolution of emissions trading, and property rights in fisheries and taxi licenses. She also has worked on the Endangered Species Act and the policy and legal responses to the possibility that climate change might prompt large-scale human migration.Full Profile | Publications