Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, January

A Tale of Three Northern Manhattan Communities: Case Studies of Political Empowerment in the Planning and Development Process
Three recent development proposals in Northern Manhattan highlight community participation and empowerment in the planning process. The following will detail community empowerment in the planning and development process and provide a clear definition...
Blighting the Way: Urban Renewal, Economic Development, and the Elusive Definition of Blight
What is "blight"? Over half a century of federal and state urban renewal policy, and a slightly shorter history of local economic development policies, revolve around this question. These policies, ranging from the first stabs at federally-funded urban...
Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Meets the Civil Law
I. OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM In 1984, the Roman Catholic Church began to experience the complex and highly embarrassing problem of clergy sexual misconduct in the United States. Within months of the first public case emerging in Lafayette, Louisiana,...
Leaders, Followers, and Free Riders: The Community Lawyer's Dilemma When Representing Non-Democratic Client Organizations
I. INTRODUCTION Democratic participation in decision making is a recurring ideal in many aspects of our society. (1) We are encouraged to vote for candidates for public office; (2) to voice our opinions to our representatives on matters of societal...
Let Them Rent Cake: George Pataki, Market Ideology, and the Attempt to Dismantle Rent Regulation in New York
INTRODUCTION There are not many issues upon which the editorial boards of all the daily newspapers in New York City agree. Yet in the spring of 1997, The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, and Newsday were unanimous in respect to...
The Collision of Church and State: A Primer to Beth Din Arbitration and the New York Secular Courts
When the United States of America was founded, the concept of the complete separation between Church and State was revolutionary and embedded deep within the foundation of this country. (1) In the twenty-first century, the American legal system embraced...
The Continuing Crisis in Affordable Housing: Systemic Issues Requiring Systemic Solutions
I. INTRODUCTION In 1960, my father bought the first home he ever owned. He was forty years old, with one child away at college and two still in high school. As a career military man, my father picked up his family every two or three years and moved...
The First Amendment: Churches Seeking Sanctuary for the Sins of the Fathers
PROLOGUE Imagine you are ten years old. You are proud and honored that one of the most revered, respected, and loved men in your community pays you special attention--he gives you gifts, and invites you to go on special trips. A man who, in your...

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