Thursday, February 28, 2013

Do you know a talented Midwestern high school-aged young woman who wants a fellowship to a summer program at a top university?

Forgive me for a non-land use post... 

For the last seven years, I have been a volunteer and board member for the Joyce Ivy Foundation (JIF), which we believe is now the largest provider of summer academic scholarships in the country (we awarded 80 scholarships last year, and are looking to provide more this year).  The program provides needs-based scholarships to talented Midwestern high school-aged young women to attend summer programs at the countries best colleges.  I became involved with the foundation due to my Midwestern roots and my life-long efforts to improve educational opportunities in that part of the country.  Seeing the transformation this program has afforded scholarship recipients over the past seven years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.  Deadlines for the JIF scholarship are March 15 and available here.  Official eligibility requirements here.

In addition, on May 10-11, we are in our second year of hosting a free symposium near Ann Arbor, MIchigan that will seek to take some of the mystery out of applying to top schools.  If you know a high school student in the area that would benefit from this symposium, have him or her stop by!

Stephen R. Miller

February 28, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ALPS registration Friday March 1!

[Registration here].  Many of you know that the annual meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS) has quickly become THE place to be for academic discussions in property, land use, real estate, IP, and local government and environmental law--in short, everything that is considered to be in the universe of "property" is more than welcome at ALPS.  It's been a really interesting, rewarding, and collegial conference in its first few years, and again, it's almost immediately become the central annual confab for property and land use profs.  To wit:

We welcome papers on any subject related to property law and from a diversity of viewpoints. Property related topics areas can include but are not limited to:

Civil Rights & Inequality (including Race, Gender, Religion, Income, Disability, etc)/Critical Legal Studies
Economics and Property Law
Energy/Environment/Climate Change
History of Property
Housing/Urban Development/Mortgages and Foreclosure
Indian Law/Indigenous Rights Law
Intellectual Property • International Property Law/Human Rights and Property/Cultural Property
Land Use Planning/Real Estate/Entrepreneurship
Property Theory • Property and Personhood/Concept of Home
Takings and Eminent Domain • Teaching Property 

The deadline for paper proposals is this Friday, March 1.  This year there is also the option to register to attend without a proposal, which makes participation even more accesible to everyone in the field.  

The link to register and for more information about the conference is here.  

I have to clear a couple of calendar items myself too, but I really hope to see all of you In Minneapolis on April 26-27 for ALPS.  And on behalf of the ALPS Membership & Outreach Committee, feel free to contact me with any questions.  

Matt Festa

February 27, 2013 in Conferences, Property, Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Readings on community lawyering

As blog readers know, I live a dual-life in academics as both a doctrinal teacher and a clinical teacher (I love it!).  This posting is written with my clinician hat on.  Last week, I sent an e-mail to the “lawclinics” listserv, the major listserv for clinicians, asking for recommended readings on community lawyering that were short and easily accessed by a student audience.  I received many excellent responses. 

I assembled all of the suggested readings and sent them to the listserv yesterday.  I thought the suggestsions were so good, I would post them here, too, as I imagine there may be non-clinicians who would also benefit from this list.  Citations are not official or verified, but just as folks sent them to me in e-mails. 

Incidentally, the most recommended reading was not a reading as all, but the video, So Goes a Nation: Lawyers and Communities.  This video was recommended by four respondents, was the only resource cited multiple times, and seems a “must see.” 

Here are the rest of the recommended readings in no particular order:

Bill Quigley, Reflections of Community Organizers (1995) at


Chuck Elsesser & Purvi Shah, Community Lawyering (2010) at

Nancy D. Polikoff, Am I My Client?  The Role of Confusion of a Lawyer Activist, 31 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 443 (1986).

Paul R. Tremblay, Counseling Community Groups, 17 CLINICAL L. REV. 389 (2010).

Ross Dolloff & Marc Potvin, Community Lawyering--Why Now?, 37 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 136 (July-Aug. 2003).

Michael J. Fox, Some Rules for Community Lawyers, 14 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 1 (May 1980) (“sets forth 16 principles for community lawyering”).

Penda Hair, Community Justice Lawyering & Community Economic Development Practice, 37 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 145 (July-Aug. 2003).

Cynthia Mark & Evonne Yang, The Power-One Campaign: Immigrant Worker Empowerment Through Law & Organizing, 36 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 264 (July-Aug. 2002).


Publication on lawyers in communities that excerpts stories in a more accessible way:  “It’s a little dated now (2001) but still relevant.”

“Chapter One of the Community Economic Development Law book from Susan Bennett, Louise Howells, et. al. very briefly discusses CED lawyering and contextualizes organizing and advocacy strategies in the broader framework of more traditional transactional/organizational representation. . . . Our students got something from the reading (but it’s quite short).”

Susan R. Jones, Small Business and Community Economic Development: Transactional
Lawyering for Social Change and Economic Justice, 4 CLINICAL L. REV. 195 (1997).

Roger Conner, Community Oriented Lawyering: New Approach for Public Sector Lawyers, THE PUBLIC LAWYER (Summer 2000).

Ross Dolloff, Marc Potvin, Community Lawyering - Why Now?, Clearinghouse Review (July-August 2003) (pgs. 136-139).

Bouman, Growing the Toolbox: Diverse Strategies for Public Interest Lawyers in Campaigns to Expand Access to Health Care for Low-Income People, CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW JOURNAL OF POVERTY LAW AND POLICY, July-August 2009, 173-183.

Muneer Ahmad, Interpreting Communities: Lawyering Across Language Difference, 54 U.C.L.A. L. REV. 999 (2007).

Susan Bryant & Jean Koh Peters, The Five Habits: Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers, 8 CLINICAL L. REV. 33 (2001).

Nancy Cook, Looking for Justice on a Two-Way Street, 20 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 169 (2006).


Gerald P. Lopez, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice (1992).

Karen Tokarz, Nancy Cook, Susan Brooks, Brenda Bratton Blom, Conversations on "Community Lawyering": The Newest (Oldest) Wave in Clinical Legal Education, 28 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y. 359, 363-365 (2008).

Lucie E. White, Collaborative Lawyering in the Field? On Mapping the Paths From Rhetoric to Practice, 1 CLINICAL L. REV. 157 (1994).

Lucie E. White, Subordination, Rhetorical Survival Skills, and Sunday Shoes: Notes on the Hearing of Mrs. G., 1 BUFF. L. REV. 1 (1980).

Thank you all for your suggestions!

Stephen R. Miller

February 27, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nolon et al., Towards Engaged Scholarship

John Nolon has posted Towards Engaged Scholarship, an article that is the result of last year's symposium by the same name that he hosted at Pace, which was a follow-up to 2011's highly successful Practically Grounded conference.  The meeting was really productive, and even though most of us were discussing engaged scholarship in land use and environmental law, the article has insights about the relationship between research, teaching, and practice that could be valuable to anyone in the field or law teaching generally.

The article is forthcomingHere are the contributors: John R. Nolon (Pace); land use guest-blogger Michelle Bryan Mudd (Montana); Michael Burger (Roger Williams); Kim Diana Connolly (SUNY Buffalo); Nestor M. Davidson (Fordham); Matthew Festa (South Texas); Jill Gross (Pace); Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown); Keith H. Hirokawa (Albany); Tim Iglesias (San Fransisco); Patrick C. McGinley (West Virginia); Sean Nolon (Vermont); Uma Outka (Kansas); co-blogger Jessica Owley (SUNY Buffalo); Kalyani Robbins (Akron); guest-blogger Jonathan D. Rosenbloom (Drake); and Christopher Serkin (Brooklyn).  Here is the abstract:

The practice-oriented influences of the Carnegie Foundation’s Educating Lawyers and the report of the Clinical Legal Education Association, Best Practices for Legal Education, have been working on the academy for only five years; law teachers are just now learning how they can better prepare their students to practice law “effectively and responsibly in the contexts they are likely to encounter as new lawyers.” These reports have stimulated a vast literature on how law professors can improve their teaching methods, how law schools can alter their curricula, and how the legal academy as a whole can prioritize skills education.

Much less attention has been paid to the connection between legal scholarship and the practice of law. For many law professors, there is an intuitive link between their teaching and scholarship. Does that link apply to teaching law students to be more practice-oriented, and what precisely does that mean? Should our scholarship examine more regularly the problems that practitioners confront and the contexts in which they arise? This article addresses these pressing questions in the context of legal scholarship as a context and opportunity.

This article presents the reflections of sixteen law professors on linkages between scholarship and the legal profession. From these reflections, several themes are identified that lead to new perspective on legal scholarship in a time of dynamic change in the law school education. This article begins a dialogue on engaged scholarship and concludes with the some proposed directions for critical reflection on the roles of law professors as academics and as molders of the careers of their students.

The conference was great, both for the ideas that were shared and for the chance to discuss them with a group of both senior and junior scholars in our fields.  I think the article will advance the discussion of how to make scholarship both theoretical but also practically useful. 

Matt Festa


February 26, 2013 in Conferences, Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Conference Announcement: Class CritsVI

Last year, I attended Class Crits for the first time. It was a wonderful program and I met a lot of folks who are interested in the issues of class and economic (in)equality. I presented some of my ongoing work on neoliberalism and land conservation. The Call for Papers for the 2013 conference has just been released.

Check it out

- Jessie Owley

February 25, 2013 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission Report

I am just finished streaming the press conference for the release of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commision Report.  Led by its Co-Chairs, Sens. George Mitchell, Mel Martinez and Kit Bond, as well as former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, the Commission is offering a far-reaching set of recommendations regarding the housing finance system, public subsidy for affordable housing development and preservation (particularly in rural areas) and promotion of housing counseling as a vital resource.  Even if the Executive Summary is too long for you, I would encourage you to check out a two-page article available on Politico authored by the four co-chairs.   

Jim K.

February 25, 2013 in Affordable Housing, Federal Government, HUD, Mortgage Crisis, Mortgages | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)