Monday, November 24, 2008

Penn Central Transportation Company v. New York, Noteworthy Event

Those of us who teach Penn Central Trans., a seminal landmark preservation case, noted the passing last month of Dorothy Miner.  Ms. Miner was counsel to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and played a critical role in litigating the Penn Central case.  A NY Times article discussing her important contributions entitled "Dorothy Miner, 72, Legal Innovator, Dies" can be found at .

I always like to share these types of articles with my students to help make the cases more relevant and to, at times, give insight into the personal sacrifices that are often behind some of our most compelling and enduring legal decisions.  Also, I find that one way to encourage students to embrace the materials is to ask them to be aware of interesting property / land use / real estate stories in the news and to forward them to me.  If a student sends me something interesting, I will post it on Blackboard or maybe even hand out hard copies of the story in class and take time to discuss the story.  This article was actually forwarded to me by a student I taught last year in the first year property course.  It was very affirming that, even a year later, she is moved by these types of property stories.

Carol N. Brown

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Professor Brown - I am delighted to see that you continue to engage and challenge your students with relevant and current topics. I had the oppurtunity to speak to one of your Land Use classes a couple of years ago and I must say that I was honored and impressed that you invited me to review development projects with which I am contractually involved. It is my hope that something beneficial was gained during the lecture. Keep up the excellent work and I will continue to follow your work and will make myself available to assist you in any way possible. Warm regards. HBB.

Posted by: HBB | Dec 1, 2008 10:50:58 PM

Thank you for posting this notice. Dorothy was a great lawyer and teacher,and she remained a constant student of land use planning law and trends. She attended numerous conferences at Albany Law School and I always appreciated her insightful comments and analysis. Her passing is truly a loss. Patricia Salkin

Posted by: Patty Salkin | Dec 29, 2008 7:25:39 AM

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