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Director's Message

I am thrilled at this opportunity to contribute to a Long Island that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, while providing our talented Touro Law Center students with more opportunities to serve their local communities and develop their skills as lawyers.

The Institute on Land Use and Sustainable Development Law, in partnership with the planning, development, and environmental communities of Long Island, fosters greater understanding of local land use law, environmental law and public policy by providing a forum for dialogue as well as resources such as model laws, best practice commentaries, and training and education for lawyers and the larger community.

The Institute’s focus on Long Island provides the perfect opportunity to train students and contribute to the critical needs of the Law Center’s community. Land use and sustainability law provides one of the most effective means—if not the most effect means—for addressing some of Long Island’s pressing social concerns, including climate change and natural disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets; affordable housing for seniors, workers, and others; and the management of water resources, including storm water, waste water, and drinking water.

As I embark on this new chapter at the Law Center, I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Judge Leon Lazer, the longtime leader of these efforts at the Law Center, and to work with the support of a distinguished Advisory Board and dedicated group of Faculty Affiliates, as well as national land use law expert Dean Patricia Salkin.

Sarah J. Adams-Schoen

Director, Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute