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The Institute hosts numerous events each year, including the Annual Land Use Law Conference. This national forum brings together leading scholars, state and local government officials, and practitioners to address land use and sustainable development law topics of greatest concern locally, regionally and nationally. See below for details about the inaugural Annual Land Use Law Conference, which will focus on coastal resiliency strategies for local governments.


Bagels with the Boards

Last Friday of each month, starting February 2015
CLE credit available. 
Register for Upcoming Bagels with the Boards CLEs
Stay abreast of land use and zoning law facing New York municipal boards. Join local officials, planners, attorneys and legal scholars at Touro Law Center on the last Friday of the month for coffee and bagels and a 1-hour CLE, beginning February 2015.

RLUIPA Defense: Avoiding and Defending Against RLUIPA Claims
Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 am
Ted Carey, the lead trial lawyer in a complex RLUIPA case in Old Westbury
Evan J. Seeman and Karla Chaffee, RLUIPA attorneys at Robinson + Cole and regular contributors to the RLUIPA Defense blog
1 Professional Practice credit. Planning and zoning board credits TBD
Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities
Friday, Mar. 27, , 8:30 – 10 am
Robin Malloy, the E. I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University.Professor Malloy's book Land Use Law and Disability:
Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities was published in October 2014 by Cambridge University Press.
1 Professional Practice credit. Planning and zoning board credits TBD
The cost for each program is $15 per person, including materials, and continental breakfast.
Space is limited.
For more information email
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Special thanks to our co-sponsors Farrell Fritz PC, the Municipal Law Section of the NYSBA, NYCOM, and NYSAC.
Touro Law Center is an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.
Pursuant to the requirements of the N.Y. State CLE Board, no partial credit may be awarded and attendees must be present for the entire program.
All Bagels with the Boards will be held at Touro Law Center, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, adjacent to the Federal Courthouse. Take exit 43A Southern State Parkway, bear right on Carlton Avenue, take right on Spur Drive, take left on Eastview Drive. Touro is on the right hand side. Available parking on both sides of the building.
No confirmation of registration will be sent.
Cancellations: Your registration fee will be refunded if you notify us one week before the scheduled event. Call 631-761-7005.
Financial Hardship Policy: Touro Law Center has a Financial Hardship Policy designed to assist attorneys of limited means in fulfilling their CLE requirements. For specific information, please contact
Americans with Disabilities Act: If you plan to attend the program and need assistance related to a disability, please let us know as soon as possible prior to the program.
Meals: Glatt Kosher dietary rules are observed.
Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice. Touro Law Center is not liable for errors or omissions in the publicity information.

The First Annual Conference of the Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute:
Long Island Coastal Resiliency Summit

Join local, state and national leaders, land use practitioners, and community members of April 16, 2015 to address the formidable challenge of moving from resiliency planning to implementation.
Topics will include the newly enacted Community Risk & Resiliency Act, model resiliency codes, the confluence of smart growth and resiliency, legal hurdles to living shores, the role of LWRPs, qualification for the NFIP Community Rating System, and mapping and other practical tools.

Conference presenters will include representatives from local and county governments, NY DOS, and DEC, FEMA, EPA, and US Army Corp of Engineers, as well as climatologists, marine scientists and leading land use and municipal law scholars. Participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits (credits TBD).
For more information, or to register, please email

Past Student Events
“Land Use Is Long Island” 
Come learn about the role lawyers play in community revitalization projects that literally shape where we live and work. Join developers, land use lawyers, planners, and other government officials for three panel discussions focusing on different aspects of development projects. This is a great opportunity to learn about the diverse range of jobs available in the LUSD field and the important issues LUSD practitioners face every day. You MUST register for these events through Symplicity (click on the “Events” tab toward the top of the page and choose this event).   

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:30-1:30 pm.
Lunch will be served beginning at noon and a networking social will follow from 1:30-2:30 pm. 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
5:30-6:30 pm
A light dinner will be served beginning at 5 pm and a networking social will follow from 6:30-7 pm.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:30-1:30 pm  
Lunch will be served beginning at noon and a networking social will follow from 1:30-2:30 pm. 

Selected Past LUSD Events

Environmental Law Practitioner Panel, including Advisory Board Chair Richard Eisenberg and Advisory Board member Erin Sidaras, hosted by LUSD Institute and Environmental Law Society. Sept. 2013.

Dean Patricia Salkin was a participant in Widener University Law School's conference on sustainability and Marcellus Shale development. Sept. 2013.

Michael Lewyn presented his paper, The (Somewhat) False Hope of Comprehensive Planning, at New York Law School, as part of TLC’s scholarly exchange program. Sept. 2013.

Sarah Adams-Schoen presented on the topic, “Superstorms & Other Natural Disasters: Environmental and Municipal Challenges,” at the NY State Bar Ass’n, Environmental and Municipal Law Sections, Fall Meeting. Oct. 2013.
Dean Patricia Salkin spoke at the ABA State & Local Government Law Section Fall Meeting on the topic “LEEDigation: When Government Doesn't Get the Green it was Promised.” Oct. 2013.

Presentation by Hebrew University of Law Professor Itzach Kornfeld on Climate Change and Water Diplomacy in the Middle East, hosted by Touro Law Center LUSD Institute and Jewish Law Institute. Nov. 2013.

Sarah Adams-Schoen presented on the topic, “Creating Natural-Disaster Resilient Communities: The Critical Role of Land Use Planning, Zoning and Building Codes” at a Hofstra Law School conference for Nassau County Building Officials and Inspectors. Nov. 2103.

Dean Patricia Salkin presented a caselaw update at a CLE on land use law for the Suffolk Academy of Law. Dec. 2013.