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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. 
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.
For more information, please email

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. 
Land Use Is Sustainability
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.
Land Use Is Social Justice
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.