Suburban Development Law Scholar Michael Lewyn Awarded Tenure

August 22, 2017

Touro Law Center Dean Harry Ballan is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Michael Lewyn, a nationally known scholar whose work has focused on land use and suburban development law, has been awarded tenure.

“Michael Lewyn’s talents and scholarship have proven to be a perfect fit with one of Touro’s core missions: to contribute to the sensible development of our suburban community. We look forward to Professor Lewyn’s continued leadership in the critical areas of zoning, planning and land use regulation,” stated Dean Ballan.

Professor Lewyn joined the Touro Law faculty in 2011 and teaches property, land use and environmental law. He was recently appointed director of the Law Center’s Institute for Land Use and Sustainable Development Law. Originally from Atlanta, he graduated from Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After clerking for two federal judges and practicing law for several years, he began his teaching career. Professor Lewyn's scholarship focuses on urban and suburban development, in particular the question of "sprawl": why some communities are compact, walkable and full of vitality, while others are spread out, haphazardly planned and car ownership is a necessity.

Professor Lewyn commented, “Touro has been a wonderful place to work. It’s a ‘human scale’ school where everyone knows who you are.  Over the next few years, I will focus on continuing to develop the Land Use Institute.”

Touro Law Center’s faculty is comprised of approximately 45 full-time members who are actively engaged in research, making noteworthy contributions to legal scholarship, and law reform. They bring talent and experience to the classroom as well as a genuine passion for teaching. In addition, they’re uniquely dedicated to the success of our student body – priding themselves on accessibility while creating an open and cooperative learning environment that is dynamic and enriching.  


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