Touro Law to Host Long Island Land Use Planning Conference

Keynote Speakers Include Pat Foye and Jonathan Ballan

October 29, 2019

Touro Law Center’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute will host a one-day land use conference titled, “A Comprehensive Plan for Long Island.” The full-day conference will cover topics vital to the Long Island region, including Housing, Economic Development, Recreation & Open Space, Transportation & Infrastructure, Commercial/Industrial Development, Resiliency/Preparedness, Energy and Water Resources. The Conference will feature a morning keynote address from Jonathan Ballan, Esq., Partner at Cozen O’Connor, formerly Counsel to the Empire State Development Corporation and lunchtime keynote from Pat Foye, Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“We are bringing together experts who are passionate about all areas of land use and dedicated to Long Island,” said Richard Eisenberg, Chair of the Board of Advisors of Touro Law’s Land use and Sustainable Development Institute. “We look forward to a full day of thoughtful presentations and discussions that will have an impact right in our own backyard.”

The conference is being hosted by Touro Law’s Institute of Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute (LUSD), providing a neutral forum for important and necessary discussion. More than 35 panelists who are experts in their fields will be participating in the program. 

The LUSD Institute is dedicated to educating and training future and current land use and sustainable development law practitioners and decision-makers. Land use and sustainability law provides a means for addressing some of Long Island’s most pressing concerns, including climate change and natural disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and main streets; affordable housing for seniors, workers, and others; and the management of water resources, including storm water, waste water, and drinking water. To address these and other Long Island land use issues, the LUSD Institute facilitates discussions with practitioners and experts in the field, provides training opportunities for law students, and researches land use and sustainability issues of pressing concern to Long Island. Daniel J. Baker ‘92, Partner at Certilman Balin, and Keith P. Brown ‘94, Founding Partner at Brown & Altman LLP, were recently named Vice-Chairs of the Institute.

This conference is ideal for members of the development community, practicing attorneys, municipal officials, planning staff, design professionals, as well as Town Council, ZBA and Planning Board members. All are welcome. To learn more or register, please visit For more information, email or call Michael Quinn, Director of Development at (631) 761-7063.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time JD programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime JD Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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