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About the Institute

Fostering capable 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 disaster resiliency, the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets, access to affordable housing, and management of water resources.
  • Facilitates dialogue with practitioners and experts in the field
  • Fosters capable land use and sustainability leaders
  • Provides training opportunities for law students, practitioners and the community
  • Undertakes cutting-edge research
  • Provides technical support to public officials and local communities
  • Provides practical tools for the planning and zoning communities
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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 mainstreets; 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 current practitioners and experts in the field, provides training opportunities for law students, and researchers land use and sustainability issues of pressing concern to Long Island. Read more about the LUSD Institute's current projects and visit our schedule of upcoming events.

The Institute draws on the generous support it has received from well-known Long Island developer Frank Castagna of Castagna Realty, and from the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust, a long-time supporter of the Law Center. The Institute benefits from the guidance of an active Advisory Board, including the following: Advisory Board Chair, Richard Eisenberg, and A. Thomas Levin of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, P.C.; Anthony Guardino and Erin Sidaras of Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Jonathan Sinnreich of Sinnreich Kosakoff; Maureen Liccione of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP; Linda Margolin of Bracken Margolin and Besunder, LLP; the Honorable Merik Aaron ’92, Nassau County Family Court; Daniel Baker ’92 and John Farrell ’00 of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC; Keith Brown ’94 of Brown & Altman, LLP; Pamela Greene ’98, Attorney at Law; Judge Leon Lazer; and student representative Michael Spinelli, class of 2017. A Committee of faculty affiliates, including Professors Joan Foley, Michael Lewyn, Ann Nowak, Benjamin Rajotte and Pat Rooney, is also working with the Board. Dean Salkin and Assistant Dean Linda Weissman serve as ex-officio members of the Board.

After a national search that drew applicants from California, Florida, Mississippi and across New York State, Dean Salkin selected Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen, who teaches, among other things, Environmental Criminal Law at Touro Law Center, to serve as the Director. Prior to joining the Touro Law Center faculty, Adams-Schoen was a Visiting Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she also taught Energy Law and Federal White Collar Criminal Law. She received a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration with distinction from the London School of Economics, where she focused on urban planning. Adams-Schoen worked as a senior policy analyst for Portland, Oregon’s Metro Regional Government, a tri-county governmental body world-renowned for its comprehensive approach to growth management and sustainability. Upon receiving her J.D. magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, Adams-Schoen worked as a civil and regulatory litigator at Stoel Rives, a 400-attorney firm in the Northwest, gaining environmental, energy, regulatory, and administrative law experience. She later helped start the nationally-ranked energy law firm, McDowell, Rackner & Gibson, where she continued to represent energy clients in litigation, regulatory proceedings, and before the state legislature.