The American Bar Association's (ABA) State & Local Government Law Section recently selected Amy Lavine '07 to receive the Twelfth Annual Jefferson Fordham Up and Comers Award. Lavine is currently a staff attorney at Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC), where she specializes in zoning and planning law.
The ABA presents the Jefferson Fordham Up and Comers Award each year to an attorney whose early career accomplishments demonstrate significant potential in the field of state and local government law. Lavine, a 26-year-old Albany resident, will accept the award at the ABA's annual meeting in Chicago on July 31.
Lavine is a nationally recognized resource on community benefit agreements and maintains a blog on the subject. She is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen articles published in law reviews, journals and other legal publications. Among these publications are "Understanding Community Benefits Agreements: Equitable Development, Social Justice and other Considerations for Developers, Municipalities and Community Organizations" in the UCLAJournal of Environmental Law and Policy and "The Genesis of RLIUPA and Federalism: Evaluating the Creation of a Federal Statutory Right and its Impact on Local Government" in The Urban Lawyer, both of which she co-authored with GLC Director Patricia Salkin in 2008.
Before attending Albany Law School, she earned her bachelor of art degree with concentrations in ecology and fine arts at age 19 from Bard College at Simon's Rock, the nation's only college designed specifically to educate students after the tenth or eleventh grade.