Albany Law School Associate Dean Patricia Salkin was recently reappointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) for a second consecutive three-year term.
The NEJAC provides independent and expert advice on environmental justice issues that is integrated into the EPA's programs, policies, and day-to-day activities. The council is comprised of representatives from community-based groups, academic and educational institutions, state and local governments, tribal governments and indigenous organizations, and non-governmental and environmental groups.
Dean Salkin, who is also director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center and the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, is a nationally recognized expert on land use law and zoning and maintains a blog titled Law of the Land ( http://lawoftheland.wordpress.com/). She has produced significant scholarship demonstrating linkages between environmental justice and local land use planning, and with funding from the Ford Foundation, she developed national training curriculum for local governments and planners on this topic. Since joining Albany Law School in 1990, Dean Salkin has taught courses in land use law, housing law and policy, New York State administrative law, current legal issues in government and government ethics.