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GLC Staff Attorney Publishes Two Articles in Urban Lawyer
Amy Lavine, a staff attorney for Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC) and a 2007 graduate from the law school, published two articles in the spring 2010 issue of
Urban Lawyer, a law review published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law for the American Bar Association (ABA) State and Local Government Law Section. The law review has a national circulation of more than 5,000 subscribers. Both articles focus on eminent domain and urban redevelopment policy.
Her article "Urban Renewal and the Story of Berman v Parker" has received positive reviews from both academics and practitioners. As part of her research for the article, she spent time in Southwest Washington, D.C., the neighborhood involved in the landmark Supreme Court case, as well as great deal of time at the city's public library and the library of the Washington D.C. Historical Society.
The second article, co-authored with journalist Norman Oder, "Urban Redevelopment Policy, Judicial Deference to Unaccountable Agencies, and Reality in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards Project," represents the first major detailed law review article focusing on the controversial Atlantic Yards litigation and offers a comprehensive view on behind-the-scenes activities involving governmental agencies. Lavine has dedicated extensive pro bono time working on the Atlantic Yards case, as well as a similar eminent domain case involving Columbia University. She has also worked with New York State Senator Bill Perkins to draft eminent domain reform legislation.
Lavine, a 27-year-old Hudson resident, is a nationally recognized resource on community benefit agreements and maintains a
blog on the subject.
Last summer, in recognition of her accomplishments, the ABA's State & Local Government Law Section selected Lavine to receive the Twelfth Annual Jefferson Fordham Up and Comers Award, which is presented annually to an attorney whose early career demonstrates significant potential in the field of state and local government law.
Lavine is the author or co-author of more than a dozen articles published in law reviews, journals and other legal publications. Among these publications are "Getting Past the Prisoners' Dilemma: Transparency and Accountability Reforms to Improve New York's Industrial Development Agencies" in the
New York State Bar Association Government Law and Policy Journal, and "Legal and Contractual Issues of Community Benefits Agreements" in the
Zoning and Planning Law Report.
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.
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