Professor Salkin Discusses RLUIPA at Alumni Event

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Date: 12/02/2011

Professor Patricia Salkin '88 delivered a talk on "Not in My Backyard: The Battle Over Hasidic Development Plans in the Town of Ramapo in the Wake of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act" for an event hosted by the Albany Law School Office of Alumni Affairs at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City on Dec. 1.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, known as RLUIPA, gives churches and other religious institutions a way to circumvent zoning law restrictions on their property use. Professor Salkin was recently featured in a documentary on the issue, America's Holy War.

Professor Salkin, an associate dean and the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law at the law school, as well as the director of its Government Law Center, is a nationally recognized and frequently published expert on land use law and zoning who maintains a blog titled Law of the Land.

She is the author of the five-volume leading land use treatise, American Law of Zoning, 5th ed., and the four-volume New York Zoning Law and Practice, 4th ed. Late last year, she published her book Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell, which explores international, federal, state and local laws and policies regarding sustainable development and climate change.

Since joining Albany Law School in 1990, Professor 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.

This program is the second in a series of events providing opportunities to strengthen the relationships among the law school's Jewish alumni, students and faculty. Albany Law School recognizes that the American Jewish community has a long and proud tradition of helping shape American jurisprudence and is excited to explore the impact on the area of constitutional freedom and land use. All are welcome.

For more information on the event, click here or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at or 518-445-3220.