Faculty Information

  • Articles on the Huffington Post

    Professor Brescia is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.​

  • Biography

    B.A., Fordham University
    J.D., Yale Law School

    Professor Brescia combines his experience as a public interest attorney in New York City with his scholarly interests to address economic and social inequality, the legal and policy implications of financial crises, how innovative legal and regulatory approaches can improve economic and community development efforts, and the need to expand access to justice for people of low- and moderate-income. As Director of Albany Law School’s Government Law Center, Professor Brescia helps promote student and faculty engagement in the community in the areas of economic development, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and public service.

    Before coming to Albany Law, he was the Associate Director of the Urban Justice Center in New York, N.Y., where he coordinated legal representation for community-based institutions in areas such as housing, economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights and environmental justice. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School from 1997 through 2006. Prior to his work at the Urban Justice Center, he was a staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance and the Legal Aid Society of New York, where he was a recipient of a Skadden Fellowship after graduation from law school.

    Professor Brescia also served as Law Clerk to the pathbreaking Civil Rights attorney-turned-federal judge, the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. While a student Yale Law School, Professor Brescia was co-recipient of the Charles Albom Prize for Appellate Advocacy; was a student director of several clinics, including the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Homelessness Clinic; and was Visiting Lecturer in Yale College.

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  • Embracing Disruption: How Technological Change in the Delivery of Legal Services Can Improve Access to Justice (Forthcoming, Albany Law Review)papers.cfm

  • The Community Reinvestment Act: Guilty, but Not as Charged, 88 St. John’s Law Review 1 (2014)papers.cfm

  • The Price of Crisis: Eminent Domain, Local Governments, and the Value of Underwater Mortgages, Temple Journal of Civil & Political Rights (2014)papers.cfm

  • The Politics of Procedure: An Empirical Analysis of Motion Practice in Civil Rights Litigation under the New Plausibility Standard, 46 Akron Law Review 329 (2014)papers.cfm

  • Scoring the Banks: Building a Behaviorally Informed Community Impact Report Card For Financial Institutions, 18 Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law 339 (2013) (with Sonia Steinway)papers.cfm

  • When Cities Sue: The Standing of Municipalities in Nuisance Litigation to Combat Climate Change, chapter in GREENING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND FISCAL SAVINGS, K. Hirokawa & P. Salkin, eds., American Bar Association, 2012 papers.cfm

  • The Iqbal Effect: The Impact of New Pleadings Standards in Employment and Housing Discrimination Litigation, 100 Kentucky Law Journal 235 (2012).papers.cfm

  • Crisis Management: Strategies for the Disposition of Federally Owned and Foreclosed Homes, 45 Indiana Law Review 305 (2012) (with Elizabeth A. Kelly and John Travis Marshall)papers.cfm

  • Leverage: State Enforcement Actions in the Wake of the Robo-Sign Scandal, 64 Maine Law Review 17 (2011)papers.cfm

  • The Cost of Inequality: Social Distance, Predatory Conduct, and the Financial Crisis, 66 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 641 (2010)papers.cfm

  • On Public Plaintiffs and Private Harms: the Standing of Municipalities in Climate Change, Firearms and Financial Crsis Litigation, 24 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 7 (2010)papers.cfm

  • Line in the Sand: Progressive Lawyering, 'Master Communities', and a Battle for Affordable Housing in New York City, 73 Albany Law Review 715 (2010) papers.cfm

  • A CRA for the 21st Century: Congress Considers the Community Reinvestment Modernization Act of 2009, 28 Banking & Financial Services Policy Report 1 (October 2009)

  • Tainted Loans: The Value of a Mass Torts Approach in Subprime Mortgage Litigation, 78 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Trust in the Shadows: Law, Behavior, and Financial Re-Regulation, 57 Buffalo Law Review 1361 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Beyond Balls and Strikes: Towards a Problem-Solving Ethic in Foreclosure Proceedings, 59 Case Western Reserve Law Review 305 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Part of the Disease or Part of the Cure: The Financial Crisis and the Community Reinvestment Act, 60 University of South Carolina Law Review 617 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Subprime Communities: Reverse Redlining, the Fair Housing Act and Emerging Issues in Litigation Regarding the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, 2 Albany Government Law Review 164 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Sheltering Counsel: Towards a Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings, 24 Touro Law Review 187 (2008)papers.cfm

  • Capital in Chaos: The Subprime Mortgage Crisis and the Social Capital Response, 56 Cleveland State Law Review 271 (2008)papers.cfm

  • Who's in Charge Anyway? A Proposal for Community-Based Legal Services, 25 Fordham Urban Law Journal 831 (1998) (with Robert Solomon and Robin Golden)

  • Procedural Justice and International Human Rights: Towards a Procedural Jurisprudence for Human Rights Tribunals, 18 Yale Journal of International Law 559 (1993) (with Gates Garrity-Rokous)papers.cfm

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Ray Brescia was appointed to Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's blue ribbon panel on rail oil safety.

  • Professor Ray Brescia has been appointed director of the law school’s Government Law Center, effective Aug. 13, 2013.

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