Visiting Professor Sheila Foster to Teach Course on Urban Land Use


Visiting Professor Sheila FosterVisiting Professor Sheila Foster, Vice Dean and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use & Property Law at Fordham University School of Law, will be teaching a one-week course on “Urban Land Use Law” from March 17-21. Professor Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law, and antidiscrimination law. Her works on antidiscrimination law include Intent and Incoherence and Causation in Antidiscrimination Law: Beyond Intent Versus Impact. She is also the co-editor (with David Oppenheimer and Sora Han) of a groundbreaking casebook, Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary.

Recently, she answered a few questions posed to her by Vaishali Desai, Post-Graduate Student Services Fellow at Miami Law.

1. Why did you choose to teach at UM Law?
“Associate Dean Bischoff asked me to teach a few years ago, and I wanted to do so. I finally had the opportunity to do so. I am originally from Miami, I grew up in Kendall, and I have always admired the law school.”

2. What are you most looking forward about teaching at UM Law?
“I’m looking forward to meeting a new group of students and teaching UM students. This will be my first interaction with the school.”

3. What can a UM law student hope to get out of your class?
“Students will get to appreciate some of the challenges of contemporary urbanization, the way land use law tries to address those challenges, and the way in which scholars are thinking about those challenges.”

4. What is your most memorable teaching experience?
“I have so many. It is difficult to pin down one. There are just way too many to be able to pin down one. I have taught domestically and abroad and at three law schools, therefore, I feel privileged to be in a profession where I can teach people and share my knowledge.”

5. Where is the coolest place you've gotten to travel? Either as a result of teaching or personal travel.
“Havana, Cuba. I went there as a part of a group of researchers to look at Cuban environmental law.”