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Sheila Foster is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. She is also a co-director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics. Professor Foster teaches courses in Tort Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Law and Antidiscrimination Law. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey from 1994-2001.
Professor Foster received her B.A. in English, with honors, from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her J.D. in from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley. After law school, she worked for two years as an Associate Attorney in the San Francisco office of Morrison and Foerster. She then served for four years as a lecturer and coordinator of academic support at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California-Berkeley.
Professor Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law, and antidiscrimination law. Much of her work is dedicated to exploring the intersection of civil rights and environmental law, in a field called "environmental justice." She is the coauthor (with Luke Cole) of From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (N.Y.U. Press) and coeditor of the 2nd edition of The Law of Environmental Justice (with Michael Gerrard 2008). She has consulted with many community-based groups in New Jersey and New York on environmental justice issues. She has also received two Ford Foundation grants for projects related to her work on environmental justice and urban development.
Her most recent work explores and challenges the legal and theoretical frameworks in which land use decisions are made, particularly in the urban context. These works include Collective Action and the Urban Commons (Notre Dame Law Review, 2011), Urban Informality as a Commons Dilemma, (U. Miami Inter-American Law Review, 2009), Integrative Lawyering: Navigating the Political Economy of Urban Development, (California Law Review, 2007), and The City as an Ecological Space: Social Capital and Urban Land Use (Notre Dame Law Review, 2006).