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The Bloomberg Administration's Legal Legacy (Part 2)
Start Date: 12/4/2012Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 12/4/2012End Time: 8:45 PM
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Event Description:
The Bloomberg Administration’s Legal Legacy
A Symposium presented by Fordham Law School and the New York City Bar Association

Fordham Law School’s Urban Law Center and the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on New York City Affairs will convene a two-night symposium to examine the Bloomberg Administration’s use of legal tools in implementing several of its signature initiatives. Distinguished professionals and scholars in the fields of law, education, health, and public policy will analyze and discuss the mechanisms chosen, legal issues addressed, the obstacles confronted, and the effectiveness of the Administration’s strategies. The symposium will also explore the lessons learned that could impact future mayoral administrations and seek to define the national implications of the Bloomberg Administration’s legal legacy.

Symposium Details:

Part 1: November 27, 2012, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School
Lowenstein Building, Pope Auditorium
113 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

Part 2: December 4, 2012, 5:30–8:45 p.m.
New York City Bar Association
42 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036


November 27, 2012: Fordham Law School, Pope Auditorium, 155 West 60th Street (Columbus Avenue)

Welcome Reception
(5:30 to 6:00 p.m.)

Welcoming Remarks: Nestor Davidson, Professor, Fordham Law School (6:00-6:10)

Opening Remarks: Hon. Michael Cardozo, New York City Corporation Counsel (6:10 to 6:30 p.m.)

Panel I: Public Safety and Security (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
From stop and frisk to Muslim surveillance, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative to the creation of a municipal intelligence division with over 1000 officers stationed around the world, the New York City Police Department has been transformed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly. We will discuss these issues and many more, including the promise and peril of joint operations between federal and local authorities, the reduced City crime rate, following a trend that began in 1990, other policing policies, and the integration of data-driven analysis into policing through COMPSTAT.

Moderator: Sheila Foster – Vice Dean and Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Hon. Andrew Schaffer – Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, New York Police Department
Arthur Eisenberg – Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
Hon. Eric Adams – New York State Senator

Panel II: Livability and Public Health Initiatives (7:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
Mayor Bloomberg has made national news – and influenced national health policy – throughout his tenure with a series of innovative and aggressive health initiatives, including banning smoking from bars to public spaces, calorie-counting requirements, the restaurant grading system and the most recent effort, a ban or large soft drinks. The Administration has utilized a wide array of legal and non-legal tools to accomplish these goals, and these efforts have met with both political and legal opposition. This panel will discuss these initiatives, the means by which they were accomplished and opposed, and the Bloomberg Administration’s health-law legacy.

Moderator: Abbe Gluck – Associate Professor, Yale Law School

Hon. Thomas Farley – New York City Commissioner of Health and Mental Health
Brian Elbel – Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, New York University
Peter Zimroth – Arnold & Porter LLP; former New York City Corporation Counsel

December 4, 2012: New York City Bar Association, Meeting Hall, 42 West 44th Street

Welcome Reception (5:30 to 6:00 p.m.)

Welcoming Remarks: Cathleen Clements, Director, Office of Client Advocacy, The Children's Aid Society (6:00 to 6:15)

Panel III: Education (6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.)
Mayor Bloomberg made an early impact on the deeply entrenched policies of the New York City education system by taking control of the its 1,700 schools from the state legislature, reorganizing the Board of Education, implementing a plethora of publicly-funded charter schools, and demanding teacher accountability driven by measurable data. Political and legal challenges to these actions have produced heated and prolonged debate, the effects of which will impact New York City’s children and youth long beyond the nearly twelve years of this administration. Panelists will elucidate the most important of these measures and discuss whether they will have a lasting and ultimately positive effect on the national standing of New York City’s schools.

Moderator: Beth Fertig – Journalist, The New York Times, National Public Radio

Hon. Robert Jackson – Chair, Education Committee, New York City Council Michael Best – Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York
Michael Best – Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York
Pedro Noguera – Professor of Education, New York University

Panel IV: Land Use and Sustainability (7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.)

When Mayor Bloomberg took office in January 2002, no one would have predicted in the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks that the next twelve years would be characterized by substantial economic development. From the unprecedented extent of rezoning of the City’s neighborhoods to the use of innovative mechanisms, such as transferable development rights and inclusionary housing bonuses, the Bloomberg administration has introduced novel ways of stimulating and guiding the City’s growth. For the first time, the administration has placed sustainability at the heart of its agenda by releasing PlaNYC and follow-up initiatives, including the Green Codes Taskforce. Our panelists have been at the forefront of these programs – both from advising within the administration and as advocates for the public – and will discuss lessons for the next administration.

Moderator: Nestor Davidson – Professor, Fordham Law School

Russell Unger – Executive Director, Urban Green Council
Vicki Been – Law Professor, Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
David Karnovsky – General Counsel, New York City Department of City Planning

Closing Remarks: Richard Briffault, Professor, Columbia Law School (8:15 to 8:45 p.m.)

Sponsoring Committee: New York City Affairs, Cathleen A. Clements, Chair
Co-sponsoring Committees: Criminal Law, Sharon L. McCarthy, Chair; Education and the Law, Jeffrey Metzler, Chair; Health Law, Ron Lebow, Chair; Land Use Planning and Zoning, Mark A. Levine, Chair; Civil Rights, Brian Kreiswirth, Chair
Location Information:
Off-Campus Event Venue - New York City Bar Association  (View Map)
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
New York
Phone: (212) 382-6600

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