Sheila Foster

Georgetown University School of Law

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Georgetown University School of Law


Sheila R. Foster is the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law and co-director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham University. From 1994 to 2001, she was a professor of law at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. She received her B.A. in English, with honors, from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of numerous publications on the intersection of race, urban land use, and environmental law. She has published in law reviews, including the California Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review. Professor Foster is the author (with Luke Cole of the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment) of From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement, published by N.Y.U. Press. Professor Foster has also written on traditional civil rights law subjects and has explored the environmental dimensions of international trade law. Professor Foster has worked with, and on behalf of, a number of environmental justice and community-based organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has been awarded two grants by the Ford Foundation for projects on urban regional equity and international environmental justice. She is also a scholar member of the Center for Progressive Regulation, a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to protecting health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary.


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