Jessica A. Bacher
Executive Director, Land Use Law Center
Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School
Bacher is the Executive Director of the Land Use Law Center. Established
in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of
sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land
use strategies and dispute resolution techniques. As the Executive Director,
Ms. Bacher’s responsibilities include development and implementation of projects
relating to local land use practice, energy siting, distressed property remediation,
transit-oriented development, sustainable communities, land use responses to
sea level rise, and code enforcement, as well as providing strategic assistance
to numerous municipalities. Most recently, she led the City of Newburgh, New
York, in the development of a distressed property remediation implementation
plan that focuses on the creation of a land bank. Additionally, Ms.
Bacher serves as a trainer for the Center’s award-winning Land Use Leadership
Alliance Training Program that has educated over 2,500 local leaders in land
use strategies, consensus building, and regional stewardship. Ms. Bacher also is Chair of the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee for the American
Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law and chairs its Distressed Properties
Sub-Committee. At Pace Law School, Ms. Bacher serves as adjunct
professor, teaching Land Use Law, Sustainable Development Survey, and the Advanced
Land Use and Sustainable Development Seminar. She also administers the Center’s
academic programs and guides student research.
In addition, she is a Clinic Lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and
Environmental Studies, where she manages the School’s Land Use Clinic. Ms.
Bacher authors regular land use features in New York and national publications
and has edited numerous small books in the fields of Land Use and Real Estate
Law, including Breaking Ground and Planning and Building in Priority Growth
Districts. She also presents at regional and national conferences and served
on the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force Legal Work Group. Ms. Bacher
was selected by the American Bar Association to receive the Jefferson B.
Fordham Award, an award presented to a young practitioner who has shown great
promise through her contributions to the field. Ms. Bacher received her J.D. summa
cum laude from Pace Law School in 2003, along with a certificate in