Introducing Guest Blogger Rachel Godsil
I’m very pleased to announce that Professor Rachel Godsil is back for another guest visit. Rachel is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law where she teaches Property, Family Law, Equality Under American Law, and Zoning and Land Use Policy. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While on sabbatical, she served as convener of the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Group, advisor to the HUD transition team, and co-directed a report to HUD entitled “Retooling HUD for a Catalytic Federal Government.”
Rachel graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as executive articles editor of the law review, was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, she clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She was also an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and with Arnold & Porter in New York City.
Rachel has written extensively on the convergence of race, poverty, and the environment. Her recent publications include:
* Protecting Status: The Mortgage Crisis, Eminent Domain, and the Ethic of Homeownership, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 949 (2008)
* Contaminants in the Air and Soil in New Orleans after the Flood: Opportunities and Limitations for Community Empowerment (co-authored with Al Huang and Gina Solomon), in KATRINA AFTER THE FLOOD (Robert Bullard, ed. 2008).
* Building Upon Sax’s Edifice: The Evolution of Environmental Justice and the Challenges of the Engaged Scholarship (Gerald Torres, ed. 2007)
* Just Compensation in an Ownership Society (co-authored with David Simunovich), in PRIVATE PROPERTY, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND EMINENT DOMAIN (Robin Paul Malloy, ed. 2007)
* Race Nuisance: The Politics of Law in the Jim Crow Era, 105 Mich. L. Rev. 505 (2006)
* AWAKENING FROM THE DREAM: CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER SIEGE AND THE NEW STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL JUSTICE (co-edited with Denise Morgan) (Carolina Academic Press 2005)
Rachel’s law review note, Remedying Environmental Racism, 90 Mich. L. Rev. 394 (1991) is one of the most cited law school notes of all time.