For Immediate Release:  Jan 13, 2011
2011, 01, 13

Two Hofstra Law Faculty Members Recognized at AALS Annual Meeting for Scholarship and “Extraordinary Commitment” to Social Justice

Two Hofstra Law Faculty Members Recognized at AALS Annual Meeting for Scholarship and “Extraordinary Commitment” to Social Justice

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Two up-and-coming Hofstra Law professors - Ashira Ostrow and Rose Cuison Villazor - received prestigious awards at last week's 2011 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting.

Professor Ostrow, an associate professor of law, is the co-winner of the 26th annual AALS Scholarly Papers Competition. Ostrow was honored for her article "Process Preemption in Federal Siting Regimes," which discusses the political difficulties that continue to bedevil our federal system in finding suitable sites for important and controversial federal facilities. Her article is forthcoming in theHarvard Journal on Legislation. She shares this year's award with Melissa Murray, an assistant professor at University of California-Berkeley Law School. The winning papers were selected from a pool of more than 100 scholarly works that were submitted for the competition.

The scholarly papers competition is open nationally to law professors who have been teaching for five years or less. A committee of established scholars reviews the anonymously submitted papers, which reflect original research or major developments in previously reported research. 

Professor Villazor, an associate professor of law, was selected as this year's recipient of the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award. The award, named in honor of the first tenured African-American on the Harvard Law School faculty (now at New York University Law School), honors a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice. The recipient is selected by the AALS Section on Minority Groups.

Many other Hofstra Law professors also participated in presentations, lectures and other events throughout the course of the AALS annual meeting:
  • Professor I. Bennett Capers served as a moderator and panelist for the panel discussion "Women and Conspiracy," sponsored by the AALS Workshop on Criminal Justice. Capers also moderated the panel "Law Professors, Storytelling, and the Academy," co-sponsored by the Section on the Law and Humanities, the Section on Minority Groups and the Section on Women in Legal Education
  • Professor Richard K. Neumann, Jr., participated in the panel discussion "Hot Topic: Can There Be Full Academic Freedom Without Tenure?"
  • Professor Katrina Fischer Kuh was selected from a call for papers to participate in a panel discussion exploring "New Voices on Cutting Edge Issues in Natural Resources and Environmental Law," co-sponsored by the Section on Natural Resources Law and the Section on Environmental Law.
  • Professor Daniel J.H. Greenwood offered his opinions as part of a panel discussing "Corporate Political Speech and the Dueling Conceptions of the Corporation in Supreme Court Jurisprudence," co-sponsored by the Section on Business Associations and the Section on Constitutional Law.
  • Professor Joanna L. Grossman served as a panelist for the discussion "Hot Topic: E-Marriage: Emerging Trends Meet Law."
  • Professor Elizabeth M. Glazer served as a panelist for the discussion "Law Professors, Storytelling, and the Academy," co-sponsored by the Section on the Law and Humanities, the Section on Minority Groups and the Section on Women in Legal Education.

In addition, Hofstra Law Professor Norman I. Silber was elected president of the AALS Section on Nonproit and Philanthropy Law, Professor Bennett Capers was named chairperson-elect of both the Section on Criminal Justice and the Section on Law and Humanities, and Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs Jeffrey Dodge was elected secretary of the Section for International Legal Exchange.

About Ashira Ostrow

Professor Ostrow teaches courses in property, state and local government law, and real estate law. Her research focuses on issues of state and local government, with an emphasis on local land use regulation. Before joining the Hofstra Law faculty in January 2007, Ostrow worked as a real estate associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell's corporate department. Her practice included the representation of real estate investment funds, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions.

Ostrow received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003. While at Columbia, she was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She also served as a notes editor on the Columbia Law Review, in which her note "Dual Resident Voting: Traditional Disenfranchisement and Prospects for Change" was published. Ostrow graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in political science and religion in 1999.

About Rose Cuison Villazor

Professor Villazor's scholarship focuses on property law, immigration law, race and citizenship. Her recent articles include "Rediscovering Oyama v. California: The Intersection of Property, Race and Citizenship" in the Washington University Law Review (2010), "Reading Between the (Blood) Lines: Political, Not Racial, Membership" in the Southern California Law Review (2010), "Blood Quantum Land Laws: The Race versus Political Identity Dilemma" in the California Law Review (2008) and "What Is a ‘Sanctuary'?" in the Southern Methodist University Law Review (2008).

Villazor is also the co-editor of and contributor to the book Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her current research projects in the area of immigration law examine the regulation of interracial and transnational marriages through the Soldier Brides Act of 1947 and the negotiation for citizenship in the U.S. territories. Her ongoing research in property law conducts a comparative analysis of various indigenous-only land laws in the Pacific Islands.

While attending American University's Washington College of Law, Villazor served as editor of theAmerican University Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for The Honorable Stephen H. Glickman on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Villazor also received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2001 to 2004. She received an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2006.

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