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Sarah Adams-Schoen is a Professor at Touro Law and Director of Touro Law’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute.

After a national search that drew applicants from California, Florida, Mississippi and across New York State, Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin selected Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen to direct the LUSD Law Institute. Professor Adams-Schoen teaches, among other things, Environmental Criminal Law at Touro Law Center. Prior to joining the Touro Law Center faculty, Professor Adams-Schoen was a Visiting Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she also taught Energy Law and Federal White Collar Criminal Law. She received a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics, where she focused on urban planning.  Professor Adams-Schoen worked as a senior policy analyst for Portland, Oregon’s Metro Regional Government, a tri-county governmental body world-renowned for its comprehensive approach to growth management and sustainability. Upon receiving her J.D. magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2002, Professor Adams-Schoen worked as a civil and regulatory litigator at Stoel Rives, a 400-attorney firm in the Northwest, gaining environmental, energy, regulatory, and administrative law experience. She later helped start the nationally-ranked energy law firm, McDowell, Rackner & Gibson, where she continued to represent energy clients in litigation, regulatory proceedings, and before the legislature. Professor Adams-Schoen has written and presented on a diverse range of topics, including the key role of land use and zoning in creating natural-disaster resilient communities, the constitutional rights of corporations implicated by environmental inspections, the economics of climate change, and the role of peripheral actors in urban planning. She currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of Municipal Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association’s Municipal Law Section.

Professor Adams-Schoen stated

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to contribute to a Long Island that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, while providing our talented Touro Law Center students more opportunities to serve their local communities and develop their skills as lawyers. The Institute on Land Use and Sustainable Development Law, in partnership with the planning, development, and environmental communities of Long Island, will foster greater understanding of local land use law, environmental law and public policy by providing a forum for discussion and resources such as model laws, best practice commentaries, and training and education for lawyers and the larger community.” 

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