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Sarah Schindler, Maine Law professor, named 2016-17 LAPA Fellow at Princeton

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PORTLAND, Maine, Feb. 2, 2016 — Princeton University has selected University of Maine School of Law Professor Sarah Schindler, one of the nation’s rising stars in the areas of land use law and urban policy, as a Fellow at the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) for the 2016-17 academic year.

The program brings law professors, judges, lawyers, independent scholars and other world-class legal experts to Princeton to engage in research and the intellectual life on campus.

Professor Schindler is one of only six individuals selected for the fellowships from a large international pool of candidates. As a LAPA Fellow, she will devote most of her time at Princeton to her research and writing projects pertaining to public space and exclusion. She will also have an opportunity to teach a course in Princeton’s graduate or undergraduate programs.

Since joining the Maine Law faculty in 2009, Professor Schindler has earned a national reputation for her cutting-edge scholarship. Her law review articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and others. She has presented her work at a number of conferences worldwide, and was the Pace Environmental Law Center’s Distinguished Young Scholar of 2013.

One of her latest articles, “Architectural Exclusion,” (Yale Law Journal April 2015) challenges people to think about the ways that the planning and design of physical structures such as bridges, walls, fences, highways, and streets facilitate discrimination and segregation of groups of people, particularly poor people and people of color. Other topics of her research have focused on the future of abandoned “big box” stores, secret suppers and pop-up dinners, and the conflicts between urban backyard farmers and gardeners and local land use ordinances.

At Maine Law, Professor Schindler teaches property, land use, local government, real estate transactions, and animal law. She received the Professor of the Year award in 2013, and in 2015 was named the Glassman Faculty Research Scholar. Professor Schindler clerked for Judge Will Garwood of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, and practiced in the area of land use and environmental law at Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco. She is also a musician, a vegan, and an outdoor enthusiast.


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