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Professor Michelle Anderson on Environmental Rights of Urban and Rural Communities


February 7, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 272

Professor Anderson, currently a visiting professor from Berkeley Law, teaches and writes about poverty and civil rights issues in the domains of local government law, land use planning, and the environment. She's currently researching high poverty cities' responses to government fiscal crisis.

Michelle Wilde Anderson is a scholar of land use and local government law. Her current research focuses on county governments and their subdivisions, including the governance of high poverty, unincorporated urban neighborhoods and the dissolution of struggling municipalities.

Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 2008, Anderson worked as an Environmental Law Fellow for Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, a law firm that represents citizen groups and public agencies in land-use and environmental law matters. She clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. A graduate of Berkeley Law in 2004, Anderson earned the Thelen, Marrin Prize for Law Journal Writing and served as the Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review.

Anderson developed a base of expertise in the fields of urban policy and city planning before law school. She earned a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning at the London School of Economics and Political Science and worked at the European Commission’s Urban Policy Unit in Brussels; an urban planning firm in London; and an organization dedicated to social justice in Connecticut public housing.

Anderson’s publications include “Dissolving Cities,” forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal (2012), “Sprawl’s Shepherd: The Rural County” forthcoming in the California Law Review (2012), “Mapped Out of Local Democracy” in the Stanford Law Review (2010), and “Cities Inside Out: Race, Poverty, and Exclusion at the Urban Fringe” in the U.C.L.A. Law Review (2008).

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Please note this is a brown bag event.