Patricia E. Salkin, Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, has been appointed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson to serve on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) for a two-year term effective January 31, 2007.
NEJAC is a formal federal advisory committee established to advise and make recommendations to EPA on environmental justice issues. Dean Salkin, a nationally recognized expert in land use law, will represent an academic viewpoint. She has been a trailblazer in the area of the intersection of environmental justice and local land use planning and zoning, and she recently developed national training curriculum for local government officials on how to incorporate environmental justice principles into their land use decision making processes. This work, for the National Academy of Public Administration, was funded by the Ford Foundation. Salkin has spoken on this topic across the country for entities including: the State of New Mexico, the American Planning Association, the American Law Institute - American Bar Association, and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Salkin teaches courses in land use law, housing law and policy, N.Y. state administrative law, current legal issues in government and government ethics. She also teaches in the graduate city and regional planning programs at the University at Albany and at the University of Pennsylvania. Salkin is the author of dozens of articles, chapters and books on land use law, including the three-volume New York Zoning Law & Practice. She is co-author on a national land use textbook as well as the Nutshell on Land Use Law recently published by Thomson-West.
Salkin is First Vice Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the N.Y. State Bar Association, and a founding member and Chair of the State Bar's Standing Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. She is active in the American Bar Association, serving as a member to the House of Delegates and as a member of the Association's Nominating Committee representing the State and Local Government Law Section.