Fordham Law

Professor Sheila Foster Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

June 25, 2008

Sheila Foster, Walsh Professor in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law, at Fordham Law School has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Professor Foster brings to her new role a record of prolific and insightful scholarship in the field of environmental justice.  Her work in that area is both path breaking and influential.  In addition to her scholarship, she is a committed and inspiring classroom teacher and a co-director of the School’s Stein Center for Law and Ethics.  She replaces Associate Dean Matthew Diller who, after five years of service, returns to teaching.

“Sheila has contributed to Fordham Law immeasurably through her scholarship, her leasership, her teaching, and her service on our faculty appointment committee,” noted William Treanor, dean of the law school.  “This is a return in some ways for her.  She began her career in academia in administration, working at U.C. Berkley’s Boalt Hall Law School.  She is a wonderful and generous colleague and I look forward to working with her.”
Before coming to Fordham, Professor Foster taught at Rutgers University School of Law and worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.  She earned her B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Boalt Hall.  Among her many publications are two books:  The Law of Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address Disproportionate Risks (ABA), co-edited with Michael Gerrard, and From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (NYU Press), co-authored with Luke Cole.