Visiting Professor of Law
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sheila Foster is Vice Dean, Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use & Property Law, and co-director of the Stein Center for Law...Continue Reading
Sheila Foster is Vice Dean, Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use & Property Law, and co-director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics. Professor Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law, and antidiscrimination law. Her works on antidiscrimination law include Intent and Incoherence and Causation in Antidiscrimination Law: Beyond Intent Versus Impact. She is also the co-editor (with David Oppenheimer and Sora Han) of a groundbreaking casebook, Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary. Much of her early work was dedicated to exploring the intersection of civil rights and environmental law, in a field called environmental justice. She is the coauthor (with Luke Cole) of From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement and co-editor (with Michael Gerrard) of the 2nd edition of The Law of Environmental Justice. Her most recent work explores and challenges the legal and theoretical frameworks in which land use decisions are made, particularly in the urban context. These works include Breaking Up Payday: Anti-Agglomeration Zoning and Consumer Welfare, The Mobility Case for Regionalism (with Nestor Davidson), Collective Action and the Urban Commons, Urban Informality as a Commons Dilemma, Integrative Lawyering: Navigating the Political Economy of Urban Development, and The City as an Ecological Space: Social Capital and Urban Land Use.