Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

The deadline for 2013 has passed.

2013-2014 Fellow

Emily McClendonEmily McClendon

Georgia State University
J.D. Candidate, 2014

Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in City and Regional Planning, 2011

Emily is a second year law student at Georgia State University's College of Law. In addition to her coursework, Emily acts as a graduate research assistant to Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, the Ben F. Johnson Chair in Law and Director of Metro Growth Center at Georgia State.  She is also a participant in Transactional LawMeet, the premier "moot court" experience for students interested in transactional practice. Further, Emily is an active member of the Urban Fellows Program, an interdisciplinary initiative of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in the College of Law. While in law school, Emily has been awarded the merit and academic based Land Use Law Award. Fundamentally, Emily's professional credo is that the future of planning law requires a breakdown of the silos between the professionals involved.

Emily's professional experience includes a summer internship at Emory University of Law's Turner Environmental Clinic, where she worked on Atlanta's Urban Agriculture Ordinance. While a student at Georgia Tech, Emily interned with the Cobb County Community Development Agency and created a model for prioritizing redevelopment inventory. Emily's volunteer work includes acting as a research assistant at the Southern Environmental Law Center and work with the Atlanta Mission's My Sister's House.

As the 2014 PLD Fellow, Emily's work will focus on expanding outreach for the Planning Law Division through the development of a mentorship program. Further planning and outreach associated with the National APA Conference will support the goals and mission of the Planning Law Division.

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The Program

The Planning and Law Division ("PLD") of the American Planning Association ("APA") serves those who seek to understand the diverse legal issues that affect the planning profession. The legal issues underlying the planning of our cities and communities are important and essential components in the education and training of those who would become professional planners and land use practitioners. The purpose of the PLD Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship Program ("Fellowship Program") is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. This will provide increased participation in the planning profession, and ultimately, greater service to communities across the nation.

The Fellowship Program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students, master's degree students, and certain law students. One fellowship with a stipend of $3,000 is awarded per academic year. The stipend includes a $2,000 award and a $1,000 APA membership and Annual Conference stipend. The term of the fellowship is approximately ten months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters), from mid-October to mid-August, and will include approximately 100 to 200 total hours of work. The fellow will conduct his/her fellowship duties remotely, i.e., from where they live or attend school.

Fellowship Responsibilities & Benefits

If selected for an award by the PLD Fellowship Committee, the fellow's responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with PLD membership recruitment and retention activities, creating web resources for membership, and significant involvement in PLD's Early Career Program Committee. Fellowship benefits include contact with a network of nationally recognized leaders in the field; access to newsletters, webinars, educational sessions and online resources featuring current legal issues and trends relevant to planning; participation in planning and law networking events; and opportunities for leadership and volunteerism in the planning and law field.

About Daniel J. Curtin

Daniel J. CurtinSan Francisco native Daniel J. Curtin, Jr., a former member of APA; an expert on the California General Plan, planning law, and land use regulations; and retired partner and of counsel in the Walnut Creek office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, died in 2006. A well-known author, his long list of publications — frequently cited by the California Courts — includes Curtin's California Land Use and Planning Law, a preeminent treatise on California land use law, which is in its 27th edition; and Bargaining for Development: A Handbook on Development Agreements, Annexation Agreements, Land Development Conditions, Vested Rights, and the Provision of Public Facilities, with David L. Callies and Julie A. Tappendorf (Environmental Law Institute, 2003). (Source: Northern California APA website).