Professor Ashira Pelman Ostrow has been named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
In her new role, Professor Ostrow is responsible for supporting faculty research, promoting public awareness of ongoing research at Hofstra Law, coordinating faculty workshops and major guest speaker events, and developing programs for new faculty members. She succeeds Professors Katrina Fischer Kuh and Akilah N. Folami, who have shared this responsibility since 2013.
In announcing the appointment on Aug. 8, 2016, Dean Eric Lane thanked Professors Kuh and Folami for their service over the past few years. “I am delighted that Ashira has agreed to serve in this important position,” he said. “Her record of excellence in scholarship and teaching makes her well suited for this role.”
Professor Ostrow teaches courses in property, state and local government law, land use, and federalism. Her research focuses on federalism, with an emphasis on the interaction between federal laws and local land use policies.
She has received several awards and honors for her scholarship. “Process Preemption in Federal Siting Regimes,” 48 Harvard Journal on Legislation 289 (2011), was selected as the winner of the Association of American Law Schools’ 2011 Scholarly Papers Competition and was published as one of the five best articles in land use in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review. “Land Law Federalism,” 61 Emory Law Journal 1397 (2012), was selected for the 2012 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, hosted by Harvard Law School.
Before joining the Hofstra Law faculty in January 2007, Professor Ostrow worked as a real estate associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell’s corporate department. Her practice included the representation of real estate investment funds, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions.
Professor Ostrow received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003. While there, she was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She also served as a notes editor on the Columbia Law Review, in which her note, “Dual Resident Voting: Traditional Disenfranchisement and Prospects for Change,” was published. She graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.A. in political science and religion.