Daniel J. Curtin
San 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).
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, first and second year master’s degree students, and first and second year 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) 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 the PLD with preparing and conducting its annual membership survey, assisting the editor of the PLD Newsletter (published quarterly), preparing articles for publication in the PLD Newsletter, serving as a Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) liaison between the APA and various states for the provision of CLE credits to its members, and assisting with the solicitation and review of session proposals submitted by PLD members for the annual National APA Conference. 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.
Eligible applicants shall be students who intend to work as practicing planners or legal practitioners in the public or private sector and are:
Applicants for the Fellowship Program shall complete the attached application form and shall submit all of the following:
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the PLD Committee. To verify the status of your application, send a request to email@example.com.
The PLD Fellowship Committee, appointed by the PLD Chair, will review applications and determine the award winner. Applications will be judged using the following criteria, listed in order of importance:
As part of the selection process and at the sole option of the PLD Fellowship Committee, the top five applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview with members of the PLD Fellowship Committee. If required by the PLD Fellowship Committee, the applicant’s performance in the telephone interview will serve as an additional criterion for determination of the award.
The Award Process
Chapters are encouraged to involve recipients in Chapter activities and provide mentoring.
The application submittal deadline for the Fellowship Program is September 14, 2012. All original application information must be received in the PLD Fellowship Program Administrator by that date. If forwarded via FED-EX or similar courier service the delivery must be made to PLD by September 14, 2012. Faxed or electronic documents will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Committee.
Mail completed Applications to:
Carrie A. Richter, Esq.
Planning and Law Division/American Planning Association
c/o Garvey Schubert Barer
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