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Albany Law promotes Brescia

By Bethany Bump
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Albany Law School announced today that it has appointed one of its assistant professors to the top post at its Government Law Center.

Ray Brescia is well versed in law as it pertains to housing policy. He is a visiting professor at Yale Law School, a blogger for the Huffington Post and previously served as associate director of the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where he coordinated legal representation for community institutions in areas such as housing, economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights and environmental justice.

His new position as director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center will begin Aug. 13.

“The Government Law Center is a critical component of Albany Law School, not only in its legal and policy work on behalf of all levels of government, but also in the opportunities it gives our students for experiential learning in the state’s powerful capital and in Washington, D.C.,” said Albany Law School President and Dean Penny Andrews in a news release. “Professor Brescia has the vision, energy, experience and intellect to lead the Government Law Center into its next phase."

He will replace Assistant Professor Robert Heverly, who has served as interim director of the center since the departure of 20-year director Patricia Salkin last year.

The GLC focuses on legal aspects of public policy issues and assists governments in meeting new challenges. Its studies often report on recommendations for legal and policy reform using a national and international comparative research methodology. The center also disseminates scholarship and research publications by faculty, staff and students, and organizes a range of conferences and colloquia, including the annual Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Series for lawmakers and policymakers, now in its 21st year.

Before joining the Albany Law faculty in the fall of 2007, Brescia worked in New York City and also served as a law clerk to the late Constance Baker Motley, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

“The Government Law Center has such an impressive legacy, with programs ranging from sustainable development to government ethics, with a strong network of key allies, from local governments to the United Nations,” said Brescia in the release. “I look forward to working with the GLC’s strong staff, its diverse and engaged advisory board, its wide array of partners, and my colleagues on the faculty, to build on this foundation, explore new initiatives for the center, and expand learning and career opportunities for the law school’s students.”

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