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Vicki L. Been bio

Vicki L. Been
Elihu Root Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner School of Public Service
Faculty Director, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Vicki Been is at the cutting edge of legal scholarship at the intersection of land use, urban policy and housing. Been, who has been on faculty at NYU Law School since 1990, authored one of the first major articles on the distributional fairness of environmental and land use policies. Been also writes about the Fifth Amendment prohibition against the taking of property without just compensation, and about land use and housing policy. She is the co-author of a leading land use casebook, Land Use Controls, with Robert Ellickson. Been's current research focuses on the public policy aspects of the mortgage finance crisis, and on the role of zoning and other regulations in shaping development patterns. Been is a 1983 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and for Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.