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Paula Z. Segal

Paula Segal

Adjunct Professor of Law

Paula Z. Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, Inc., New York City’s Community Land Access Advocates. 596 Acres has facilitated the creation of dozens of new community spaces in the place of vacant lots in New York City and preserved others. 596 Acres partners with land trusts and greening organizations to put urban land in community control. To facilitate understanding of land ownership that can lead to action, 596 Acres built an online tool, which has been adapted and adopted for use by advocates in cities internationally (, and for Montreal; for Melbourne, Australia.

Paula is also part of the team bringing a Real Estate Investment Cooperative to life for New York City. Paula is a graduate of City University of New York Law School at Queens College. Before joining the legal profession, Paula taught at CUNY’s community colleges and ran an all-volunteer adult English school on the Lower East Side and was a member of the Empty Vessel Project. She is an attorney admitted to practice in New York State. In 2016, she joins the Fordham Law School faculty as part of the Legal Laboratory for the Governance of NYC Commons, an affiliate of LabGov, and as an adjunct instructor in the Community Economic Development Clinic.

Selected Publications

From Open Data to Open Space: Translating Public Information Into Collective Action, Cities and the Environment (CATE): Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 14 (2015).

596 Acres, in Beautiful Solutions, (2014).

OpenGov Voices: How 596 Acres is opening up vacant lots data, (July 3, 2014).

Expanding Land Access, Opportunities for a new New York City, Planner’s Network (Jan. 24 2014).

Flowers Follow, Shelterforce: The journal of affordable housing and community building No. 171, 26729 (Fall 2012).

Room to Grow Something, in BEYOND ZUCCOTTI PARK: FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND THE DESIGN OF PUBLIC SPACE (New Village Press 2012). Sao Paulo, Brasil, in Occupy Writers (October 19, 2012).

A More Inclusive Democracy: Challenging Felon Jury Exclusion in New York, 13 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 313 (2010).


BS Brown University, 2000

JD City University of New York School of Law, 2011