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The Next 50: Exploring the Future of Race and Real Estate

The Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies presents

The Next 50: Exploring the Future of Race and  Real Estate

Wednesday, March 24 | 12:10-2 p.m. ET | Held via Zoom

Please join us for a program exploring the causes and effects of residential segregation and strategies to confront and reverse segregation in the decades to come.

Co-sponsored by

The Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Hofstra Law

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

Registration is required.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the virtual session the morning of the event.

For more information, email Laura Fetter at



Dr. Nestor M. Davidson
Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law, School of Law, Fordham University and Faculty Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University; Former Deputy Counsel for HUD under President Obama

Nestor Davidson joined Fordham in 2011 and was named the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law in 2017. Professor Davidson is an expert in property, urban law, and affordable housing law and policy, and is the co-author of the casebook Property Law: Rules, Policies and Practices (7th ed. 2017). Professor Davidson founded and serves as the faculty director of the law school’s Urban Law Center and previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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Hon. Fern A. Fisher
Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Special Assistant for Social Justice Initiatives to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University; Former Chief Judge of the New York City Housing Court

Judge Fisher’s career started in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney practicing in Manhattan Housing Court. She served as Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc. and as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law. For four years, she provided pro bono legal services to Harlem-based community organizations as a project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 1989, she was appointed Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court, and later, in 1990, was elected to the Civil Court where she served as Deputy Supervising Judge. Judge Fisher was elected in 1993 to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After serving in both the City and the Matrimonial Parts of Supreme Court, in December 1996 she was appointed Administrative Judge of the Civil Court where she served until March 2009 when she was appointed to her current position.

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Dr. Martine Hackett
Associate Professor of Health Professions, Hofstra University

Martine Hackett is an associate professor in the master of public health and community health programs at Hofstra University whose research interests include maternal-child health, infant mortality and community based participatory research.

Her previous work experience is as a deputy director at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health and as a television producer.

Dr. Hackett received her BFA in film and television from New York University, a master of public health from Hunter College and a doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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Moderated by

Ashira Ostrow
Executive Director of the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate and Peter S. Kalikow Distinguished Professor in Real Estate and Land Use Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

The Next 50 is a thought leadership speaker series exploring the future of the legal profession. The series is part of Hofstra Law's 50th Anniversary programming. Visit for more information. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Laura Fetter

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