John R. Nolon

Professor (Adjunct) of Land Use Law & Policy

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Tel: 914-424-1698

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



B.A., University of Nebraska J.D., University of Michigan Law School

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Professor John Nolon is a Professor of Law at Pace Law School and Counsel to its Land Use Law Center. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Land Use Law and Policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 2001, where he teaches F&ES 835, an introductory seminar in land use policy, and has developed four additional courses, building out the program’s land use curriculum.  He served as a member of Governor Patterson’s Climate Action Plan Technical Working Group and as a Fulbright Scholar studied and wrote about sustainable development law in Argentina in the mid-1990s. In 2009, he was presented the National Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate by the American Planning Association.

He is co-author of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell, Land Use Law in a Nutshell, and the nation’s oldest casebook on land use law, the seventh edition of Land Use and Community Development Law. Two of his 50 law review articles have been selected as one of the top ten articles in the nation on the topics of land use and environmental law: “The Advent of Local Environmental Law,” published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and his article on the origins of smart growth, published in The Urban Lawyer. His articles can be accessed through

Professor Nolon’s current focus is on sustainable development law and managing climate change through land use practices. He participates in the Experts Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is tasked with determining whether the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC should contain one or more chapters on the relationship between climate change and human settlements.  These activities and publications undergird Pace Law School’s Masters Degree in Land Use and Sustainable Development, the first advanced degree program in the U.S. on this rapidly developing field of law.