Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

The Planning and Law Division serves those who seek to understand the diverse legal issues that affect the planning profession. The legal issues underlying the planning of our cities and communities are important and essential components in the education and training of those who would become professional planners and land use practitioners. The purpose of the Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship Program ("Fellowship Program") is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. This will provide increased participation in the planning profession, and ultimately, greater service to communities across the nation. The fellow's responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with PLD membership recruitment and retention activities, creating web resources for membership, and significant involvement in PLD's Early Career Program Committee.


Current Fellow

Marcus Mello

Harvard University
March and MUP candidate, 2018

Marcus Mello is a fourth year student at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where he is pursuing dual master's degrees in architecture and urban planning. He received a B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College before attending the GSD. Marcus is interested in how policies and laws shape the social and economic conditions of disadvantaged communities, and how designers and policymakers can improve the built environment through physical design and effective policy implementation. Marcus serves as Vice President of the African American Student Union and is co-coordinating a research project that investigates socio-spatial inequities in three major U.S. cities. This past summer, he was a summer associate at the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Real Estate Transactions Services division. Marcus wants to work at a private design firm and public planning agency during his career. He hopes to build on his knowledge of how planning and legal tools affect fair housing during his Curtin Fellowship.

Previous Fellows

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Daniel J. Curtin

Daniel J. Curtin, Jr.

San Francisco native Daniel J. Curtin, Jr., a former member of APA; an expert on the California General Plan, planning law, and land use regulations; and retired partner and of counsel in the Walnut Creek office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, died in 2006. A well-known author, his long list of publications — frequently cited by the California Courts — includes Curtin's California Land Use and Planning Law, a preeminent treatise on California land use law, which is in its 27th edition; and Bargaining for Development: A Handbook on Development Agreements, Annexation Agreements, Land Development Conditions, Vested Rights, and the Provision of Public Facilities, with David L. Callies and Julie A. Tappendorf (Environmental Law Institute, 2003). (Source: Northern California APA website).