Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

2017-2018 Fellow

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.


2017-2018 Curtin Fellow

Matthew Norchi

Matthew Norchi is a third year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is pursuing a dual degree in law and urban planning. Prior to attending UNC, he received a B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina. Matt is interested in helping to address economic and societal inequality, with particular focuses on equitable land use planning and affordable housing development. This past summer, Matt worked as a summer intern at the City Attorney's Office in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a Curtin Fellow, Matt hopes to learn from experts in the planning and legal fields and develop a deeper understanding of how planning and legal methods can help further affordable housing and community development.

About the Fellowship

The purpose of the Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. 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.

About Daniel J. Curtin, Jr.


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).

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