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2011 Graduate Receives Most Outstanding Article Award From Cornell Real Estate Review

August 23, 2011 – 
Brian N. Biglin, a Class of 2011 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark who in October will begin working as an associate at Sills Cummis & Gross, PC, Newark, has received the 2011 ING Clarion Most Outstanding Student Article Award for his article published in the current issue of the Cornell Real Estate Review. The article, “More Affordable Housing, But Where, and for Whom? A New Jersey Study Revealing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit’s Impact, and the Ongoing Concentration of the Poor” (9 Cornell Real Estate Rev. 48, 2011), concludes that the tax credit has not been used in New Jersey and New York to create more socioeconomic integration. Biglin’s article was selected for its quality, originality, and practical application to the real estate industry.

David L. Funk, director of the Cornell University Program in Real Estate, wrote in his forward to the current Cornell Real Estate Review issue: “This year Brian Biglin from Rutgers University (J.D. ’11) earned the ING Most Outstanding Article Award for ‘More Affordable Housing, but Where, and for Whom?’. Rutgers now joins Columbia University, MIT, University of California–Berkeley, University of Florida, and the University of Pennsylvania as universities whose students have received the coveted Most Outstanding Article Award.”

The article was partly inspired by what Biglin learned from Professor Peter Simmons, his Housing Law and Policy teacher, about the work of the late Professor John Payne. For more than 30 years until his death in 2009 Professor Payne was a key intellectual force as well as a leading lawyer in the Mt. Laurel cases, which established the requirement that growing suburban communities include provisions for low and moderate-income housing in their zoning regulations. His nationally recognized Mt. Laurel work led to a reconceptualization of the field of housing law, including theories supporting a fundamental right to housing. 

At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Biglin was the Judge Charles Walsh Scholar, Martin S. Ackerman Scholar and Jack Solomon Scholar. He served as senior articles editor of the Rutgers Law Review, vice president of the Student Bar Association, vice president of the Rutgers Environmental Law Society, co-chair of the Class of 2011 Fund, and vice president of the Student Publishing Initiative, which identified publishing opportunities for student scholarship in outside academic and professional journals and which enabled the distribution of “More Affordable Housing, but Where, and for Whom?”. At graduation Biglin received the Kenneth G. Wolfson Land Use Prize as the student showing the greatest interest and scholarship in the field of land use law.

A Detroit native, Biglin received an A.B. in economics from the University of Michigan.