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Law alumna lands prestigious Menapace Fellowship

December 05, 2018 10:15 AM
Alina Hernandez

Rachel Mazur (L’18) and Christy MacLear, Chair of the Municipal Art Society’s Board of Directors, celebrate the Menapace Fellowship at a reception last week in New York City. (Photo courtesy MAS)


Tulane Law 2018 graduate Rachel Mazur has been awarded the Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship in Urban Land Use Law, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS).

Her two-year term began in September, and she was formally welcomed as the Menapace Fellow during a reception hosted by the J. M. Kaplan Fund in New York City last week.

The fellowship was created by MAS in 1984 to provide recent law school graduates with opportunities to acquire first-hand experience in the legislative process, litigation, and advocacy before New York's regulatory bodies.

MAS is a 125-year-old civic organization that protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages thoughtful planning and urban design, and fosters inclusive neighborhoods across the five boroughs devoted to improving the physical environment of New York City.

As the Menapace Fellow, Mazur works with MAS’s General Counsel and the MAS Law Committee on zoning, land use, and preservation issues in New York City. She is currently engaged in policy development and advocacy for urban land use issues.

Mazur holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University. While at Tulane, she externed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.

She also interned at the Vieux Carré Commission, the New Orleans agency responsible for the continued preservation of the historic French Quarter, as well as the New York City Housing Authority and the Office of the New York City Comptroller.

Passionate about the intersection of land use law and historic preservation, her Comment on the development of short-term rental ordinances and the impact of Airbnb in New Orleans was published in the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property.