Kushner, James A. 1945–

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Kushner, James A. 1945–

(James Alan Kushner)

PERSONAL: Born April 14, 1945, in Philadelphia, PA; son of S.L. and Lois (Gerson) Kushner; children: Gretchen, Andrew, Ryan. Ethnicity: "Caucasian American." Education: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, B.B.A., 1967; University of Maryland at Baltimore, J.D., 1968.

ADDRESSES: Office—Southwestern University School of Law, 675 S. Westmoreland St., Los Angeles, CA 90005. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Office of Economic Opportunity, Canton, OH, director of housing, 1969–70; Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, managing attorney of Law Reform Project, 1970–73; University of California, Berkeley, project attorney, National Housing and Economic Development Law Project, 1973–75; Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, professor of law, 1975–. Temporary judge in Juvenile Division of Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1981–86. Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, member of board of directors, 1981–86, president, 1984, board chair, 1986.

MEMBER: American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools, Society of American Law Teachers, American Civil Liberties Union (member of board of directors, 1981–84), Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Apartheid in America, Carrollton Press (Arlington, VA), 1980.

Housing and Community Development: An Introduction to Urban Land Development Law in the United States through the Lens of Comparing the Experience of Other Nations, Bobbs-Merrill (New York, NY), 1981, 3rd edition, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 1999.

Fair Housing, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1983, 2nd edition, 1995.

Government Discrimination: Equal Protection Law and Litigation, Clark Boardman (New York, NY), 1988, 3rd edition, Thomson/West (St. Paul, MN), 2005.

Subdivision Law and Growth Management, Thomson/West (St. Paul, MN), 1991, 2nd edition, Thomson/West (St. Paul, MN), 2005.

(With Daniel P. Selmi) Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials, Aspen Law and Business (Gaithersburg, MD), 1999, 2nd edition, 2004.

The Post-Automobile City: Legal Mechanisms to Establish the Pedestrian-Friendly City, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2004.

Contributor to books, including Evolving Voices in Land Use Law, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, 2000. Contributor to law journals. Assistant editor, Maryland Law Review, 1967–68.

SIDELIGHTS: James A. Kushner once told CA: "My writings were stimulated by a career of litigation and teaching the issues of civil rights and land use and development. For several years my writings have been influenced by frequent travels abroad where I have studied urban development policies of other nations.

"A desire to contribute to the improvement of the human condition continues to be my motivation. My process is simple: research, write and research some more."