Kenneth Stahl

Kenneth Stahl

Professor, Director, Environmental Land Use and Real Estate Law Program
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Land Use; Zonging; Local Government Law; Globalization; Election Law; Property Law;
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 409
Phone: (714) 628-2631
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts
Yale University, Juris Doctor


Kenneth Stahl is a Professor of Law and the director of the Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. His scholarly work focuses on the relationship between the local political process and judicial doctrine in land use and local government law. His research combines doctrinal analysis with insights from disciplines including urban sociology, geography, economics, and the humanities. Professor Stahl's works have appeared in journals including The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review, among others. He was selected as a participant at the 2012 Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School. Professor Stahl has also been named Professor of the Year at Fowler School of Law. Before joining Fowler, Professor Stahl spent four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to that, he worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Constitutional Torts, and as an Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter. Professor Stahl earned a B.A. with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of Michigan, and a JD from Yale Law School. At Yale, he served as a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and The Humanities.

Courses Taught: Land Use Law, Real Property Law, Local Government Law, Election & Political Campaign Law

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

The Challenge of Inclusion, 89 TEMPLE LAW REVIEW 487 (2017)
Preemption, Home Rule and Local Democracy, 44 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL 133 (2017)
Local Home Rule in the Time of Globalization, 2016 BYU LAW REVIEW 177
Local Government, One Person/One Vote, and the Jewish Question, 49 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 1 (2014). Selected for presentation at 2012 Harvard/Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.
Mobility and Community in Urban Policy, 46 THE URBAN LAWYER 625 (2014)
Reliance in Land Use Law, 2013 BYU LAW REVIEW 949
Neighborhood Empowerment and the Future of the City, 161 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW 939 (2013)
The Suburb as a Legal Concept: The Problem of Organization and the Fate of Municipalities in American Law, 29 CARDOZO L. REV. 1193-1272 (2008).
The Artifice of Local Growth Politics: At-Large Elections, Ballot-Box Zoning, and Judicial Review, 94 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 1- 75 (2010)