Robert H. Freilich, Founder and President
Professor Robert H. Freilich has been fascinated with the High Holy Days liturgy and music since his youth in New York City. As a teen, his father Julius Freilich sang in the choir of world-famous Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt on the lower East Side from 1912-1924 and later graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1925.
In the 1940s Professor Freilich attended High Holy Day services in Boro Park, conducted by the brilliant Cantor Moshe Moshe Koussevitzky. Starting at age 15 he cultivated his love of music by attending Classical Musical Concerts at the University of Chicago, with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and continuing to today with Gustavo Dudamel and The Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Dr. Robert H. Freilich, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Emeritus, the University of Missouri School of Law, is one of the leading national experts in state and local government, redevelopment, urban planning, and land use law. He is currently teaching Land Use Controls and the Seminar in Global Warming and Sustainability at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law for the past five years.
At the forefront of sustainable growth management planning, eminent domain, new urbanism, revitalization of cities, Dr. Freilich has developed and implemented land use plans for over 250 cities, counties and states, as well as major public-private projects including ElToro and Alameda Base realignments (California), Battery Park City (N.Y.), the South Beach Miami Redevelopment project and the Mall of America (Minneapolis-St. Paul). He has been an expert witness in over 30 government law cases. Dr. Freilich is the National Editor of The Urban Lawyer (American Bar Association) and past Chair of the American Planning Association's Planning and Law Division. He has authored over 100 articles and co-authored the leading texts on land use, oil and gas fracking, global warming, sustainable and green development, including The 2lst Century Land Development Code (American Planning Association, 2008); Cases and Materials on Land Use (7h ed.2O77l; and "From Sprawl to Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Green Development, and Renewable Energy'' (2012).
Dr. Freilich holds his A.B. from the University of Chicago, J.D. from the Yale Law School, and his Masters of Law (LLM), Masters in Planning (MPA) and Doctorates in Law and Planning (Ph.D. and SJD) from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor of at Harvard Law School and London School of Economics.