The Urban Land Institute of Northern New Jersey has honored NJIT adjunct professor and attorney Jerry Fitzgerald English as “Land Use Educator of the Year” for her 23 years of leadership and service to the environmental sector especially within the region.
The honor highlights the ever-popular and pioneering graduate seminar in environmental problem-solving taught by English at NJIT, which has drawn students since its 1982 inception. The multi-disciplined opportunity for engineers and scientists focuses on potential infrastructure projects on the drawing board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Classes taught by English typically tackle unusual assignments. For example, one time, a group developed a proposal to build a passenger tunnel under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City. In 2002, students helped research the necessary environmental conditions to permit the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. The class always includes insights ranging from environmental problem-solving skills to lessons learned about government when she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives.
A partner with Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, in Westfield, English has served in the legislative and executive branches of New Jersey as a state senator, counsel to the Governor and counsel to the New Jersey Senate. She was appointed Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1979. In addition, English serves as a director on boards including the Regional Plan Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and the Federal Bar Association of New Jersey. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Chemical Events Panel studying the destruction of chemicals at various U.S. Army Depots.
As co-chair of the American Bar Association Environmental Litigation Committee on eminent domain, English is a frequent lecturer and is a life fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation. She is an editor of the New Jersey Law Journal. She serves as Master of the Environmental Inns of Court and chairs the Election Law Enforcement Commission.
At NJIT, English is a member of the board of visitors for the College of Science and Liberal Arts. She is also a member of the Leadership Council of Harvard Law School and a trustee of the New Jersey Federal Bar Association.