John Payne, Noted Affordable Housing and Land Use Scholar and Beloved Teacher at Rutgers Law School–Newark, Dies
Newark, NJ – John M. Payne, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and key participant in the Mt. Laurel cases, died today of brain cancer at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY. He was 67 years old. Services are private. A memorial service will be held at the law school in the fall.
- Chancellor Launches Initiatives, Names Leadership Team
- Rutgers University In Newark Welcomes Little Ones To Its First-Ever Child Care Center On Campus
- Rutgers University in Newark: Everything You Want College To Be, As Well As a Lot More
- Rutgers University Community In Newark Mourns Loss Of Its First Provost, Dr. James E. Young, At 86
“John Payne was an extraordinarily creative, thoughtful, dedicated, and socially responsible teacher, lawyer and scholar,” said Dean Stuart L. Deutsch. “His leadership and advocacy in the housing reform and historic preservation movements together with his devotion to the advancement of Rutgers Law School and the University enriched Rutgers, the state, and the nation.”
For more than 20 years Professor Payne was the key intellectual force as well as a leading lawyer in the Mt. Laurel cases, which established the requirement that growing suburban communities include provisions for low and moderate income housing in their zoning regulations. His nationally recognized Mt. Laurel work led to a reconceptualization of the field of housing law and a shift in thinking from a world in which there was no right to housing opportunity to one in which decent shelter is considered a fundamental right.
Professor Payne was also a driving force for historic preservation in New Jersey and critical to protecting the work and legacy of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a former president of the national Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and former director of Preservation New Jersey, the New Jersey partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
As an academic, Professor Payne wrote and lectured extensively. In addition to his Mt. Laurel writing and articles on housing and historic preservation issues, he co-edited one of the most highly respected and widely-used casebooks on land development and land law use (Planning and Control of Land Development, 7th ed., 2008, with Daniel Mandelker et al.).
Professor Payne joined the Rutgers faculty in 1971. He served as Associate Dean from 1976 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1991, and chaired most standing committees and special committees at the law school. He received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from Harvard.
Media Contact: Janet Donohue
- Sep. 10: Intro to Entrepreneurship Q&A
- Sep. 17: Donald L. McCabe Academic Integrity Award Reception
- Sep. 22: Homecoming Week
Joined Rutgers: 1946
Campus Size: 38 acres, 33 buildings
Chancellor: Nancy Cantor
Provost: Todd Clear
Undergraduate Majors: 40+
Graduate Programs: 50+ (JD, MA, MBA, MFA, MPA, MS, Ph.D.)
Athletics: 14 NCAA Division III women and men's teams
Enrollment (fall 2013)
Full-time Faculty: 585
Faculty with Terminal Degrees: 99%
Full-time Staff: 770
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Nations Represented: 100+
On-campus Residents: 1,280
Basic Type: Research Universities (high research activity)
Special Classification: Community Engagement