Professor of Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1007
Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
J.D., Stanford University, 1990
A.B., cum laude, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1986
Areas of Expertise
Local Economic Development
McFarlane's scholarly work focuses on the intersection of race and class in the areas of property, land use and economic development. She has written innovative and thought-provoking articles on a range of topics including empowerment zones as a reflection of the racial geography of economic development, democratic theoretical justifications for community participation in economic development, globalization and business incentives, the implications of racialized space for business improvement districts, the insights of critical race theory for eminent domain and regulatory takings. Her current work is about how property law's provision of a space for instability makes recurrent foreclosure crises possible.
She has been a visiting professor at University of Maryland School of Law, Seattle University School of Law and Northeastern School of Law. She has an A.B. from Harvard-Radcliffe and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review. She joined the University of Baltimore School of Law faculty after clerking for the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and serving as an associate at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer Cutler and Pickering. At UB, she teaches courses in Property, Land Use, Local Government and Local Economic Development.
Articles and Essays
The Properties of Instability: Markets, Predation, racialized Geography and Property Law Wisconsin L. Rev. (2011)
Operatively White?: Exploring the Significance of Race and Class through The Paradox of Black Middle-Classness, 72 L. & Contemp Prob. L. (DUKE) 163 (Fall 2009)
Rebuilding the Public-Private City: Regulatory Taking's Anti-Subordination Insights for Eminent Domain and Redevelopment, 42 Indiana L. Rev. 97 (2009)
Putting the "Public" Back Into Public-Private Partnerships for Economic Development, 30 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 39 (2007)
Who Fits the Profile?: Thoughts on Race, Class, Clusters and Redevelopment, 23 Ga. St. L. Rev. 877 (2006)
Redevelopment and the Four Dimensions of Class in Land Use, 22 J. L. and Politics (U. Va.) 33 (Winter 2006)
The New Inner-City: Class Transformation, Concentrated Affluence and The Obligations of the Police Power, 8 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1 (Jan. 2006)
Preserving Community In The City: Special Improvement Districts And The Privatization Of Urban Racialized Space, Stanford Agora (Fall 2003)
Local Economic Development Incentives in an Era of Globalization: The Exploitation of Decentralization and Mobility, 35 Urban Lawyer 305 (Spring 2003).
The Ebb and Flow of Community Participation in Economic Development, University of Baltimore Alumni Magazine, Fall 2001 (edited and revised excerpt of Brooklyn Law Review article).
When Inclusion Leads to Exclusion: The Uncharted Terrain of Community Participation in Economic Development, 66 Brooklyn L. Rev 863 (2001).
Race, Space and Place: The Internal Critique of the Empowerment Zones Program, 5 Emp. Zone Q. 15 (Summer/Fall 2000) (Edited excerpt of 1999 San Diego article)
Race, Space and Place: The Geography of Economic Development, 36 San Diego L. Rev. 295 (1999)
Empowerment Zones: Urban Revitalization Through Collaborative Enterprise, 5 A.B.A. J. Aff. H. & Comm. Dev. L. 35 (1995).