Frank Schnidman is an attorney with an LL.M. degree in Environmental Law who has spent more than 30 years dealing with sophisticated land policy and land use regulatory issues as both a practicing attorney and as an academic. In 2005-2006 he served as the consultant founding Executive Director of the new North Miami, Florida Community Redevelopment Agency. He has served as the Staff Director of the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Metropolitan and Regional Areas Study, and as Executive Director of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority. He was the founding Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association. He has been involved in numerous redevelopment projects in both the United States and overseas. He has also taught both planning law and land development law at a number of universities including the university of Virginia and George Washington University, and served two years as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Florida Atlantic University, Frank practiced law with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig after serving as Director of the University of Miami School of Law, Graduate Program in Real Property Development. He is recognized for his knowledge of international land policy and land development issues, and is a prolific writer and frequent national and international speaker, and is frequently quoted in the media as a leading urban planning and law expert. Frank is admitted of practice law in Florida, California, New York and the District of Columbia.
At Florida Atlantic University, Frank has taught courses in the areas of planning law and community and economic development. In addition, he serves as the Director of the "Redevelopment and Revitalization of Southeast Florida" Project, which is reported on the World Wide Web at www.cuesfau.org/cra and he participates in research and technical assistance projects, in addition to chairing the annual "Hot Topics" seminar series for the FAU Institute of Government.
Frank has been a ULI member for 30 years, and very active locally, nationally and internationally. He has served as editor for a number of books for ULI, written numerous articles for Urban Land magazine, been appointed to many ULI committees and spent 3 years at Chair of the National Policy Council. He was the Vice-Chair of ULI's first International Committee. He was the second Chair of the Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council and served in that role for 5 years (1988-1993). He currently is the only non-resident member of the 60-plus member ULI Japan Council. In 1984 he was appointed as a ULI Fellow.