WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Town Councilman James Foerst has joined the faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law as an adjunct professor. This spring, he’ll begin by teaching Zoning, Planning and Land Use Policy, something he’s dealt with quite a bit on the Westfield Planning Board and at Spector Foerst & Associates in Millburn, where he is the managing partner.
Foerst graduated Seton Hall with honors in 1999.
“It is great opportunity to have been asked to teach in a law school and even more exciting that I will be teaching in the same classrooms where I sat as a student 15 years ago,” he said. “My father was also an alumnus from the SHU Law graduating in 1968, and it’s the place where I met my wife, Cara, when we were in our first year of school. Returning to SHU as a professor is very special to me. Land use law is an area that I truly enjoy and therefore have made a part of my law practice. Also, having served on the Westfield Planning Board for 10 years gives me great perspective on a town’s point of view. Lawyers are taught to think critically and understand both sides of an issue. I am hopeful that with my experiences I can bring both perspectives into the classroom.”
The councilman, who also serves as the Mountainside Public Defender representing financially challenged defendants in criminal matters, will continue to work fulltime practicing law in his current capacity.