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Winter 2002


The calls to service now are global and diverse, but so are we.
In a previous article in this Journal, I wrote that many of us practicing in the field of housing and community development law had adopted a "myopic" view of the world. At that time, I urged colleagues to consider the problems of growth management facing urban centers around the globe. I concluded that "[n]ow is the time for us to join the global community in the struggle for more decent affordable housing and more sustainable urban development for all people."
The tragic events of September 11 forced all Americans to confront the harsh reality of globalization. We can no longer board a plane, enter a school or office building, or go to a baseball game without reflecting on the impact of international affairs. When Mayor Rudy Giuliani is called upon to make a major policy address to the United Nations, we know that local and global interests have truly converged.
In the past few months, many lawyers individually and through the American Bar Association have been involved in addressing the personal needs of the victims and their families as well as the myriad legal issues involved with preventing further terrorist attacks and bringing justice to those who are guilty of prior terrorist acts. I write to encourage Forum members to direct their energy, knowledge, and creativity towards that area in which we are most expert: the challenges of rebuilding Afghanistan. I will discuss briefly some of the primary concerns that motivate us to this cause and then make recommendations for future involvement.