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PAST Consultants, LLC offers diverse historic preservation and cultural resource management services, including historic preservation planning, architectural conservation, architectural history and photography. With over twenty years of experience in the field... more.
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Seth A. Bergstein | Paige J. Swartley, Esq.
Paige J. Swartley, Esq. An attorney, planner and architectural historian, Paige Swartley has more than fifteen years of historic preservation experience in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Paige uses her historic preservation legal experience to draft ordinances, elements, Mills Act programs, and other planning documents. She also meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History and enjoys conducting historic resource surveys and other documentation projects. Before joining PAST, Paige practiced historic preservation and environmental law with the Brandt-Hawley Law Group and Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Her litigation practice focused on citizen enforcement of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to protect historic resources, as well as enforcement and interpretation of municipal codes and preservation ordinances, compliance with general plans, and interpretation and application of design guidelines. In her legal compliance work, she represented California agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and a world-class university on historic preservation and environmental issues. Paige has testified at city council and planning commission hearings throughout California regarding CEQA and historic resources. She has taught historic preservation planning and law at workshops, conferences and universities, and has published articles ranging from military base reuse to American Indian cultural resource protection. Since 1995, Paige has been very active with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), the statewide nonprofit preservation organization. Paige has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003, and is now the President of the Board and chairs the preservation easement committee. As CPF staff in the 1990s, she drafted the "Model Ordinance: Post-Disaster Alteration, Repair, Restoration, Reconstruction and Demolition of Historic and Cultural Resources," with grant support from the California Office of Historic Preservation. Paige earned both her M.A. in historic preservation planning and her law degree,cum laude with a Public Law Concentration, from Cornell University. She wrote her Cornell historic preservation planning master's thesis on Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council: The United States Supreme Court, The Fifth Amendment Takings Clause, and Legal Implications for Historic Preservation Demolition Ordinances. Paige earned her B.A. in urban studies from Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa, and wrote her thesis on preservation and planning challenges in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Seth A. Bergstein | Paige J. Swartley, Esq.
California Preservation Foundation
President: Paige Swartley
California Preservation Foundation President: Paige Swartley Paige Swartley, Esq., Petaluma President - Paige is a Principal with PAST Consultants, LLC in Petaluma, where she specializes in drafting historic preservation ordinances and elements, Mills Act programs, and other planning documents, as well as conducting historic resource documentation projects. She previously worked as an attorney with the Brandt-Hawley Law Group, litigating cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and historic resources. Before that, she was a litigator and transactional attorney with Bingham McCutchen's Environmental and Land Use Group, in San Francisco. She held internships with a New York State Assemblyman and a judge, and with the U.S. Department of the Interior Solicitor's Office at the Presidio, San Francisco. Paige served as the California Preservation Foundation's program associate from 1995-1998. She has taught CEQA and preservation classes to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, at universities, and at many conferences and workshops. She has published numerous articles about historic preservation and legal issues. Paige holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa, an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and her J.D. cum laude from Cornell University, with a concentration in Public Law.
Author: Paige J. Swartley, Esq., Principal, PAST Consultants, LLC
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Paige Swartley, alumnus
Paige J. Swartley is an attorney, planner, and architectural historian with more than fifteen years of historic preservation experience in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Swartley worked with the Brandt-Hawley Law Group for four years, leaving the law practice in December 2007. She remains a colleague as she continues her superlative work in historic preservation as a principal with PAST Consultants, LLC (www.pastconsultants.com, 415.515.6227). PAST offers diverse historic preservation and cultural management services, including historic preservation planning, architectural conservation, architectural history, and photography. Swartley is a former two-term president of the California Preservation Foundation, the only statewide nonprofit organization in California dedicated to the preservation of the state's diverse cultural and architectural heritage. As part of PAST, Paige Swartley now uses her historic preservation legal experience to draft historic resource ordinances, elements, Mills Act programs, and other planning documents. Since she meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History, she conducts qualified historic resource surveys and documentation projects. Swartley earned both her M.A. in historic preservation planning and her law degree, cum laude, with a Public Law Concentration, from Cornell University. She earned her B.A. in urban studies from Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa. Paige Swartley at Wawona, Yosemite