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Learn from distinguished professors and attorneys from around the world with real-world experience in Environmental Law and earn one credit in one week with Pace Law School’s Environmental Summer. >>Read More

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Pace’s Environmental Law program has gained national recognition and is consistently ranked among the top four programs of its kind in the United States. This summer, it is offering an incredible lineup of 27 different one-week courses that focus on cutting-edge environmental law topics ranging from Wildlife Law, to Clean Water Act/Wetlands, to Nuclear Energy and Waste Disposal, to UN and Brazilian Environmental Law. The new program will serve as a pilot project and, if successful, will become an annual program.

Laura Jensen, who joined the University as Assistant Director of Environmental Law Programs in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from Pace Law School, has helped organize the innovative project.  “We’ve been receiving a lot of interest from practicing attorneys and [internationally] in places like Brazil,” she notes of the newly launched project.

The week-long seminars, with tracks in energy, environmental, land use and natural resources, and international law, are taught by distinguished law professors from across the country. Experts include: Professor Sanford Gaines, who earned his law degree from Harvard University after serving in the Peace Corps in Korea; Professor Gabriel Eckstein, whose past work includes editor for the American University International Law Review; and Professor Rachael Salcido, who has served as the director of the Sustainable Development Institute and whose work has appeared in countless scholarly journals.

Courses like the Renewable Energy Field Course in the Energy Track often go beyond the classroom, allowing students to explore real-world renewable energy project sites while learning more about the laws and policies that apply to them. The Environmental Track also offers hands-on experience with courses like the Brownfields Field Course that introduces students to fieldwork experience while also meeting with city officials, scientists, and construction company officers.

“Our Pace Law professors are very much involved in environmental law and the ABA,” Jensen says. “They put the word out amongst their colleagues and these were the [experts] who reached out and were interested in teaching a specialty course. We have [professors] flying in from Brazil and Denmark…”

Courses are open to law students, attorneys, and college graduates with an interest in the field. Certificates of completion are available as is affordable dorm space for visitors on the White Plains Campus.

The Summer Environmental Program runs from the week of May 27 through the week of July 22. Registration closes on May 1. For more information or to register, visit

Laying Down the Law…School Events

An inside look into the EPA, a lecture on the ineffective delivery of legal services, and a career fair for law school students. A busy week of legal activity for you!

Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law: Inside EPA
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.
Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom (immediately following the presentation of the Nicholas A. Robinson Awards for Alumni Achievement)

Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center will discuss “Inside EPA.” Hear an insider’s view of the complex and confounding relationship between the Environmental Protection Agency, which is charged with environmental regulation, and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which has frequently stalled EPA regulations. Professor Heinzerling tells this tale from the dual vantage point of an expert who worked in two administrations. Under the Bush Administration, she critiqued OMB and OIRA and the rise of value-free cost-benefit analysis. She was appointed to the Obama Administration, where she observed the same obstructive dynamics in action while serving in the positions of Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and then head of EPA’s Office of Policy and Planning.

Heinzerling, who continues to litigate cases in environmental law at Georgetown, also served as lead author of the winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Please RSVP to Leslie Crincoli at or (914) 422-4413. For more information on the Garrison Lecture and speaker, click here.

Sixth Annual Pace Law Winter Career Fair
Thursday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Tudor Room and Preston Student Lounge
Pace Law School students are invited to meet with local public, private, and government employers from Westchester, NYC, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Learn about a variety of legal areas and career paths and discuss them with local practitioners.

Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics: Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services
Monday, March 18, 4:00 p.m.
Room C-202
One of the most significant problems faced by the legal profession in the 21st century is the ineffective delivery of legal services. Millions in need of legal representation are unable to afford a lawyer and thousands of lawyers are unemployed. We are desperate for a solution to democratize access to the law through efficient and affordable delivery of legal services. Law scholars and economists have argued over the years that nonlawyer ownership and investment offer a solution to this problem. Yet professional conduct rules in all 50 states ban this sort of external funding.

In her award-winning article, Democratizing the Delivery of Legal Services, Renée Knake, Michigan State University College of Law Associate Professor, Co-director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession, and Co-founder of ReInvent Law, a law laboratory devoted to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in legal services, argues that these professional conduct rules are problematic not only for pragmatic reasons, but also because they compromise important First Amendment interests.

RSVP to Brenda Thornton at or (914) 422-4123. For more information on this year’s Blank lecture and speaker, click here.