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.