Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Considering applying to law school? Consider Pace. Meet the students and profs at an open house on November 2.

Whether you’re interested in Pace’s Environmental Law LLM, which is consistently ranked among the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the International Law JD, which gives students access to once-in-a-lifetime experiential offerings like the Pace London Law Program and summer internships at war crimes tribunals, or a variety of other programs, Pace is the place to turn your passion into practice.

Pace Law School will host an Open House on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Law School’s White Plains Campus.

Meet Dean Michelle Simon and other Pace Law faculty and students, participate in a mock corporate, criminal, environmental, or intellectual property law class, tour the campus, and even get a free LSAT prep preview and LSAT focus approach law review.

RSVP here and contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 422-4210 or admissions@law.pace.edu with any questions.

Justice Is Served!

Bid on tickets to see Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report, the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Knicks, and more in action, signed memorabilia, and more to benefit the Pace Women’s Justice Center. Plus, Why Diversity Matters week of events. This week, we’re laying down the law school events.

Each year, the Pace Women’s Justice Center provides comprehensive innovative and quality legal services to more than 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. And to continue pursing justice for victims of abuse, the PWJC is hosting the 2013 Making a Difference Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, October 16 at the Tappan Hill Mansion, located on the former estate of Mark Twain. While individual tickets run $275, the online auction bids are starting at $30.

Picture yourself in the audience at a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, or Live with Kelly & Michael. Cheer on one of New York’s home teams at Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Yankees games. Meet, greet, and take photos with some of the New York Yankees. Want something you can hold onto? A football autographed by the legendary Joe Namath? An autographed Mariano Rivera or Eli Manning jersey? A basketball signed by Magic Johnson? A hockey stick with King Henrik’s John Hancock on it?  Eat out with a ton of restaurant gift certificates including pizza for a year at CPK. Plus, cooking classes, beauty master classes, massages, museum passes, and much more. The PWJC 2013 online auction will run until October 18, with an additional silent auction showcasing select items to be featured at the dinner. Proceeds go to Pace Women’s Justice Center. View the auction items.

Pace Law School’s Office of Diversity Initiatives is proud to present Lawyer for Communities: Why Diversity Matters week of events:

Diversity Tipping Points—Discussion and Reception
Monday, October 7
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (Tudor Room)
Join students and faculty for a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion tipping points in our communities, locally, nationally, and internationally. A reception, including a spoken word performance, will follow the discussion.

Film—Freedom Riders
Tuesday, October 8
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (O-02)
Could you get on the bus? See the powerful film about the hundreds of brave young men and women who used non-violent resistance in 1961 to bring racial segregation national attention.

NYSBA—Courtroom Conduct and Networking Reception
Wednesday, October 9
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (Tudor Room)
A panel of practicing attorneys and judges will discuss appropriate courtroom conduct followed by a networking reception. Co-sponsored by the NYSBA.

Know Your Rights
Thursday, October 10
6:00–8:00 p.m. (O-01)
Knowledge is power—A representative from the National Lawyers Guild will present an overview of basic “street law” rights.

Potluck: Pizza and Dessert
Friday, October 11
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Enjoy pizza and bring a dessert to share that represents your culture or family tradition.

New York City Rules

Don’t drink that. Don’t eat that in that. Don’t smoke here. Don’t bike there. Over the last few years, environmental and public health initiatives have been proposed and adopted in NYC. On September 25, explore “New York City Rules” at the Law School’s annual Kerlin Lecture.

Scholars have become increasingly interested in measures facilitating improvements in environmental and public health at the local level. By proposing and adopting numerous environmental and public health initiatives over the last few years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council have provided ample food for thought and prompted an interesting case study for analyzing the development and success (or failure) of various regulatory tools.

On Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Gerber Glass Moot Court Room on the Law School Campus, join the Pace Law School Community for the annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on New York City Rules! Regulatory Tools and the Environment featuring Law School Professor Jason Czarnezki. The lecture explores “New York Rules” including:

  • Bans on foam containers, sugary drinks, smoking in public spaces, trans fat, displaying tobacco products;
  • Mandatory food and menu labeling of calorie counts;
  • Infrastructure (salad bars in schools, public space recycling, bike lanes, tree planting);
  • Recycling and composting mandates;
  • Standard-setting for energy efficient buildings;
  • Economic (dis)incentives such as congestion pricing.

In his inaugural lecture as the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Professor Czarnezki will provide insight into the interesting challenge of finding the proper regulatory tool to solve any environmental and public health problem.

For more information, visit the Kerlin Lecture site.

Face the Music

Contracts, copyright laws, trademarks. If you’re thinking about entertainment law and want to rock but avoid the parole, you’re going to want to find out what legal issues artists and the entertainment industry face today at a music entertainment panel discussion at the Law School on April 9.

On Tuesday, April 9, at 5:15 p.m. in the Tudor Room, Pace Law School’s Sports, Entertainment and Art Law Society (SEALS) will host Protecting Your Rights and Legal Trends in the Entertainment Industry, a panel featuring guest speakers who will discuss the current trends and legal issues concerning the music industry and share their industry insights. Panelists include Edward R. Grauer of the Law Office of Edward Grauer P.C. and Cash Money Records; Cynthia Arato of Shapiro, Arato and Isserles LLP; Janel Brown of the Law Office of Edward R. Grauer P.C.; David W. Wheatley of Rothenberg P.C.; and Peter Zizzo, award-winning songwriter and music producer who has authored hits for artists such as Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Jason Mraz, Avril Lavigne, and many more; Pace Law School Intellectual Property Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Horace E. Anderson, Jr., will moderate the event.

A reception with wine and refreshments will follow the panel discussion. All members of the Pace Community are invited to attend and enjoy the event. For more information, e-mail SEALS President Jay M. Vyas at jvyas@law.pace.edu.

Innovating Access to Justice

Since its launch in September 2012, the Pace Community Law Practice has provided quality, affordable legal services to almost 200 individuals. On April 4, join the Law School in celebrating this one-of-a-kind program.

Join the Pace Law School for “Innovating Access to Justice: A Celebration of the Pace Community Law Practice” on April 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Gerber Glass Moot Courtroom on the Law School Campus, featuring the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York State, as the keynote speaker, with remarks from the Honorable Noel Brennan, immigration judge, and the Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator and Pace double alumna.

Launched in September 2012, the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP) is a first-of-its-kind legal residency and incubator program where recent Pace Law School graduates serve as Fellows intensively learning legal practice under the supervision of experienced attorneys and gaining the tools to create solo and small practices. In just six months, the PCLP has provided quality, affordable legal services to almost 200 individuals and families in immigration, employment, benefits, and family law cases in Westchester County and throughout the Hudson Valley, and has provided extensive community education through events held at Pace and at collaborating community based organizations. 

“I want to be part of the force that supports low-income clients…The increasing volume of low-income individuals, coupled with the increasing need for representation and advocacy, fuels my passion to practice this area of law,” says PCLP Fellow and Pace Law School alumna Shari Hochberg ’12.

Keynote speaker Judge Lippman, who was appointed Chief Judge of New York State by former Governor David Paterson in 2009, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws at the Law School’s 2011 Commencement, where he spoke to graduating students about the importance of equal access to justice.

“We all must earn a living, but we cannot define our existence by the billable hour or paychecks alone. Being a lawyer shouldn’t be so empty, parochial, and mechanical. Rather, being a lawyer is all about service, leadership, and compassion. We are at our best, our noblest, when we are serving others, helping clients with their problems, helping to mend broken lives or challenging systemic injustices—whether as lawyers in the private or public sectors, as professionals devoted to serving low-income clients and communities, or as pro bono volunteers who understand the critical role of access to justice in a democracy. Justice has no real meaning without lawyers to give it life—unless you can feel it in the very fiber of your being, and unless it is equally applied and accessible to all,” Lippman said.

RSVP by April 1. Read more about the fellows and program here.

Binders Full of Women?

Is adopting quotas for women’s representation on corporate boards discriminatory to both men and women? Comparative Sex Regimes and Corporate Governance, a Law School symposium on February 8, will examine and explore these corporate board quotas.

Norway’s leadership in adopting quotas for women’s representation on corporate boards has inspired several other countries, a move which represents a major shift in corporate governance norms and in efforts to attain sex equality in the workplace. But at what cost?

On February 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., join the Pace International Law Review at the Comparative Sex Regimes and Corporate Governance  Symposiumwhich will examine corporate board quotas through various lenses to explore questions such as: Are these measures designed to achieve good governance, women’s empowerment, or gender balance? Are quotas, which depend on the sex binary, an effective tool to realize those objectives? If not, how might boards circumnavigate around them? What are possible unintended consequences of quotas? Will corporate governance change once capital has been (partly) feminized? Is the French differentiation between diversity and mixité (gender diversity) relevant? This symposium will bring together thinkers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to analyze and comprehend the meaning and impact, both deliberate and unintended, of such quotas.

Participants include:

  • Anne L. Alstott, Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation, Yale Law School
  • Ann Bartow, Professor, Pace Law School
  • Mary Anne Case, Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School and Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School
  • Bridget J. Crawford, Professor, Pace Law School
  • Dan Danielsen, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Aaron A. Dhir, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Amy Dittmar, Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow, Associate Professor of  Finance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Martin Gelter, Associate Professor, Fordham University School of Law
  • Kimberly D. Krawiec, Katherine Everett Professor Law, Duke Law School
  • Andrew C.W. Lund, Professor, Pace Law School
  • Horatia Muir Watt, Professor, Sciences Po, École de Droit
  • Fernanda Nicola, Associate Professor, Washington College of Law, American University
  • Darren Rosenblum, Professor, Pace Law School
  • Julie C. Suk, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Tom R. Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Yale Law School
  • Cheryl L. Wade, Dean Harold F. McNiece Professor, St. John’s Law School

E-mail Taylor Piscionere at tpiscionere@gmail.com for more information.

Green Governors?

Patricia Salkin, dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, takes a look at the last five New York Governors and their environmental practices at the Law School’s annual Kerlin Lecture on November 29.

On January 29, Pace Law School will welcome Patricia E. Salkin, dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center to give the annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law at 6:00 p.m. in the Gerber Glass Moot Court Room on the Law School’s White Plains Campus.

A nationally recognized scholar on land use and zoning law, Salkin was appointed Dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in July 2012, is also an appointed member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Planning Federation.

Salkin has been active in land use reform, including membership on the Land Use Advisory Committee of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. She is a reporter for the American Planning Association’s Planning & Environmental Law, and on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Urban Lawyer.

Salkin has substantial political involvement in New York, having served on the transition teams for attorneys general-elect Eric Schneiderman, Andrew Cuomo, and Eliot Spitzer (as both governor and attorney general) and will lecture on “The Executive and the Environment: A Look at the Last Five Governors in New York.”

Salkin is also author of more than a hundred law review articles and other publications on land use and sustainable development law and the popular Law of the Land blog on land use law and zoning.

The annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law, established more than ten years ago, brings top scholars and attorneys to Pace Law School to speak on key environmental legal topics.

For more information, click here.

Take the Law Into Your Hands

Considering applying to law school? Consider Pace. Meet the students and profs at an open house on December 8.

Whether you’re interested in Pace’s Environmental Law LLM, which is consistently ranked among the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the International Law JD, which gives students access to once-in-a-lifetime experiential offerings like the Pace London Law Program and summer internships at war crimes tribunals, or a variety of other programs, Pace is the place to turn your passion into practice.

Pace Law School will host an Open House on December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Law School’s White Plains Campus.

Meet Dean Michelle Simon and other Pace Law faculty and students, hear from Pace Law alumna and Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Office of the Bronx District Attorney Odalys Alonso, Esq. ’85, tour the campus, and even get a free LSAT prep preview presented by Peter Gormanly, founder of LSAT Focus Approach Law Review.

RSVP here or contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 422-4210 or admissions@law.pace.edu.

Bad Mom?

Are mothers hazardous to their children’s health? Law, culture, and the framing of risk is discussed this week, as we lay down the Law School’s Hopkins lecture.

On September 12, at 4:00 p.m., Pace Law School will host its annual James D. Hopkins Professor of Law Memorial Lecture in the Judicial Institute Lecture Hall on the WP Campus.

Law School Professor Linda C. Fentiman, who was named the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law for the 2011-2013 academic years, will give a thought-provoking lecture on “Are Mothers Hazardous to their Children’s Health: Law, Culture, and the Framing of Risk.”

Contrary to their self-image as the ultimate loving nurturers, mothers today find themselves cast in an unlikely role. The media, government, and healthcare professionals are putting a spotlight on mothers as a danger to their children’s health. Professor Fentiman will examine why this is happening and debunks the thinking that underlies it, specifically considering the social and psychological forces that shape our understanding of risk and exploring how American law is reinforcing prevailing stereotypes about what mothers must do to assure that their children are healthy. Professor Fentiman asserts that the current obsession with the ways in which mothers can affect their children’s health is misguided. It distorts government policy decisions, denies individuals important medical and child-rearing choice, and ignores the other powerful sources of harm to children, both human and environmental. This in turn diverts public attention, and resources, away from the many serious threats of harm to children. It prevents the government from taking meaningful public health actions which would limit harm to children in the future, as well as holding accountable those who have harmed children in the past.

RSVP to Brenda Thornton at bthornton@law.pace.edu or (914) 422-4123.

Trials and Error

On September 6, Pace Law School brings key players from the OJ Simpson case to Pace to go behind the headlines of the “trial of the century.” Join them for what’s sure to be a “juicy” event. Badum tsssshhhh!

Exhibit B of the Pace Law School’s Trials and Error series on September 6 will focus front and center on the OJ Simpson case. Witness some of the key players debating the trial in a panel comprising:

Alan Dershowitz, member of OJ’s “Dream Team”

Christopher Darden, Deputy District Attorney LA County

Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman

Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman

Good Morning America legal analyst and attorney Dan Abrams will provide the media point of view; Noted novelist, essayist, and law professor Thane Rosenbaum will act as moderator and add historical context and ask probing questions; Pace Law School Adjunct Professor and Senior Trial Counsel at the NY County DA’s Office Joel Seidemann is the series producer.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Schimmel Theater on the NYC Campus. General admission is $15, but free for students.

The Trials and Error series focuses on high-profile cases that captured the public imagination and were tried, not just in the courtroom, but in the media and the court of public opinion.

20/20 Vision for 2020 Ethics

Pace Law School hosts the annual Blank Lecture featuring Justice Elizabeth Lacy, Senior Justice on the Virginia Supreme Court, on bringing the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct into the 21st century.

Legal EthicsThe legal profession has changed rapidly over the past three decades with the introduction of the Internet and social networking, and other advances in technology. Yet the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys has been updated only twice since its creation in 1983. With this in mind, in 2009, then-ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm convened the Commission on Ethics 20/20 to bring the Model Rules into the 21st century.

Justice Elizabeth Lacy, Senior Justice on the Virginia Supreme Court and a member of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, will lay out the key issues being discussed by the Commission, and how potential changes could impact lawyers, when she delivers the 21st annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Legal Ethics at 3:00 p.m. on November 10 in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom at the Pace Law School. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a live webcast available at law.pace.edu.

For more information about the lecture, click here.

Unlikely Allies Work Together

In the fall of 2008, an unlikely group of prisoner advocates, victims, and victim advocates came together to produce a cutting-edge curriculum for incarcerated people who have committed homicide-related offenses. On October 17, three of the co-creators will participate in a panel discussion at Pace Law School.

On Monday, October 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Tudor Room, Pace Law School will host Bridging the Gap: Lessons Learned from a Reentry Collaboration with Victims and Victim Advocates, a panel discussion featuring the co-creators of the “Coming to Terms” curriculum, a 16-week innovative rehabilitation course for incarcerated people which has been used in Sing Sing and Fishkill Correctional Facilities.

Moderated by curriculum co-creator Susan Herman, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Security at Pace and former executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the panel will discuss the history of the project, the process and experience of collaboration, the curriculum it produced, and its resulting policy implications.

“The curriculum provides an opportunity for men and women who are serving long sentences for violent crimes to gain insight, take responsibility for their crimes, and prepare for their eventual release. It takes people on a very personal journey. The program utilizes a victim-focused framework in individual and group settings in select prisons,” said Herman, who is author of Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime.

Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Gaynes, executive director of the Osborne Association, a nonprofit dedicated to serving those affected by incarceration, and nationally-recognized expert on the impact of incarceration and reentry on children and families
  • Kathy Boudin, who was formerly incarcerated and now serves as director of the Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families, and Communities at Columbia
  • Maria Verzulli, whose sister was the victim of a homicide, is now the victim/survivor advocate for New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, where she focuses on programs that fill gaps in victim services and address root causes of crime and violence.

For students on the NYC Campus interested in attending, there will be a bus leaving Schimmel at 4:30 p.m. and returning after the program. First-come, first-served.

For more information on the panel and speakers, read the press release.

Time to Lay Down the Law

The next flock of legal eagles takes flight at the 33rd Annual Pace Law School Commencement ceremony on May 8. Join us in congratulating the Class of 2011 on their accomplishments! >>Read More

Commencement season has begun as the Pace Law School celebrates its 33rd Annual Commencement on May 8 in WP.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, an influential figure in the New York State judicial system for the past four decades, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the Commencement address.

Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals appointed by Governor David A. Paterson, has upheld the constitutional rights of the accused, insisting that the Fourth Amendment requires particularized concrete information to justify intrusive searches; striking down the warrantless secret planting of a GPS device on a citizen’s vehicle; and requiring trial courts to carefully scrutinize guilty pleas to ensure that they are truly informed and voluntary, and has played a central role in many far-reaching reforms including the introduction of problem-solving community courts, drug courts, and domestic violence courts throughout the state.

Lippman has been in the news recently for his fervent push, in the face of a state fiscal crisis, to increase funding for civil legal services programs that help low-income New York residents faced with foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence, and other legal problems. Lippman symbolizes a dedication to social justice embodied in Pace Law School’s clinics, centers, pro bono opportunities, and externship programs.

Check back next week as we highlight NYC and Westchester undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies!

Legal Ethics and Emperors

No, ethical lawyers is not an oxymoron, and on October 13, President Friedman will explain why at the Law School’s Blank Lecture. Then on October 18, Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University points out that the emperor has no clothes in his lecture on environmental protection.

Legal EthicsThe Law School brings you back-to-back lectures on timely topics and legal conundrums in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, October 13, Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace and former dean of the Law School tackles the tricky topic of “Ethical Imperatives for Lawyers” at noon in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom as the Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics. Then on October 18, Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University, asks, “What is the Emperor Wearing?”  in his critical look at the potential of ecosystem services for environmental protection as part of the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law, held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Tudor Room and followed by a reception in the student lounge.