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Table of Contents Message from the Dean
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• Matt Auten • Jonina Sauer • Norah Altaweel Alotaibi • Braden Smith FOCUS ON CAREER READINESS COVER STORY:
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FOCUS ON FACULTY Richard Ottinger Day
• Jason Parkin • Emily Gold Waldman Faculty Bookshelf
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News and Events
ALUM NI PROFILES
• John Sarcone • Donna Drumm • Elaine Hsiao
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A Legal Curriculum for an Evolving World AS PACE LAW SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS 35TH Commencement, we are exceptionally proud of how well-prepared our graduates are for the challenges that await them. The Class of 2013 will embark upon careers not only in legal practice, but also in international diplomacy, public interest law, and environmental advocacy. Clearly, a Pace law degree is a valuable credential that prepares our graduates in ways that were unimaginable when Pace Law School opened its doors in 1976.
I am pleased to update you in this issue of the Alumni Magazine about the many ways the law school is preparing our students for the evolving real world. From on-campus clinics and simulation courses, to off-campus externships and jobs, our students are steeped in the kind of experiences and training that develop great lawyers, advocates and professionals. The profiles of the highlighted alumni demonstrate how work, classes and connections made at Pace Law School contributed to their professional success.
We had an exciting year bringing several highprofile members of the judiciary to campus. One of the most memorable days was when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to campus in the fall, the first ever visit by a United
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Judge Jonathan Lippman served as the keynote speaker for the official launch of the Pace Community Law Practice, a law practice incubator for recent grads and students serving clients from the community. And the Speaker at our 35th Commencement this May was Class of 1979 graduate, The Honorable Malachy E. Mannion, a United States District Judge from the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the first Pace Law alumnus to be appointed as a United States District Court Judge.
We share how Pace Law School is embracing and using technology in both traditional and innovative ways. Students and faculty are delving into such legal topics as media and Internet law, a hot and growing field of practice. We now offer cross-border online legal training in new certificate programs, expanding Pace Law School’s influence and expertise around the world. Many of our faculty continue to experiment with technology in the classroom as a tool for instant learning feedback and as a way to redefine the classroom experience.
“From on-campus clinics and simulation courses, to off-campus externships and jobs, our students are steeped in the kind of experiences and training that develop great lawyers, advocates and professionals.”
Pace Law School is an exciting and innovative place to learn and teach. As alumni, you provide the best inspiring examples to our current students as to what one can do with a Pace Law degree. Your influence, expertise, and generosity, shared in so many ways, are essential to the school. Thank you for your continued support.
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States Supreme Court Justice to Pace Law School. This spring, New York State Chief
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Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic Part of Successful Fight for Clean Water PACE LAW SCHOOL’S Environmental Litigation Clinic, representing a coalition of public interest groups, recently made headlines by reaching a landmark settlement with subsidiaries of Arch Coal, one of the biggest coal mining companies in the world. The settlement resolved part of a massive water pollution enforcement case that began in 2010, when the groups uncovered over 20,000 violations of the Clean
of the Clean Water Act at dozens of coal mines in
Water Act committed by the two largest mountaintop
eastern Kentucky. The coalition reviewed hundreds
removal coal mining companies in Kentucky.
of water pollution monitoring reports and discovered
“The false-reporting epidemic we uncovered in Kentucky can be considered the most far-reaching
pasting the numbers from one pollution discharge
and egregious noncompliance with the Clean Water
report to the next while never actually performing the
Act in the law’s entire 40-year history,” said Peter
required testing. In addition, the state’s Energy and
Harrison (JD ’11), attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance,
Environment Cabinet neglected its oversight duties by
one of the organizations represented by the Environ-
failing to even notice the blatant falsifications.
mental Litigation Clinic.
“It’s astonishing the state regulators could have
The Pace Law School Environmental Litigation Clinic, in partnership with the Appalachian Citizens Law Center (Whitesburg, KY) and the Waterworth
Harrison first started working on the case in his 3L year as a student attorney in the Environmental Litigation Clinic, which led to a job offer from Wa-
NC), continues to repre-
terkeeper Alliance after graduation. At Waterkeeper,
sent the environmental
Harrison continues to work on the Kentucky cases
coalition, which in-
alongside new interns from the Clinic. The Clinic’s primary client is Riverkeeper, Inc.,
ance, Kentucky River-
the watchdog of New York’s Hudson River. It is
unusual to accept a case so far from New York but
Voices, Kentuckians for
the Kentucky cases were unique, said Harrison.
“My supervising attorneys at the Clinic, who are
and several individual
among the leading Clean Water Act attorneys in the
country, had never seen anything so outrageous,”
The case involves n Peter Harrison
been so oblivious,” said Harrison.
Law Office (Boone,
cludes Waterkeeper Alli-
that the companies had been merely cutting and
thousands of violations
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Harrison said. “It was such a shocking case and they knew it would provide students at the Clinic with a
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into a sprawling series of complex legal actions in front of six different courts. In November, they reached a settlement with Arch Coal and state regulators, which requires ongoing oversight of Arch’s wastewater monitoring and directs hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects that will improve water quality in eastern Kentucky. The settlement was the first of its kind in Kentucky, establishing a public right to participate in environmental enforcement cases where the state fails to do its job of protecting the public. Settlement talks with the other coal company, Frasure Creek Mining, failed after the company announced that it was headed for bankruptcy. Students valuable opportunity to gain practical experience.” The coalition initiated an enforcement action against the companies in 2010, which rapidly grew
from the Environmental Litigation Clinic continue to represent the environmental coalition in the ongoing enforcement action against Frasure Creek.
MATT AUTEN stepped aside from a career in the nonprofit and government sectors to attend Pace Law School. Working for the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island had exposed him to a lot of policy work and he observed firsthand the value of a law degree. “I reached a point where it was simply a good time to make the investment in my education and broaden my professional possibilities,” Matt said. He has found that having professional experience has been helpful and he said he has treated law school very much like “a serious job.” Matt has also made the most of the opportunities available to him at Pace Law, an approach that has served him well as prepares to step back into the professional world. As a 2L, Matt participated in Pace Law’s Federal Judicial Honors Program which provided him with a valuable perspective of the legal process at a prestigious level-New York’s Southern District. “I had the opportunity to watch great legal minds work their way through an issue,” Matt said. “I saw how seriously they take the integrity of the legal system and the level of excellence they demand of themselves and their staffs.”
Matt Auten ’13 For his next challenge, Matt further broadened his perspective by taking advantage of the corporate law externships that are available to Pace Law students. As a first semester 3L, he worked two days a week with Xylem, Inc., the global water technology company, where he contributed to due diligence for potential cross-border acquisitions. He found his externship created opportunities to build “solid relationships” in the legal world. In May, Matt will graduate at the top of his class and step into his first full-time position as an attorney, working for Debevoise & Plimpton where he had previously worked as a summer associate, an experience that Matt described as “enjoyable.” “My externships provided me with opportunities to compare my preparation to students from other schools,” he said. “Pace Law professors do an excellent job of preparing us for what is out there in the world.”
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JUST DAYS AFTER Professor Leslie Yalof Garfield’s class discussed the propriety of lawyers and judges using Facebook, the American Bar Association issued guidelines on this very topic. “The ABA said judges could
‘friend’ attorneys who appear before them so long as these judges use proper discretion,” says Professor Garfield, who teaches one of Pace Law School’s newest courses— Social Media Law. “Legal issues arise every week, often at the same
time we are discussing the matters in class.” Social Media Law explores the many legal issues that result from the rapidly expanding use of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. Public use of these forums and the situations that can arise from such use frequently push the boundaries of existing law. Pace Law students enrolled in the class, all 3Ls, grapple with potential legal road blocks, but they also explore ways that social media might be an asset to their legal careers. Class participation includes contributing to their class blog “Social Media and the Law” (http:// socialmediablawg.blogs.law.pace.
Jonina Sauer ’13
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MOST LAW STUDENTS can point to a favorite class. Jonina Sauer can point to one that changed the course of her career—not that she wasn’t already on a remarkable trajectory. The 4E will graduate in May, first in her class of evening students, and step directly into a position with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Though she said she has always known that she wanted to be an attorney, Jonina’s path took several turns to get her to this latest opportunity. Jonina’s original focus was family law. With an undergraduate degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in forensic psychology from the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, she had worked at The Children’s Village in Westchester County providing in-home family therapy, and advocating for families in legal and educational settings. When she and her husband both decided to go to law school, they chose Pace Law because of the availability of an evening program that included an impressive roster of professors. As she began her legal education, Jonina also started working as a legal
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assistant with Kramer Kozek LLP in White Plains. A month into her first semester, however, she became pregnant. “I took a year and a half off from Kramer Kozek,” she said. “But I continued with my classes and was ranked first in my program each year.” Pressing on with a commitment that has captured the attention of her professors, Jonina participated in Pace Law’s Federal Judicial Honors program where she worked for the Hon. Paul E. Davidson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. It was all of this drive, energy, and experience that she brought to her Pre-Trial Civil Litigation class one evening. Professors Greg McLaughlin and Terry McLaughlin had invited law partners to attend a class session and they encouraged the students to ask every question they ever wanted to ask of a practicing attorney. Jonina seized the opportunity and, as a result, caught the attention of a partner at Paul, Weiss. Afterwards, he gave her his card and encouraged her to contact his office. She did, of course, and eventually received an invitation to interview, and two days later, a job offer. Yes, a lot of people at Pace Law have helped both Jonina and her husband, Joe, but one of the interviewing Partners at Paul, Weiss told her the job offer was all her doing.
“Unless there are substantive changes in the law, people just have to assume their email is accessible to the government without their permission and without their notification.” —Prof. Ann Bartow in The Los Angeles Times on internet privacy
Pace Law Community Weathers Superstorm Sandy WHEN SUPERSTORM SANDY hit the New York area in late October, it was much more than a news story for the Pace Law School community. Faced with widespread power outages and unsafe travel conditions, the White Plains campus closed for two days. When the school reopened, many were still without power at home—and some were without a home. The response of the law school community was swift. Professors, mindful of students’ needs but also the ABA rules, resumed classes but arranged for lectures to be videotaped for those who could not get to campus. Drawing upon email and Facebook, they reached out to students and encouraged them to continue with the readings and assured them of their support and flexibility. Professor Nick Robinson, co-director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, led an excursion into the woods for all who wished to join him on a hike designed to draw upon the restorative properties of nature. Kiera Fitzpatrick (1L) and Patrick Van Hall (2L) initiated a donation drive to collect warm clothing, cleaning supplies, and cash. Staffing a table outside the cafeteria, students collected enough contributions to deliver six carloads of donations to the affected neighborhoods. A resident of south Brooklyn, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, Kiera spearheaded the effort. Seven Pace Law students put their developing legal skills to work and participated in a citywide pro-bono project sponsored by Legal Services NYC. After receiving training, they ventured out on foot into hard-hit neighborhoods, helping to reach out to 5,000 New Yorkers over three weeks in an effort to assess immediate legal needs and to provide resources and referrals. Pierre Rivera, 3L, drew upon his Spanish to talk with residents, some of whom had lost everything. He recalls seeing houses where the entire first floors had flooded. To prevent the spread of mold, crews had removed sections of walls and stripped insulation, leaving the residents to live in unheated shells and endure the freezing temperatures in the days that followed. Pierre recalls one person whom he described as “very poor” who was unable to work because of the extensive damage. “I never ask for handouts,” Pierre recalls the man saying as he struggled not to cry. “I pay my taxes and I have my green card. I am a good person but this is just awful.” Pierre says he was able to tell him about FEMA and other resources available to him. He told the man how to contact government agencies including finding someone who could speak Spanish. A Captain in the United States Marine Corps who served in Iraq and Afghanistan before enrolling at Pace Law, Pierre said the core values of the Marine Corps required him to help people in need and that was what he did in the days following the storm. “Overall this was a great experience,” says Pierre. “I was happy that Pace afforded us this opportunity to help people that were not only in need of government benefits but were also unable to communicate their needs because of something as frustrating as a language barrier.”
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edu) where they write about the legal concepts that lie beneath news stories and case decisions that involve social media. In the process of crafting contributions to the blog, Professor Garfield says they find their “blog voice.” “That could be a real asset in today’s job market,” she says. Maintaining a blog— both as a learning tool as well as a platform for sharing ideas— is not confined to the Social Media Law class. The Pace Criminal Justice Center also takes advantage of a blog to disseminate information and foster discussion of criminal law and procedure. Their blog can be read here: http://pcjc.blogs.law.pace.edu
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New Summer Environmental Law Program “The Law of Coal,” “Introduction to Climate
Law students will be able to earn as many as
Change Negotiations,” and “Historic & Cultural
nine credits while practicing professionals will have
Preservation” are just three of the 26 intensive
the opportunity to expand their areas of expertise
courses offered during Pace Law School’s new
or learn the law that undergirds their field while
Summer Environmental Law Program. Pace Law
earning New York State CLE credit.
faculty, as well as visiting professors and industry
“Students interested in energy law, for example,
experts, will teach the intensive one-week, one-
have been able to choose from nine innovative and
practical courses, including ‘Renewable Energy
Participants will be able to choose from among
Practice’ with Franz Litz, the executive director
four tracks: energy, environmental, land use and
of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, and
natural resources, and international law. Building
‘Smart Grid, Distributed Generation and Demand
upon the world-class reputation of Pace Law’s
Response’ with visiting professor Joel Eisen,” said
environmental program, the summer classes have
Lin Harmon, Assistant Dean and Director of the
been designed to meet the needs of a variety of
Environmental Law Program.
participants including law students, practicing
Four field courses will take students beyond the
attorneys, government officials, and non-profit
classroom and allow them to see the application of
the law. Those enrolled in the class on “Renewable
ICC Moot Team Heads to The Hague — Again
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FOR THE SECOND straight year, the Pace International Criminal Court moot court team will advance to the final rounds to be held at The Hague. Team members Brad Gorson (captain), Alexandra Ashmont, Kristen Carroll (oralist), and Andrea Hlopko, pictured here with coach Peter Widulski, achieved a history-making sweep, winning the entire ICC Regional Competition that was held at Pace Law School in March. While Professor Widulski provided the team with guidelines and support, Professors Sasha Greenawalt, Tom McDonnell, and Linda Wayner mooted the team and provided advice. Former team members Lucie Olejnikova, Allison Kline, and Joseph Sinchak also contributed their time to helping the students prepare for the competition. Lucie, along with Professor Marie Newman, also provided excellent research and citation assistance. Professor Matthew Brotmann, the founder of the ICC Moot Competition, and the student ICC Moot Court Board did a stellar job organizing this competition and marking its tenth anniversary.
classroom, they will immediately see in action,” said
other renewable energy developments. Those
Professor Harmon. “They will learn the law, but
studying brownfields redevelopment law will meet
then they will also go out into the field to see what
with municipal officials at the site of an existing
the challenges are to implementing the law.”
redevelopment project. Students enrolled in the
Classes will be held at either the White Plains
international track will avail themselves of Pace
campus or Pace University’s mid-town facilities.
Law’s many connections within the United Nations
Many of the courses will also be available in a real-
to see first-hand how international negotiations
time, online format, an innovation that will allow
students from all over the world to participate and
“With the field courses, what they learn in the
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Energy” will visit a utility-scale wind farm and
interact with the students on campus.
“In the end, the single most significant check on a prosecutor’s discretion is not the judicial courts, nor the court of public opinion. The only realistic check lies in the integrity and professionalism of prosecutors.” —Prof. Bennett Gershman in The Huffington Post on the Aaron Swartz case
AS NORAH ALTAWEEL ALOTAIBI STUDIES for her LLM degree, the Saudi citizen says she draws upon her understanding of history as she looks towards the future. Pursuing the international law track in Comparative Legal Studies, Norah is keenly aware that her academic pursuits provide her with an opportunity to present an example of a successful, well-educated Saudi woman. “I have a goal to ensure justice for humanity, especially women,” she says, adding, “I want to prove to the world that Saudi women are capable of handling international tasks.” Norah, who had been one of few women among the kingdom’s practicing attorneys before entering Pace Law School, is currently serving an internship as a legal adviser for the Mission of Grenada to the United Nations. When she accompanied Ambassador Dessima Williams to a recent conference on “Empowerment of Women’s Voices,” Norah noted there were no women delegates participating in climate change negotiations. After the conference, Norah spoke with one of the panelists who represented an environment and development organization that nominates women and trains them to be delegates. The two discussed ways to increase women’s participation in climate change negotiations. When the panelist realized Norah was from Saudi Arabia, she noted that she knew of no women delegates in climate change negotiations at the UN Conference of the Parties in Doha in 2012 and asked Norah to volunteer, to which she replied, “I will be happy to represent my country!” “I want to correct the world image of Saudi women,” Norah says. “I want to prove to the world that we can be delegates, that we can participate in climate change negotiations, and help draft successful treaties.” Norah points to her mother as her inspiration. Though unable to continue her own education, Norah’s mother instilled in her daughter the goal to achieve. Her father also believes in education, Norah says, and never limited her ambitions or her freedom. “Another person who has inspired me was the Prophet Mohammed’s wife, Hind bint Abi Umayya (Umm Salama). I studied Islamic Sharia law closely and saw how she was a wise woman and an adviser to her husband.” It is this blending of the ancient and the contemporary as well as the cross-cultural exchange that Nora enjoys bringing to her studies at Pace Law School. She has been talking with Professor Barbara Atwell, Pace Law’s director of diversity, about ways to capitalize on the strong international presence among the student body. Norah sees an opportunity to expand educational opportunities to include events that would allow more mixing and sharing of cultures and religions. “Education is a woman’s peaceful weapon,” Norah says.
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Norah Altaweel Alotaibi ’13
THIS SUMMER, the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law will be harnessing the potential of the Internet when it offers a new interactive program on International Commercial Law and International Alternative Dispute Resolution. The certificate-granting course will go beyond the usual series of videotaped lectures typically offered by online programs. Instead, the Institute will provide a platform that will allow law students, practitioners and academics from across the globe the opportunity to discuss the issues pertaining to international commercial law and ADR unhindered by travel constraints. All that will be needed is an Internet connection. “A student from Uganda will have the opportunity to talk with a professor from Florida at their desk, for example,” said Vikki Rogers, director of
the Institute of International Commercial Law. “That’s not happening anywhere else.” The program consists of three modules beginning with an eight-week course on International Commercial Law. This will be followed by a 13week course on International Dispute Resolution that will focus on crossborder negotiation and mediation as well as international commercial arbitration. The third module will be Mediation and International Commercial Arbitration Advocacy Training that will provide best-practice lectures and a simulation exercise. Assigned readings for each module will enrich the online interactions. As a recognized leader in the field of international commercial law, the Institute will be tapping into its global network to produce what Rogers said would be a first-rate program that will be unlike any
Braden Smith ’13
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BRADEN SMITH IS CONVINCED that climate change is the greatest challenge facing the 21st century, a conclusion he reached while working on his PhD in political science. He also believes he can contribute more towards finding a solution as a lawyer than as an academic. “I taught foreign policy courses at Syracuse and you just can’t teach foreign policy without discussing climate change,” he said, referring to his time in graduate school. “Its impact is going to make countries less secure. But I think it is at the policy level that we can really bring about change.” Braden set aside his doctoral studies and applied to law school, entering Pace Law as a member of the January accelerated class. He loved being a 1L, he says, though he admits some may find that assessment “odd.” He also enjoyed being a part of the January program where he met other students who were making similar transitions to new careers. Building upon his interest in international affairs,
Braden participated in Pace Law’s United Nations Environmental Diplomacy Externship program. He worked for the Marshall Islands Mission to the United Nations where he represented the country in negotiations at the UN General Assembly, including ones pertaining to climate change. “That was very intimidating but ultimately very rewarding,” he says, adding, “It was an honor to represent the Marshall Islands and an amazing learning experience.” His next “amazing experience” as a Pace Law student was with the Federal Judicial Honors program where he worked as an extern for the Hon. Patty Schwartz of the United States District Court of New Jersey. Braden collaborated with the court’s clerk to assist with producing judicial opinions and also benefited from his first real exposure to practicing law. His clinic work as a 3L has capped off his law school career, and provided him with another opportunity to experience the professional world of an attorney. “The most challenging but most rewarding experience has been working in the Environmental Litigation Clinic,” he says. “They throw you into the ‘deep end’ but you come out feeling a lot more confident. You really learn what you can do as a litigator.”
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other. Rather than simply disseminating information, the platform will allow for exploration and dialogue among the participants. This will allow law students an opportunity to acquire training that might not be available from their home schools and for academics and professionals to gain new substantive knowledge in those topics that relate to their practice areas. The simulations, including negotiation and mediation, will strengthen participants’ legal skills. The small class size, capped at 25 students, will allow for quality feedback and a personal connection among the participants designed to support their efforts to build their international networks. And for those who have participated in the Vis Moot, the summer program will provide an opportunity to remain engaged in the international legal community in a substantive manner. “Previously, international law was shaped by those with the resources to attend the conferences and training seminars,” said Rogers. “This program will enable all voices to be heard.”
n (l-r) Jared Hand, coach; Dan Masi; Greg Dreyfus
Pace Moot Team the Winners in Sports Law Competition PACE LAW SCHOOL took top honors at the 6th Annual Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition held in New Orleans in January. The team— Greg Dreyfuss (class of 2013), Dan Masi (class of 2013), and Jared Hand (coach and class of 2012)— beat out 40 other teams including University of Virginia, University of Vermont, Stanford, Villanova, John Marshall, and Tulane. The teams competed for two days in simulated salary arbitrations that were modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball. The competition, sponsored by Tulane Sports Law Society, offers students an opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. “The judges were extremely impressed with our team’s professionalism, knowledge of the law, and arbitration skills,” said Professor Lou Fasulo, Director of Advocacy Programs at Pace Law School.
“This lawmaking at the state and local level is symbolic at best, because the FAA regulates airspace, and no matter what these localities choose to do the federal law supersedes local laws.” —Prof. Thomas McDonnell in The Christian Science Monitor on regulating unmanned drones S P R I N G 2 0 13
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Pace Law School Hosts Justice Sotomayor In November, Pace Law School was honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. During her day-long visit, Justice Sotomayor engaged members of the Pace Law community in discussions about the law and shared her experiences as a lawyer, a judge, and a Supreme Court Justice.
With Professor Emily Gold Waldman
Justice Sotomayor with Pace University President Stephen Friedman
Time with students was Justice Sotomayor’s priority
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Dean Simon and Justice Sotomayor
Justice Sotomayor makes a point during a luncheon with faculty
Former Judicial Honors Program externs, now Pace Law alumni (l-r) Nicholas Menasché, Karen Anderson and Patrick Petrocelli joined Justice Sotomayor and Dean Simon for a question and answer session with students Talking with members of the Latin American Law Students Association
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PRACTICE How Students Get a Leg Up BY STEVEN BARBOZ A
THE LAST TIME TATE J. KUNKLE (JD ’06, LLM ’09) was in Erie County Court in Buffalo, NY, he defended a DUI speed boater who had run over a kayaker. There were exhibits. Cross-examinations. Nervous witnesses. And there was the rush of excitement, a feeling he was shifting justice into gear. n But the boating accident case had been legal sport. Kunkle then was a Pace Law School student arguing in a mock trial. n His next case was real. “Courtroom work is serious, when you have people who sink all their savings into a retirement house, only to have their water get contaminated causing them to get sick, and they have no one to turn to,” says Kunkle, who is now an associate attorney with the firm Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, L.L.P. “It’s up to me and the people working for me to get them some relief money so they can put their lives back on track and enjoy retirement instead of hauling bottled water up and down the stairs.” n His Pace Law experience had prepared Kunkle for what to expect. Now, the courthouse seemed as comfortable as a well-tailored suit, boosting his confidence, an essential element in effective advocacy. n Kunkle’s sense of déjà vu reflects a triumph borne out of Pace Law’s focus on teaching the substantive law, developing new skills, and then helping students sharpen them in simulations, mock trials, moot competitions and clinics. The result: an immersion that creates a corps of law graduates who are not just practice-ready but experienced by the time they earn their degree. n As a law student, Kunkle had represented Pace in Advanced Trial Advocacy competitions and interned in the Pace Energy and Climate Center. As a practicing attorney, he works on the cuttingedge of environmental law including plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation for oil spills and
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even if they don’t teach in the skills program, completely support it and understand its importance. There’s a unique devotion to experiential teaching that transcends the entire faculty. That’s pretty unique.”
Preparing for practice from Day One
“Pace values skills training so much, we have a requirement to take upper level skills classes, whereas most schools do not.” —Professor Jill Gros
hydraulic fracturing (fracking) contamination. Skills he developed at Pace contributed to winning a $712.5 million settlement for 10,000 rescue and recovery workers suffering from injuries sustained while sifting through the toxic mountain of debris after 9/11, one of the largest related to the World Trade Center disaster. “It’s gratifying to be able to use my legal skills to help people,” Kunkle says. “Pace fully prepared me for the real world.” Pace Law School is committed to transforming students into effective practitioners who possess the legal knowledge, skills and experience necessary to make an immediate impact in their chosen field of law. This commitment, coupled with a passion for helping people and for making the world a better place, gives graduates an edge in a legal job market considered the toughest in decades. “In this job climate, the old paradigm no longer exists where there are lots of jobs and top law firms would take a few years to train you,” says Professor Lin Harmon, Assistant Dean and Director of Environmental Law Programs. “We’re in a new paradigm where students need to be preparing for their career search throughout law school and getting all the experience they can while in law school that will appeal to a prospective employer.” Transforming law students into lawyers has always been central to Pace Law School’s mission and to the school’s experiential approach. “Practice-readiness has been our focus for 25 years, and we have continued to evolve it and stay ahead of the curve,” says Professor Jill I. Gross, Director of Legal Skills. “We have a clinical pedagogy that we strive to implement in every one of our skills classes. Most of our faculty,
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Pace Law School’s first-year program emphasizes fundamental lawyering skills including client interviewing and counseling as well as traditional research, writing and analysis, giving students a sense of what they’ll be doing as lawyers. Later, the curriculum engages upper level students, building on these experiences through simulation courses, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. They can also polish their new skills by participating in a rich array of clinics, interning at centers, or clerking in an externship. “Pace values skills training so much, we have a requirement to take upper level skills classes, whereas most schools do not,” says Gross
Powerful simulation courses “The simulations courses are a great way to test out one’s lawyering skills in a safe environment,” says Professor Lou Fasulo (JD ’83), Director of Advocacy Programs and a partner in the law firm of Fasulo, Braverman and DiMaggio. “In Trial Advocacy, students learn the pros and cons, and dos and don’ts of trials and of arguing cases. They draft a plan, execute an opening statement that is videotaped in a stateof-the-art simulated courtroom, and then the class will critique a student’s performance.” Litigators need excellent trial skills, but not all cases end at the trial court level which is why Fasulo also provides training for future appellate lawyers. To earn a place in the Advanced Appellate Advocacy class, students must excel in the first-year moot court competition. Students also gain experience through trial teams and moot court competition programs. This past school year, Pace took top honors at the Tulane University Law School National Baseball Arbitration Competition, beating teams from 40 prestigious law schools. A member of the Pace National Moot Court team took second place for best brief, and for the second year in a row, the Pace International Criminal Court team competed in the finals at The Hague. Pace Law placed first in the St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon Competition, won best team in the Gray’s Inn
Real-world skill building Along with the experience of competition lies real-world legal experience secured via the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic as well as Pace’s John Jay Legal Services which includes the Barbara C. Salken Criminal Justice Clinic, the Equal Justice America Disability Rights Clinic, the Immigration Justice Clinic, and the Investor Rights Clinic. The clinics operate under
a student practice order permitting students to practice on behalf of clients. The school’s clinical programs are exceptionally strong, offering unparalleled hands-on experience that puts students on the path to becoming excellent lawyers. On any given day, students are representing actual clients in immigration hearings, appealing the denial of social security benefits, representing victims of domestic violence, drafting special guardianship documents for the disabled or counseling investors who have lost their nest egg. Pace Law’s teacher-mentors ensure that students are learning what they need to do in order to represent clients properly. “While there are a number of classes that I enjoyed, I’d have to say the most valuable aspect of my legal education was the time spent in the actual field,” says Erik Harris, (JD ’13). “Competitors like me crave the real thing.” Harris defended public employees on behalf of the City of Mount Vernon. Eventually he wants to work in the sports industry, a world that is familiar to him. “And when I do, I know
Moot Court Competition, and advanced to the top 16 (out of 285 teams) in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. Moot court and simulation experiences can help mold a future lawyer. “You don’t do it from your bedroom. You don’t do it from a library with a computer. You have to stand in a moot courtroom or in a large classroom and you have to address a group of people and deal with whatever the situation is both intellectually and verbally,” says James Healy (JD ’12), who was awarded “Best Oralist” in the National Moot Court Team regional finals 2010-11.
n Professor Vanessa Merton (center) reviews cases handled by John Jay Legal Services where students represent real-world clients
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“What makes our clinics special is we’re very serious about the students taking full responsibility for the cases.” —Margaret Flint, Executive Director of John Jay Legal Services
that my legal education will be an invaluable part of what will make me a dynamic professional,” he says. Pace Law’s clinical focus enables students to gain both in-depth exposure to cases and assume the burden of responsibility. “Clinical education has been around for 40 years, but the value of it is more appreciated now,” says Margaret M. Flint, Executive Director of John Jay Legal Services, adding, “What makes our clinics special is we’re very serious about the students taking full responsibility for the cases.” Harmon echoes the thought. “Our Environmental Litigation Clinic puts students in the driver’s seat in their cases instead of just doing legal research for the managing and directing attorney,” she says. “These students are responsible for cases from their inception; they’re thinking thoroughly about case theory; they’re doing the research. They’re acting as practicing attorneys out in the real world. And it is the real world.” About 10 students per semester go through the Environmental Litigation Clinic. It’s extremely rigorous, and they sometimes argue their cases before judges with the support of Professors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Karl Coplan, clinic co-directors, and Adjunct Professor Daniel Estrin.
At the leading edge of policy and research Students gain valuable practical experience as interns in the Pace Energy and Climate Center, where they learn to transform ideas into action. The Center brings together lawyers, economists, scientists and energy analysts to conduct research and analysis on legal, regulatory and policy matters in five areas: climate, community energy, energy efficiency, fuels and transportation, and renewable energy. Many students volunteer for research work, gaining academic credit. “Students aren’t just learning how to write white papers,” says Franz Litz, executive director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center. “They’re actually helping policy-makers effect change.” The same is true for the Land Use Law Center where ten to twelve law students work each semester. Five of the six staff attorneys at the Center are professors as well as practitioners. “Our Center thrives because it integrates classroom learning, legal practice, and the work of other professionals, particularly environmentalists and real estate developers and their attorneys,” says Professor John Nolon, counsel to the Center. “We move with events in society, just like lawyers in practice, adjusting to new legal challenges and preparing students to embrace change and thrive in a fast-moving world. “
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Making a difference globally Pace has the premier international and comparative environmental law program in the country. The school offers opportunities for students to carve out their own niche while making an impact on society. As a Pace Law student, Elaine Hsiao (JD ’09, LLM ’10) spent a summer in Costa Rica outlining the legal framework for a peace park in a post-conflict region, the mountain forest between Honduras and Nicaragua. She then drafted a resolution for the peace park that was eventually adopted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 4th World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which she attended as a student delegate of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies. A coup in Honduras sidelined the park, but she proposed alternative approaches to peace parks as the basis of her LLM thesis at Pace. Hsiao won a Fulbright Grant to study transboundary collaboration and community conservation in Uganda’s Central Albertine Rift. Pace grad Romulo Silveira da Rocha Sampaio (LLM ‘06, SJD ‘09), Director for International Services for the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) is an expert in issues relating to climate change, carbon sequestration and biofuels. He has published in both Brazil and the United States on issues of international environmental law and coauthored an article with Professor David Cassuto that appeared in the winter, 2013 issue of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy called Hard, Soft & Uncertain: The Guarani Aquifer and the Challenges of Transboundary Groundwater. “My time at Pace was fundamental for me to develop not only my lawyering skills, but my academic credential and the expertise necessary for me to run an environmental policy center in one of Brazil’s top think tanks,” says Sampaio.
Positioning students to land jobs With a legal job market that remains tight, students and recent alumni are taking three extra steps to give themselves a competitive advantage: network, network, and network. “The most valuable thing in terms of career advancement for me was really the relationships I made with professors,” says Healy “My last semester in law school, I got a part-time job with the assistance of Professor [Emily Gold] Waldman. I got my current job [at Sullivan & Brill] with the help of Professor Fasulo.” The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources spon-
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sors networking events in which Pace Law students and practicing attorneys “speed-date” for threeminute intervals to gauge compatibility and interest and foster job interviews. The National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by Pace for the last 25 years, the Grand Moot, and the first year competitions are among the many events at which students meet competition judges, many of whom are also alumni, and can be considered for job openings. Pace Law’s Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) plays a large part in attracting more potential employers to campus, to give students and alumni the opportunity to network with employers and alumni, and to increase internship and employment opportunities for students. The Center saw upward improven Professor Jason Parkin supervises students active in Pace Law School clinics ment in the number of graduates employed nine months after graduation for the Class of 2012. Both the CCPD and the Public Interest Every March for the past five years, Law Center encourage participation in the CCPD has brought dozens of law firms, journals, moot court competitions, student and nonprofits, companies and government agenbar organizations, and other extracurricular cies to Pace for its Annual Winter Career Fair. activities. The CCPD also uses the job-posting Hundreds of students attend with resumes in website Symplicity to connect with alumni. hand to speak with prospective employers. The Current Pace Law students are registered users Center also sponsors practice-specific panel along with 2,700 alumni. discussions and programs on campus, inviting “We are unique in our individualized outdistinguished practitioners, including alumni. reach to students and employers,” says Elyse The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) Moskowitz, a CCPD counselor and Adjunct helps launch the careers of students and alumni Professor. “Each spring, we reach out to each passionate about this avenue of law. PILC prostudent whether or not they have visited our vides one-on-one counseling for students. They office, to check in, see if they have a summer offer informative programs, sponsor the Public position, and offer career development assisInterest Jobs Fair and line up pro bono projtance. We engage students in their first year ects and internships. The Public Interest Law and continue to do so until they are placed.” Student Organization (PILSO) runs an online At the end of the day, the end of a fundraising auction each March to help defray semester or the end of three years of law living expenses for students working in unpaid school, it will always be about the law. summer internships. A highlight of the fall seValedictorian Matthew Auten (JD ’13) put mester is the lunch at which students report on it well in his address when he said, “Despite their summer public interest experiences. all the changes [in the legal profession], two “The synergy of all that we do ultimately things I think we all can agree on is that our provides experience and opportunities to our legal system is truly the foundation upon which students,” says Nicole Moncayo, Director of our society is built and that there remain Employer and External Relations, Strategic Prohuge legal issues and challenges that will be fessional Development Initiatives. “In addition, addressed, for better or worse, by lawyers sports panels, intellectual property panels, and from our generation.” He ended by reminding visits by judges are not just intended to advance his classmates that “…by joining the legal scholarship or academics, but to expose stuprofession, we are taking on the obligation to dents to professionals and vice versa.” provide that help.” n
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Pace Community Law Practice: Using the Law to Do Good ing, “Pace Law School is on the cutting edge of legal education and public interest lawyering.” In its first half-year of operation, the Pace Community Law Practice has helped more than 250 clients on a variety of matters including immigration, employment, and family law cases. Working under the supervision of Karin Anderson Ponzer, Fellows handle all aspects of the cases including community outreach. The clients are charged on a sliding scale basis and the Fellows receive salaries and benefits from Pace Law School, said Jennifer Friedman, executive director. Funding for the PCLP comes from n (l-r) Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Pace University President Stephen Friedman, client fees, Pace, as well as grants from Pace Law School Dean Michelle Simon private donors and foundations. “We were honored to receive seed money from the Richard Ottinger Hall dedication campaign,” said Friedman. “Dean Ottinger THE HONORABLE Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge has been very supportive of our efforts. In so many of the State of New York, hailed the Pace Community ways, the Pace Community Law Project fulfills the goal Law Practice (PCLP) at a celebration held on April 4, he shared at the dedication of Ottinger Hall—‘to use 2013. Judge Lippman joined Pace Law School Dean the law to do good.’” Michelle Simon, Pace University President Stephen Friedman, students, professors, judges and elected officials to mark the first seven months of successful operation of the groundbreaking “legal residency” program. The PCLP provides affordable, high-quality legal services to residents of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley while also providing the opportunity for recent Pace Law School graduates to sharpen their practical skills under the supervision of an experienced attorney. The graduates serve one-year Fellowships. Designed to be similar to a medical residency program, they also receive training that will equip them to open solo and small practices. “With millions of New York State residents unable to afford market rates for legal services, the Pace Community Law Practice is exactly the kind of innovative new program that law schools should be creating to n (l-r) PCLP Legal Fellows Craig Relles, Sara Morton, help close the ‘justice gap’,” said Judge Lippman, addShari Hochberg, Sarah Hollender
“Pace Law School is on the cutting edge of legal education and public interest lawyering.” —The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York
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ON APRIL 30, law school officials, local dignitaries, family,
“Dick inspired students to think about the contributions
friends, and students gathered to celebrate Richard Ottinger at
they could make as citizens of their country and citizens of
the dedication of Richard Ottinger Hall.
the world,” said President Friedman, who added that the
Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon, Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman, and Professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. were among those who praised Ottinger for his vi-
dedication of the building represents “a special bond between Dick Ottinger and 30 years of Pace Law students.” Professor Kennedy hailed Ottinger for his long record of
sion and dedication to Pace Law School
environmentalism, especially during
at a ceremony held under blue skies on
his years in Congress. He called him
the lawn of the school. Construction of
the “primary author of the Clean Air
the 27,000-square-foot building, formerly
Act” as well as the one who impressed
known as “the classroom building,”
upon his father, Robert F. Kennedy, the
began during Ottinger’s tenure as Dean
importance of protecting the Hudson
of Pace Law School.
Dean Simon summarized Ottinger’s
Contributions towards the
career. A founding member of the Peace Corps, a founding board member of
dedication have helped fund the law n Jennifer Friedman, director of the PCLP, with Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger
the Friends of the Earth, and a former
school’s new legal residency program, the Pace Community Law Project,
member of the board of directors of the Environmental Defense
which provides high-quality, affordable legal services to local
Fund, Richard Ottinger served in the United States Congress for
residents while it helps train recent law school graduates for
16 years before coming to Pace Law School where he founded
careers in public interest law.
the Pace Energy Project, now known as The Pace Energy and
“The rule of law is the shining light that distinguishes
Climate Center. Professor Ottinger served as Dean from 1994
civilized society,” said Ottinger in his closing remarks. “Pace is
until 1999, and now serves as Dean Emeritus.
devoted to realizing its wondrous powers to do good.”
Richard Ottinger Day
Guides Students Through Real-World Experiences AFTER STUDYING American social history in college and then working on urban school reform for the Philadelphia public school system, Professor Jason Parkin discovered it was one thing to write about problems and another to get involved and advocate for change. He set aside his goal to be a history professor and headed to Columbia Law School to become a public interest lawyer. Following two federal clerkships, he worked as a senior staff attorney in the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Special Litigation Unit, where he primarily litigated class actions that challenged systemic violations of low-income New Yorkers’ rights to various government benefits and services. In 2010, Parkin left his public interest job to serve as a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching
Fellow at Yale Law School. His experience as a clinical fellow confirmed what Parkin had suspected—teaching in a law school clinic is the perfect fit for him. The clinical environment offers law students the opportunity to represent real clients in real cases, he says, and to learn the skills and habits that the students will use throughout their legal careers. In August 2012, he brought this expertise to Pace Law School, where he co-teaches the Immigration Justice Clinic with Professor Vanessa Merton. “The clinic is where students, for the very first time, learn what it means to serve a client and be responsible for a case,” says Parkin. “My job is to give our students the guidance and support they need to grow as lawyers and provide high-quality representation for our clients. It is really up to the student. I provide a safety net.” In addition to teaching fundamental lawyering skills, Parkin also stresses how law can be used to promote social justice. He helps the soon-to-be lawyers learn how to work with people of different backgrounds and to rethink racial, ethnic, and geographic boundaries. He empowers his students to provide essential legal services to individuals who desperately need legal assistance. Parkin’s research and scholarship focus on poverty law, immigration law, and law and social change. His recent article, “Adaptable Due Process,” won the American Constitution Society’s 2012 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law and was published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Next year, Parkin is slated to open a new clinic on the Pace Law School campus that will provide much-needed civil legal services to low-income communities in Westchester County. Parkin appreciates that many Pace law students arrive with a range of life experiences including success in previous careers. “Each student brings a unique perspective to the work,” offers Parkin. “As their teacher, I try to connect what they have done in their lives to the work they will do in the clinic and beyond.”
“It is really up to the student. I provide a safety net.”
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Emily Gold Waldman Seeks To Inspire Her Students AS CO-DIRECTOR of Pace Law School’s Federal Judicial Honors Program, Professor Emily Gold Waldman is able to draw from her own experiences. Professor Waldman clerked for the Honorable William G. Young, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, after graduating from Harvard Law School in 2002. She practiced litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for two years and then clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. “A clerkship with a judge offers an inside look at how cases are decided,” she said. Professor Waldman joined the faculty of Pace Law School in 2006. In addition to her work with the Judicial Honors Program, which she co-directs with Joy Beane of the New York State Judicial Institute, Waldman teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Education Law. “I am excited by my work,” said Waldman, who shared her goal to inspire her students with a similar zest for the inner workings of the law. “When you help a judge write a decision, you have multiple goals. Not only are you trying to resolve the immediate issue at hand, but you are trying to explain the result to a larger audience.” Only the top 15 percent of students are invited to apply to this competitive honors program and Waldman says she looks for ones who are genuinely interested in clerkships after graduation. “Students who intern in the federal courthouses are not there as visitors,” she said. “They are there to help research and draft opinions and to learn first-hand how the justice system works.” The program, which is open to 2Ls, begins in the fall when students are paired up with professors in a simulation of the law clerk/judge relationship. In the spring, interns are assigned to judges in the Southern District of New York which includes Westchester (White Plains,) and Manhattan, as well as the Eastern District and the Districts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Waldman recently developed an optional thirdyear component of the program. Under her supervision and that of her Pace Law colleague Elyse Moskowitz, Assistant Director of Career Services, 3Ls monitor the Second Circuit’s decisions on a daily basis, summarizing the most noteworthy ones for an American Bar Association website called Media Alerts on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. These informative alerts are posted on the website and are accessible to reporters, lawyers, educators, and the general public. Directing these programs and mentoring Pace Law students has allowed Waldman to remain uniquely involved in a facet of the law that she loves. She knows that the opportunity for young lawyers to serve as clerks provides them with an understanding of what will be involved in the paths they may choose. “Federal courts try both criminal and civil cases, so clerks get to see all kinds of cases from start to finish — from the complaint, through discovery, all the way up to trial,” Waldman said. “We offer very substantive preparation for our students, and give them a solid foundation to succeed.”
“A clerkship with a judge offers an inside look at how cases are decided.”
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Pace Law Faculty Publications (2012–2013) BOOKS Bennett L. Gershman Prosecutorial Misconduct (2d ed. 2012). Michael B. Mushlin New York Evidence with Objections (4th ed. 2013).
Karl S. Coplan, Climate Change, Political Truth, and the Marketplace of Ideas, 545 Utah Law Review (2012). Crawford, Bridget J. Bridget J. Crawford, Our Bodies, Our (Tax) Selves, 31 Virginia Tax Review 695 (2012).
John R. Nolon
Bridget J. Crawford, Response: Authentic Reproductive Regulation,
Land Use and Sustainable Development: Cases and Materials (8th ed. 2012) (with Patricia E. Salkin).
Fentiman, Linda C.
96 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes 31 (2012).
Linda C. Fentiman, A New Form of WMD? Driving with Mobile Devices and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, 81 UMKC Law
Review 133 (2012).
Good Governance: Tribal, State and Federal Environmental Cooperation, in Legal Strategies for Greening Local Governments (Keith H. Hirokawa & Patricia Salkin eds., 2012).
Garfield, Leslie Yalof
The Polar Regions and Environmental Law, in Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (Shawkat Alam et al., eds., 2012).
Jill I. Gross Arbitration Case Law Update 2012, in Securities Arbitration 2012 (2012).
LAW REVIEW ARTICLES Atwell, Barbara L. Barbara L. Atwell, Nature and Nurture: Revisiting the Infant Adoption Process, 18 William and Mary Journal of Women & the Law 201 (2012). Bartow, Ann Ann Bartow, Copyright Law and Pornography, 91 Oregon Law Review
Leslie Yalof Garfield, The Inevitable Irrelevance of Affirmative Action, Journal of College and University Law (2012).
Gershman, Bennett L. Bennett L. Gershman, Educating Prosecutors and Supreme Court Justices About Brady v. Maryland, 13 Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law 517 (2012).
Goldberg, Steven H. Steven H. Goldberg, Government May Not Speak Out-of-Turn, 57 South Dakota Law Review 401 (2012).
Green, Shelby D. Shelby D. Green, Imagining a Right to Housing, Lying in the Interstices, 19 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 393 (2012).
Shelby D. Green, No Entry to the Public Lands: Towards a Theory of Public Trust Servitude for a Way Over Abutting Private Land, Wyoming Law Review (forthcoming 2013).
Ann Bartow, Review of Property Outlaws, 2 IP Law Book Review 103
Lissa Griffin, International Perspectives on Correcting Wrongful Convictions: The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, 21
William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2012).
Gross, Jill I.
Noa Ben-Asher, Obligatory Health, 15 Yale Human Rights and
Arbitration and Mediation (2012).
Development Law Journal 1 (2012).
Jill I. Gross, Small Claims Arbitration Post-AT&T Mobility, 41
Noa Ben-Asher, The Lawmaking Family, 90 Washington University
Southwestern Law Review (2012).
Law Review (2012).
Burleson, Elizabeth Elizabeth Burleson, Arctic Justice: Addressing Persistent Organic Pollutants, 30 Law and Inequality 57 (2012) (with Stephanie Dodson Dougherty).
Cassuto, David N. David N. Cassuto, Hot, Crowded, and Legal: A Look at Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Brazil, 18 Animal Law 185 (2012)
Jill I. Gross, FAA Preemption Post-AT&T Mobility, Yearbook on
Jensen, Ronald H. Ronald H. Jensen, Tax-Free Damages: The Elusive Meaning of “Physical Injury”, Pittsburgh Tax Review (2012). Lund, Andrew C.W. Andrew C.W. Lund, Compensation as Signaling, 64 Florida Law Review 591 (2012).
Andrew C.W. Lund, Regulation of Executive Compensation: Tax’s Triviality as a Pay-Reforming Device, 57
(with Sarah Saville).
Villanova Law Review 571 (2012).
David N. Cassuto, The Evolution of the Brazilian Regulation of Ethanol and Possible Lessons for the United States,
McDonnell, Thomas Michael
Wisconsin International Law Journal (2012) (with Carolina Gueiros).
David N. Cassuto, United States v. Stevens: Win, Loss, or Draw for Animals?, 2 Journal of Animal Ethics 12 (2012).
Coplan, Karl S.
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Thomas Michael McDonnell, Sow What You Reap? Using Predator and Reaper Drones to Carry Out Targeted Killings of Islamic Terrorists, 44 George Washington International Law Review 243 (2012).
In Memoriam Mushlin, Michael B. Michael B. Mushlin, Unlocking the Courthouse Door: Removing the Barrier of the PLRA’s Physical Injury Requirement to Permit Meaningful Judicial Oversight of Abuses in SuperMax Prisons and Isolation Units, 24 Federal Sentencing Reporter 268 (2012). Nolon, John R. John R. Nolon, Changes Spark Interest in Sustainable Urban Places: But How Do We Identify and Support Them?, Fordham Urban Law Journal (forthcoming 2013).
John R. Nolon, Hydrofracking: Disturbances Both Geological and Political: Who Decides?, 44 Urban Lawyer 507 (2012) (with Victoria Polidoro).
John R. Nolon, Land Use for Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development: A New Path Toward Climate Change Mitigation, 27 Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 295 (2012).
John R. Nolon, Managing Climate Change through Biological Sequestration: Open Space Law Redux, 31 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 195 (2012).
John R. Nolon, Shifting Paradigms Transform Environmental and Land Use Law: The Emergence of the Law of Sustainable Development, Fordham Environmental Law Review (forthcoming 2013).
Parkin, Jason Jason Parkin, Adaptable Due Process, 160 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1309 (2012).
Powers, Ann Ann Powers, Reflections on Oceans and SIDS, 42 Environmental Policy and Law 239 (2012).
Ann Powers, Sea-Level Rise and Its Impact on Vulnerable States: Four Examples, 73 Louisiana Law Review 151 (2012). Robinson, Nicholas A. Nicholas A. Robinson, Reflecting on Measured Deliberations, 42 Environmental Policy and Law 219 (2012).
Rogers, Audrey Audrey Rogers, From Peer to Peer Networks to Cloud Computing: How Technology is Redefining Child Pornography Laws, Marquette Law Review (2012). Rosenblum, Darren Darren Rosenblum, Unsex Mothering: Toward a New Culture of Parenting, 35 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 57 (2012). Shulman, Mark R. Mark R. Shulman, Making Progress: How Eric Bergsten and the Vis Moot Advance the Enterprise of Universal Peace, 24 Pace International Law Review 1 (2012).
Mark R. Shulman, Support and Defend: Civil-Military Relations in the Age of Obama, 35 Fordham International Law Journal 409 (2012).
Simon, Michelle S. Michelle S. Simon, Reliable Science: Overcoming Public Doubts in the Climate Change Debate, 37 William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 219 (2012) (with Bill Pentland).
Sobie, Merril Merril Sobie, The Delinquent “Toddler”, 26 Criminal Justice 36 (Wint. 2012).
Professor Ralph M. Stein, a founding member of the Pace Law School faculty, died on October 16, 2012, after a long illness. A constitutional law teacher, Professor Stein taught courses on the First Amendment as well as remedies and legal history. His seminars included Slavery, the Constitution, and the Civil War and National Security Law and the Challenge of Terrorism. Devoted to the protection of civil liberties, Professor Stein served on the legal committee of the Anti-Defamation League, and sat on the board of directors of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “He loved the students more than anything. He would do anything for his students,” recalled Professor Bennett Gershman. “Ralph was a huge presence at the law school.” Professor Gary A. Munneke, an active member of the local and national legal community, died unexpectedly on November 22, 2012. Professor Munneke was best known for his work in the field of law practice management. A lifetime devotee to preparing and developing future generations of lawyers, Professor Munneke taught Professional Responsibility and seminars on Law Practice Management and the Legal Profession. Professor Munneke was a leader in the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, having most recently chaired a sub-committee of the latter’s Task Force on the Legal Profession and co-authored its corresponding seminal report. “Gary was kind, polite and unfailingly forwardlooking. He was the first to learn about new technologies and teaching techniques,” notes Professor Bridget Crawford. “He encouraged all of us to think about legal education in the future tense.” Dr. Josephine Y. King, professor of law emerita, died on October 24, 2012. A founding member of Pace Law School and its first Associate Dean, Dr. King was an expert in insurance law and health care law. One of the first legal educators to hold both a law degree and a PhD, Dr. King remains the only Pace Law faculty member to have served as chief of appeals for a U.S. Attorney. Professor Jay Carlisle recalls Robert B. Fleming, founding dean of Pace Law School, saying it was through the efforts of Dr. King that Pace Law School achieved accreditation with the ABA. “Dr. King was a pioneer woman legal educator,” shared Professor Carlisle. “She was a brilliant teacher, a superb scholar, a strong advocate for Pace Law School, and a mentor to many members of the law faculty, including me.”
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Alumni News and Events
Environmental Law Externship On July 10, 2012, Pace Law School celebrated the 16th anniversary of the Washington, DC Environmental Law Externship. The DC firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP hosted an anniversary celebration for the externship program, cosponsored by Pace Law School’s Development & Alumni Relations Office, Center for Career and Professional Development, and Center for Environmental Legal Studies. Over 50 students, faculty, and alumni attended, including many past participants in the program.
Environmental Alumni Reception
On June 7, 2012, Pace Law School hosted an alumni reception at The Empire Room at the Empire State Building for all of the School’s environmental alumni. Over 34 alumni and faculty attended.
NYSBA Reception A special alumni reception was held on January 23, 2013, in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton New York. Over 62 Pace Law School alumni and faculty attended this annual Pace Law School event.
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Reunion 2012 Alumni and friends of the Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 returned to White Plains on the evening of September 22, 2012, to renew friendships and share stories at 42 The Restaurant atop the RitzCarlton Hotel.
In the lounge and bar of 42, over 125 individuals gathered, including members of the reunion classes, Dean Michelle S. Simon and esteemed members of the faculty. Memories were shared and personal and professional milestones were recounted.
We look forward to welcoming alumni from the Classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008 to Reunion 2013 on September 21 at 42 The Restaurant.
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Leadership Awards Dinner
The 18th annual dinner celebrated Pace Law School and took place on January 31, 2013, at the Hilton Westchester. This year, we were pleased to honor two Pace Law alumni: John C. Lettera, Esq. ’99, partner at Lettera Mosiello LLP and Anthony G. Piscionere, Esq. ’80, partner at Piscionere & Nemarow, P.C.
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1979 Hon. Linda S. Jamieson was the recipient of the Belle Mayer Zeck Award. This award was presented to her at the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association annual installation dinner in June. Hon. Malachy E. Mannion was confirmed by the United States Senate to become a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. President Obama nominated Judge Mannion for this seat in May 2012.
Ruth Waltuch Jonas taught a course on immigration law at Lifetime Learners Institute (LLI) in Norwalk, CT. LLI offers educational courses for area residents over 50. Norwalk Community College provides the space for LLI.
Steven Ershowsky merged his financial planning firm into Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Steven is a financial planner and also an Associate Vice President at Ameriprise. You can learn more about Steven and his comprehensive financial planning here: http://www. ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.ershowsky/. David J. Moise spoke at The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series on June 7, 2012 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM. The webcast was titled “IRS Collections: Defensive Strategies to Assist Your Client to Work with the IRS to Resolve Federal Tax Issues.” David is a partner at Hass & Hecht, LLP, a tax controversy boutique law firm. For more information on David’s upcoming webcast, visit: http:// www.knowledgecongress.org/events.htm.
Colonel Joseph A. Bradshaw was nominated for the Claude Pepper Government Lawyer Award, an award presented by The Florida Bar-Government Lawyer Section. This Award recognizes an outstanding lawyer who has made an extraordinary and exemplary contribution as a practicing government lawyer. Colonel Bradshaw is the Director of Legal Affairs for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and has over 26 years of experience as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a former New York City Assistant District Attorney. Bridget M. Casey has joined Hudson Valley Bank’s Business Development Board. Bridget is President of Jade Abstract Company, Inc. Jade Abstract was established in 1980 and is a title insurance company in New City, NY. Elizabeth M. Hecht has recently become an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law. She teaches a section of New York Practice in the evening division. Elizabeth is also a partner at Mead, Hecht, Conklin & Gallagher, LLP.
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Harold E. Kaplan, a Florida Board Certified Health Law Attorney in Coral Springs, Florida, was a speaker and presented Dispute Resolution Contract Provisions In Business To Business Agreements at The Florida Bar Health Law Section’s advanced level 4th Annual FUNdamentals of Florida Health Care Law in Tampa, Florida on September 14, 2012. Harold also published an article entitled, “Practice Note: Arbitration Demand Deadlines, Tort Claims and Third Parties in Arbitration” in the Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Newsletter. He was also selected to be a neutral dispute resolver for the Florida Bar Fee Arbitration program, named to the Health Care Dispute Panel of the American Arbitration Association, elected as a member of the Florida Bar, Health Law Section Executive Council, and recertified by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education in the legal specialty of Health Law. Harold was also selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. He has been Board Certified in Health Law since 1995 and represents physicians and physician practices and is also a commercial arbitrator. Harold also holds a M.H.A. and received his B.B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.
Nancy D. Kellman received her certificate of mediation by The Center of Mediation in Law. Nancy has her own law office, The Law Office of Nancy D. Kellman, and she focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law. Anthony J. Enea has been named the new chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Anthony’s practice is concentrated on elder law, and trusts and estates. He is the managing member of his firm, Enea, Scanlan, & Sirignano. Carol L. Van Scoyoc, (pictured) WCBA president, was awarded the NYS Bar Association (NYSBA) Award for Excellence in Public Service at an event held at the New York Hilton on January 24, 2012. According to the WCBA, “four individuals from around the state were recognized, but the WCBA’s President had the largest group of enthusiastic fans and supporters. By the time Carol finished her acceptance speech the entire room was on its feet applauding.”
John T. O’Connor joined the firm of Hunton & Williams as partner. John’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities matters with
Eric D. Katz argued in the United States Supreme Court on March 25, 2013, in the matter of Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter. Eric is a senior partner at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC. Joseph M. Pastore III (pictured) was named to the 2012 New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York in the areas of Business Litigation and Securities & Corporate Finance. Joseph is a member and managing partner of Pastore & Daily LLC.
Richard N. Cohen of the law firm of Cohen & Coleman, LLP, recently received a ruling that returned more than $15 million dollars in down payments to many purchasers of condominiums who backed out of their purchase contracts and requested the return of their deposits. Richard represented the largest group of purchasers in this case that has lasted almost four years. An article on the case was featured in The Wall Street Journal, which can be accessed here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014241 27887323277504578191794211595964.html.
David S. Abramson was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2013” under family law and sports law. David is counsel at Verrill Dana, LLP. He is a member of the Trial Department, specializing in the litigation of complex domestic relations cases. He is also chair of Verrill Dana’s Sports Law Group.
Karen A. Mignone was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2013” under environmental law. Karen is a partner at Verrill Dana, LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Water & Wastewater Utilities practice groups.
Gary J. Purpura (pictured) has joined TaxOps, LLC as managing partner of the tax firm’s new Stamford, Connecticut office. Gary specializes in helping partnerships and corporations develop tax strategies and minimize tax exposure. Prior to this, Gary was a lead tax partner with Ernst & Young.
Katherine Speyer Schieffelin has joined The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Previously, Katherine was Vice President of Development at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.
Michael G. Hankinson was promoted to Senior Vice President of Delta Dental’s legal division and appointed Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory at Delta Dental.
Robert Sciglimpaglia starred in a Super Bowl commercial featured during the Giants vs. Patriots game on February 5, 2012. Rob played the Dad in the Chevy commercial titled “The Happy Grad.” An article about Rob’s commercial success appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune, The Stamford Times, and several other news outlets. The Stamford Times article can be accessed here: http://www.thestamfordtimes.com/story/518824. Rob’s eBook, “Voice Over LEGAL” was also released. The eBook has “essential information you need to successfully manage your voice over and business issues”. You can learn more about Rob’s eBook at www.voiceoverlegal.com and more about Rob at www.robpaglia.com.
James B. Ferguson, Jr. was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo for the position of Commissioner on the New York State Board of Parole. On June 20, 2012, James was confirmed by the New York State Senate for another term. James has served as Commissioner since 2005. Previously, he worked for the Board of Parole as an Administrative Law Judge and, prior to that, as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. James has served in the Criminal Justice System for over 20 years, as an Adjunct Professor for over 16 years, and also conducts CLE courses. Ian J. Fox has joined Seven Seas Water Corporation as Senior Vice President, International Business Development. Previously, Ian was Vice President of Business Development for CLP Holdings of Hong Kong and then Managing Director of Business Development at AES Corporation.
Lily Neff has joined the firm Cantor Colburn LLP as Counsel. Cantor Colburn specializes in intellectual property law. Prior to joining Cantor Colburn, Lily worked in the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurial Clinic at the University of Connecticut and also at IBM. John T. Shaban was recognized as an “AV” rated “Preeminent Attorney” by Martindale-Hubbell. John S P R I N G 2 0 12
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is a litigation partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut. John was also reelected to the Connecticut General Assembly as a State Representative for the 135th Assembly District (Easton, Redding and Weston). John also serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Environment Committee, and the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. Rona G. Shamoon has been named the new chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. Rona is an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She is a member of the firm’s international litigation and arbitration group. Alicia A. Weissmeier joined the firm of Miller & Milone, P.C. as their managing attorney. She works closely with the CEO in managing the firm, ensures all departments have the appropriate legal oversight in day-to-day business matters, and provides all departments with legal guidance related to the area of health care. Previously, Alicia was Chief Miscellaneous Clerk at the New York County Surrogate’s Court.
Sean J. Doolan has merged his firm with the law offices of Hyman & Platt to form the firm of Doolan & Platt, LLP. The new firm has offices in Windham, New City, and Dobbs Ferry, New York. The practice is focused on personal injury claims in long term care settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult homes. Sean has been an advocate for the elderly for most of his career. He is also a contributing author to several books and publications, as well as a guest lecturer for several organizations.
Daniel P. Goldberg has opened a boutique litigation firm with former colleagues, other prominent trial lawyers, and the Hon. Richard J. Holwell, who served as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York from 2003-2012 before stepping down to found the firm. The new firm will be known as Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, LLP. The focus of the firm will be on representing clients in a variety of matters, including complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, anti-trust litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. The firm will also handle related civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. Jacqueline Parker (pictured) was elected to The American Law Institute. She is Senior Counsel at TD Bank. Previously, Jacqueline was the Director and Counsel at PayPal.
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1996 John G. Nevius was quoted in a Law360 article on potential climate change defenses for the insurance industry based on the recent D.C. Circuit decision in “Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. EPA.” However, John cautions that the insurance industry may not be able to dodge climate change claims and lawsuits so easily. The article can be read here: http://www.law360.com/insurance/ articles/354681/insurers-get-new-weapon-for-globalwarming-coverage. John is an adjunct professor at Pace Law School and a shareholder at Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. James J. Rush, Jr. was appointed to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits by the Governor of Georgia. James is the Chief Integrity Officer for Georgia Regents University.
Mark S. Cambell was elected partner at BlumShapiro. Mark is part of BlumShapiro’s litigation services and business valuation group. Previously, he was a senior tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP and then vice president at Knox & Co. Jacqueline McBride Gaillard was appointed by the Cornwall Town Board to fill the remaining term of a Cornwall judge who passed away in January. Judge McBride Gaillard recently completed a week of judicial training in Albany. She will be Cornwall’s first female judge. Steven Messina was named a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, effective April 1, 2012. Steven is a member of the firm’s banking group. He is also a member of the firm’s corporate practice group. Marianne Monroy was named a Partner of the firm Garfunkel Wild, P.C. Marianne practices in the Litigation & Arbitration group. Marianne was also selected for the Long Island Business News “40 Under 40 Class of 2012” Award. Christopher J. Wallace joined Choice Hotels International, Inc. as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Franchising. Previously, Christopher was counsel for Nixon Peabody, LLP.
Judith E. Accardi was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge in Pompton Lakes. Prior to this, she worked in the borough’s Municipal Court system as the borough’s public defender and then the borough prosecutor. Darci J. Bailey has been promoted to Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of Legal & Business Affairs with A+E Networks. Darci joined A+E Networks in 2007. As Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Darci will be responsible for the Networks’ worldwide litigation,
Always Ready to Give Back IN FOURTH GRADE, he wanted to be President; in eighth grade, he dreamed of playing for the Chicago Bears. But by the10th grade, John A. Sarcone was determined to become a lawyer. Sarcone, principal attorney at The Sarcone Law Firm, PLLC, in White Plains, began Pace Law School in 1991. He had received what he called a “strong” recommendation from then Pace University Provost Richard Podgorski who had been a mentor to him during his undergraduate years at Dyson. Sarcone enjoyed “every minute” of Pace Law School, immersing himself in the many clubs and organizations the school had to offer. “The professors and administrators were always very supportive and eager to assist in everything I wanted to do, including producing and hosting a symposium that brought ambassadors and scholars together to discuss whether there should be an international tribunal for crimes against humanity, which was published in the ‘Pace International Law Review,’” Sarcone said, adding that he became managing editor of the ILR the following year. His leadership and vision were rewarded; at his Commencement in 1995, John E. Sarcone was presented with the Dean’s Award. While he had planned to practice international law when he graduated, an unforeseen family circumstance necessitated a change of course. With the assistance of Pace Law’s Center for Career and Professional Development, Sarcone landed a position as Law Secretary (Law Clerk) to the Honorable Elbert C. Hinkson, Justice of the Supreme Court, Bronx County. In 1998, Sarcone formed a partnership with Mark C. Dillon, who two years later left the firm to become a newly-elected Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. In the years since, the general law practice has greatly expanded. Sarcone also served as Attorney for the Town of Cornwall and Town Attorney for Eastchester.
intellectual property and employment matters, and provide ongoing, day-to-day strategic advice in connection with these areas. Peter Gennuso joined the firm Thompson Hine LLP as a Partner. Peter will practice in the Corporate Transactions and Securities group. His practice will focus on representing domestic and foreign companies in corporate finance and securities law, venture capital, private equity, and hedge fund
“The professors and administrators were always very supportive and eager to assist in everything I wanted to do.”
John Sarcone lives in Croton-on-Hudson—where he grew up and where he said he had the same high school teachers as his parents—with his wife, Cecilia, and their children, John Anthony (81/2), Francesca (71/2), and Juliet (41/2). John says what he enjoys most about practicing law is “getting great results for clients,” adding, “it’s always a thrill.” His methodical focus on details and striving for quality – skills he learned in law school – serve him and his clients well. As he put it, his goal is to “get a positive result in the most efficient amount of time.” Sarcone has found many ways to give back to the school. He says his financial donations to Pace Law are but one way of thanking the school for “fulfilling my dream.” He has also been an active member of the Pace Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1995. Additionally, two Pace Law alumni are working presently as attorneys at his firm, and he is always ready to volunteer to help new students and to hire summer interns.
matters. Peter also has experience in numerous business sectors, including biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, mining, clean technology, manufacturing, and retail. In addition to receiving his J.D. from Pace Law, Peter also received his M.B.A. from Pace University. Jennifer L. Longmeyer-Wood was named the new Chief Counsel for the St. Paul Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The St. Paul office
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Pace Law School Board of Visitors OFFICERS Kathleen Donelli, Esq. ’85 Partner McCarthy Fingar LLP Board of Visitors Co-Chair Alfred E. Donnellan, Esq. ‘81 Managing Partner DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP Board of Visitors Co-Chair MEMBERS Peter N. Bassano, Esq. ‘87 Partner Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP V. Gerard Comizio, Esq. ‘80 Partner Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP William D. Cotter, Esq. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Vista Capital LLC The Honorable Janet DiFiore District Attorney of Westchester County John P. Ekberg III, Esq. ‘90 Partner The Ekberg Family Law Group, LLC Michael C. Finnegan, Esq. ‘87 Chief Executive Officer Continental Organics Christopher B. Fisher, Esq. ‘94 Partner Cuddy & Feder LLP Charles A. Goldberger, Esq. Member McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP Peter S. Goodman, Esq. ‘86 Principal McKool Smith LLP Philip M. Halpern, Esq. ‘80 Managing Partner Collier Halpern Newberg Nolletti & Bock, LLP Bradford Hildebrandt Founder and Chairman Hildebrandt Consulting, LLC The Honorable Alexander Hunter Justice New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County Dennis J. Kenny, Esq. Retired, Attorney-at-Law
Thomas R. Lalla, Esq. Senior Vice President and General Counsel Pernod Ricard USA The Honorable Nita M. Lowey United States Representatives, New York Myron Marcus, Esq. Retired Partner Marcus, Gould & Sussman, LLP The Honorable Sondra M. Miller Chief Counsel McCarthy Fingar LLP William M. Mooney III, Esq. ‘92 Senior Assistant Attorney to County Executive Office of the County Executive Professor Andrew C. W. Lund Professor Pace Law School The Honorable Francis A. Nicolai Justice New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County Richard L. O’Rourke, Esq. ‘81 Member Keane & Beane, P.C. John J. Rapisardi, Esq. ‘82 Partner Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Jerold R. Ruderman, Esq. Of Counsel Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP The Honorable Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. Judge Westchester County Surrogate’s Court Robert S. Tucker, Esq. ‘96 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer T&M Protection Resources The Honorable C. Scott Vanderhoef ‘81 County Executive Rockland County The Honorable Sam D. Walker Justice New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County Thomas H. Welby, Esq. ‘85 Managing Partner Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP
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covers a five state area of responsibility (Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska). There are two offices (Bloomington, MN and Omaha, NB), with 16 attorneys and 10 support staff. Bradley M. Seldin is now Of Counsel to the Florida Health Law Center. Bradley and his wife also welcomed their daughter, Kassandra Natalia, who was born on March 5, 2012!
Donna Drumm is now the Executive Director of the Westchester County Bar Association (“WCBA”). Previously, Donna was the Director of Continuing Legal Education and Legal Publications for the WCBA.
Amanda J. Waters was appointed to the position of Government Affairs Counsel at the Water Environment Federation. In this role, Amanda will advocate the organization’s public policy positions and build member involvement in developing key water laws and regulations. She will also monitor, analyze, and report on federal water quality legislation and regulations and their impact on Water Environment Federation members.
Nora Belanger is a special education and disability rights attorney in Connecticut who represents parents seeking a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in individualized education plan (IEP) meetings, mediation, due process and federal court. She spoke in the program “The LD Student in Transition: Rights from High School Through College and Employment.” The program was held on March 22 in Westport, CT and discussed transition services available through the public school for eligible students beginning at age 16 and extending, if appropriate, through age 21 as required by Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004). The program discussed transition into adult life, including independent living, postsecondary education and employment. In addition, there was a discussion of the rights of persons with learning disabilities in college and employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The program was sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc., where Nora serves as a member of the professional advisory board. Jeffrey M. Casaletto was named a Member of the firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. Jeffrey practices in the Environmental Law group. In 2011, Jeffrey was included on the list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.”
Basil Seggos was hired as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assistant secretary to the environment. Previously, Basil was Vice President of Development at Hugo Neu Corporation, a firm focused on building, managing,
and investing in recycling, water transportation, and cleantech businesses. Basil also served as Chief Investigator at the Hudson Riverkeeper for seven years. While at Riverkeeper, Basil led countless cases against polluters and advocated for stronger environmental policies. Before Riverkeeper, Basil worked as a program associate at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York and as a law intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. While at Pace Law, Basil received the environmental law award.
Director of the WCBA
ONE COULD ARGUE that Donna Drumm’s life epitomizes a Pace Law School education, from her Westchester childhood to the extensive networking that has allowed her to climb the ranks in her career. The law is not Donna’s first career. Formerly a small business owner, who also spent time as a trader on Wall Street and as a technology consultant, it was during a conversation with one of her customers that she learned of the opportunities offered at Pace Law School and decided to change the course of her career. “I was 36-years-old when I first enrolled at Pace,” she commented. “I had a 6-year-old daughter and I would read her the Constitution!” Juggling her many responsibilities was challenging, Donna admits, but she says she “did what (she) had to do.” Her parents pitched in and she put in many late nights but she says there was never any question she was going to make it work. In addition to her coursework, Donna served as the managing editor of the Pace Environmental Law Review. She has benefitted from the skills she learned and the connections she made while on Law Review, including landing her first job after graduation with Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Almost five years ago, she opened her own practice that specializes in eDiscovery or electronic discovery. Working as a legal consultant for multi-national civil litigation cases, Drumm manages document review teams that produce evidence for such cases as product liability. In addition, she recently became the executive director of the Westchester County Bar Association. The position utilizes many of her talents and draws upon the experience she has gathered from each chapter of her multi-faceted career. Skills sharpened during her time on the Law Review, for example, get put into use each time she produces the monthly Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter. The importance of customer satisfaction, a lesson she first learned as a business
“I had a 6-year-old daughter and I would read her the Constitution!”
owner, serves her well as she interacts with the WCBA membership. “At the Bar Association, I focus on the needs of our membership. I view every member as a client. We strive to serve each member who pays their $185 dues the same as a large law firm would serve a multi-million dollar client.” The position also allows her to give back to the community—both the Westchester County community she has known her whole life as well as the Pace Law School community. Keenly aware of the professors and practicing attorneys who helped her along the way, Donna makes it a point to help the next generation of law students by sponsoring internships. “We have had 15 or 20 interns working at the WCBA.” Donna had made the decision to remain in the Westchester area, building upon the personal and professional networks that have served her well, including Pace Law School. “As a woman who chose to go to law school at the age that I did—it sometimes seems impossible to be where I am now.”
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Jennifer (Jackovitz) Porter was promoted to Partner at Gibbons P.C. Jennifer practices within the Real Property and Environmental Department. In 2011, Jennifer was included on the list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.”
2002 Jennifer L. Filippazzo was elected to Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Her practice is focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on complex product liability, negligence, and mass tort litigation. Thomas J. Jerla joined the law firm of Whittel & Melton, LLC in Spring Hill, Florida. His practice will continue to focus on personal injury litigation, including automobile accident, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, along with select criminal matters. Elliot S. Kay represented one of the defendants in a highly publicized rape and sex-trafficking case, where the charges were ultimately dismissed after it was discovered that prosecutors did not turn over exculpatory information and evidence to defense lawyers. Ami Shah joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP’s Houston office as Counsel. Ami’s practice is focused on the securities industry. Prior to joining Wilson Elser’s Houston office, Ami worked at the firm’s White Plains office and also as general counsel for NEXT Financial Group, Inc.
Adrienne J. Arkontaky is heading up The Cuddy Law Firm’s new Westchester office as Managing Partner. Adrienne’s practice is concentrated on special needs planning, special education advocacy and guardianship for families of children with disabilities.
Jessica A. Bacher (pictured) spoke at the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law 2012 Spring Meeting on the “Land Use Hot Topics” panel in Washington, D.C. on the role of local governments in permitting hydrofracking. Jessica presented a paper written by Professor John R. Nolon and 2007 Pace Law graduate Victoria Polidoro entitled, “Hydrofracking--Disturbances Both Geological and Political: Who Decides?” (The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 3, Summer 2012). John L. Galgano is now General Counsel at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Prior to this, John was General Counsel at Mercy College. Josephine Robinson Pereira is Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel at Paymotech Finance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Julia M. Santiago was nominated and selected as a recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2012 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. Julia was selected as the recipient for the 9th Judicial District. At the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Julia assisted in developing and leading uncontested divorce clinics for pro se clients.
Pace Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors OFFICERS
Aliciamarie E. Falcetta, Esq. ‘99
Stephen J. Brown, Esq. ‘04 Alumni Association President Associate Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz, & Curto, LLP
Hon. Sandra A. Forster ‘79 Greenburgh Town Justice (Retired)
Michael A. Calandra Jr., Esq. ‘05 Alumni Association Vice President Senior Managing Associate SNR Denton Jennifer L. Gray, Esq. ‘06 Alumni Association Secretary Associate Keane & Beane, P.C. MEMBERS Patricia Bisesto, Esq. ‘92 Attorney-at-Law Private Practice Lucia Chiocchio, Esq. ‘01 Partner Cuddy & Feder LLP Lydia Peikon Cotz, Esq. ‘99 Partner Cotz & Cotz
Michael A. Frankel, Esq. ‘03 Partner Jackson Lewis LLP
Adele Lerman Janow, Esq. ‘90 Attorney-at-Law Private Practice
Mark Meeker, Esq., Dec. ‘09 Associate Ford Law Firm LLP
Diana Bunin Kolev, Esq. ‘05 Junior Partner Shamberg Marwell & Hollis, P.C.
Raymond Perez, Esq. ‘00 Of Counsel Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
James A. Garvey III, Esq. ‘80 Attorney-at-Law Private Practice
Michael LaMagna, Esq. ‘07 Partner The Law Office of LaMagna and Associates, P.C.
Michael T. Goldstein, MD, Esq. ‘06 Private Practice and Of Counsel Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.
James M. Lenihan, Esq. ‘91 Partner Lenihan & Associates
John A. Sarcone III, Esq. ‘95 Partner The Sarcone Law Firm, PLLC
Hon. Carole Princer Levy ‘83
Judson K. Siebert, Esq. ‘85 Partner Keane & Beane, P.C.
David Haimi, Esq. ‘12 Associate Lieberman Law Office, P.C. Mary Clare Haskins, Esq. ‘08 Crown Counsel Attorney General’s Chambers Government of Anguilla Hon. Timothy M. Herbst, Esq. ‘07 First Selectman Town of Trumbull, CT
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Caesar Lopez, Esq. ‘12 Legal Counsel Beiersdorf, Inc. Joseph M. Martin, Esq. ‘91 Partner Jackson Lewis LLP Lt. Col. Joseph W. Mazel, Esq. ‘97 Assistant General Counsel Federal Bureau of Investigation Office of the General Counsel
Joseph Ruhl, Esq. ‘90 Senior Vice President Hudson Valley Bank
Jennifer B. Straton, Esq. ‘03 Partner Kissel Hirsch & Wilmer LLP William E. Sulzer, Esq. ‘97 Partner Griffin, Coogan, Blose & Sulzer, P.C.
Michael J. Vatter was part of a team that competed for and was named one of the first five land banks in New York State, The Newburgh Community Land Bank. Michael was also elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Newburgh Community Land Bank, Inc. Kimberly M. Zick became an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of Labor. Previously, she was Assistant Counsel at the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
Janice A. Dean appeared on CUNY TV with WNYC host Brian Lehrer to discuss the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s application for a 20-year renewed license. You can view the program at: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=g9yOGl_wFGY. Janice makes her appearance at about the 28:53 mark. Loni S. Gardner returned to the United States in the fall of 2011 from an 18-month legal fellowship in Germany where she researched Germany and the EU’s energy and climate policies. She also consulted on projects for the European Commission. Upon return, Loni joined the corporate department of UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric and gas utility based in New England. Loni practices corporate, utility, and environmental law at UIL Holdings. Sean J. McKinley joined Goldberg Segalla LLP as special counsel. Sean’s practice is focused on workers’ compensation. He defends insurance carriers and selfinsured employers. Sean’s prior experience includes working for three years as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department. Peter J. Putignano began working at IBM as a Senior Attorney for Corporate Environmental Affairs. Previously, he was at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, D.C. Jamie Ellen Reid was promoted to Associate General Counsel at GalaxE.Solutions, Inc.
Michael T. Goldstein published an article in the Medical Society of the State of New York News. The article concerned physician collective bargaining. Melissa A. Kucinski spoke at the International Law Association’s annual International Law Weekend in Manhattan on October 26, 2012 on the topic of international family mediation initiatives in the United States. Melissa is a full-time family lawyer and mediator whose practice has a strong focus on international family law cases. She is a co-founder of a non-governmental
Colin Smith was elected to serve on the Peekskill City School District Board of Education. He is a graduate of Peekskill City Schools. Colin has his own law practice located in Peekskill, NY.
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organization, the Global Justice Initiative. Melissa was re-appointed as Chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee and the ABA Section of International Law’s International Family Mediation Task Force. Melissa served as an attorney advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Hague Conference’s Sixth Special Commission meeting on the practical operation of the child abduction and child protection conventions. She has also been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers. Melissa’s website can be accessed at: www.globalfamilymediation.com. Rosario M. Patane was selected as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2013. He is an associate with Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Boylan & Garubo, P.C. where his practice areas are general litigation, construction litigation, and insurance defense litigation.
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Diana Bunin Kolev and Megan K. Collins authored an article that was published in the March/April 2012 New York State Bar Association Journal. The article is titled “The Importance of Due Diligence: Real Estate Transactions in a Complex Land Use World.” Diana and Megan are both attorneys with Shamberg Marwell & Hollis, P.C.
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Elaine Hsiao JD ‘09, LLM ‘10 International Environmental Lawyer
AS A CHILD, Elaine Hsiao(JD ’09, LLM ’10) wanted to “live all over the world, work for love not money, be close to the wild, and explore different pursuits.” She also wanted to be an astronaut, marine biologist, educator, firefighter, park ranger, entrepreneur, or doctor. But Elaine ultimately chose an education in law. Elaine became involved in environmental and international humanitarian issues during her undergraduate years at UCLA, but she was also interested in governance, civil liberties, and human rights. “I believe the environment underpins all of those things, and would be the most effective perspective through which to address them,” she shared. That realization was how she arrived at the study of international environmental law. After completing her LLM., Elaine received a Fulbright Grant to study transboundary collaboration and community conservation in the Central Albertine Rift based out of Uganda. Her documentary, “Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network,” which explores the opportunities for “peace parks” along the shared borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shown this spring at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Film Festival. To learn more or to view the film: http://vimeo.com/m/62257328.
Elaine is currently working on her Ph.D. in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her research, she said, is a “critical legal review of governance frameworks for transboundary protected areas for peace, looking to the political ecology of how such arrangements/agreements are framed and how this affects their objective to build peace or provide for non-violent resolution of conflicts.” Elaine is also the Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals Group; Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN Theme on Indigenous, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas (TILCEPA) Mountain Connectivity and Social Policy Specialist Group; member of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Youth Leadership Team; and IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. Additionally, she is an honorary member of the ICCA Consortium, and she frequently collaborates with International Peace Park Expeditions (IPPE), an endeavor that includes project development and coleading experiential learning expeditions. Pace Law, she said, played a critical role in paving the path which she now treads. Her supervisor and mentor, Professor Nick Robinson, first introduced Elaine to IUCN and she said he enabled much of her work with them and with peace parks. “Nick always supported my work with peace parks, which began when I was a 1L at Pace, and has helped to develop invaluable experiences and networks,” Elaine said, adding, “My education in environmental law has been helpful in all of the work that I do and I think that Pace has provided a breadth of opportunities -- through courses, experiential externships, mentoring, etc. -- that have prepared me for the work that I do now.”
“Pace has provided a breadth of opportunities — through courses, experiential externships, mentoring, etc. — that have prepared me for the work that I do now.”
2008 Elizabeth K. Cassidy was elected to serve as Secretary on the Board of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Elizabeth also opened her own law practice in Warwick, NY.
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Patrick D. Donnelly was hired as an associate attorney at Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C. He will practice in the real property tax assessment and condemnation group, along with the environmental and land use group. Patrick was previously an associate with Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP.
Clif Bennette had an impressive victory before the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts. The appeal stemmed from a judgment of the Justice Court of the Village of Airmont, Rockland County which convicted the defendants of filling or excavating their property without obtaining the necessary permit. On behalf of his clients, Clif appealed this judgment and argued that the ticket or accusatory instrument that was issued to his clients was defective. The Appellate Term agreed with this argument and issued an Order reversing the lower court, dismissing the accusatory instrument, and ordering any paid fine to be remitted.
Nicole (Apel) Ozminkowski joined Harris Beach PLLC as an associate. She will be practicing in the Health Care Industry Team. Previously, Nicole was counsel at Health Care Navigator, LLC.
Brent L. Keith and Erin A. Flannery, ‘09 Brent L. Keith and Erin A. Flannery, both members of the Pace Law School Class of 2009, were married on March 2, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford, Connecticut. Many Pace Law alumni were present, including Maya Graham ‘09, Lauren Stabile ‘09, Abigail Jones ‘09, Anne Marie Hirschberger ‘09, Sara Kemme ‘09, Steven Sarno ‘09, Andrew Bostrom ‘10, Margaret Byerly ‘10, and Elizabeth McCormick ‘10. Erin is an attorney in the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and Brent is the Forest Policy Director for the Council of Western State Foresters.
Anne M. Carpenter received, along with co-author, Steven P. Solow, the Burton Award for Legal Achievement. The award was received for their article “The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2010,” published by the Bureau of National Affairs’ “Daily Environment Report.” Jonathan T. Engel was appointed a Deputy County Attorney at the Putnam County Department of Law in Carmel, NY. He also enrolled in American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service to become a licensed funeral director. Erin A. Flannery presented, with former Dean of Environmental Law Programs at Pace Law School, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, a talk on the Clean Water Act at ELI’s Summer School. Erin also taught “Introduction to the Clean Water Act” at the ALI-ABA Environmental Law Course in February 2012. Andres Jose Bermudez Hallstrom was elected to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees.
Najia Sheikh Khalid joined the Labor, Employment and Benefits Group at Wiggin & Dana LLP in New Haven, CT with responsibility for all immigration matters. Prior to this, Najia was an associate with the Immigration Practice Group at Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs LLP in New York City.
Gail M. Mulligan was hired as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Peekskill. Previously, Gail was Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department in their Labor and Employment Law Division.
Laura J. Tollgaard joined The Law Offices of Stephen I. Silberfein, P.C. as an associate. The Law Offices of Stephen I. Silberfein, P.C. is a matrimonial law firm with offices located in Midtown Manhattan.
Donato Palumbo and Jessica Ben Palumbo (formerly Rhodes-Knowlton) have welcomed their first child, Christiana Palumbo, born on May 24, 2012.
Pankaj T. Rane successfully implemented an SAP platform for McKesson Corporation. He works for KPMG and is currently part of a team performing Global SAP Implementation for KPMG International. Michael J. Riolo joined Littman Krooks LLP. His practice will focus on estate and tax planning, estate administration and asset protection planning. Prior to this, Michael was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and an attorney with McCarthy Fingar LLP.
Joshua A. Roman is currently an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. In June 2011, Joshua was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) for the Middle District of Georgia. He was also appointed as Chief of Adverse Actions. Joshua also serves as a prosecuting attorney on all court-martials and administrative discharge boards. Taryn L. Rucinski’s library research guide Hydraulic Fracturing (Hydrofracturing), http://libraryguides.law. pace.edu/hydrofracking, was featured in Judith M. S P R I N G 2 0 12
Currano’s presentation “Science and the Law: Analytical Data in Support of Regulation in Health, Food, and the Environment, Hunting and gathering: Locating information on the cusp between science and legislation” at the 244th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition on August 19, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. She has also recently published Archive Spotlight: Water Resources Collections and Archives, 17 LH&RB 16 (Fall 2011) (Legal History & Rare Books AALL-SIS Newsletter) and “An Environmental Legal Practitioner’s Guide to the EPA’s Website,” 42 Envtl. L. Rep. 10416 (2012). An abstract of Taryn’s article can be accessed here: http://works.bepress.com/ taryn_rucinski/9/. Taryn also took over as editor for the Law Library Blog, Pace Environmental Notes – http:// paceenvironmentalnotes.blogspot.com/, a gateway to news, commentary, legal research sources, new books and articles, and legislation on Environmental Law, Energy, Land Use Law and related legal topics.
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2011 Nicole Bandura joined White and Williams LLP as an associate. She practices in the firm’s Lehigh Valley, Pa. office and represents employers and insurance companies in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation litigation before workers’ compensation judges and the appellate board and courts. Robert J. Logan was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Jennifer L. McAleese began work as a Senior Attorney with the Adirondack Park Agency. Jennifer grew up in the Adirondacks and is happy to be back working inside the Park. Previously, Jennifer participated in the Forest Preserve Seminar with Professor Nicholas A. Robinson and Professor Phil Weinberg and also in Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Leah Perri and Michael Parisi were married October 29, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Church in North Grosvenordale, Conn. The reception was at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. She works for a judge in Connecticut and is the daughter of Janet Schoenewolff and Anthony Perri of Connecticut. The bridegroom works in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and is the son of Gail and Richard Parisi of Lake Grove. The groom was drafted in 2004 by the St. Louis Cardinals and made his Major League Baseball debut in 2008. They live in Stamford, Conn. Bhavleen K. Sabharwal is in-house counsel at Country Wide Insurance. In this position, Bhavleen investigates medical provider fraud relating to no-fault auto insurance and also conducts “Examinations Under Oath.” She also conducts legal research and drafts memoranda for outside counsel that represent the insurance company in insurance defense litigation and arbitration.
Thomas Grove’s article entitled, “Dropping The Ball: Legal Issues in the NFL’s Salary Cap Reductions,” was published in the Summer 2012 Edition of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Journal (Vol. 23, No. 2). The article was also chosen by the Senior Law Section to be published in the Fall 2012 Edition of the New York State Bar Association’s The Senior Lawyer (Vol. 4, No. 2). Thomas also wrote an article on the NFL’s Bounty Scandal that was part of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Blog (http://nysbar.com/blogs/ EASL/2012/03/nfl_bounty_scandal.html). Jennifer A. Huang’s paper that she wrote for her Human Rights and the Environment seminar was accepted to the “Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions,” Exploring the Possibilities conference. The conference was held in Ottawa in November 2012.
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