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Harnessing Academic Energy

“Pace’s reputation in Brazil continues to grow” says David Cassuto. In addition to being Pace’s foremost expert on animal law, Cassuto is the director of Pace’s Brazil-American Institute for Law and the Environment (BAILE), which is making tremendous strides in extending Pace’s influence internationally. “The work that we do in Brazil has brought a lot of Brazilians here to study,” says Cassuto, who spoke about the success of a weeklong program BAILE hosted in Brazil this summer—which featured 30 Brazilian judges, including a Supreme Court justice— that sought to stimulate and foster progressive environmental law practices in both countries. Based on the resounding success of the everexpanding BAILE network, Brazil is taking note of Pace in a big way. “Pace Law School enjoys a reputation in Brazil that is not unlike the reputation, say, Harvard enjoys in the rest of the world,” says Cassuto.

“We are going to have a cohort of graduates over the next few years who are going to be head and shoulders above the graduates of many, many other law schools,” says Karl Rábago. The Executive Director of Pace’s Energy and Climate Center (PECC), Rábago notes that the experiential and professional training students receive at PECC is arguably unmatched—particularly in terms of energy law, which will only continue to increase in scope and size as energy and climate issues continue to proliferate into the international consciousness. “There are some major changes happening in the largest industry in the United States, and the most significant and far-reaching changes are emanating from this state. We’ve been involved in clean energy and policy for 27 years, and to be here now is extremely exciting,” says Rábago. “History will be made in New York, and Pace and the Law School will be a part of shaping that history.”

FOOD LAW: A GROWING FIELD Law School Professor Margot Pollans may be new to the University, but she’s already making a huge impact. In just a few short months, Pollans has orchestrated a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) through the recently launched Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative—which will expand legal services for farmers, community groups, and food entrepreneurs in the greater New York City area. Pollans believes that the program can play a major role in attracting both ambitious students and more established lawyers to Pace, and ultimately impact this ever-growing area of law


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in a positive manner. “With this program, Pace will really be in the forefront as one of a handful of schools that is really taking this issue on in a serious way—it’s a unique opportunity,” says Pollans. As the initiative grows and strengthens, Pollans eventually hopes to launch a clinic at the Law School that will begin to provide food law services directly to New York citizens.

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