Pace University’s Annual Law Day event, to be held on Thursday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m., will recognize the
achievements of several outstanding students. In particular, second-year law student and White Plains, NY resident Liane Wilson will be the first recipient of the Albert Pirro, Jr. Scholarship in Land Use Law, made possible by a $25,000 grant from Al Pirro, Jr. of Harrison, NY. Pirro is a well known attorney who specializes in land use law practicing in Westchester County.
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WHITE PLAINS, NY — Pace University’s Annual Law Day event, to be
held on Thursday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m., will recognize the
achievements of several outstanding students. In particular,
second-year law student and White Plains, NY resident Liane Wilson
will be the first recipient of the Albert Pirro, Jr. Scholarship in
Land Use Law, made possible by a $25,000 grant from Al Pirro, Jr. of
Harrison, NY. Pirro is a well known attorney who specializes in land
use law practicing in Westchester County.
Pirro will present Wilson a $5,000 scholarship grant, representing
the first of five such scholarships to be awarded to students active
in Pace’s Land Use Law Center. Wilson was selected for her work in
developing the Land Use Law Center’s Internet site called LUCAS (Land
Use and Community Alliance Service) which is a unique compilation of
In presenting the award to Wilson, Pirro said, “I am pleased to be
able to establish this scholarship in land use law, a little
understood area of legal practice which has very real everyday
impacts on our society and our community. It is an area of the law in
which I have been engaged for the past twenty years. It is an honor
for me to make this presentation to Liane Wilson, a superior student
who has made a significant contribution to advancing the study of
land use law.”
As part of the Law Day program, Wilson will demonstrate her work on
the LUCAS site (http://www.law.edu/landuse/homepage.html) which
contains over 4,000 pages of material produced by Pace’s Land Use Law
Center written for both community leaders and experienced land use
practitioners. Developed at the urging of local leaders, LUCAS
provides ready on-line access to a comprehensive library of
materials on land use law.
“This site is a comprehensive, on-line, ‘one-stop-shopping’ research
tool,” said John Nolan, director of Pace’s Land Use Law Center. “By
making the information available via the Internet, we are able to
reach more municipalities throughout New York, as well as other
states, in order to better serve local leaders and their professional
advisors and the legal community,” he said.
“LUCAS was created for easy navigation with a table of contents and
search feature,” said former Yorktown, NY resident Wilson, a
Fordham University graduate who majored in philosophy and classics
and minored in biochemistry. “I had never done anything like this
before. Computers were a hobby for me, but I had to teach myself
Microsoft Front-page (a web page design software), research and
design the page in about three months.”
In addition to Wilson, several other students will be recognized for
their achievements and will present their research topics. Two area
lawyers also will provide updates about recent court decision
involving land use law.
The event will be held at the Pace University School of Law’s White
Plains Campus at 78 North Broadway and will begin at 3:00 p.m.
The Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law provides
research and technical assistance to attorneys, planners,
governmental officials, community leaders and citizen groups. Land
use law establishes the rules by which local, county and state
governments control and encourage the use and conversation of the
land and its natural resources. How well government officials apply
these rules, and how they affect the operations of the private sector
greatly influence whether jobs, housing, tax revenues, recreation,
transportation and environmental quality are provided and available
for current and future generations.
Through the work of the Center’s director, research fellows and
staff, the center annually produces several research papers and
informational bulletins, sponsors conferences on land use, conducts
training seminars on sustainable community development and provides
technical assistance on land use matters to its trainees. One of the
primary objectives of the Center is provide an opportunity for
students at the Law School to gain in-depth, practical experience
allowing them to become knowledgeable practitioners serving private,
public and non-governmental clients.
Law Day is an annual nationwide event aimed at raising the public
awareness of American law and justice. Bar associations, civic
groups, government officials and educators participate in Law Day
activities on or around May 1.