Pace Law Names Seasoned Public Interest Attorney Director of New Public Interest Law Center

Jennifer Friedman, a lawyer who founded and directs one of the country’s largest services providing courtroom help to women threatened by domestic violence, has been chosen to head the new Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at Pace Law School.

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Pace Law Names Jennifer Friedman, Seasoned Public Interest Attorney, Director of New Public Interest Law Center

WHITE PLAINS, NY (July 29, 2008) – Jennifer Friedman, a lawyer who founded and directs one of the country’s largest services providing courtroom help to women threatened by domestic violence, has been chosen to head the new Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at Pace Law School.

The school is known as a pioneer in offering its students opportunities for first-hand exposure to professional work in public interest law. The PILC was founded this year to build on that history and centralize counseling, resources, and opportunities for students and alumni interested in the area. It also will work to raise awareness of pro bono service throughout the school – and be a resource for community groups looking for legal help.

Under faculty supervision, Pace Law students currently participate in client representation through clinics and field placement externships in environmental litigation, disability law, criminal defense, investor rights, and immigration law; they also contribute to the work of the Law School’s centers in Environmental law, Land Use and Real Estate law, and Women’s Justice.

Friedman is expected to serve on and network with the Westchester County Pro Bono Local Action Committee, co-chaired by the Honorable Francis A. Nicolai, the Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge; the Honorable Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., the Westchester County Surrogate; and Erin Noelle Guven, the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

Wealth of experience. Dean Michelle S. Simon made the announcement today. Effective August 11, Friedman, an Irvington resident, officially will become the first Director of Pace Law School’s Public Interest Law Center, and Associate Director for Public Interest counseling and placement at the school’s Center for Career Development.

Simon said, “Ms. Friedman brings us a wealth of experience in the public sector, including years of training law students. We look forward to her leadership of this important new initiative.”

Friedman, who is not related to Pace University’s president Stephen J. Friedman, is the founder and director of the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP), a pioneering model legal services initiative at Sanctuary for Families, the largest nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children. CAP offers pro bono advocacy to domestic violence victims petitioning for orders of protection in New York City’s Family Courts and courts in 10 other New York State counties.

6,200 trainees. Since Friedman and Sanctuary launched it in 1997, CAP has recruited and trained over 6,200 law students from ten New York City-area law schools and summer associates from more than 45 city law firms. In turn they have advocated for nearly 5,500 battered women. Friedman is also a litigator, supervising a staff of attorneys who represent domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, and who work in matrimonial cases and appellate litigation.

Friedman is a 1993 graduate of Columbia College and a 1998 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone and Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

The New York City Bar Association recently awarded her its Katherine McDonald Award for Service to the Family Courts, and in 1998 she received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and the New York State Bar Association’s President’s pro bono award. Friedman is also the 2003 recipient of the Columbia Alumna Association’s Alumna Achievement Award.

Ethical obligation. Working for the public good (pro bono publico) is “an ethical obligation of all attorneys,” said Rachel Littman, the lawyer who is Pace Law School’s Assistant Dean for Career Development. “With her passion, depth of experience and broad awareness of the field, Ms. Friedman will pull together opportunities and programs that will benefit many students, alumni, and members of the Westchester community. We are very excited to have her join us.”

The PILC will have a consulting advisory board composed of representatives of the faculty, alumni, students and community organizations. It is housed in the offices of the Center for Career Development, with which it will share resources, counseling responsibilities, and program planning. Friedman is expected to bring in outstanding public interest law experts as speakers, and to coordinate student opportunities for relevant fellowships, internships, externships and full-time positions.
According to the American Bar Association, the nationwide demand for public interest lawyers is growing, and law students are increasingly making a difference in the public life of their communities through individual initiatives, group activities, and law school activities.
Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and a Doctor of Laws degree in environmental law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent, and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu.

Pace Law School Launches Public Interest Law Center to Help Meet National Demand

Pace Law School is creating a new Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) to help meet the national demand for lawyers in public interest law and public service and intensify the school’s activities in those areas. The center will foster the culture of public service that is one of the school’s hallmarks, acting as a clearinghouse for requests for pro bono legal assistance from community organizations, and will provide career counseling and internship and employment opportunities for students.

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PACE LAW SCHOOL LAUNCHES PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER
TO HELP MEET NATIONAL DEMAND

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace Law School is creating a new Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) to help meet the national demand for lawyers in public interest law and public service and intensify the school’s activities in those areas. The center will foster the culture of public service that is one of the school’s hallmarks, acting as a clearinghouse for requests for pro bono legal assistance from community organizations, and will provide career counseling and internship and employment opportunities for students.

Creation of the center was announced by Interim Dean Michelle Simon.

According to the American Bar Association, the demand for public interest lawyers is growing, and law students around the nation are increasingly making a difference in the public life of their communities through individual student initiatives, student group activities, and law school polices. The addition of the PILC at Pace Law School is expected to help both students and communities throughout Westchester County.

Said Simon: “We are excited to have a physical home for such an important part of the legal education and training here at Pace. This will show the world how committed we are to preparing our students for pro bono service and public interest legal work.”

Pace Law School is already well-known for pioneering centers and special programs in emerging realms of the law where it can play a decisive role in shaping policy and structuring practice. It currently has centers that serve clients in Environmental and Land Use Law, Real Estate Law, Women’s Justice and International Commercial Law. The centers offer students opportunities for scholarship and research, moot court competitions, study abroad, internships and externships.

The new center will initially be under the jurisdiction of the Pace Law School Center for Career Development, with which it will share resources, counseling responsibilities, and program planning. The PILC will also have a consulting advisory board comprising members of the faculty, alumni and student body representatives. It will be physically located in the CCD, where minor construction to create new office space will occur early this summer.

The PILC will be headed by a new associate director of public interest, who will primarily be responsible for cultivating and fostering a law school culture that demonstrates the importance of public interest law and increases student awareness of public interest law both during and after law school. Candidates interested in applying for the position should visit the Pace University Human Resources page: http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=6286 and view the job description under “staff positions.”

The school is also seeking donations to expand the center’s work. Information on naming opportunities to commemorate significant donations is available from Jim Hanley, director of development at Pace Law School, at jhanley@law.pace.edu or 914-422-4072. Individuals interested in supporting the center should send a check payable to “Pace Law School – Public Interest Law Center” to Pace University, Office of Philanthropy, 1 Pace University Plaza, New York, NY 10038. Online donations may be made at http://www.law.pace.edu/makeagift Indicate “Public Interest Law Center” in the “Other” box under “Gift Description.”

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in environmental law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent, and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu.