The Associated Press: “Jefferson Prizes For Public Service Awarded To 18” – including Pace’s John Cronin, an internationally renowned environmentalist

Recipients of the 2011 Jefferson Awards – dubbed a “Nobel Prize” for public service – include John Cronin (pictured), Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Marlo Thomas, Chicago sports team owner Jerry M. Reinsdorf and environmental advocate John Cronin (Pace Academy’s Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs) are among the people and institutions honored with a national prize for public service on Tuesday evening, June 21 in Washington, DC reports The Associated Press.

The Jefferson Awards, now in their 39th year, were co-founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and are named for founding father Thomas Jefferson.

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.

Former Dean Richard L. Ottinger Establishes $500,000 Public Interest Scholarship at Pace Law School in Memory of His Parents

Former Pace Law School Dean Richard L. Ottinger
has endowed a $500,000 scholarship fund in memory of his parents Louise
and Lawrence Ottinger for Pace students who want to apply their legal
education in public interest law. The scholarship fund will encourage
applications from students who wish to dedicate at least two years of
their careers to public service. The gift spearheads the first Pace
Law School comprehensive capital campaign.

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Contact: Alta Levat
(914) 422-4128
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Former Pace Law School Dean Richard L. Ottinger
has endowed a $500,000 scholarship fund in memory of his parents Louise
and Lawrence Ottinger for Pace students who want to apply their legal
education in public interest law. The scholarship fund will encourage
applications from students who wish to dedicate at least two years of
their careers to public service. The gift spearheads the first Pace
Law School comprehensive capital campaign.

The Louise and Lawrence Ottinger Public Interest Scholarship will be
awarded annually to two students in the amount of approximately $15,000.
Applicants are required to write an essay on their interest and past
and planned activities in public interest issues, and explain how the
resultant efforts will contribute to specific social change or betterment.

Recipients will be selected based on their prior public interest activities,
the quality of their essays, the meaningfulness of the public interest
experience the students seek and the potential contribution to the community
which the students’ involvement is likely to engender, along with the
applicants’ academic records and LSAT test scores.

Ottinger’s career closely parallels the rise of public interest law in the
United States. In 1960, on a tide of national hope and optimism unique in
U.S. history, Ottinger was a founding staff member of the Peace Corps and
served as its South American program director. Then in 1965 he began his
congressional career as the first person to run, and win, on an environmental
issue – saving the Hudson River. He stayed in the federal fray for 20 years.

By the time Ottinger accepted the deanship, Pace Law School’s environmental
law program had been acknowledged as one of the top three in the country.
He had participated in the formation of the Center for Environmental Legal
Studies and directed its Energy Project, a national leader in promoting
energy reform. Ottinger served as dean for five years, stepping down from
the position in July 1999.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae
throughout the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D.
programs on its White Plains, New York, campus. The School also offers the
Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies. The
School, which has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs,
also offers the doctoral S.J.D. program in that field. The School of Law
is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with
campuses in New York City and Westchester County.