Pace Women’s Justice Center Expands Education Program for High School Students

To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private, all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Contacts: Mary E. Horgan, Pace Public Information,
914-923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu
Regina Pappalardo, Communications Coordinator, Pace Law School
914-422-4268, rpappalardo@law.pace.edu
Helene Norton-Russell, Coordinator of Public Relations,
Pace Women’s Justice Center
914-422-4069, hrussell@law.pace.edu

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER
EXPANDS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
TO COMBAT DATING VIOLENCE

Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro to be guest speaker 1:00 pm Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Pace Law School

Grants from EILEEN FISHER, Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and Women’s Research and Education Fund will support training for high school students

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 6, 2004 — To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private, all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Now the program is expanding, and adding sections for girls as well.

From Wednesday, July 7, through Friday, July 9, 30 male and female student leaders from Gorton, Blind Brook, Horace Greeley, Good Council, Mount Saint Michael, Greenwich, Maria Regina and Stepinac high schools will attend a three-day intensive training seminar at the Pace Law School so they can take the program back to their schools this fall.

The seminar will also present featured speakers including Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, Robert Mancuso, a Westchester criminal defense attorney, and Eric Ramos, a White Plains Police Department School Resource Officer. Pirro speaks Thursday, July 8, at 1:00 pm.

Epidemic. “There is an epidemic of violence in our culture today,” said Susan Pollet, executive director of the WJC. “Rates of violence in dating relationships among high school students have been measured at between 9 and 41 percent. Among high school girls surveyed between the ages of 14 to 18, about 20 percent reported that they had been hit, slapped, shoved or forced into sexual activity by a dating partner.”

“This is a male problem and it needs a male solution,” she adds, explaining the continuing emphasis on special education for boys. For girls, the classes teach how to forestall violence, in part by seeking legal protections and penalties.

“Teen dating violence is a serious problem that does not always receive the attention it deserves,” said District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. “With programs such as this, early intervention and education can interrupt the vicious cycle of violence before it escalates.”

The program educates student leaders about dating violence, domestic abuse and other dangerous behavior in the hopes of reducing its occurrence. Specifically it points out the dangers of rape, stalking and other forms of abuse including emotional, psychological and physical.

After the training sessions the student leaders will go back to their schools to help their peers understand what is and is not healthy behavior. The Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Teen Dating Violence Program session will include presentations, videos, and discussion of myths and realities.

Encouraging responsibility in teenage boys for their behavior is one of the immediate goals.

The program is financially supported by EILEEN FISHER, the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and the Women’s Research and Education Fund.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women. Staff attorneys carry beepers so they can be reached around the clock.

The Center has emerged as the national leader in first response legal services for battered women by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Each year, the WJC represents over 1,500 battered women and their children in family court. Since 1999 law students have contributed over 10,000 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims.

In addition, the Center conducts more than 100 training programs a year in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems, for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals and published dozens of articles.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, the WJC recently was given New York Governor George Pataki’s 2003 Justice, Freedom and Courage Award to End Domestic Violence.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that instills lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, in New York City and Pleasantville, Briarcliff and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center Benefit Dinner to Honor Eve Ensler & Camille Failla Murphy

The Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center (WJC) will honor social justice leaders and advocates Eve Ensler and Camille Failla Murphy at A Celebration of Justice for Women, the Center’s annual benefit dinner, to be held at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown on Wednesday, October 2.

White Plains, N. Y. – September 20, 2002 — The Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center (WJC) will honor social justice leaders and advocates Eve Ensler and Camille Failla Murphy at A Celebration of Justice for Women, the Center’s annual benefit dinner, to be held at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown on Wednesday, October 2.

“Eve Ensler and Camille Murphy are pioneers of change for women’s rights. Their work is saving lives,” said Victoria L. Lutz, the Executive Director of the WJC. “Every 15 seconds somewhere around the world a woman is battered, usually by her husband, lover or partner. Through the innovative use of the law, the Pace Women’s Justice Center is working to eradicate this violence and further women’s legal rights. We are privileged to honor these exceptional women who are partners in our mission of justice for women.”

Eve Ensler, who is best known for her Obie-Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, is the founder of V-Day, a global movement that helps anti-violence organizations throughout the world continue and expand their core work while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence (including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery) against women and girls. Ms. Ensler travels all over the world in her quest to stop violence against women and girls so that they may be, in her words, ‘free to thrive, rather than merely survive’. Ms. Ensler will receive the Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award for her singular dedication to women’s rights and her relentless efforts to stop the violence.

The founder and director of the Westchester Office for Women, Camille Failla Murphy, will accept the Diane White Legal Advocacy Award for her inspirational leadership and advocacy on behalf of women. Ms. Murphy is also the founder and director of the Women’s Research and Education Fund, former president of both the National Association of Commissions for Women and the National Women’s Commission Education and Research Fund, and the chair of the Westchester Domestic Violence Council. She has been instrumental in the creation and development of the Family Court Legal Program, through which the WJC and its partners annually represent more than 900 victims of domestic violence and their children.

Prior to the dinner, the Silent Auction in the Pavilion Promenade, will offer more than 90 donated auction items, including a four-day Royal Caribbean cruise for two to Bermuda, a three-day Disneyworld vacation for four, a golf foursome at the Westchester Country Club, catered parties in your home, jewelry, several dinners for two at many popular Westchester restaurants, and enough tickets to sports events to keep your favorite sports addict busy for an entire year.

Proceeds from the event and silent auction support the Women’s Justice Center, a non-profit organization that annually conducts trainings for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attoneys, and law students. The WJC has pioneered the 24/7 provision of legal services to battered women by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety, so that victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning. Each year the WJC provides direct representation to more than 900 victims of domestic violence and their children. Annually, the WJC conducts more than 100 domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and other training programs. It also has produced public service announcements for the Violence Against Women’s Office of the federal government concerning domestic violence, written judicial training manuals, and published many articles on these topics. Its help lines address over 800 calls per year.

Tables are available from $1,500 to $10,000. Individual tickets are $150.
For reservations or more information about the dinner, please contact Judy Russo at (914) 422-4424, or judyrusso@law.pace.edu.

Pace Women’s Justice Center Annual Benefit Dinner: A Celebration of Justice for Women

Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center will honor Colleen McGrath, former director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and Richard L. Ottinger, former congressman and dean emeritus of Pace Law School, at the Center’s third annual benefit dinner, A Celebration of Justice for Women, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Tarrytown House.

Contact: Public Affairs
(914) 923-2798

Contact: Alta Levat
(914) 422-4128
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- Pace Law School’s Women’s Justice Center will honor Colleen McGrath, former director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and Richard L. Ottinger, former congressman and dean emeritus of Pace Law School, at the Center’s third annual benefit dinner, A Celebration of Justice for Women, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Tarrytown House.

Ms. McGrath will receive the Diane White Legal Advocacy Award for her inspirational leadership and advocacy on behalf of battered women. Dean Ottinger will receive the Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award for his dedication to the advancement of women’s legal rights and for his role in the establishment and growth of the Pace Women’s Justice Center. Pace University alumna Rossana Rosado, publisher and CEO of El Diario/La Prensa, will deliver the keynote address and attorney Michael G. Dowd, founder of the Women’s Justice Center, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The Annual Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a one-hour CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program, “Ethics, Women and the Law.” Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Silent auction items include weekend stays at five-star New York City hotels, tickets to the U.S. Open, the Knicks and Mets, shopping sprees in Westchester villages and memberships to fitness clubs. Individual dinner tickets are $150 and sponsorship tables are available for $10,000, 5,000 3,000 and 1,500. For more information on journal ads, tickets and donations call, Lillian Fanelli at (914) 422-4062.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies on public and private contributions to support its mission and to sustain the many programs that provide domestic violence intervention and legal representation to battered women.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. The School offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its post-graduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and the LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs and its Clinical Education Program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, poverty law, environmental litigation, securities arbitration and disability law. Pace Law School is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Deliver Keynote Address at the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Second Annual “Dinner with a Difference,” Oct. 28

The Pace Women’s Justice Center will host its second annual
“Dinner with a Difference,” on Thursday, October 28, 1999 at the Tarrytown House,
East Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown, N.Y. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, nationally renowned
human sexuality expert, will provide the keynote address. There will be a round-
table discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues” at
5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and the ceremony at
7 p.m. For ticket prices and reservations, call (914) 422-4069.

Contact: Public Affairs
(212) 346-1637
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Pace Women’s Justice Center will host its second annual
“Dinner with a Difference,” on Thursday, October 28, 1999 at the Tarrytown House,
East Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown, N.Y. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, nationally renowned
human sexuality expert, will provide the keynote address. There will be a round-
table discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues” at
5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and the ceremony at
7 p.m. For ticket prices and reservations, call (914) 422-4069.

The evening will begin with introductory remarks by Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Following introductions, the Pace Women’s Justice Center will present the “Diane
White Legal Advocacy Award” to New York State Supreme Court Justice Sondra Miller,
the highest-ranking female jurist in the Ninth District and a graduate of the first
class of Harvard Law School to admit women. The Award is in memory of White, a
grass-roots pioneer for women’s legal rights in Westchester County.

Also during the evening, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano will receive
the “Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award” for his unique and successful
approaches to helping poor and battered women.

The roundtable discussion on the “Ethical Considerations in Women’s Legal Issues,”
will be hosted by playwright Henry A. Miller, Esq., of the law firm of Clark Gagliardi
& Miller, PC, and will feature panelists Dean David S. Cohen of Pace Law School,
Michael G. Dowd, Esq., the Honorable George D. Marlow, the Honorable Sondra Miller,
and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Continuing Legal Education credit in ethics is available
for those attending (additional $50 fee for CLE credit).

The “Dinner with a Difference” benefits the Pace Women’s Justice Center at Pace
University School of Law. The Pace Women’s Justice Center is a nonprofit organization
that depends on grants and donations to provide all of its programs and free legal
counsel to the needy. Each year the Center trains dozens of future attorneys,
represents hundreds of victims of domestic violence, and provides legal information
and training to thousands of people. The Center’s mission is to give women and
families the legal tools they need to stop gender violence, seek economic justice,
protect children and save lives.

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.

Battered Women’s Justice Center Receives $137,000 Grant to Create Public Service Announcements about Domestic Violence Awareness

The Battered Women’s Justice Center at Pace
University School of Law will honor two women for their work in
creating a national public service announcement about domestic abuse,
on Thursday, Oct. 8 during a daylong program in recognition of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month. Events begin at 11 a.m. and will conclude
with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on the School’s White Plains campus,
78 North Broadway. The public is invited to attend.

The Battered Women’s Justice Center at Pace
University School of Law will honor two women for their work in
creating a national public service announcement about domestic abuse,
on Thursday, Oct. 8 during a daylong program in recognition of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month. Events begin at 11 a.m. and will conclude
with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on the School’s White Plains campus,
78 North Broadway. The public is invited to attend.

Battered Women’s Justice Center To Receive $10,000 from TV Journalist

A news reporter for TV FOX 4 in Kansas City will present the Pace University Battered Women’s Justice Center with a $10,000 donation at a ceremony on Friday, September 18 at 4 p.m. in the Tudor Room of the Pace University School of Law Campus, 78 North Broadway in White Plains. Harris Faulkner selected the Center because of its work in providing legal representation to indigent battered women.

Contact: Public Affairs
(212) 346-1637
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A news reporter for TV FOX 4 in Kansas City
will present the Pace University Battered Women’s Justice Center
with a $10,000 donation at a ceremony on Friday, September 18 at
4 p.m. in the Tudor Room of the Pace University School of Law Campus,
78 North Broadway in White Plains. Harris Faulkner selected the
Center because of its work in providing legal representation to
indigent battered women.

The Center will use the funds to help more indigent women obtain
orders of protection, better custody determinations, and legal counsel
when they have fought back against their abusers.

Faulkner’s $10,000 donation to the Center represents the sum of a 1998
scholarship she was awarded by the Atchinson Chamber of Commerce. She
has chosen to donate these funds to the Pace Center out of a personal
commitment to assist victims of stalkers and women who fall victim to
domestic violence. In July 1998, Faulkner won the Amelia Earhart Pioneering
Achievement Award for her courageous and aggressive reporting of her own
history as a stalking victim.

Faulkner learned of the Pace Battered Women’s Justice Center after
searching the Internet for information about groups active in gender
violence intervention work. According to Vicki Lutz, the Center’s
director, “Apparently, we were #581 on the list of websites she had
pulled up; she called; I told her about the work of the Center, and
when I told her that we desperately needed more money for legal
representation efforts for battered women, she offered her $10,000
award. I couldn’t believe it! I want to thank Ms. Faulkner for her
great generosity. She is an amazing person and a real leader in the
war against gender violence.”

Faulkner is co-anchor of “FOX 4 NEWS AT SIX” and “FOX 4 NEWS AT TEN”
as well as a correspondent reporting on such stories as the 1995 Oklahoma
City bombing and the 1996 presidential campaign. She is a graduate of the
Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was
recognized as one of Kansas City’s most influential African Americans in
1994 and 1996 and has been named Kansas City’s Best Female Television
Anchor for three consecutive years by Pitchweekly, a local newspaper.

The Pace Battered Women’s Justice Center is the first university-based
center in the United States dedicated to training lawyers to handle battered
women’s cases. A nonprofit organization, the Center provides its training
at no cost to the participants and relies on state and private funding for
its operation.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has nearly 5,000 alumni throughout the
country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening programs on its
White Plains, N.Y., campus. The School has one of the nation’s top-rated
environmental law programs, and is part of a comprehensive, independent and
diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.