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Contact: Alta Levat
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.