Pace Law School Hosts Seminar About New York State’s First Environmental Court

Pace University’s Law School will host a seminar event, Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution – Westchester County’s Environmental Court and The Consensus Building Alliance, on Thursday, April 19th. The Honorable Francis A. Nicolai, who is the Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court, will speak at the Pace Law School event.

Contact: Anna L. Georgiou
(914) 422-4034
ageorgiou@law.pace.edu

WHITE PLAINS, N. Y. — Pace University’s Law School will host a seminar event, Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution – Westchester County’s Environmental Court and The Consensus Building Alliance, on Thursday, April 19th. The Honorable Francis A. Nicolai, who is the Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court, will speak at the Pace Law School event.

Westchester is now the location of one of the nation’s first environmental courts. This greatly needed and highly innovative court deals with land use controversies, smart growth, border wars, and open space preservation – all critical issues in the region. Westchester County also boasts the nation’s first program dedicated to mediating land use disputes, an effort to prevent litigation and achieve smarter solutions. Both of these ground-breaking initiatives will be discussed at the Pace event.

Judge Nicolai, who presides over the new Environmental Claims Part, will speak about the efficiencies of a court dedicated to hearing cases involving complex land use and environmental issues and new court procedures. Professor John Nolon, Director of the Law School’s Land Use Law Center will report on what experienced mediators can do in specific cases to avoid litigation.

The seminar is sponsored by the School’s Land Use Law Center and will be held at the Pace Law School campus, 78 North Broadway in White Plains. The event begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The seminar program and reception are open to the public free of charge. Contact for registration is Ann Marie McCoy who can be reached at (914) 422-4262 or amccoy@law.pace.edu.

Judge Nicolai was elected in 1990 as a Justice of the Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District, and was appointed the Administrative Judge for the district in 1998. Although the Ninth Judicial District encompasses the five counties situated north of New York City, the Environmental Claims Part is established only in Westchester County.

The mediation of land use disputes as an alternative to costly and time-consuming litigation will also be examined. The Land Use Law Center’s Consensus Building Alliance is a consensus-based program designed to resolve divisive land use conflicts in ways that help local leaders build sustainable communities.

The Land Use Law Center at Pace is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities in New York State through training and research projects in the field of land use law. The academic, training, and research activities of the Land Use Law Center engage over forty-five Pace Law students each year.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 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, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

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