Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program Marks Ten Years with Daylong Celebration

October 14, 2009 – A daylong “Celebration of Justice for Women” starts at 3:00 pm October 15, 2009 with a ceremony and brief symposium at the White Plains Courthouse to mark the tenth anniversary of the Family Court Legal Program, administered by the Westchester County Office for Women. It will be followed by the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s 12th Annual Benefit dinner at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown at 6:00 pm, where County Executive Andrew J. Spano will receive the “Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award.”

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact for Pace Women’s Justice Center: Karen Commeret 914-422-4634 or kcommeret@law.pace.edu FIRST PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY TO OFFER LEGAL AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MARKS 10 YEARS

Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program has served over 8,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence and trained over 250 law students

Center was the first to provide professional training to law students in representing domestic violence victims and survivors

WHITE PLAINS, NY, October 14, 2009 – A daylong “Celebration of Justice for Women” starts at 3:00 pm October 15, 2009 with a ceremony and brief symposium at the White Plains Courthouse to mark the tenth anniversary of the Family Court Legal Program, administered by the Westchester County Office for Women. It will be followed by the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s 12th Annual Benefit dinner at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown at 6:00 pm, where County Executive Andrew J. Spano will receive the “Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award.”

Speaking at the symposium will be a number of experts on dealing with domestic violence, including the keynote speaker, Amy Barasch, Esq., Executive Director of New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

The Family Court Legal Program (“FCLP”), established in 1999, was the first program in the country to offer comprehensive legal and support services in one place to women applying for orders of protection, while also providing professional training to law students in representing domestic violence victims and survivors. Attorneys from the Pace Women’s Justice Center and students from the Pace University School of Law are at the courthouse in White Plains and Yonkers, Monday – Friday. Services are free and provided on a walk-in basis. The FCLP is a collaborative partnership with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Victims Assistance Services, the Westchester County Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Probation Department, the entire Family Court staff, and domestic violence shelters.

Ten years ago, by asking Pace Law School to provide clinical legal representation, County Executive Spano not only took a dramatic step toward safeguarding some of the most vulnerable members of the community, but also helped forge “a link between the law school and the county for the benefit of both,” in the words of Professor Janet Johnson, then the Executive Director of Academic Programs for the Pace Women’s Justice Center and a central force in the Program’s creation.

Since it opened, the Family Court Legal Program has served over 8,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence and trained over 250 law students. Women are not the only beneficiaries of this program – 2,579 children have been included in the orders of protection that have been issued.

Ceremony and symposium details: The keynote speaker at the courthouse celebration is Amy Barasch, Esq., the first director of the Family Court Legal Program and current Executive Director of New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The event will also include the premiere of a video, “Seeking Safety at the Family Court Legal Program,” which will be available on-line to help victims of domestic violence understand the process of securing legal remedies for domestic violence. The video will also be shown at the dinner and features three victims who were helped through the program and will also be at the dinner.

Other speakers will be District Attorney Janet DiFiore; the Honorable Alan D. Sheinkman, Administrative Judge of the 9th Judicial District; Michelle S. Simon, Dean of Pace University School of Law; Camille Failla Murphy, Director of the Westchester County Office for Women; and Jane Aoyama-Martin, Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center. An open house at the Family Court Legal Program will begin at 4:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Office for Women at (914) 995-5972.

Benefit and silent auction details: The 12th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown at 6:00 pm are sponsored by the Pace Women’s Justice Center of Pace University’s School of Law. Founded in 1991, Pace Women’s Justice Center is the largest legal services provider in Westchester specializing in domestic violence and elder abuse. With a staff of 20 plus over 5,000 annual hours contributed by pro-bono attorneys, volunteers and law students, the Center makes direct legal services and legal information readily available to those in need.

In addition to the Family Court Legal Program, the Center also sponsors a Family Law Lecture Series, Elder Abuse Civil Legal Services and Elder Law Clinics, a Moderate Means Divorce Panel, trainings, and a Legal Helpline that receives over 3,000 calls per year (914-287-0739).

County Executive Spano was chosen to receive the “Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award” because of his vision and support of the Family Court Legal Program over the past 10 years.

Before the dinner, a Silent Auction in the Pavilion Promenade will offer more than 200 donated items, including weekend getaways, jewelry, and dinners at many popular Westchester. For more information on the dinner: Call the Center @914-422-4069 www.law.pace.edu/wjc

About Pace Law School: Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws 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

About Pace University: For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu Visit us on the web: Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter @PaceUNews | Flickr | YouTube

Pace Law Dean Emeritus and Nationally Known Environmentalist Richard Ottinger Receives Green Award

In celebration of his lifetime achievements in working to improve the environment, Richard Ottinger, Dean Emeritus of Pace Law School, will be honored by the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) at its annual fall benefit reception on Saturday, October 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a private “green” home on Long Island Sound.

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[WHITE PLAINS, NY – October 14, 2009] In celebration of his lifetime achievements in working to improve the environment, Richard Ottinger, Dean Emeritus of Pace Law School, will be honored by the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) at its annual fall benefit reception on Saturday, October 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a private “green” home on Long Island Sound.

Dick Ottinger’s life has been dedicated to environmental protection and energy conservation. Prior to joining the Pace faculty, he served for 16 years in the U.S. Congress, chairing the House Subcommittee on Energy, Conservation and Power. He is currently Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., where he taught environmental law and was Dean from 1994-1999. As co-director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, he started the Energy Project (now the Pace Energy and Climate Center), which raises $900,000 per year, advocating utility investment in conservation and renewable energy resources.

Ottinger is a nationally known environmentalist. Hunter Lovins, a renowned champion of sustainable development who this week has been the first Visiting Fellow in Residence at Pace University’s Pace Academy of Applied Environmental Studies, said Tuesday that as an advocate and legislator, Ottinger “was responsible for most of the legislation that now allows environmentalists to do their work.”

Pace Law School’s Environmental Law program has been consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report) and the school is the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws in Environmental Law.

Serving as an ideal location, the “green” home at which the reception will take place features solar panels and a geo-thermal energy system. The event will feature several additional green aspects: a silent auction that includes local “green” products and services; recycled paper invitations; and hors d’ oeuvres catered by The Flying Pig, a local caterer that focuses on local, sustainable offerings.

Marian Rose, founder and former president of Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition (CWCWC) will also be honored at the event. For questions or information on attending the event, the public can call the FCWC office at (914) 422-4053 or email Adiel at fcwc@fcwc.org.

Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Inc. was founded in 1965 as a nonprofit coalition of dozens of local environmental groups to form a strong, single voice for combating pollution and preserving Westchester’s many precious natural resources. FCWC has promoted environmentally sound planning and decision making throughout the region and educated the public and government officials on the need to protect natural resources. As the premier environmental watchdog in Westchester, the organization has influenced local, county and state governments in the defense of air, water and land.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School (www.law.pace.edu) has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws 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.pace.edu

New Pace Law Program One of Only Two in NY Area to Reach Students Seeking Spring Start

Pace Law School announced the launch of a new program for candidates seeking to start law school in January rather than September.

Pace Law School Announces January 2010 Start Date for New Entering Class New Flexible, Accelerated Path Offers Chance to Earn Law Degree in Only 2½ Years

WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 2009) — Pace Law School announced the launch of a new program for candidates seeking to start law school in January rather than September. The application deadline for January 2010 is November 16, 2009. Admissions decisions are expected to be made before December 23, 2009. This inaugural class will start in January 2010, completing the first core semester of law school during the spring and the second semester during a new 13-week summer session. These students will then join their second-year law student classmates in fall 2010 and graduate in two and one-half years rather than the traditional three-year path.

“This is a novel way to reach students who do not want to wait until next fall to start law school,” noted Pace Law Dean Michelle S. Simon.

Assistant Dean for Admissions Cathy Alexander said that recruiting this new entering class will be timely given the increased interest of May graduates deciding to pursue legal studies late in their senior year, due to the tough job market. Late LSAT preparation may have caused these seniors to have missed application deadlines for the fall 2009 class. “We also have received several inquiries from December graduates and others in the Westchester area who seek spring admission,” added Alexander. Dean Simon noted that the January entering students would be fully integrated into law school life and have access to all the same services and activities available to first-year students who started in September 2009, including financial aid, career services, student groups and eligibility for law review.

By adding a January entering class, Pace Law School joins a handful of law schools around the country with multiple admissions dates, including only Cardozo Law School in the New York City metropolitan area. “We plan to capitalize on our wonderful setting in suburban Westchester to draw potential students, as well as the richness of our clinics, externships and our renowned environmental programs,” said Dean Simon. January entering students will be able to take advantage of all these programs at the same time as their fellow second-year classmates in the fall of 2010. Interested candidates can apply online for the January 2010 entering class by going to: www.law.pace.edu/apply.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on Climate Change Law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws 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

Michaelian Institute and Westchester Fire Chiefs Evaluate Consolidating Services

The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management will make a public presentation of a report, “Fire Services of Southern Westchester County: A Case for Consolidation” on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 3pm-5pm at the Pace Graduate Center auditorium, Room 206, One Martine Ave, White Plains, NY.

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Advance copies of the report, embargoed for use after 3 pm Wednesday, July 1, are available by email on request

Contacts: Michael Genito, Michaelian Institute, 914-422-4462, mgenito@pace.edu or Cara Cea, public information, Pace, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

$47 MILLION SAVINGS TO HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES POSSIBLE BY CONSOLIDATING WESTCHESTER FIRE DISTRICTS, SAYS NEW REPORT FROM PACE UNIVERISTY’S MICHAELIAN INSTITUTE AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY CAREER FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION

Document to be released at open meeting Wednesday, July 1, 3pm-5pm, at Pace Graduate Center in White Plains, NY

WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 29, 2009 – The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management will make a public presentation of a report, “Fire Services of Southern Westchester County: A Case for Consolidation” on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 3pm-5pm at the Pace Graduate Center auditorium, Room 206, One Martine Ave, White Plains, NY.

The event is open to the public. Media admission by press pass.

The 219 page study, commissioned by the Westchester County Career Fire Chiefs Association, evaluates the feasibility of consolidating 10 fire departments serving a population of 250,000 people in a 50 square mile area of Westchester County. The departments are those of Eastchester, Fairview, Greenville, Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and Scarsdale.

“The timeliness of this study cannot be overstated,” said Michael A. Genito, Director of the Michaelian Institute, “given the state of the economy, the need to improve service delivery, and especially the recent consolidation legislation adopted by the State of New York.”

In addition to more effective and efficient operations, consolidation can result in cost savings through the elimination of duplicate staffing, equipment and facilities. Lower Insurance Services Office (ISO) ratings could result in additional savings totaling an estimated $47 million on homeowner and business insurance premiums.

“This study can serve as the basis for a more comprehensive and granular study that would involve an in-depth evaluation of labor agreements, equipment and facility inventory, operational costs, managerial, legal and other issues that a consolidated district would need to address,” said Genito. “New York State has a keen interest in what we are doing and may be willing to fund a more detailed study entirely with State grants.”

About Michaelian and Pace. The Michaelian Institute and its legal research affiliate, the Municipal Law Resource Center, respond to the need of the public and nonprofit sectors for governance and management training and development, and for research to support and enhance their operations. The Michaelian Institute operates within the Pace University’s Department of Public Administration in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences; New Rochelle Fire Captain Barry Nechis, enrolled in Pace University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, was a major contributor to the study. Research assignments often help train students pursuing the MPA degree. For more information on the MPA program see http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=3308.

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions resting on a firm base of liberal learning, amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

“Governor’s College” on Federal Stimulus Funds to be Hosted at Pace Beginning Jun 29

On the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s business round table at Pace University on economic recovery, and an all day session Pace organized in White Plains co-hosted by Governor David A. Paterson and Congresswoman Nita Lowey on how mayors, city managers and other municipal officials can implement the Federal stimulus package, Pace University will continue such assistance by hosting a summer series called the “Governor’s College.”

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Contacts: Marissa Shorenstein (Paterson) 212-681-4640, Marissa.Shorenstein@chamber.state.ny.us Chris Cory (Pace University) 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Pace University to host Gov. Paterson’s “Governor’s College” forums on how to receive, manage and account for federal stimulus funds

First session to be moderated by John Cronin, first Hudson Riverkeeper and now Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at Pace

6/29, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11; Pace University School of Law, Judicial Institute building, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

White Plains, NY, June 25, 2009 – On the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s business round table at Pace University on economic recovery, and an all day session Pace organized in White Plains co-hosted by Governor David A. Paterson and Congresswoman Nita Lowey on how mayors, city managers and other municipal officials can implement the Federal stimulus package, Pace University will continue such assistance by hosting a summer series called the “Governor’s College.”

Each session will deal with a specific audience such as the non-profit sector, the business community or elected officials in New York State, and how each can access the historic amount of funding that the federal stimulus program is making available to them.

Panels will include representatives of New York State agencies involved in the effort, in some cases senior staff from Federal agencies, and faculty members from Pace University research institutes that work with governments and businesses.

Minimizing floodplain development. The first session, Monday morning, June 20, will focus on using funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to expand environmental protections. It will be moderated by John Cronin, a national environmental leader who was the first Hudson Riverkeeper and is now the Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at Pace’s new Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and director and chief executive of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

The panel will discuss topics like how municipalities can use the new funds to minimize development in flood plains, accelerate recycling and emission reductions, and use more solar, wind and small-hydro power.

The overall goal of the Governor’s College sessions is to inform participants about how to move forward in the funding process, and how to deal with the complexities of receiving, managing, and accounting for stimulus funds. Real time guidance. Said Paterson: “The Governor’s College is an excellent opportunity for community leaders to expand their knowledge of existing state programs and the stimulus package. These forums will provide real time guidance on how we can work together to resolve the economic challenges we face. I am pleased that my senior officials will continue our collaboration with Pace University to keep lawmakers and the public aware of the funding opportunities available to create jobs, improve our infrastructure and revitalize New York’s economy.”

WHEN: 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10.

WHERE: Pace University School of Law, Judicial Institute Building, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY TOPICS: Schedules are posted and updated at www.pace.edu/stimulus.

WHO: The conference will draw on the expertise of Pace University faculty members and the leaders of such premier Pace research centers as the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, the Pace Energy and Climate Center, the Land Use Law Center, and the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management.

Media admission by press pass only.

Venue for issues. In recent years Pace has emerged as a venue for discussion and understanding of the times in which its students live. In 2003 it hosted the first nationally-televised debate by the Democratic candidates for President; since then it has hosted New York City mayoralty debates, New York State gubernatorial debates, and town hall meetings with US Senators about Social Security Reform, not to mention frequent topical presentations by outstanding leaders in business, nursing, education, computing, law and the liberal arts and sciences. Faculty members frequently appear as experts in the national and international media and students regularly win national Model UN competitions and grill national figures in a political science course carried by C-Span.

For 103 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

New Law Faculty Members to Bring Environmental and Family Law Expertise to Pace in the Fall

Pace Law School is pleased to announce that Jessica Owley Lippmann and Noa Ben-Asher will join the full-time faculty beginning August 1, 2009. Lippmann will teach Environmental Skills and Practice among other courses, and Ben-Asher will teach Torts, Family Law and Sexuality, Gender & the Law.

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PACE LAW SCHOOL ADDS TWO NEW PROFESSORS TO FACULTY ROSTER BEGINNING WITH FALL 2009 SEMESTER

New Faculty Members to Bring Wealth of Expertise in Areas of Environmental and Family Law

WHITE PLAINS, NY – JUNE 18, 2009 — Pace Law School is pleased to announce that Jessica Owley Lippmann and Noa Ben-Asher will join the full-time faculty beginning August 1, 2009. Lippmann will teach Environmental Skills and Practice among other courses, and Ben-Asher will teach Torts, Family Law and Sexuality, Gender & the Law.

Jessica Lippman comes to Pace from Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where she practiced in the Land Use and Environmental Law Group. Prior to private practice, Lippmann clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the Central District of California.

“The addition of Jessica Lippmann to our faculty will enhance our already strong reputation in Environmental Law,” said Michelle S. Simon, Dean of Pace Law School. “Her interdisciplinary perspective – informed by law, environmental science, policy and management – will enable her to contribute to a broad scholarly dialogue.” Lippmann is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley, from which she received her JD, two master’s degrees and her PhD. During her graduate studies, Lippmann won multiple teaching prizes.

Noa Ben-Asher joins the Pace faculty after two years of teaching in Columbia Law School’s Associates-in-Law program. She is a graduate of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and New York University, where she received both her LLM and JSD. She previously was an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, where she worked in the Litigation Department. She also was a Williams Fellow at UCLA. Ben-Asher will teach Torts, Family Law and Sexuality, Gender & the Law during her first year at Pace. “Noa’s is an exciting and creative emerging voice in Family Law scholarship,” said Dean Simon. “Her interest in the intersections of gender theory, feminist theory and jurisprudence pushes the scholarly conversation to a new, high level.”

Pace Law School has several faculty members working in the area of women’s justice, and Ben-Asher will add to that expertise. Simon remarked, “Noa received high praise from her Columbia students. She has many of the attributes of a great teacher and will hit the ground running in the fall. We’re delighted to welcome our two newest colleagues.”

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. Its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report). The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate 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

Swine Flu and Similar Animal-Borne Viruses are Ticking Time Bombs Says Pace Law Professor

In the wake of the recent swine flu outbreak, Pace Law School environmental and animal law professor David Cassuto is warning that animal-borne viruses like the swine flu are ticking time bombs that not only pose a danger to humans, but the environment as well.

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SWINE FLU AND SIMILAR ANIMAL-BORNE VIRUSES ARE TICKING TIME BOMBS RESULTING FROM IMPROPER CONFINEMENT AND POSE POTENTIAL DANGER FOR ENVIRONMENT SAYS PACE LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR

* * * Professor Advises Contaminated Soil and Groundwater Should be of Equal Concern

In the wake of the recent swine flu outbreak, Pace Law School environmental and animal law professor David Cassuto is warning that animal-borne viruses like the swine flu are ticking time bombs that not only pose a danger to humans, but the environment as well.

“The best way to avert deadly flu is to stop creating ideal conditions for its incubation,” according to Professor Cassuto. “We’re hearing a lot of statements from officials about how pandemics like these are inevitable and that preparedness is the key. However, preventing the “factory farm” conditions that allow these viruses to fester and thrive is the real issue. New legislation and regulations may be needed.”

The overcrowding of thousands of pigs, cows, chickens, etc. into cramped, filthy quarters creates an environment that is ideal for the fast spread of potentially dangerous viruses, while the flies and other pests attracted to these conditions may allow for transportation of these diseases to other areas.

Of equal importance, Prof. Cassuto advises that these animal viruses that have developed from improper confinement situations can pose additional threats to the environment. “Pigs and other confined animals are fed millions of pounds of antibiotics every year. Those antibiotics make their way into the ground and water and eventually into us. The upshot is more drug-resistant bacteria and a systemic environmental contamination problem.”

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Pace Commencements to Honor NPR Journalist, Chilean Ambassador, IBM Innovator & Head of Asia Society

Influential leaders from media, science and world affairs in the US, Chile and Asia make up this year’s list of commencement speakers at Pace University’s ceremonies. Media admission is by press pass.

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Contacts: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1567, wcaldwell@pace.edu Cara Halstead Cea, 914-906-9680 or 845-642-4051, chalstead@pace.edu

NPR LAW JOURNALIST, SUCCESSFUL OPPONENT OF CHILEAN DICTATOR, IBM INNOVATION LEADER AND HEAD OF ASIA SOCIETY TO ADDRESS PACE UNIVERSITY 2009 COMMENCEMENTS NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg will address Law School graduates May 17 Nicholas Donofrio, recently-retired IBM EVP of innovation and technology, to speak to Westchester undergrads May 18 Chilean ambassador to UN to talk to New York City undergraduates May 20 in AM Vishakha Desai, president of Asia Society to address graduate students May 20 in afternoon NEW YORK, NY,

April 10, 2009 – Influential leaders from media, science and world affairs in the US, Chile and Asia make up this year’s list of commencement speakers at Pace University’s ceremonies. Media admission is by press pass.

SCHEDULE AND HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS: Westchester Ceremonies Law School Sunday, May 17, 2009, 10:00 a.m. Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY Nina Totenberg, Correspondent, Legal Affairs, Washington Desk, National Public Radio. Honorary Doctor of Laws In thirty-four years with NPR, Totenberg has reported stories that have drawn national attention, including Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by now-Justice Clarence Thomas, which caused the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen the confirmation hearings. Named twice as one of the “Women We Love” by Esquire magazine, her broadcasts for NPR make significant Supreme Court rulings accessible to the public. Westchester Undergraduate Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:00 a.m. Ann & Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, entrance # 3 Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow, (Retired) Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology, IBM Corporation, Honorary Doctor of Science Donofrio created and led the research and development staff that made it possible for IBM to generate more U.S. patents than any other company for each of the last 16 years, and has been an architect of the world’s information technology landscape in areas from logic and memory chips to storage technologies, personal computers, IBM’s family of servers, and supercomputers. In 2005, Mr. Donofrio was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. New York City Ceremonies Radio City Music Hall, Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets) New York Undergraduate Commencement Wednesday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. Radio City Music Hall Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations and Chairman of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Muñoz founded the Party for Democracy and under enormous stress helped defeat General Augusto Pinochet in 1988. As Chile’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations he was the chief negotiator of the country’s trade agreement with the European Union. At the UN, he has served on the Security Council and chaired a special committee on sanctions against Al Qaeda, recording reflections in a recent book, A Solitary War: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of the Iraq War and its Lessons. The most recent of more than a dozen books was published last year and is titled The Dictator’s Shadow: Life under Augusto Pinochet. The Washington Post listed it among the best books of 2008, calling it “meticulous and vivid, … a compelling personal account of life in a police state and a strong reminder of how far Chile has come.” Westchester & New York combined Graduate Ceremonies Wednesday, May 20, 4:00 p.m. Radio City Music Hall Vishakha Desai, President, Asia Society, Doctor of Humane Letters Vishakha Desai, chosen in 2007 by Crain’s New York as one of the “100 most influential women in New York City business,” is the first woman and first Asian-American to become the President and CEO of Asia Society. A noted historian of Asian art, she has expanded the society’s branches in Asia and demonstrated its influence by having it chosen as the location of Hillary Clinton’s first major speech after becoming Secretary of State as well as having hosted President George W. Bush, Indian Prime Minister Mammohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Thinking professionals. For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning, amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Pace Law Professor Jay C. Carlisle Appointed to New York State Law Review Commission

Professor Jay C. Carlisle II has been appointed a member of the New York State Law Review Commission by Governor David A. Paterson effective March 18, 2009, for a term to expire on December 31, 2012.

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Pace Law Professor Jay C. Carlisle Appointed to New York State Law Review Commission

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 3, 2009) – Professor Jay C. Carlisle II has been appointed a member of the New York State Law Review Commission by Governor David A. Paterson effective March 18, 2009, for a term to expire on December 31, 2012.

The commission is the oldest continuous agency devoted to law reform through legislation. An expert in New York civil practice and civil litigation, Carlisle will examine and consequently suggest needed reforms to the common law and statutes of New York State, which contain “defects and anachronisms.” Legislative proposals resulting from the commission’s recommendations are introduced in the New York State Legislature by ex officio members.

In addition to its own recommendations, the commission considers proposed changes put forth by, among others, the state legislature, the governor’s office, the American Law Institute, bar associations, judges, public officials, lawyers and the public. “Over the course of his near 40-year legal career, Professor Jay Carlisle has devoted himself to the advancement of the legal profession,” said Dean Michelle S. Simon. “We in the Pace Law School community are extremely proud of Professor Carlisle and know that his invaluable experience and insight, which we have come to rely on here at Pace, will only further enhance his work as part of the commission.”

A Pace professor since 1978, Professor Carlisle has published extensively in the area of civil litigation, procedure and professional responsibility and is an elected life fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Professor Carlisle previously was appointed by the former Chief Judge of the State of New York, Judith Kaye, to the Task Force on Women and the Courts. Governor Mario Cuomo appointed him chairperson of the Temporary State Commission on Local Government Ethics Public Advisory Council, and Governor George Pataki named him to the Committee on Cameras in the Courts. Since 1999 Carlisle has served as a referee for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and since 1980 he has been a special master for the Supreme Court of New York. Carlisle also is the recipient of several Bar Association awards for his pro bono service. He received his AB in 1965 from the University of California at Los Angeles and his JD in 1969 from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,700 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, Real Estate 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

Pace Energy and Climate Center to Study Impacts of Long 2006 Power Outage in Western Queens, NY

Pace Energy and Climate Center to study impacts of long 2006 power outage in western Queens, NY Will partner with LaGuardia Community College on research mandated by Public Service Commission settlement When the lights stay out, findings to shed light on issues that may face other cities

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Pace Energy and Climate Center to study impacts of long 2006 power outage in western Queens, NY Will partner with LaGuardia Community College on research mandated by Public Service Commission settlement When the lights stay out, findings to shed light on issues that may face other cities

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 20, 2009 – In the summer of 2006, power was out for several days in the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria and Long Island City in New York City’s borough of Queens. This meant no air conditioning during a heat wave, no lights, no elevators, gridlock from no traffic lights, limited subways, lost sales for closed businesses, lost wages for workers, health problems, and no rest for weary utility workers. Concerned citizens formed a group called “Western Queens Power for the People” and demanded that the utility, Consolidated Edison, pay residents back for losses, expenses and lost wages over and above the items covered by Con Edison’s claim form for spoiled food. The group also wanted to know what measures the utility would take if a blackout happened again. To measure the damage and losses, the group sought an economic and public health impact study, done by a third party and paid for by Con Edison. Last spring, Con Edison agreed such a study should go forward.

Now the Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center has been chosen to perform the research, which is expected to be finished by the end of August. The center has done pioneering studies on the role of law at the contentious intersections of energy and the environment for two decades, and is part of the school’s nationally-known environmental law program. Though the study is focused on the geographical area of Con Edison’s Long Island City (LIC) network, its findings should provide knowledge about how a long-term outage affects any wide, metropolitan area. Legal settlement. The study is coming about because Con Edison entered into a settlement proposal in a “prudence investigation” conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission. That required, among other things, that Con Edison “provide payment of up to $500,000 to a research entity for the completion of a study of the impact, including the economic and health impacts, of the July 2006 outage on the affected communities.”

The Pace Center recently executed the project agreements with Con Edison and the New York State Department of Public Service. LaGuardia partnership. The Center will do the work in partnership with LaGuardia Community College, which has deep ties to the businesses and residents of the neighborhoods in the LIC grid area. LaGuardia will conduct the customer surveys and gather other data, which will be done more by face-to-face contacts in the neighborhoods than by impersonal telephone surveys. The committee cited this approach as an important factor in its decision to award the research work to Pace. The Center also is working with an experienced bio-statistician and econometrician, Dr. Haftan Eckholdt, to guide the design of the customer survey and develop the sampling methodology so the study is statistically valid and can be cited and relied upon by the PSC and the parties to the prudence investigation. Summer deadline. James Van Nostrand, the lawyer and energy expert who is executive director of the center, will head up the project team in conjunction with Dana Hall, the center’s energy policy coordinator. The center also expects to involve law-student interns in gathering data, working with LaGuardia, and writing the research report. Additional staff at the center will support the project as necessary. Most of the data will be gathered by the end of April, and the center has until the end of the summer to complete the research. The Energy and Climate Center is an integral part of Pace Law School’s environmental law program, which is consistently ranked among the top three environmental law programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

For over 20 years, the Center has been a leading multi-disciplinary organization in the areas of environmental research and advocacy on energy issues in New York and throughout the Northeast, while training law students in these areas. 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, Real Estate 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