Pace Law School Hosts Discussion on Cameras in the Courtroom

The Evening Students Association of Pace University School of Law will host a panel discussion on the use of cameras in the courtroom, on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Tudor Room, Preston Hall, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. The event is free and open to the public.

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(212) 346-1268
WHITE PLAINS, NY — The Evening Students Association of Pace University School of Law will host a panel discussion on the use of cameras in the courtroom, on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Tudor Room, Preston Hall, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. The event is free and open to the public.

Courtroom Television Anchor Raymond Brown, Pace University School of Law Professor Jay Carlisle, who sits on the New York State Governor’s Commission on Cameras in the Courtroom, and County Court Judge Kenneth Lange, who is president of the County Court Judges Association of the State of New York, will discuss the various aspects of this controversial topic with Kevin Doyle, capital defender at the New York State Capital Defender’s Office, Jack Litman, of Litman, Asche & Gioiella in New York City and other leading experts.

Governor George Pataki appointed Carlislie and Pace trustee Henry Miller to the New York State Committee to Review Audio and Visual Coverage of Court Proceedings in New York. The New York State Legislature has asked the committee to evaluate the state’s ten year experiment with cameras in the courts and issue a report to the legislature by May 1, 1997. The legislature will decide whether the legislation authorizing cameras should be permanent.

The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program is ranked third in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.

For more information, please call (914) 422-4292.

Southwestern Wins Moot Court Competition at Pace

The three-person team from Southwestern University School of Law won the Pace University School of Law Ninth Annual National Environmental Moot Court Competition with the highest combined score for both the oral argument and written brief. More than 80 law schools nationwide participated in the three-day event, which is the largest moot situated all under one roof, and the largest environmental moot court competition in the nation.

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — The three-person team from Southwestern University School of
Law won the Pace University School of Law Ninth Annual National Environmental
Moot Court Competition with the highest combined score for both the oral argument and
written brief. More than 80 law schools nationwide participated in the three-day event,
which is the largest moot situated all under one roof, and the largest environmental moot
court competition in the nation.

Becky Clark, Adrienne Miller and Joan Spaeder from the Southwestern University School
of Law team had the highest score for their oral presentation as they represented the
While-U-Wait Photo Service in the final round. The case involved retroactive Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) applicability and medical
monitoring cost recovery to track toxic photo chemicals which were released into the ground
water. The Southwestern team beat out the two teams from the University of Memphis and
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

Other schools took awards in the following categories: Best Oralist, Minjoo Lee from
Washington University School of Law (St. Louis); Best Overall Brief, University of
Texas School of Law; and Best Brief Representing Each Party, University of Baltimore
School of Law and University of Houston School of Law.

This year’s specific case, selected by the White Plains, NY-based school’s Moot Court
Board, was given to each of the teams prior to the competition, and each two- or three-
person team prepared and submitted a written brief defending one position regarding the
topic of retroactivity and commerce clause issues in a CERCLA proceeding. In past
competitions, students have argued on environmental topics ranging from illegal
dumping to personal liability for violation by a corporation.

Each team argued from three points of view — the government/regulator, the regulated
industry and the citizen public interest group. Each team defended all three positions
before a panel of judges comprised of attorneys and federal and state judges, most of
whom are specialists in the field of environmental law. The competition consisted of
three rounds, and each team was rated on their written brief and each oral defense.

The judges presiding over the final round included: Environmental Appeals Judge
Honorable Edward E. Reich, who works with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board; Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr., a United States
Court of Appeals Judge for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio; Honorable Jane R.
Roth, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; and Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, a United States Court of Appeals
Judge for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois.

Preliminary rounds were held on Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21 with
the top-scoring 27 teams advancing to the quarter-final round. Only nine teams advanced
to the final rounds, held on Saturday, February 22. All of the participating schools,
volunteers and judges participated in a special reception on Friday, February 21, hosted
by Texaco Inc.

The Southwestern University team received a traveling trophy of an original watercolor,
“Dawn-Storm King,” by Hudson Valley artist John Husley, that commemorates the 1965
court decision inaugurating the field of environmental law. Last year’s winning team was
from The University of Houston. Winning briefs will be published in the Pace
Environmental Law Review.

The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University
with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Its Environmental Law
program is ranked third in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 14,000
students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson
College of Arts, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information
Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.

Prominent Trial Lawyer Bill Wagner to Discuss Attorney Ethics at Pace

Prominent trial lawyer Bill Wagner, a past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and nationally known expert in tort litigation, will be the guest lecturer for the 1997 Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics at Pace University School of Law. The lecture, titled “Legal Ethics in a Confrontational Society,” is free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. on the School of Law’s campus at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, in the Moot Court Room of the Gerber Glass building.

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — Prominent trial lawyer Bill Wagner, a past
president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and
nationally known expert in tort litigation, will be the guest
lecturer for the 1997 Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney
Ethics at Pace University School of Law. The lecture, titled “Legal
Ethics in a Confrontational Society,” is free and open to the
public, and will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. on the
School of Law’s campus at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, in the
Moot Court Room of the Gerber Glass building.

Wagner will address the increase of confrontation in society and its
impact on the practice of law, particularly modern civil litigation.

“It could be argued that the behavior of members of the legal
profession may, to a great extent, merely reflect the attitudes of
their clients and of society as a whole,” Wagner said. “It is time
to evaluate these dramatic changes.”

Wagner, a senior partner in the law firm of Wagner, Vaughan &
McLaughlin in Tampa, Florida, is an elected member of the American
Law Institute and a member of its governing Council. He serves as
an advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability,
a project promising significant reformulation of the law of Products
Liability.

Wagner’s law firm, Wagner, Vaughan & McLaughlin, is one of the
oldest plaintiffs’ trial firms in the South. He is certified as a
civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is
a board-certified civil trial Lawyer as recognized by the Florida
Bar. Among his numerous professional honors, Wagner is a fellow of
the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture was established by the family,
friends and colleagues of the late Philip B. Blank, associate dean
for external affairs and professor of law at Pace University School
of Law. In honor of Dean Blank’s commitment to legal ethics, the
Blank Lecture presents distinguished members of the legal community
who are recognized for their leadership in the area of attorney
ethics and practice.

The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and
diversified University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program is ranked third in
the country by U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 14,000 students
are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the
Dyson College of Arts, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law
and Lienhard School of Nursing.

For more information, please call (914) 422-4205.

Pace Law School Hosts National Environmental Moot Court Competition

Pace University School of Law’s Ninth Annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the largest environmental moot in the country, will be held from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 at the School’s White Plains campus, 78 North Broadway.

Contact: Public Affairs
(212) 346-1268
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Pace University School of Law’s Ninth Annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the largest environmental moot in the country, will be held from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 at the School’s White Plains campus, 78 North Broadway.

Each two- or three-person team from more than 80 law schools nationwide, has written and filed a brief on retroactivity and commerce clause issues in a CERCLA liability proceeding. During the competition, each team will defend its position before a panel of judges comprised of attorneys and federal and state judges, most of whom are specialists in the field of environmental law.

The judges presiding over the final round include: Environmental Appeals Judge Honorable Edward E. Reich, who works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board; Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr., a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio; Honorable Jane R. Roth, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois.

Preliminary rounds are held on Thursday with the top-scoring 27 teams advancing to the quarter-final round. Nine teams will advance to the final round, which will be held on Saturday, February 22, and is free and open to the public.

Awards are given in the following categories: Winning Team; Best Oralist; Best Brief; Finalist Team; and Best Brief Representing Each Party. The team with the highest combined scores for both the oral argument and written brief will win the competition. The winning team receives a traveling trophy of an original watercolor, “Dawn-Storm King,” by Hudson Valley artist John Husley, which commemorates the 1965 court decision inaugurating the field of environmental law. Last year’s winning team was from The University of Houston.

This student-run competition is sponsored annually by the Pace Law School’s Environmental Moot Court Board in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and Texaco Inc. In the past, law students have argued on environmental topics ranging from illegal dumping to personal liability for violation by a corporation. Winning briefs will be published in the Pace Environmental Law Review.

The School of Law is part of a comprehensive diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program has consistently been rated among the top programs in the country.