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Annual report of the Pace Environmental Law Program

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  • 2014-15 Leadership Report

  • SEPTEMBER 24: Pace Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar Presentation by Michael Pappas, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

    SEPTEMBER 26: Future Environmental Law Professors Workshop at Pace Law School with Keynote Address by Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    OCTOBER 1: 15th Annual Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law by Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Antonio A. Oposa, Jr.

    OCTOBER 22: Distinguished Environmental Law Lecture by Ambassador Sun Guoxiang, Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China in New York

    NOVEMBER 3: Distinguished Environmental Law Lecture by Wang Xi, Professor of Law, Associate Dean of the School of Law and Director of the Environment and Resources Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    DECEMBER 5: 13th Annual Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Conference: Transitioning Communities

    FEBRUARY 19-21: Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

    MARCH 20: Pace Environmental Law Review Symposium: Re-Conceptualizing the Future of Environmental Law

    APRIL 1: 20th Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law by Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law

    2014-15 Calendar of Events

    View of New York City from nearby Hudson River

    Abstract Cartography by Geraldine Lau

  • Degree Programs

    JD with Certificate in Environmental Law

    LLM in Environmental Law

    LLM in Environmental Law, Climate Change Specialization

    LLM in Environmental Law, Land Use and Sustainable Development Specialization

    LLM in Environmental Law, Global Specialization

    Joint Degree Programs

    JD/Master of Environmental Management with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

    JD/Master of Science in Environmental Policy with Bard Center for Environmental Policy

    JD/MBA with Pace University

    JD/MPA with Pace University

    JD/LLM in Environmental Law

    For almost four decades, Pace Law School has provid-

    ed an internationally acclaimed environmental legal

    education. Our dedicated faculty have been pioneers

    in developing and implementing environmental law

    and continue to serve as national and world leaders in

    the field. Our alumni are at work in law firms, govern-

    ment agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations,

    law schools, and universities across the country and

    around the world.

    Our students choose from more than 40 environ-

    mental law courses and unparalleled prospects to

    develop into highly qualified environmental lawyers.

    They research cutting-edge areas of the law through

    our on-campus Global Center for Environmental

    Legal Studies, Energy & Climate Center, Land Use

    Law Center for Sustainable Development, and Brazil

    American Institute for Law and Environment. They

    cultivate hands-on litigation and advocacy skills in

    our Environmental Litigation Clinic and local, national,

    and international externships. Our top-ranked envi-

    ronmental law program is located in the footprint of

    New York City and a short train trip from Washington,

    DC, providing our students with easy access to out-

    standing networking and practice opportunities.

    Jason J. Czarnezki

    Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law

    Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs

    Message from the Executive Director

  • The award-winning, pioneering Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic incorporates students into a thriving environmental law prac-tice representing public interest groups.

    Clinic cases:

    Catskill Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited v. US Environmental Protection Agency (representing 12 NGOs in a battle over the Water Transfers Rule in the Second Circuit).

    Raritan Baykeeper v. City of New York (fighting for environmental justice and public parkland in Brooklyn).

    Gabrielli v. Town of New Paltz (helping New York State munici-palities to protect wetlands).

    The Land Use Law Center (LULC) fosters the development of sus-tainable communities through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques.

    Center projects and news:

    With Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, created a land use clinic tackling press-ing issues such as regulation of hydraulic fracturing.

    LULC founder Professor John Nolon received Honorary Membership Award for exempla-ry service to local government from The International City/County Management Association, its highest award to a person outside city management.

    ABAs Section on State and Local Government Law awarded the Jefferson B. Fordham Award to LULC Executive Director Professor Jessica Bacher (JD 03) for groundbreaking work on distressed property remediation, hydraulic fracturing, renew-able energy, and sea level rise adaptation.

    Hands-On Learning Environment Clinics, Centers, and Real-World Training

    1978Pace Environmental Law Program founded

    1980Pace Environmental Law Review founded

    1989Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition inaugurated

    1988Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies joins International Union for the Conservation of Nature

    Pace Environmental Law Program Timeline

  • The Pace Energy and Climate Centers mission is to protect the earths environment by transform-ing the ways society supplies and consumes energy.

    Center projects and news:

    Professor Karl R. Rabago (LLM 90 ) joined the Center as its named Executive Director, bring-ing over 25 years of experience in energy and carbon markets to Pace.

    Secured nearly $500,000 in grant revenue to support its energy policy, clean energy, and climate leadership in New York and the Northeast, including several important grant renew-als from the Energy Foundation for its continued work on energy efficiency, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, re-newable energy, and intelligent energy management systems and policies.

    A member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies engages in innovative projects addressing global environmental challenges.

    Center projects and publications:

    Pace contingent of faculty, students, and alumni present-ed at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium in Tarragona, Spain.

    Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger, Pian Pian Wang (LLM 13), and Kristen Motel (JD 15), Options for Adaptation to Climate Change (forthcoming; presented at the Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and the Comparative Experiences).

    Professor Nicholas Robinson, Evolved Norms: A Canon for the Anthropocene in RULE OF LAW FOR NATURE (Christina Voigt, ed., Cambridge Univ. Press 2013) (first legal essay on sociobiology and environmental law).

    1996Professor Joe Sax (Berkeley) delivers Garrison Lecture

    1995Presidents Council on Sustainable Development designates Land Use Law Centers Hudson River Advisory Board for Sustainable Development as a national model

    David Sive, a founder of environmental law, delivers first annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law

    2000Professor Carol Rose (Yale) gives first annual Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law

  • The Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is the premier environmental moot court com-petition. It is run by Pace students and draws hundreds of compet-itors and judges to campus each February.

    2014 NELMCC updates:

    Over 400 students, advisors, attorneys and judges participat-ed in the 2014 NELMCC, now named in honor of its founder, Professor Jeffrey G. Miller.

    Out of 75 teams, the University of Mississippi emerged vic-torious, edging out finalists Louisiana State University and The University of Utah in a closely-contested final round.

    Hands-On Learning Environment Clinics, Centers, and Real-World Training

    Housed jointly at Pace and the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazil American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) advances environmental protection and sus-tainable development in the US and Brazil.

    Institute projects and news:

    In April, students in the Brazil Comparative Environmental Law course joined BAILE professors in Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande to explore water allocation and other environmental challenges in Brazil.

    Will hold one-week training for Brazilian federal judges focusing on environmental criminal law and hazardous waste in May 2015.

    With the Pace Energy and Climate Center, will launch an energy law summer program aimed at Brazilian lawyers, law students, and others who work in the field in July 2015.

    2005Pace Environmental Law Program receives the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

    2006Pace hosts the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium

    2009Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger receives Environmental Quality Award from US EPA, its highest award presented to the public

    Pace Environmental Law Program Timeline

  • The United Nations Environmental Diplomacy Practicum a program unique to Pace places students in internships with Permanent Missions to the United Nations for small island developing states.

    Recent practicum highlights:

    Ambassadors Eduardo Ulibarri of Costa Rica and Ronald Jumeau of Seychelles met with Practicum students in May to

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