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  • LEADERSHIP REPORT 20152016 1


    2015-16 Leadership Report

  • 2 Pace Law School Environmental Law Program

    SEPTEMBER 18: Future Environmental Law Professors Workshop with keynote speaker Douglas Kysar (Yale)

    SEPTEMBER 30: Distinguished Junior Scholar Presentation by Sarah Light (University of Pennsylvania)

    OCTOBER 13: Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law by US Senator Richard Blumenthal

    OCTOBER 22: Pace Environmental Author-in-Residence Lecture by New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg

    DECEMBER 11: Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Conference: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future: 100 Years of Zoning

    JANUARY 27: Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative Kickoff with Margot Pollans (Pace)

    FEBRUARY 18: The Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

    APRIL 6: Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law by Michael Gerrard (Columbia)

    APRIL 22: Second Annual Earth Day Jam featuring student-faculty band, The Recess Appointments

    2015-16 Calendar of Events

    Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic students and faculty on the nearby Hudson River

    Cover photo by Tim Nauman(Manhattan skyline from Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn)

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    Degree Programs

    JD with Certificate in Environmental Law

    LLM in Environmental Law

    LLM in Environmental Law, Energy and 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/LLM in Environmental Law

    JD/MBA with Pace University

    JD/MEP with Pace University

    JD/MPA with Pace University

    Located in one of the most exciting metropolitan regions on the planet and a stones throw from the birthplace of environmental law, the Pace Environmental Law Program has been dedicated to educating highly qualified, forward-thinking envi-ronmental lawyers since 1978. Over the years, our program has earned a world-class reputation, and its faculty, alumni and students have been a consistent point of pride. Nearly 1,500 graduates are active in practically every facet of environmental law and related areas. They live in almost every state in the U.S. and over thirty different countries. Our dedi-cated faculty have been pioneers in developing and implementing environmental law, and they continue to serve as local, national, and international leaders in the field.

    Decades from the founding of our program, we find ourselves at an exciting time in the ever expand-ing and ever more important study and practice of environmental law. In the past year, Pace has fo-cused on reconceptualizing environmental law, even holding a law review symposium on the topic. Our students are exposed to everything from the core to the cutting-edge in our dozens of specialized environ-mental law courses, externships, and Environmental Litigation Clinic. They help to shape and grow the field while gaining real world skills in our on-cam-pus Energy & Climate Center, Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development, Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, and Brazil American Institute for Law and Environment as well as our newest Food Law Initiative. We are proud to provide a legal education that spans the breadth and depth of subject areas and practices encompassed by the evolving field of environmental law.

    Jason J. Czarnezki

    Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law

    Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs

    Message from the Executive Director

  • 4 Pace Law School Environmental Law Program

    Pace Law School and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law have signed a first-of-its-kind, inter-law school memorandum of understanding in March 2015 that presents unprecedented opportunities for collaboration between the two nationally-ranked environmental programs. Through the Maryland-Pace Environmental Law Alliance, Pace and Maryland faculty collaborate on teaching and scholarship. Law students from both schools have access to courses, professors, and environmental networks in both the New York and Washington, DC metropolitan areas and can spend a semester visiting the partner institution.

    The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative was launched in 2015 to address the legal needs of farmers, food entrepreneurs, and others in the greater New York City region. Led by Professor Margot Pollans, the joint initiative between Pace and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will host workshops for students, academics, practicing lawyers, and food system professionals on cutting edge food law issues. These workshops will focus on practical concerns and transactional legal problems that farmers, small businesses, NGO operators, and the attorneys serving these parties face on a regular basis. The Initiative will also host an annual lecture to raise the profile of food law as a unique and important academic discipline and legal practice area.

    The Pace Environmental Law Program and the Land Use Law Center collaborate closely with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). Pace Law and Yale FES students may apply to receive a dual JD/masters degree in Environmental Management (MEM), Science (MESc) or Forestry (MF or MFS) in four years. Through the Land Use Collaborative, students and staff from Pace and FES promote sustainable land use policies by helping to support and train local land use leaders. Future plans between the Pace Environmental Program and Yale FES include inaugurating workshops migrating between Connecticut and New York that focus on the intersection of science and the law.

    A Networking Environment: Collaborations and Partnerships

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    If you are lucky enough to be a student in one of the classes she teaches or even one of her family and friends for whom she has created a wedding cake (a once-a-year hobby), you know that Professor Margot Pollans passion for food law runs deep. Paces newest faculty member, she recently moved from Los Angeles to Harlem with dog Ernie to help build the Environmental Law Programs food and agriculture law components. I am very excited to join Paces environmental faculty, she says. It is a privilege to work with a group of faculty and students with a deep commitment to environmental law and an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience in the area. Pace is one of a handful of law schools in the country with such an extensive environmental program. I am lucky to be here.

    Margots work focuses on environmental regulation of food production. Agriculture poses serious environmental threats, but it has been mostly exempt from traditional environmental law, she explains. Figuring out how to adapt and revise environmental regulation to establish effective controls for agricultural resource use and pollution is essential. There has been some work at Pace on this issue already (the Clinic has sued some of agricultures worst actors), but I hope to push this aspect of the curriculum further and give students more opportunities to engage with food and agriculture issues.

    Of all the work she has planned for Pace, Margot is most excited about the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative, which she will lead. Food is the next frontier of environmental law. There is a critical need to ensure the ongoing viability of the food supply and the health of populations and ecosystems affected by food production. At the same time, there is a serious need to protect consumers, to ensure equal access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food. Lawyers provide an important service in these efforts; they help clients navigate permitting and zoning systems, comply with food safety laws, and advocate for much-needed legal changes. The goal of this initiative is to make sure that there are enough well-trained lawyers out there to do this important work.

    Margot is currently co-authoring a food law casebook with Jacob Gersen (Harvard) and Michael Roberts (UCLA).

    Margot J. PollansAssistant Professor of Law

  • 6 Pace Law School Environmental Law Program

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

    Recently the Clinic has:

    Sued Frasure Creek Mining in Kentucky alleging that the mountaintop removal company is again falsifying reports and violating the limitations in its clean water permits.

    Petitioned to save a prehistoric fishthe endangered Atlantic Sturgeonfrom harm resulting from construction to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.

    Challenged New Yorks attempt to utilize $511 million from its Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund to finance components of Tappan Zee Bridge construction activities.

    The Land Use Law Center fos-ters the development of sustain-able communities by promoting innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques.

    Center projects and news:

    The Center joined the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network, part of an initiative to increase solar electric systems across New York State by reducing installation costs. The Center is creating resources and workshops on strategies and best practices for develop-ing a clear, comprehensive, and enforceable solar regulatory framework.

    Founder Prof. John Nolon au-thored a new book, Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground, which looks at the historical struggle betw


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