Mock NYS Assembly Hearing
Be on the lookout! Pace Academy's second Mock Environmental Hearing coming soon.
In April 2013, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies hosted the university’s first Mock US Senate Hearing on the Clean Water Act. With the stage set before a mock Senate Committee composed of real-life policy professionals, six teams of students presented their own original and innovative amendments to further the mission of the Clean Water Act. After a semester of preparation with Pace Academy staff, the counsel of specially-assigned Pace Law School students, and the guidance of a faculty advisor, each team presented a testimony worthy of true congressional consideration.
Now we’re at it again, this time with the lens focused in on NY State. Inspired by recent adjustments meant to relax pollution protections and allow for larger farms, we are setting the students to the task of examining the controversial future of the State’s evolving dairy industry.
From the promises made by Governor Cuomo at NY’s first Yogurt Summit, to accusations of animal abuse at local farms, the issues surrounding the seemingly neutral topic are complex. Teams representing advocacy groups for the likes of businesses, small farmers, animal welfare, public health, and environmental protection will work with Pace Academy to develop and present their testimonies in front of a mock joint hearing of the NYS Assembly Committees on Agriculture and Environmental Conservation.
In their testimonies, hearing participants will scrutinize current conditions and make recommendations on how NY can best create policies that will ensure humane treatment of animals, affordable and healthy products, vibrant farming communities, and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and economy of the State.
During the Spring 2014 Semester, students will build their testimonies with their law counsel and faculty advisors. In order to enhance the learning experience for students, Pace Academy will supplement the program with several guest lectures and field trips. The hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Pace University School of Law's Judicial Institute in White Plains, NY.
We look forward to another successful hearing! Stay tuned to this page for more information or contact Pace Academy's Caroline Craig at email@example.com with any questions.
This year's Mock Hearing is a key part of our latest awareness initiative:
The FoodYou Campaign.
Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment. During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system. We’ll be talking about the FoodYou design, cultivate, kill, water, afford, waste, torture, share, and more.
Visit our website to find more ways you can get involved.