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Patch: "Pace Semester Starts at Transformed Pleasantville Campus"

08/30/2016

Patch: "Pace Semester Starts at Transformed Pleasantville Campus"

PHOTO: Pace soccer player Delany Williams, a senior majoring in criminal justice, moves into suite at the new Elm Hall./ Pace U.

PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Construction at Pace University continues to transform the Pleasantville campus.

Student athletes were the first to move into the newly completed Elm Hall on Aug. 24. The regular student body moves into Elm Hall on Sept. 5.

The 272-bed residence hall with residential suites, classrooms and offices is part of the multi-year, $100 million transformation of the campus. The project began five years ago.

Read more: http://patch.com/new-york/pleasantville/pace-semester-starts-transformed-pleasantville-campus

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Journal News: "Jeffrey Deskovic makes us proud: Editorial"

08/30/2016

Journal News: "Jeffrey Deskovic makes us proud: Editorial"

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains started classes Monday. Among its first-year law students: Jeffrey Deskovic, who was locked away at age 17 for a heinous crime that he didn’t commit; who was finally set free after 16 years; who has devoted his time, energy and money to help other innocents earn exoneration.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/08/30/jeffrey-deskovic-makes-us-proud/89559640/

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WNYC: "Climate Change Happened Today"

08/29/2016

WNYC: "Climate Change Happened Today"

Photo: Golden Meadows resident Sabrina Langley canoes to the road to leave the flooded subdivision in Bossier Parish, La., March 10, 2016. Henrietta Wildsmith/The Shreveport Times via AP

The Red Cross estimates that the recent Louisiana flooding is the worst natural disaster in the US since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Yet Louisiana journalists noticed a distinct lack of coverage of the historically damaging rainfall for days after the devastation was clear. Even the public editor of The New York Times called the paper out for failing to give Louisiana the attention it deserved. 

Andrew Revkin agrees. He writes for the Dot Earth blog at the Times, teaches at Pace University, and co-hosts the Warm Regards podcast about climate change. He talks to Brooke about the peculiarities of the story (the rainstorm didn't get a name, for instance) and how it fits into a bigger pattern of disastrous weather that accompanies climate change.

Listen to the story: http://www.wnyc.org/story/climate-change-happened-today/

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PIX11 News: "Man returns to White Plains where he was wrongfully convicted to help exonerate others as a lawyer"

08/29/2016

PIX11 News: "Man returns to White Plains where he was wrongfully convicted to help exonerate others as a lawyer"

Photo: Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law

. . . Jeffrey Deskovic, who's become an advocate for other wrongfully convicted suspects, is taking a significant new step in what he calls a quest for justice. He's about to start law school in the same place where he was both wrongfully convicted and released.

Watch the video: http://pix11.com/2016/08/26/exclusive-exonerated-ny-man-attends-law-school-to-help-others-who-have-been-wrongfully-convicted/

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U.S. News & World Report: "Shareholders Greenlight Johnson Controls-Tyco Merger to Politicians' Dismay"

08/24/2016

U.S. News & World Report: "Shareholders Greenlight Johnson Controls-Tyco Merger to Politicians' Dismay"

. . . "I think the [Obama] administration and Congress agree the statutory corporate rate is way too high. It needs to be reduced," Phil Cohen, a professor at Pace University's Lubin School of Business and a former tax attorney, told U.S. News in an interview earlier this year, saying that politicians' inability to compromise on tax reform has prevented meaningful inversion-focused legislation.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-17/shareholders-greenlight-johnson-controls-tyco-merger-to-politicians-dismay

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Daily Beast: "Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Takes $100,000 for Charity, Gives $0"

08/22/2016

Daily Beast: "Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Takes $100,000 for Charity, Gives $0"

. . . According to Pace University law professor James Fishman, Yiannopoulos’s charity must file a Form 1023 for tax-exempt status with the IRS within 27 months of the first month it was incorporated.

“Given the amount of money raised, I think it is inexcusable that this organization has not filed the Form 1023, or found an exempt 501(c)(3) organization willing to serve as the fiscal sponsor of the organization you mention,” Fishman told The Daily Beast. A fiscal sponsor is a “sponsoring organization that controls the books of the not yet exempt nonprofit, which can bootstrap on the fiscal sponsor’s exempt status,” he added.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/19/breitbart-editor-milo-yiannopoulos-takes-100-000-for-charity-gives-0.html

 

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Baltimore Sun: "Lawyers see opportunity in Justice Department report on Baltimore Police"

08/17/2016

Baltimore Sun: "Lawyers see opportunity in Justice Department report on Baltimore Police"

Photo: Vanita Gupta, right, of the U.S. Department of Justice talks about the findings of an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department as police Commissioner Kevin Davis, City Council president Bernard C. Jack Young and Comptroller Joan Pratt listen during a news conference at City Hall. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

. . . The goal of a federal consent decree is to fix structural policy issues, not to address individual claims brought by private citizens, said Randolph M. McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney in New York and professor at the Pace University law school.

"That has to be done by individual lawyers," McLaughlin said.

But McLaughlin said the findings could still bolster legal arguments of people with civil claims against Baltimore police.

"I certainly would use it as a civil rights lawyer, as evidence that the city had a policy of either violating constitutional rights of African-Americans, or being deliberately indifferent to those violations," McLaughlin said.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/doj-report/bs-md-ci-doj-report-lawsuits-20160815-story.html

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NBC News: "Why Obama Likely Won't Be Able to Close Guantanamo"

08/17/2016

NBC News: "Why Obama Likely Won't Be Able to Close Guantanamo"

Photo: A shackled detainee clutching paperwork is escorted by two gloved U.S. Military personnel to an Annual Review Board Hearing in Camp Delta detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba in 2006. Brennan Linsley / AP file

Though President Barack Obama's administration has moved at a steady clip to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay, he will likely fall short on his hotly-debated plan to close the detention facility before leaving office.

The reasons, international law experts say are complicated and include congressional opposition to transferring any detainees to U.S. soil and difficulties in finding a host country for roughly 20 detainees eligible for transfer.

"What it means is that a system of indefinite detention will continue as a blight on our human rights record," said Thomas McDonnell, an international law professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the author of "The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/why-obama-likely-won-t-be-able-close-guantanamo-n632176

 

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Associated Press: "Police Chief Was Surprised by Violence After Fatal Shooting"

08/16/2016

Associated Press: "Police Chief Was Surprised by Violence After Fatal Shooting"

. . . Randolph McLaughlin, a Pace University law professor and a civil rights attorney, questioned how Milwaukee leaders could have expected the streets to stay quiet on Saturday night given the national debate about law enforcement and race.

"For a mayor to say everything's fine (and) we just killed somebody, that's turning a blind eye to his town," McLaughlin said.

He said Mayor Tom Barrett should have reached out to residents and community leaders and asked, "What do we need to do to make sure your community is safe?" McLaughlin said. "He needs to stay on the job."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/person-shot-milwaukee-protest-repeat-riots-41387735

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Westchester County Business Journal: "With $100 million project, Pace University consolidates Westchester presence"

08/11/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "With $100 million project, Pace University consolidates Westchester presence"

Pace University will complete construction this fall on a $100 million renovation of its Pleasantville campus, designed to consolidate its Westchester presence and provide the university with a more residential feel.

Construction started in 2013 on the project, funded by $98 million in tax-exempt municipal bonds from the Westchester Local Development Corp.

When Pace finishes the three-year construction process and welcomes students to campus in the fall, it will do so with a larger student body living on campus and more programs, many of which were transferred from the school’s Briarcliff Manor campus at 235 Elm Road.

“The main goal of the master plan was to consolidate programs at the Briarcliff campus and bring them over to the Pleasantville campus,” said Aisha Moyla, director of administration and communications at Pace.

That means 750 bed spaces were created with two new, four-story residence halls on the campus on Bedford Road in Pleasantville. The 125,000-square-foot Alumni Hall, the first new residence hall, opened in September 2015. The other new dorm, the 96,000-square-foot Elm Hall, will open this fall.

The new residence halls feature 24-hour security, multiple study lounges and classroom space and semi-private bathrooms. Alumni Hall even has a small Starbucks kiosk location.

The new space has allowed the school to move 565 students from its 37-acre Briarcliff campus to Pleasantville. The Briarcliff campus was put up for sale, along with Pace’s Lubin Graduate Center in White Plains. A sale for Briarcliff is pending and the White Plains campus sold in April.

The number of students living on campus total has increased by 150, according to Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, associate vice president and dean for students at Pace. That puts the amount of residential students on campus at about 1,350 for the fall semester.

“We were seeing more students wanting to be on campus, especially first- year students, so the percentage has increased,” Bardill Moscaritolo said.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/81218/with-100-million-project-pace-university-consolidates-westchester-presence/

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