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Journal News: "Taxpayers pony up for counties' private lawyers"

05/11/2016

Journal News: "Taxpayers pony up for counties' private lawyers"

Lower Hudson Valley taxpayers have paid out more than $18.5 million for counties to hire private law firms since 2009. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lower Hudson Valley taxpayers paid more than $3 million last year for county governments to outsource legal work to private firms.

Again.

Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties continue to write checks for outside lawyers despite having staff attorneys already on the payroll. The counties collectively have now paid more than $18.5 million in private legal fees since 2009, a new investigation by The Journal News/lohud has found.

That figure includes nearly $1.5 million in outsourced legal work for Westchester in 2015, and a seven-year high of nearly $1.4 million for Rockland, where county officials said they would cut the fees when The Journal News/lohud first reported on the outside attorney costs last year.

The top-earning firms also continued to donate to the political campaigns of county leaders.

“It's not just a matter of taxpayers having a concern," said Jay Carlisle, a professor at the Pace University School of Law specializing in the legal profession and ethics. "Taxpayers should know exactly how their money is being spent and, if it’s being spent for lawyers, why the lawyers are needed; if the lawyers are the best available; what they’re getting paid.

“If political contributions are a factor in the selection, there’s a possibility you might not get the best lawyer," he said. "The criteria really shouldn’t include whether they gave political contributions, but we know it does.”

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2016/05/11/rockland-westchester-legal-bills/32592507/

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Strategic Finance: "Women on Business Performance"

05/11/2016

Strategic Finance: "Women on Business Performance"

From glass ceilings and work-life balance to communicating with confidence and creating the right relationships, the issues facing women in the workplace continue to be hot topics of conversation. On October 9, 2015, nearly 80 IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) members and Pace University alumnae gathered to carry forward that discussion and to explore their potential in today’s business environment. Attendees represented a wide range of industries and experience from accounting professors to CFOs, from the New York City Department of Finance to IBM.

This biannual event covered a technical topic—“Upcoming Changes in Lease Accounting”—presented by Sue Cosper, technical director of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and chairman of the Emerging Issues Task Force. It also explored women’s issues in “The Role Women Play in Driving Business Performance,” presented by Sandra Richtermeyer, professor of accountancy and associate dean at the Williams College of Business at Xavier University and former IMA Chair.

But the real showstopper of the Women’s Accounting Leadership Series event was the “Strategies for Professional Success” panel discussion with Susan Hohenleitner, vice president of finance and CFO of Johnson & Johnson Customer and Logistics Services (CLS), and Ann Dennison, a senior vice president with NASDAQ. Former FASB Chairman Leslie Seidman, an executive director at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, facilitated the discussion in which panelists shared their insights, experiences, and advice on workplace challenges women face. This is a condensed version of that discussion that includes the highlights of their journeys and the unusual twists and turns that make each of their stories unique.

Read more:  http://sfmagazine.com/post-entry/may-2016-women-on-business-performance/

 

 

 

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New York Times: "Saving Elephants, Ennobling Albany"

05/10/2016

New York Times: "Saving Elephants, Ennobling Albany"

Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

There is a story taking shape in the New York State Legislature. It does not involve campaign donations, wiretaps, no-show jobs or the United States Attorney Preet Bharara.

It involves elephants. Stick with us here. This is about a modest but heartening development in a place better known for its crooked deals and other abuses of democracy. Some students at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., have not given up on the Legislature. They believe they can, through reason alone, get it to ban the use of elephants in performances in New York.

These citizen activists, students at the university’s Environmental Policy Clinic, have written a bill and they have persuaded two Westchester County lawmakers to sponsor it — an Assembly Democrat, Amy Paulin, and a Senate Republican, Terrence Murphy. Because each belongs to the majority party in his or her chamber, the measure has a head start; in the divided Legislature, most bills waste away and die in the house they were born in.

The bill’s premise is that the circus is no place for an elephant. Ask the students why, and they will tell you about the bullhook, a needle-sharp prod used to control elephants through pain and intimidation. They will talk about the elephants’ confined isolation on the road — chained misery for sensitive creatures that, in the wild, roam widely and live sociably in family herds. A society that truly values such dignified, endangered creatures, they say, would leave humiliating animal acts behind.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/opinion/saving-elephants-ennobling-albany.html

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New York Daily News: "Bernie Sanders poised for another primary win in West Virginia — but it’s still almost impossible for him to secure Democratic nomination"

05/10/2016

New York Daily News: "Bernie Sanders poised for another primary win in West Virginia — but it’s still almost impossible for him to secure Democratic nomination"

. . . "Secretary Clinton and her supporters still have not figured out a way for Sanders to gracefully leave and to transfer support to her," David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University, told The News. "And Sanders is doing little to assist in this."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bernie-sanders-poised-primary-win-west-virginia-article-1.2630672

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Inc.: "Why Some Companies--No Matter How Successful--Should Stay Private"

05/10/2016

Inc.: "Why Some Companies--No Matter How Successful--Should Stay Private"

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It could be that some businesses are much better off being private, even after years as public companies.

Just ask Krispy Kreme, the iconic doughnut maker that will go private by early summer, following a buy-out from JAB Beech, a private equity firm that announced it will acquire the brand for $1.35 billion.

Freed from the demands of public market investors who tend to focus on short-term returns, some companies may find renewed life that harks back to when they were small and privately held, business experts say. They can strengthen their brands, double down in the communities in which they operate, and get back to their roots as innovators.

"[Krispy Kreme] could take an approach to the business that is more family-friendly and more small-business friendly when you don't have the pressure of quarterly returns," says Bruce Bachenheimer, a clinical professor of management at Pace University in New York.

Read more: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/krispy-kreme-goes-private-to-rebuild-brand-cachet.html

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Bloomberg: "Trump-Clinton Contest Could Feature New York Fight"

05/09/2016

Bloomberg: "Trump-Clinton Contest Could Feature New York Fight"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns outside of Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photographer: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

It may be completely unrealistic, but Donald Trump wants his fellow New Yorkers to think that he can do something that hasn't been done in 32 years: turn their state red in a presidential election.

Another New Yorker, Hillary Clinton, is almost certain to have something to say about that, if she becomes the Democratic nominee as expected and sets up the first presidential face-off between two Empire State residents in 72 years.

No Republican has won New York since Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. Still, local observers don't completely rule out the possibility that Trump -- and his trademark unpredictability -- could force Clinton to spend precious resources defending the state.

"There is a chance that he could put the state in play," said David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University in New York. "If he continues to strike a chord with his anti-trade policy and his arguments that he can create more jobs, I could see him running reasonably well in Upstate New York and I think he would draw some vote in Long Island."

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-06/trump-clinton-contest-could-feature-new-york-fight

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Slate: "The Labeling Shortcut"

05/09/2016

Slate: "The Labeling Shortcut"

"The FDA should spend less time worrying about labels and more time better regulating the entire industry," writes Margot Pollans, an assistant professor of law at Pace University and faculty director of the Pace–Natural Resources Defense Council Food Law Initiative.

Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/05/the_fda_s_quest_to_define_natural_won_t_give_us_better_food.html

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New York Daily News: "Republican Veepstakes underway as Trump inches toward GOP nomination"

05/09/2016

New York Daily News: "Republican Veepstakes underway as Trump inches toward GOP nomination; experts say mogul should prioritize age, outsider status"

. . . "If he wants to run as an outsider he has to find someone who is credible but has limited experience. If wants to run with someone who can be President from day one then he picks someone with legislative or executive experience thus making it harder for him to argue he is a true outsider," said David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/donald-trump-started-running-ma...

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Wall Street Journal: "Pace Law School Gets Mega-Gift, New Name"

05/05/2016

Wall Street Journal: "Pace Law School Gets Mega-Gift, New Name"

Jacob Gershman reported on the major gift and name change for Pace Law School.

From the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:

"It’s the season of giving in the legal education world.

Pace University’s law school outside of New York City is the latest school to benefit from a burst of largesse. A German family has donated what the university says is the largest gift in its history.

The law school is announcing the donation Thursday along with news that it’s renaming itself after the donors’ late matriarch, Elisabeth Haub, a philanthropist and businesswoman who championed environmental causes.

Pace isn’t saying how much it received  at the donor’s request. But school officials say it’s comparable to recent donations made to law schools at George Mason University and Villanova University. Those schools announced gifts of $30 million and $25 million, respectively.

Pace says the money will establish a law school endowment and fund a scholars program within its top-ranked environmental law program. The gift will also endow chairs in environmental law, public international law, the school said. The new name of the school will be the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

The money comes from the son and daughter-in-law of Elisabeth Haub, who died in 1977. The Haub family owns the Tengelmann Group, a retail conglomerate.

The money comes at a pivotal time for Pace, which has been buffeted by the nation-wide downturn in the legal-education market. Law Blog recently reported that its faculty and staff were forced to take pay cuts to save money for a tuition-matching program.

“We are enormously thankful for the Haub family’s support of our distinctive ‘path to practice’ model of legal education,” the school’s dean, David Yassky, said in a statement. “At a time when many law schools are retrenching, this gift allows us to strengthen our program, especially the in-the-field learning that we believe is so crucial for students’ success in practice.”

Read the original story on the Wall Street Journal Law Blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/05/05/pace-law-school-gets-mega-gift-new-n...

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PACE UNIVERSITY RENAMES LAW SCHOOL IN HONOR OF RENOWNED ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATIONIST

05/05/2016

Pace University Renames Law School In Honor Of Renowned Environmental Conservationist

Record Gift Will Create Endowment, Expand Distinguished Environmental Law Program and Fund Research and Teaching Initiatives

 

NEW YORK – Pace University announced today that its law school has been renamed the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in recognition of its long-standing partnership with the family of the late Elisabeth Haub, a tireless environmental advocate and philanthropist, and a generous donation from the Haub family. The gift, the largest that Pace University has received in its history, will establish an endowment for the Law School, strengthen the school’s renowned environmental law program and fund innovative teaching initiatives.

“Pace University is thrilled to deepen and broaden its partnership with the Haub family, bolster our environmental curriculum and continue leading the progress of environmental law and regulation,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “An extraordinary gift of this kind occurs when donors and institutions come together in support of a shared vision. We are deeply grateful to the Haub family and look forward to building on Elisabeth Haub’s admirable legacy at Pace University.”

“The Haubs’ very generous gift to the Pace University Law School underscores the family’s twin passions for environmental sustainability and education,” Pace University Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Besca said. “We are deeply honored to have the name Haub associated with our law school and will remain fervent educators and advocates for the issues they hold close to their hearts.”

“Our family has enjoyed a longstanding and successful relationship with Pace Law School, working with its world-renowned environmental law programs. We have come to admire the high-impact environmental work done around the globe by graduates of this law school, as well as the school’s deep commitment to innovation in teaching and its strong record of delivering value to its students,” Christian Haub, grandson of Elisabeth Haub, said. “We want to continue the legacy of my grandmother, Elisabeth Haub, who was a pioneer in environmental protection, and endowing this Law School in her name ensures her vision will continue to impact future generations.”

“We are enormously thankful for the Haub family’s support of our distinctive ‘path to practice’ model of legal education,” said David Yassky, Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. “At a time when many law schools are retrenching, this gift allows us to strengthen our program, especially the in-the-field learning that we believe is so crucial for students’ success in practice.”

In addition to providing an endowment, the gift will fund specific initiatives in the school’s Environmental Law program, which is ranked third in the nation: it will create the Haub Scholars program, providing reduced tuition to a select group of the most highly-qualified and promising environmental law students. The program will enable these students to study or attend conferences abroad, ensuring that the Haub Scholars have a truly global experience.

The gift also endows a Chair in Environmental Law, a Chair in Public International Law and an annual Visiting Scholar in a related field, in recognition that environmental science, informatics and other technology and other allied fields are now an essential element in formulating environmental policy.

The gift also includes funding for innovative teaching initiatives such as online courses and apprenticeships with law firms and nonprofits. “This is a pivotal moment for the legal profession and for law schools,” Yassky said. “We aim to create Law School 2.0 by connecting the classroom more directly to the courtroom and the boardroom, and this funding will help us get there.”

The Haub gift comes amid numerous calls for change in legal education. President Obama has suggested that law school be a two-year program instead of the current three-year requirement, and regulators including the American Bar Association and the New York State Court of Appeals have encouraged more apprenticeship training to supplement traditional classroom instruction.  The Haub School of Law already offers a Semester-in-Practice option for third-year students, and an accelerated “Spring-Start” program enabling students to graduate in two-and-a-half years.

The gift continues Pace University’s longstanding collaboration with the Haub family, building on Elisabeth Haub’s extraordinary legacy of promoting the progress of environmental law, with particular emphasis on activities that impact policy, promote a balanced approach to sustainable growth and reflect the global nature of environmental issues. Haub devoted much of her life to the stewardship of sustainability, forming the first foundation dedicated to establishing laws for nature conservation and environmental protection.

Since her death in 1977, Elisabeth Haub’s children and grandchildren have continued her environmental work through the family business – the Tengelmann Group, a German retail holding company – and by founding the Elisabeth Haub Foundations for Environmental Law and Policy. Elisabeth’s daughter-in-law, Helga Haub, shared her vision and continued her work by expanding the Haub Foundations to the United States and Canada. Elisabeth’s son, Erivan Haub, embraced his mother’s commitment to the environment in the family business, establishing sustainable management practices within Tengelmann long before corporate social responsibility became a professional standard. Liliane Haub, the third generation of the Haub family to focus on sustainability, has now assumed responsibility for continuing her mother-in-law’s work and has been instrumental in deepening the family’s relationship with Pace Law.

In 1997, Pace University and the International Council of Environmental Law, in collaboration with the Haub family, created the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environment Diplomacy. Given annually, the prestigious award recognizes the innovation, skill and accomplishments of diplomats, international civil servants and other negotiators who work to shape the world environmental order.

Pace University also shares Elisabeth Haub’s commitment to empowering women. The earliest Pace Law School classes were selected based in part on gender parity at a time when many law schools reserved very few places for female law students. Years later, the School launched the Pace Women’s Justice Center, a leading provider of civil legal services and training focused specifically on domestic violence. The Elisabeth Haub School of Law will become just the second law school in the United States named solely for a woman. (The Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University is the other.)

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law, the law school at Pace University, offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 9,000 alumni around the world. The Haub School is led by Dean David Yassky, who has served in a variety of public, political, academic and private sector positions over a legal career that spans four decades. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions with a firm base in liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York Metropolitan Area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, enrolling almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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