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New York Times: "Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom"

01/03/2017

New York Times: "Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom"

"When I started teaching, I assumed my 'fun' class, sexuality and the law, full of contemporary controversy, would prove gripping to the students," writes Darren Rosenblum, a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. "One day, I provoked them with a point against marriage equality, and the response was a slew of laptops staring back. The screens seemed to block our classroom connection. Then, observing a senior colleague’s contracts class, I spied one student shopping for half the class. Another was surfing Facebook. Both took notes when my colleague spoke, but resumed the rest of their lives instead of listening to classmates.

"Laptops at best reduce education to the clackety-clack of transcribing lectures on shiny screens and, at worst, provide students with a constant escape from whatever is hard, challenging or uncomfortable about learning. And yet, education requires constant interaction in which professor and students are fully present for an exchange.

"Students need two skills to succeed as lawyers and as professionals: listening and communicating. We must listen with care, which requires patience, focus, eye contact and managing moments of ennui productively — perhaps by double-checking one’s notes instead of a friend’s latest Instagram. Multitasking and the mediation of screens kill empathy.

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North Country Public Radio: "Is SLC a black hole for aspiring prosecutors?"

12/20/2016

North Country Public Radio: "Is SLC a black hole for aspiring prosecutors?"

. . . The legal job market has finally bounced back from the recession in New York State and around the country. "Offices in and closer to the cities have been doing more hiring than they were in the five years before," said Jill Backer, an assistant dean at Pace University. "So they are absorbing more of the population willing and wanting to get into the criminal defense and prosecution areas."

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Connecticut Law Tribune: "5 Questions With Small Law Blogger Adrian Baron"

12/13/2016

Connecticut Law Tribune: "5 Questions With Small Law Blogger Adrian Baron"

As a law student, New Britain's Adrian Baron aimed to work for a large corporate law firm. But his career plans changed after he went to work for an environmental litigation clinic run by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Baron, now an attorney at the three-lawyer Podorowsky Thompson & Baron, came away with the belief that working for a smaller firm would mean more flexibility and more opportunity to tackle important issues. It's also allowed him to work with a broad range of clients. "What I like about the small law firm I work for is I was thrown into it and had the opportunity do different types of law," said Baron. "I have a friend who worked for a large law firm and he wasn't allowed to have much contact with clients and the only time he was in court was for his own divorce."

Baron recently sat down with the Connecticut Law Tribune to discuss his mixed practice of criminal defense, personal injury and real estate matters, life in small law and his legal blog, "The Nutmeg Lawyer."

You had planned a corporate career in law but then began working for Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. How did that experience change your focus?

I began working for the litigation clinic at the Pace University School of Law. Because it was a full-time job, I took law classes in the evening. Working at the clinic provided a tremendous education for me. I served as an assistant to the co-directors Karl Coplan and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Karl had come from a white-shoe law firm and had once clerked for the Supreme Court. Bobby came from the Kennedy dynasty and was a nationally recognized environmental law expert. Both men seemingly had their pick of Manhattan's most prestigious law firms. Despite this, they decided to teach law in the suburbs.

Each semester they would take on 10 law students to teach them the craft of litigation. Their environmental clinic primarily defended working-class fishermen against corporations that were polluting the Hudson River. Bobby and Karl devoted their lives to helping the little guy and I really admired that about them. I realized that with a law degree, you have many avenues open to you. Why not use those skills to help those in need? When I moved back to Connecticut, I began working for attorney David Thompson. He was the son of the former Wisconsin attorney general and came from a long line of successful attorneys. Like Kennedy and Coplan, Dave seemed to follow the path of helping the little guy. I decided to stay with the firm and was lucky enough to make partner a few years later.

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Teen Vogue: "The GPA That Will Double Your Chances of Qualifying for Scholarships"

12/08/2016

Teen Vogue: "The GPA That Will Double Your Chances of Qualifying for Scholarships"

. . . If you’re lucky, your school will actually have a merit-based scholarship calculator posted online, like these calculators from Pace University in New York and Bradley University in Illinois.

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Journal News: "Pearl Harbor lessons for the Twitter generation"

12/07/2016

Journal News: "Pearl Harbor lessons for the Twitter generation"

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. . . At Pace University in Pleasantville, Durahn Taylor, assistant professor of history, sums up the change brought by Pearl Harbor by pointing to two maps on his office wall.

One is the continental U.S., plus Alaska and Hawaii. The other is a world map.

"During the Great Depression, the American public was focused on the map of the United States, what was happening inside the country, mostly stateside material," Taylor says. "When Pearl Harbor happened, we had to add another map, the map of the world, where you could still see the United States, but it was much smaller. As President Roosevelt said: 'We can no longer measure our safety in terms of miles on any map any more.'"

Luis Flores, 23, a graduate student in Information Systems, from Elmsford, says Pearl Harbor was personal for his family.

"My grandmother had family friends in Hawaii during the attack," he says. "Hearing her stories made me want to research what happened, that it led to World War II. I think people nowadays, if they even know about it, they don't really know what happened, that it was a surprise attack that got us into World War II."

Still, the attack isn't on the radar of millennials he knows.

"My generation doesn't have the drive or curiosity to find out what happened and why. If it's not something that's pertaining to them specifically, nowadays, they don't bother to care or look into it," Flores said.

Case in point: 500 yards from where Flores speaks, 20-year-old business major Arie Cammock drew a blank when asked what happened on Dec. 7, 1941. The power forward on the Pace women's basketball team is sure she learned about it in high school in Brooklyn, "but that was a long time ago," she adds with an embarrassed laugh.

Diego Caro, 21, a global marketing major from Stamford, Connecticut, agrees that, unless you're a history major, Pearl Harbor is a subject mostly covered in high school, not college.

"It's an important date in history, but it's not really talked about throughout campus."

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Journal News: "Pace: Coast Guard didn't follow procedures on anchorages"

12/06/2016

Journal News: "Pace: Coast Guard didn't follow procedures on anchorages"

State Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, speaks at a press conference Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, alongside John Cronin of Pace University, State Sens. Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, and David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. (Photo: Matt Coyne/The Journal News)

SLEEPY HOLLOW - The Coast Guard skipped ahead of its own internal processes in proposing 10 new commercial shipping anchorages on the Hudson River, exempting themselves from speaking to the public Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic students contend.

“In the 43 years I’ve worked on the Hudson River, I have not seen an agency take the actions the Coast Guard has taken to block transparency, to block public access to information and, in fact, to hide behind the filing of the regulation so it doesn’t even have to talk to us anymore,” said Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin at a press conference on Monday.

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Pace Environmental Clinic Study: Coast Guard Blocked Public Access To Information In Hudson Anchorage Controversy

12/05/2016

PACE ENVIRONMENTAL CLINIC STUDY: COAST GUARD BLOCKED PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN HUDSON ANCHORAGE CONTROVERSY

Pace environmental clinic Study: Coast Guard blocked public access to information in Hudson Anchorage controversy

Clinic Students Petition Agency to Withdraw Shipping Industry Proposal

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, December 5 – The Environmental Policy Clinic of the Dyson College Department of Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University has charged the Coast Guard with circumventing its own procedures to the benefit of the shipping industry when the agency launched a proposal to create 43 anchorages for oil barges on the Hudson River.

A letter authored by Pace students in the Clinic, sent today to Coast Guard Commandant Paul F. Zukunft, called for the immediate withdrawal of the proposal by the commandant as the only way to initiate the agency’s proper procedures. In June, the Coast Guard published the shipping industry proposal in the Federal Register as an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (ANPR).

According to the Clinic, before publishing the ANPR, the Coast Guard should have completed two major studies addressing river hazards and impacts, conducted public sessions with mariners, environmental groups, and government, and provided all members of the public the opportunity to change the proposal, or even prove it unnecessary.

The Clinic further charges that “the premature publication of the proposal triggered a Coast Guard rule that effectively shielded the agency from having to communicate with the public or participate in numerous government forums.” The Clinic letter cites the Coast Guard’s July 2015 “Waterways Management Anchorage Management Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures” (WWM) as the basis of its allegations.

“This is one of the most egregious violations of public transparency and public trust I have seen in four decades working on Hudson River issues,” said John Cronin, senior fellow at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace, and one of the faculty leaders of the Clinic. “I suspect the Coast Guard knew the proposal would not survive the level of public scrutiny its own procedures require. The Clinic is therefore calling on the Coast Guard to scrap the proposal and start over, despite the imminent December 6 deadline for public comment.”

Pace student clinician Christina Thomas coordinated the 13-student team that participated in the research. “The shipping industry has gained a distinct advantage over the public in the regulatory process,” she said. “The Coast Guard was able to decline repeated invitations to public meetings from government officials because once it published the industry proposal, its own rules conveniently barred it from talking to the public.”

The Clinic petition concludes, “It should come as no surprise to the Coast Guard that its decision to forgo its own procedures has caused one of the largest Hudson River controversies in recent history, and at a substantial cost to the Coast Guard in public faith. The only viable remedy is for the Coast Guard to withdraw the proposal and begin the proper public process.”

“The research into the Coast Guard practices was a sad revelation for our student clinicians,” said Cronin. “But at Dyson College we put a premium on the ability of our students to focus on information-based solutions, and learn professional skills by entering the public fray. The work of our students is a prime example of what we call the Dyson Advantage of the Pace Path, which provides students the opportunity to apply classroom theory directly to real-world experience.”

The Pace Environmental Policy Clinic is housed within the Department of Environmental Studies and Science of the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University. The Clinic trains students in professional policy and advocacy skills through hands-on casework on real-world issues. It is co-taught by Professors John Cronin and Michelle D. Land. Last May, The New York Times Editorial Board cited the Clinic for its work writing and lobbying the Elephant Protection Act, which passed unanimously in the New York State Senate.

About Dyson College Institute of Sustainability and the Environment: DCISE was established to address major issues in sustainability, resilience, the growing urbanization of the 21st century and the impact of these changes on the global environment, through multidisciplinary programs encompassing research, policy-making, education, and building greater community awareness and consensus on how to manage these issues.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contacts
Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu
John Cronin, 845-661-6961, jcronin@pace.edu

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Journal News: "Heroin, opioid epidemic draws U.S. Attorney Bharara to Pace Law forum"

12/05/2016

Journal News: "Heroin, opioid epidemic draws U.S. Attorney Bharara to Pace Law forum"

Evan Gibson, a first-year Pace Law School student, came to hear the US Attorney speak. (Photo: John Meore)

. . . Evan Gibson, 22, a first-year Pace Law School student, didn't know much about the opioid epidemic. He attended to hear New York's top prosecutor speak and noted Bharara's office lent the crisis important gravitas.

"Having the U.S. Attorney here to talk about this is an indicator that it's a huge problem," Gibson said.

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Huffington Post: "A Post-Election Prescription: Environmentalism Without Borders"

12/01/2016

Huffington Post: "A Post-Election Prescription: Environmentalism Without Borders"

Photo: Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities in the United States, has a 39% poverty, rate per capita income is less than $14,000, and 8% of the population has a college degree. 82% of its residents are from minority populations.

Environmental organizations should launch a national campaign that reaches out to all Americans, across all social, economic, political and geographic borders, environmentalists or not — and offer a $1 full membership to anyone willing to join, writes John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University. This is the inclusive, populist principle upon which American environmentalism was founded almost five decades ago, and a path forward during the difficult years ahead.

The 2016 presidential election drips with the sweat of political cynicism. Campaigns put aside the majority of the voting populace and narrowed their sights, and money, on ten states that would assure an Electoral College victory. Although Donald Trump won the electoral race, Hillary Clinton now leads the popular vote by more than 2.2 million and climbing. Of greater significance, 100 million eligible voters, 43%, did not even vote. Follow the math and some 70% of eligible voters were not willing to support one or the other of the two main candidates. Though many political observers expected a record turnout, a lower percentage of voters participated this year than in either of the two previous presidential races.

As is usual, boundaries were carefully drawn around selected populations identified by Big Data. Television ad buys, social media messaging, videos and endorsements were designed accordingly. National non-profit organizations use much the same demographic approach – drill down to that segment of likely public support and mine the vein. It is a proven method that produces members and donations. But, like the presidential race, it discounts the nation at-large — a strategy environmental groups can no longer afford, given what lies ahead.

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Journal News: "Giving Tuesday a big boost for nonprofits"

11/30/2016

Journal News: "Giving Tuesday a big boost for nonprofits"

The Food Bank of Westchester held a Food Truck fundraiser which featured Walters hotdogs, Bona Bona Ice Cream, The Souvlaki Truck and Melt Mobile at the Pace University Pleasantville campus on Nov. 29, 2016. (Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News)

Some gave their money. Some gave their time. Some gave by eating a hot dog.

However they chose to participate, people took part in Giving Tuesday, the fifth annual day of social-media-driven philanthropy and altruism.

Over the past month, Food Bank for Westchester organizers had seen to every Giving Tuesday detail.

They arranged for four food trucks to park alongside Choate Pond in the center of the Pace Pleasantville campus, a prime spot to catch hungry college students interested in a change from the meal-plan ordinary: MeltMobile grilled cheese, Bona Bona ice cream, Walter's Hot Dogs, and the Souvlaki Truck from Yonkers.

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