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Journal News: "Residents rally against Trump's immigration orders"

01/30/2017

Journal News: "Residents rally against Trump's immigration orders"

. . . Vanessa Merton, a professor and director of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Pace University School of Law, called Trump's assertions that his executive order would help protect the nation unfounded and unethical.

“The assumptions and the statements are right up there with ‘my inauguration was the biggest inauguration ever,’” Merton said. "They’re just complete untruths that anybody who’s spent 10 minutes examining immigration issues in this country would know."

Merton said Saturday's rally was held to educate people about immigrant resources and how to get more involved, such as joining community forums and contacting state and federal officials. She said rallies and marches must continue to be held to try to reign in Trump's lies.

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Washington Post: "Endangered animals are already cut off by a border wall. Trump wants it much bigger."

01/27/2017

Washington Post: "Endangered animals are already cut off by a border wall. Trump wants it much bigger."

Photo: A Mexican jaguar dubbed “The Boss” seen in Tucson. (USFWS/European Pressphoto Agency)

. . . A 2008 study mentioned the decline of carnivores, such as the grizzly bear and gray wolf, at the U.S.-Mexico border and renewed interest in protecting Neotropical cat species there. “In the U.S.A., there are no known breeding populations of jaguars and only two … populations of ocelots,” according to the study by scientists at Pace University in New York and the Universidad Autonoma de Quenretaro in Mexico.

The cats “are threatened by land development and land conversion, predator control by cattle growers, an increase in disease exposure, construction of highways, international bridges and immigration-control infrastructure,” meaning border walls. More walls would greatly magnify the threat, the researchers said.

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WAMC/Northeast Public Radio: "Reactions Vary To Reported Orders At EPA"

01/27/2017

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio: "Reactions Vary To Reported Orders At EPA"

Agencies and organizations that rely upon federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency wonder if their funding streams will be cut off. This comes amid reports Tuesday that the Trump administration would ban the EPA from awarding new contracts or grants as well as bar employees from providing updates on social media or to reporters.

John Cronin is senior fellow for environmental affairs at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University.

“I’ve spoken to a contact I have inside the EPA at the regional level. Region 2 is New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” Cronin says. “And the word is slowly spreading through the region that they’re to speak to nobody, not the press and not the public and that an as yet unnamed person is going to take control of their social media and of their communications.”

Judith Enck, who was EPA Region 2 administrator recently left the post and is a visiting scholar at Pace University. Her position has not been filled. Cronin says it is unclear which projects might be affected by a ban on new EPA contracts and grants.

“Here in New York state, one of the largest groundwater contamination sites in the country is in Cayuga County. It’s almost five square miles, and it’s the subjects of EPA grants and contracts for a cleanup,” Cronin says. “It’s unclear whether this new order which gags EPA officials and brings a halt to contracts is going to affect something like that groundwater cleanup, and nobody’s allowed to talk to anybody about it.”

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Neighbors Link merges Pace Community Law Practice to provide immigration legal help"

01/27/2017

Westchester County Business Journal: "Neighbors Link merges Pace Community Law Practice to provide immigration legal help"

At a time of uncertainty and anxiety in immigrant communities here and across the nation, a merger between Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco and the Pace Community Law Practice in White Plains will formalize a partnership between two nonprofit service organizations with overlapping missions.

Neighbors Link focuses on helping immigrants integrate into communities in Westchester County through efforts that include educational and employment programs. Pace Community Law Practice, founded in 2012, employs a staff of two lead attorneys, student fellows and volunteers to provide low-cost legal services. The two organizations began working together in 2014 on immigrant legal services, including naturalization and deferred action on cases involving undocumented juvenile immigrants to exempt them from deportation. 

By merging the Pace practice into the operations of the immigrant community center in Mount Kisco, Neighbors Link Executive Director Carola Bracco said the organization can add an additional component to its offerings. “We have a very holistic approach to the services we offer and legal services was the last thing missing,” she said.

The legal service has been renamed the Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, though its office will remain at 33 Crane Ave. near the Pace law school campus in White Plains. The practice will also continue to work on cases taken outside of the Neighbors Link partnership.

Karin Anderson Pozner, executive director of the community law practice, said the need for immigrant legal services in the county has continually grown.

“The Pace Community Law Practice has really expanded and been so successful in providing legal services to immigrants because the need has been so great,” she said. The merger “was the best way forward for us to continue to expand the work we were doing.”

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Bloomberg: "Aleynikov on the Hook Again for Taking HFT Code From Goldman"

01/24/2017

Bloomberg: "Aleynikov on the Hook Again for Taking HFT Code From Goldman"

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. programmer Sergey Aleynikov is guilty of theft -- again -- for taking the bank’s high-frequency trading code to a new job.

Theft is theft, whether information is taken in digital form or in boxes of documents, a New York state appeals court ruled Tuesday in reinstating Aleynikov’s conviction.

“It would be incongruous to allow a defendant to escape criminal liability merely because he made a digital copy of the misappropriated source code instead of printing it onto a piece of paper,” the panel said.

Aleynikov, a native of Russia, must return to court to be sentenced, unless his lawyers can win one final appeal before the state’s highest court in Albany. His misfortunes helped inspire Michael Lewis’s 2014 book “Flash Boys” and spurred debate over whether intellectual-property disputes between companies and employees should be resolved through criminal charges or civil lawsuits. His case has been closely watched by financial firms as they rely more heavily on computer-driven trading strategies and hire programmers to implement them.

The decision could help embolden prosecutors in New York and elsewhere to bring charges in other cases where the alleged conduct is similar, said Bennett Gershman, a professor at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, New York.

"It might certainly suggest to prosecutors that if they’re in doubt in these areas where there isn’t a lot of case law and you have these statutes dealing with electronic crimes, that they certainly can test the waters," said Gershman, who worked as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for six years.

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The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump right to question GOP tax plan"

01/24/2017

The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump right to question GOP tax plan"

Corporate tax reform should ideally, among other things, serve to significantly lower the 35 percent top statutory corporate tax rate, address the “lockout effect” of having trillions of dollars of offshore earnings by U.S. multinationals, prevent further erosion of good jobs and earnings from migrating offshore, encourage inbound investment, and limit the number and cost to the “losers” created by tax law changes, writes Philip G. Cohen, associate professor of taxation at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and a retired vice president and general tax counsel for Unilever.

Tax reform should not serve to add to the deficit nor further add complexity to our tax laws. It should also be compliant with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules prohibiting illegal trade subsidies. Whether a border adjustment feature would be consistent with all of the foregoing is, at the very least, questionable.

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CBS New York: "Fallen Officers, Conservationist Among Names Proposed For New ‘Tappan Zee’ Bridge"

01/19/2017

CBS New York: "Fallen Officers, Conservationist Among Names Proposed For New ‘Tappan Zee’ Bridge"

. . . “We shouldn’t pass up the chance to give it some bigger educational meaning,” Pace University Senior Fellow, John Cronin said.

Cronin is a former Hudson Riverkeeper, and now a Senior Fellow at Pace University. Like many, he wants the bridge named after Pete Seeger — the folk singer, songwriter, and river champion.

He also knew Officer Waverly Brown, and said either choice would be a good one.

“There isn’t a bad decision; someone who had meaning to the region. Those three people killed in the Brinks robbery had meaning. Pete Seeger had meaning,” he said.

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Downtown Express: "Unconscious biases make us blame moms for tragedies"

01/19/2017

Downtown Express: "Unconscious biases make us blame moms for tragedies"

. . . “Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health” (NYU Press) is a new book by Pace University Law Professor Linda C. Fentiman that looks at the way we have kept moms in the crosshairs of our condemnation. From pre-birth through adolescence, when something goes wrong with kids, often it is considered morally — and even legally — mama’s fault.

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New York Times: "America’s Great Working-Class Colleges"

01/18/2017

New York Times: "America’s Great Working-Class Colleges"

According to a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project, Pace ranks second on the list of "colleges ranked by percent of students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution who end up in the top three-fifths."

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Also read the Fiscal Times article, "Ranking the Schools that Turn Poor Kids into Wealthy Ones"

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The Elisabeth Haub School Of Law Announces EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck As Haub Visiting Scholar For Spring Semester

01/18/2017

THE ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW ANNOUNCES EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR JUDITH ENCK AS HAUB VISITING SCHOLAR FOR SPRING SEMESTER

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) announces that Judith Enck, current Regional Administrator for Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), will be the law school’s first Haub Visiting Scholar. Ms. Enck begins her position as a Visiting Scholar on February 1.

“We are so pleased to welcome Judith Enck to Pace Law as our inaugural Visiting Scholar,” said Dean David Yassky. “Her deep knowledge of policy making, government and environmental protection makes her an ideal candidate for the position. At Pace Law, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of environmental legal education. The Visiting Scholar position is just one example of how we do this – by creating new opportunities for all of our students to see the connections between policy making and the law and the real-world application of the two.”

Ms. Enck has a long and distinguished career of public service and environmental protection. She has served as the EPA’s Region 2 Administrator for the past seven years. In this role, Ms. Enck’s responsibilities have been wide-ranging. In cooperation with state and regional authorities in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations, she administers federal programs governing air and water pollution; industrial discharges; toxic substances; pesticides; protection of streams, lakes and the ocean; solid and hazardous wastes; the cleanup of chemical spills and abandoned hazardous waste sites; and much more. Ms. Enck is the longest serving Regional Administrator at EPA Region 2.  Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Enck served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office. She also served as Policy Advisor in the New York Attorney General’s Office, as Executive Director of Environmental Advocates in Albany and as Senior Environmental Associate at NY Public Interest Research Group.   

“I am honored to serve as the first Haub Environmental Visiting Scholar at a law school that educates some of the best environmental lawyers in the country,” said Judith Enck. “Now more than ever, we need a new generation of lawyers who will stand up for environmental justice, clean air, clean water and fight climate change like our lives depend on it. Because it does.”

Pace Law’s environmental law program is widely recognized and ranked third in the nation by “US News &World Report.” As previously announced, funding for the Visiting Scholars position was made possible by a gift from the Haub family in recognition of the essential role of environmental science, informatics and other technology and allied fields towards formulating environmental policy and law.

In her role at Pace Law, Ms. Enck will collaborate with faculty, guest lecture classes and work closely with students in the Environmental Law program and others. Ms. Enck’s Visiting Scholar positon will run through May of 2017.

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About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, (Pace Law) 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 8,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit http://law.pace.edu

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