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Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law applicants can now use the GRE exam for admission featured in "Above the Law" by Kathryn Rubino

02/26/2018

Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law applicants can now use the GRE exam for admission featured in "Above the Law" by Kathryn Rubino

Above the Law: "New York Is Officially GRE Country"

By Kathryn Rubino

From "Above the Law:"

A fifth New York law school will now accept the GRE for admission.

Five New York law schools now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission. Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law applicants can now use the alternative exam.

The GRE is rapidly gaining acceptance at law schools around the country. The full list of law schools currently accepting the GRE are: HarvardColumbiaSt. John’sBrooklyn Law SchoolNorthwesternArizonaGeorgetownHawaiiWashington University in St. LouisWake ForestCardozo School of LawTexas A&M, BYUJohn Marshall Law SchoolGeorge Washington, and Florida State. (Plus UCLA Law and the University of Chicago allow some students to take the GRE. Such as if they’re applying to a joint degree program or if already enrolled in another graduate program at the school.)

And we can expect even more law schools to join in on the GRE party. Seventeen law schools now accept the GRE for admissions, but according to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, a full 25 percent of law schools have plans in the works to accept the GRE.

The powers-that-be at Pace have made what are now the expected comments about the GRE expanding the potential pool of law school applicants:

“Since our founding, Pace Law has welcomed a strong, diverse group of applicants and students to the law school,” said Dean David Yassky. “I am proud that the faculty’s decision to allow GRE scores in addition to the LSAT continues our long-standing tradition of removing barriers to students pursuing juris doctor degrees.”

“While we expect that most applicants will still submit LSAT scores, there are some who have already taken the GRE or for whom the GRE is more accessible. We look forward to reviewing their applications,” added associate dean of faculty development and strategic planning Emily Gold Waldman.

While the move to take the GRE is gaining steam in the legal education community there may be some reason for concern. The ABA — the law school accreditation body — still hasn’t weighed in on the validity of the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT. ABA Standard 503 requires admissions tests be “valid and reliable,” and whether or not the GRE meets that requirement is an open question. However, several law schools as well as the Educational Testing Service — the makers of the GRE — have done their own studies, which, unsurprisingly, affirm the validity of the exam.

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Associate Dyson Professor Hillary Knepper is quoted in "City and State New York" about how Changing Political and Technological Landscapes are Making Advanced Degrees More Crucial Than Ever

02/26/2018

Associate Dyson Professor Hillary Knepper is quoted in "City and State New York" about how Changing Political and Technological Landscapes are Making Advanced Degrees More Crucial Than Ever

City and State New York: "Brave New World"

The Changing Political and Technological Landscapes are Making Advanced Degrees More Crucial Than Ever

“I think a lot of my students today really want to learn how to look at evidence, data and trends in order to figure out: how do we transform that into the civil society that we hope to build?” said Hillary Knepper, chairwoman of Pace University’s public administration department.

 Regardless of how the political pendulum swings, the business of delivering government services and educating the next generation of public servants has no choice but to adapt. “Politics is cyclical in nature, but the needs are there and they don’t fundamentally change,” Knepper said.

“State and local government and nonprofits are going to step up,” Knepper said, “so you might have fewer opportunities at one level, but you’re going to have more opportunities at other levels.”

While any public affairs program will strive to provide students with an interdisciplinary toolkit for analyzing changes in the political environment, Knepper said that “politics can in some ways be informative but it can also be a distraction because our public services have to move forward no matter who in office.”

“The reason for getting that graduate education is really to open up new ideas, new pathways in your thinking,” Knepper said, adding that master’s in public administration students are trained to “turn a critical eye toward how we get the business of government done.”

Knepper added, “We many all have very different opinions, but we all agree – fundamentally. I think, across the political spectrum – that we need to be asking: How do we use data, how do we use information to really try to make the best decision possible?”

“Education has gotten a lot more accessible and I think it’s critical that we take advantage of that as citizens interested in public service…because that accessibility is what’s going to change society,” Knepper said. “Education changes the world.”

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Vanya Quinones has been appointed provost of Pace University, effective July 1, 2018

02/26/2018

Vanya Quinones has been appointed provost of Pace University, effective July 1, 2018

Diverse Education: "VANYA QUIÑONES"

From Diverse Education:

VANYA QUIÑONES, who serves as associate provost for student success and retention at CUNY’s Hunter College, has been appointed provost of Pace University, effective July 1, 2018. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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Pace Law School Alumni Kerry Lutz featured story in "Newsmax Finance" speaking about the Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

02/26/2018

Pace Law School Alumni Kerry Lutz featured story in "Newsmax Finance" speaking about the Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

Newsmax Finance:  "The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again?) of Bitcoin"

by Kerry Lutz

Kerry Lutz has been a student of Austrian Economics since 1977. While attending Pace University, he stumbled upon an extensive cache of Austrian Economic Literature in a dark, musty, abandoned section of the school’s library. After graduating from The New York Law School, he became an attorney and life long serial entrepreneur. His diverse career has included: running a legal printing company, practicing commercial law and litigation and founding a successful distressed asset investment company.

From Newsmax Finance:

This wasn’t supposed to happen. As this article is written, Bitcoin is trading around $11,200. It’s up from breaking the $6000 barrier, but this could well be a dead cat bounce. That’s down from nearly $20,000 in mid December. After all, everyone knows that Bitcoin only goes up. Just like the stock market and housing prices. What gives? What’s happened in cryptocurrencies was completely predictable. In fact, I wrote an article about this very scenario back on December 25, 2017.

Of course no one listened, because when you’re under the influence of dopamine (a powerful neurotransmitter) you’re unable to listen to reason and act accordingly. Effortlessly making money in a bubble is quite gratifying and euphoria inducing. No one wants to come down from the high, you want it to keep going forever. But nothing lasts forever, especially financial driven manias. Just ask the tulip farmers in Holland.

Bitcoin and all of its Johnny Come Lately followers are in for some more tough times ahead. If it retraces 80-90 percent of its gains the past year, that will put it in a range of $3800-5600. Such a pullback would not be out of the realm of experience. When a bubble pops, it’s look out below.

There were many other signs that this crypto crash was coming. There were 4 major negative stories running in the media prior to the crash. While these articles didn’t cause it, they were indicative of a shift in the MSM media narrative. Until recently, the media treated the emerging cryptocurrency marketplace as an oddity or a curiosity. It was the province of millenials and geeks. It wasn’t to be taken seriously. But suddenly all that changed. First, BOA, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and others stopped allowing credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies. Next, there was a stink raised about the North American Bitcoin Conference’s networking event at a Miami strip club. A NY Times story appeared on 1-31-18 “Worries Grow The Price of Bitcoin is Being Propped Up. And a scholarly paper was released early in the month detailing manipulation that occured when Bitcoin went from $150 to $1000 prior to the collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange. On February 6, 2018 the NY Times posted another article As Bitcoin Bubble Loses Air, Frauds and Flaws Rise to Surface.

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Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

02/21/2018

Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

Westchester Business: "Westchester County Association, Pace team up for land use ‘playbook"

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

As real estate developers eye projects such as mixed-use apartment buildings across Westchester County, it’s important that municipal zoning keeps up.

That’s at least part of the thinking behind the new “Land Use Development Playbook,” a collaboration between the Westchester County Association and Pace University’s Land Use Law Center. The book is expected to be published this spring. The idea is to help Westchester’s local governments improve the rules and systems that guide their zoning and land use approval processes.

“There’s a lot of disconnect currently between planning and zoning and the market,” said Jessica A. Bacher, executive director of the Pace Land Use Law Center. “This is to bring those closer together and take the time to evaluate those trends in conjunction with planning and zoning.”

Bacher said those trends include “interest in mixed-use development, opportunities near transit, opportunities for live-work space, the need for affordable housing in our region and the reuse of office parks.”

The playbook would offer strategies that could adjust to those trends in the market, while also considering community feedback, helping the municipal tax base and promoting employment and affordability.

Municipalities throughout the county have already rethought planning and zoning in some cases to attract development. New Rochelle has a number of large-scale apartment and retail projects under construction in its downtown as part of a master plan that calls for attracting $4 billion in investments around the city’s downtown Transit Center.

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Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in "Westchester Magazine"

02/21/2018

Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in "Westchester Magazine"

Westchester Magazine: "Getting Into College"

Interviews by Cathleen Kenney

Nine county freshmen share insights from their getting-into-college experiences

Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in Westchester Magazine.

Westchester Magazine: What was the most difficult aspect of the college-admissions process?

Angilee Sewkarran: "Having to narrow down what topic I wanted to write my essay on. There is so much I wanted to convey, but I only had a 650-word count. You wouldn't believe how many drafts I went through!"

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President Marvin Krislov profiled in "Westchester Magazine" speaking about "How to Get Into College"

02/21/2018

President Marvin Krislov profiled in "Westchester Magazine" speaking about "How to Get Into College"

Westchester Magazine: "How to Get Into College"

President Krislov and five other college presidents were interviewed at a round-table discussion recently in Westchester County. "Westchester Magazine" profiled the higher ed leaders in an article offering advice for high school students on how to get into college.

From the article in "Westchester Magazine" by Amy R. Partridge:

Six Westchester college presidents share their thoughts on what local high school students should do - and not do - to up their chances of admission.

Pace President Marvin Krislov said, "One area where we can help parents do a better job is in encouraging them to let their students navigate problems by themselves. We can help parents help their children by teaching them the skills to work within the institutional framework."

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Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

02/21/2018

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

Westchester Magazine: "Watch This Pace Alumna Kick Ass in Marvel's Epic 'Black Panther'

by Dave Zucker

The Westchester grad Nabiyah Be's feature film debut is also slated to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Marvel’s Black Panther premiered over the weekend, bringing with it critical acclaim, massive box office revenue, and cementing itself as a cultural touchstone; its predominantly black cast features butt-kicking women (who actually pass the Bechdel test) and introduces Western audiences to an afrofuturistic utopia.

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be had another reason to be excited: the film marked the Brazilian actress’ feature film debut.

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own,” said Be in a video interview for the Pace School of Performing Arts. “I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me.”

Be appears in the film alongside Hollywood superstars like Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther himself), Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Basset, and Forest Whitaker. And when we say, “appears alongside,” we really mean alongside.

We’d tell you to catch Be in Black Panther in theaters, but with a $235 million opening weekend, you probably already have tickets, so we’ll just say "Enjoy!"

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Professor Bennett Gershman from New York’s Pace University Law School is quoted in "Bloomberg" about jury's verdicts

02/21/2018

Professor Bennett Gershman from New York’s Pace University Law School is quoted in "Bloomberg" about jury's verdicts

Bloomberg: "Shkreli's Ex-Lawyer Says Juror Threats Are Grounds for New Trial"

by Christie Smythe

From "Bloomberg"

...Shkreli was jailed in September and is slated to be sentenced March 9. No sentencing date is set for Greebel.

Overturning the verdict based on the juror’s claims isn’t likely, said Bennett L. Gershman, a law professor at New York’s Pace University.

"A jury’s verdict can’t be impeached," Gershman said. "It’s basically to provide finality, and to try to prevent what’s happening here: Getting jurors to say things that happened inside the jury room that may or may not be true."

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Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships featured in "Westmore News"

02/21/2018

Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships featured in "Westmore News"

Westmore News: “Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships”

From "Westmore News:"

Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships for students who are NYS residents. The Opportunity Scholarship will support new students in the Pforzheimer Honors College who would be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if they attended a public institution in New York. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to qualifying students of all backgrounds.

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