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Your Pace connections don’t end after you graduate! All current Pace students are invited by Alumni Relations for two special virtual events on Wednesday, July 15, involving a successful Pace alumni and Haub Law faculty member.

Alumni Voices: Setting Your Pace for Success
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Zoom link to the Setting Your Pace event
After an accident left him in a devastating coma, alumnus Richard Austin ’95 made a full recovery—and made a change. Join Alumni Relations to hear more about his journey from the homicide bureau of the District Attorney’s office to private practice to, eventually, the world of for-profit business. Austin’s story is a shining example of how Pace alumni use their degrees to create new chapters and pave their own personal Pace Path to success.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Austin is the Executive Director of IFP’s Business Alliance, serving as a national resource to IFP advisors and their clients. He consults with high-net-worth clients and business owners on estate planning, charitable planning, business succession planning, and tax planning strategies.

Austin earned a JD degree from Pace University School of Law and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Tax Law/Taxation from New York University School of Law. He has earned both the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Certified Business Exit Consultant (CBEC) designations. Before moving to the financial world, Austin worked at the Bronx District Attorney’s office in their homicide division.


A Wild and Precious Life: An Evening With Judith Kasen-Windsor and Joshua Lyon
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom link to the Wild and Precious Life event
Join Alumni Relations for an intimate look at the life of civil rights icon Edie Windsor, whose 2013 Supreme Court case victory granted government recognition for her marriage to partner Thea Spyer, setting the stage for marriage equality in the United States. This event will be moderated by Professor Darren Rosenblum of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

Windsor’s surviving spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, as well as American journalist Joshua Lyon give a fascinating view into the little-known details of Windsor’s life, work, and loves from her adventures in the lesbian bars of 1950s Greenwich Village while pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics at NYU; to her work at IBM in the early days of tech; to her activist awakening and epic love affair with Thea Spyer.

Windsor’s memoir, A Wild and Precious Life, was published on October 8, 2019, in time for National Coming Out Day.

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