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"Huff Post" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Former Federal Prosecutor Mimi Rocah Reveals Telltale Sign Rudy Giuliani Is In Major Trouble"

10/25/2019

"Huff Post" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Former Federal Prosecutor Mimi Rocah Reveals Telltale Sign Rudy Giuliani Is In Major Trouble"

Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah said there’s a sure sign that Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, knows he’s in serious trouble. 

“He’s apparently been declining to go on TV and give interviews,” Rocah, former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, said on MSNBC on Thursday. “When I saw that, I thought Giuliani actually knows that there’s real trouble.”

Rocah added:

We’ve talked for two years about Giuliani can’t stay off of television and doing interviews and admitting things left and right. So he’s finally quiet, which tells me that he knows he’s in some hot water here.

Earlier in the day, former U.S. attorneys Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance published a column as a “thought experiment” that outlined three charges Giuliani could face based on the public record: conspiracy to interfere with the fair administration of elections, conspiracy to commit bribery and contempt of Congress. 

According to The New York Times, Giuliani is a “person of interest” in two federal investigations. 

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"Huffington Post" featured College of Health Professions Christen Cupples Cooper in "The Pros And Cons Of Food Delivery And Meal Prep Services"

09/17/2018

"Huffington Post" featured College of Health Professions Christen Cupples Cooper in "The Pros And Cons Of Food Delivery And Meal Prep Services"

...Kits stifle our culinary creativity.

Some critics claim that meal delivery services that tell you what to cook in exact steps and provide all the ingredients are not allowing a natural curiosity to develop through trial and error. But is it really any different than following any other recipe?

Christen Cupples Cooper, assistant professor and founding director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the College of Health Professions at Pace University, wants to see more Americans cooking at home and thinks these services could help to achieve that goal. “For some, especially those with curiosity and the will to get back to home cooking but lacking the time, meal delivery services can be really useful. If they can help people to get back to preparing and eating healthful, sit-down meals with their family, then I applaud them,” she said.

Blue Apron user Mike Gnitecki actually finds that the recipes make him a more creative cook by giving him ideas to try that he wouldn’t otherwise have had exposure to.

“Yesterday, with the help of the recipe, I made seared steak over goat cheese polenta. I would never have thought to have made that otherwise,” he told HuffPost.

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"The Huffington Post" featured Haub Law Professor John Humbach in "Michael Cohen’s Trump Tape Release May Mean He’s Ready To Make A Deal, Experts Say"

07/26/2018

"The Huffington Post" featured Haub Law Professor John Humbach in "Michael Cohen’s Trump Tape Release May Mean He’s Ready To Make A Deal, Experts Say"

Michael Cohen’s decision to allow Tuesday’s release of a secretly recorded conversation he had with President Donald Trump may signal that Cohen is moving toward making a deal with prosecutors, legal experts say.

The tape features Cohen, once seen as Trump’s most loyal fixer, discussing with him a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. The conversation occurred just weeks before the 2016 presidential election; since then, McDougal has publicly alleged that she and Trump previously had a lengthy affair. Trump has denied her claim.

For months, Cohen has been under a federal criminal investigation for possible bank and wire fraud, as well as campaign finance violations. The tape released by his legal team was one of several that the FBI seized from Cohen’s home and office in April.

The tape’s release ― with more possible coming ― could help Cohen “improve his public standing and begin to look candid, which might help him if he goes to trial” or “attract the interest of a prosecutor... who wants to help him with a plea bargain in exchange for what he knows,” Duke law professor Donald Beskind said.

Jens David Ohlin, vice dean and law professor at Cornell, told HuffPost the tape makes it clear that Cohen knows a lot of Trump’s secrets and could prove valuable to federal prosecutors.

“From [Cohen attorney] Lanny Davis’ perspective, he wants Cohen’s situation wrapped up completely as quickly as possible,” Ohlin said. The best way to do that is “to work out a deal with prosecutors to convince prosecutors that Cohen is not very culpable in the grand scheme in things... and he’s got a lot of testimony.”

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for the president, indicated earlier this month that he is now looking out for himself. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired July 2, Cohen said he is putting “family and country first.”

Davis told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that his client is no longer seeking a pardon from Trump as protection against any possible criminal convictions.

“I think [Cohen] is going to get a deal [with federal prosecutors],” Ohlin said. “I don’t see any way that this is going to play out differently.”

Ohlin said Cohen’s shift in legal strategy is probably due to Trump not wanting to grant pardons that could be seen as obstructing justice amid the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the ’16 campaign.

In reaction to the tapes going public, Trump questioned what kind of lawyer would tape a client. “So sad!” the president tweeted.

It is highly unusual for a lawyer to secretly record a client, four lawyers told HuffPost. However, recording is legal in many states, including New York, as long as one party involved in the conversation gives consent.

“As a lawyer, I certainly wouldn’t do that,” said Binny Miller, director of American University’s Criminal Justice Clinic.

CBS and CNN reported that Trump’s legal team waived the president’s attorney-client privilege on Cohen’s recording.

Pace University law professor John Humbach said that while a lawyer might tape a conversation for note-taking purposes, it’s unlikely the client wouldn’t know about the recording.

“A lawyer has first and foremost a fiduciary duty to put the client’s interests ahead of the lawyer’s interests,” Humbach said. “It’s kind of inconceivable to [record a conversation] without the client’s knowledge. If the lawyer is recording a conversation to protect the lawyer, that’s clearly a case of not putting the client’s interests first.”

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Huffington Post: "Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City"

02/01/2018

Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City (Huffington Post)

In the depths of LAVA is a reconstruction of Richard Foreman’s play Lava as well as an homage to him as a ground breaking theatrical force. The original play was a co-production with The Wooster Group in 1989. This reconstruction sets the piece in 1953 where the CIA administered LSD as part of Project MkUltra. The piece takes a re-imagined inside look at one of the experiments and how they reshaped the identity of 3 human subjects who unwittingly participated. Through this piece, the human subjects take an exploratory journey where a new sense of self is manifested. the human subjects in this experiment in particular are everyday citizens. In the depths of LAVA plays at The GloveJanuary 16-18 @ 8pm - Click here for more information. To reserve tickets click here.

Polina Ionina (Monitor)  is a Kazakh-born Russian-American actor and director. A Pace University BFA Acting graduate, she has performed extensively with the Grotowski-based theater group Dzieci, and the immersive theater workshop PlayLab with Jeff Wirth. Polina is a co-founder of The How, a collaborative performance ensemble based in Brooklyn. A major influence on Polina’s thinking and practice comes from her time spent in Kyrgyzstan studying the meditative techniques of Sufi Whirling.

Amber Jaunai (Kyle/Peter) is a recent graduate of the BFA acting program at Pace University. Some of her recent credits include Law and Order (NBC), Polaroid Stories (Dir. Raelle Mydrick-Hodges), An Octoroon (Dir. Jean Randich), Hair (Dir. Saheem Ali), and Kaspar (Dir. Scott Davis). Always grateful.

Alec Funiciello (Matthew) - is a NYC based actor most recently seen as Romeo in Psittacus Production’s Romeo and Juliet at The Clark Theatre- Lincoln Center, White Heron Theatre -Nantucket, and the W.H.A.T on Cape Cod. He’s also performed in Cosmin Chivu’s The Mutilated, nominated for Best Revival 2015 by the Drama League. Alec has lately been curious in film and television, starring in a Volkswagen TV Commercial and most recently a Manhattan College Commercial. Alec is very connected to this ode to Richard Foreman and the multiple layers of elasticity that are being closely examined in Davis’s reimagining. 

Keith Boratko (Neil)  is an actor and musician based out of Brooklyn, and is thrilled to be presenting In The Depths Of LAVA! Keith received his BFA in Acting from Pace University in 2016. Among other credits, as an actor, Keith had the privilege to perform in the Sibiu International Theatre Festival In 2016, And was most recently seen portraying the title roll in Shakespeare’s ‘Pericles’ with the Fools and Kings Project this past summer. Keith’s musical experience has also led him to perform around the world at some remarkable venues, from Lincoln Center in New York to the Tomb of Agamemnon in Greece. Most recently, Keith had the great opportunity to act as the music director and pianist for the Tennessee Williams Festival, also earlier this summer. Keith would like to thank Scott Davis and the cast and production team for their hard work, and for including me in the process. Enjoy the show!

Scott F. Davis (Director) is a Brooklyn based collaborative theater artist who focuses on the reconstruction of classic/preexisting texts. His work has been seen at various venues including The Sibiu International Theater Festival, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, IRT, Axis Theater, The Sheen Center and many others. Scott is an alumni of Pace School Performing Arts (2016) , The Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2017) and Directors Lab West (2017).

Carlo Antonio Villanueva (Movement Director) is a Pilipinx-American dance and performance artist, born and raised in New Jersey. He is a performing member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has also been engaged this season in the work of multidisciplinary choreographer Walter Dundervill (NYC), performance artist Barbora Kleinhamplová (Prague), and visual artist Kendell Geers (Brussels). Villanueva makes performance works collaboratively with his friend and creative partner, Miriam Gabriel.

Tanner Simpson (Technical Director/Lighting and Sound Designer) is a NYC based Lighting, Sound & Video Designer, & Production Manager for high-profile events & theatre. Design work has been featured at the Freedom Tower, 4 Times Square, the New York Public Library, Pace University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, IRT, HARD Summer, & more. Selected projects include: “A Star Has Burnt My Eye” (BAM Next Wave Festival 2016 & NY Times Critics’ Pick), & “HAIR” (Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins, CO). He has also done work for clients including: Genius Music, Cartier, The Durst Organization, Fetty Wap, Benjamin Moore, Stone Island, the US Open of Tennis, Snapchat, Euphoria Music Festival & many more.

John Erickson (Projection Designer) is a Brooklyn based projection designer and programmer. Originally from Colorado, John is a graduate of Colorado State University. Projection design credits include Who Knows? (Independent film), Cracked Orlando (Juliard), The Bridgette Hobbes Connection (Tisch School of the Arts), and Winners (Ensemble Theatre). Assistant Design credits include 50 Song Memoir (International Tour), Josephine (Asolo Rep), Marley (CenterStage Theatre) and Aida (The Muny Theatre).

YAMILA CHIAPPE (Set Designer) is a scenic and prop designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some of her recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York), Look Back In Anger (Schaeberle Studios, New York), Bernarda Alba and See What I Wanna See in-rep (Schaeberle, New York). She has also recently designed props for the Fallen Angels Theater Company production of When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout (Theater Row, New York), which was picked by the New York Times as Critic’s Choice. She is a recent graduate from Pace University with a major in Production and Design for film and stage.

Avery Stray (Assistant Director) is a senior Directing Major at Pace University. Her past credits include: Look Back in Anger (Asst. Dir.), Translations (Asst. Director.), Tristan and Yseult (Asst. Dir.), Self Accusations (Asst. Dir), COCK (Sound Designer) No One Goes To Heaven (Director). She will be debuting her production of In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play this spring through Pace University and The Drama League.

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