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Press Release: The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Announce New ‘3 + 3’ Partnership

04/23/2019

Press Release: THE ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW AT PACE UNIVERSITY AND JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ANNOUNCE NEW ‘3 + 3’ PARTNERSHIP

Agreement between the schools allows qualified students to complete a bachelor’s and J.D. degree in just six years 

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of The City University of New York, have agreed to a new ‘3 + 3’ partnership, which will allow students to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. degree in six years, instead of seven. The agreement announced today will help qualified students jumpstart their legal careers by allowing them to complete their J.D. degree a year earlier by starting their first year of law school while they are completing their undergraduate degrees.

“Pace Law is proud to be an innovator in legal education,” said Elisabeth Haub School of Law Dean Horace Anderson. “We are pleased to partner with CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice to offer a new opportunity for students who are interested in the law to begin their legal training early, save them time and money and prepare them to be lawyers who are able to meet the complex legal challenges facing the world today.”

“At John Jay College, we train our students to become Fierce Advocates for Justice,” said John Jay President Karol V. Mason. “Many of them come to John Jay with laser-like focus on their life dream of completing law school and advancing the cause of justice through the legal profession. While John Jay College and Pace Law have collaborated informally for several years, the new 3 + 3 partnership formalizes this important relationship, providing an accelerated pathway and additional support structures that will help students make this dream a reality."

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a leader in educating for justice by offering a liberal arts and professional curriculum that prepares students to serve the public interest as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Pace Law has partnerships with select colleges and universities throughout the country, allowing students to pursue dual degrees and more. The Law School has previously signed ‘3 + 3’ agreements with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, College of St. Rose and Pace University Dyson School of Arts and Sciences. The Law School is widely known for its criminal law programs, including the Pace Criminal Justice Institute and the Barbara Salken Criminal Justice Clinic. Under the guidance of a supervising attorney, students working in the clinic work directly with clients who are navigating the criminal justice system and need legal representation.

Qualified students who are enrolled already at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice can pursue this option beginning in the fall of 2019. 

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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 8,500 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

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu and follow us on Twitter @JohnJayCollege.

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Press Release: The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Ranks #1 in the Nation in Environmental Law

03/12/2019

Press Release: THE ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW AT PACE UNIVERSITY RANKS #1 IN THE NATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) was ranked number one in the country for environmental law, a signature program at the school, by the latest U.S. News and World Reportrankings, released today. 

Today’s news is the latest major success for the program, which has consistently been rated among the strongest in the country. Recently, the environmental law program has recruited top faculty who are recognized scholars in climate change law, international human rights law and natural resources and food systems law. 

“At Pace University, we prepare students to change the world,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “Our environmental law program, which trains attorneys for this critically important field, has long done world-recognized work. It is fitting that it’s now the top-ranked program in the country.  Congratulations to our Law School’s faculty, staff, and students on this much-deserved recognition, and thanks to the Haub family for their commitment to the environment and to the Law School.”

“For the past four decades, our environmental law program has led the way in training environmental defenders and advocates who have gone on to serve in law firms, government agencies and NGOs across the globe,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “We are proud that in our program’s 40thanniversary year, the scholarship of our faculty, the quality of our teaching and the experiential learning opportunities we provide to our students has propelled us to the top of the field.”

The Law School’s newest clinic, the Food and Beverage Law Clinic, was established in 2017 to provide transactional legal services to small- and medium-sized farms, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve food systems across the region.These developments are ensuring that Pace’s environmental law program remains top among its peers. 

"We are proud of our work training practitioners, advocates and environmental defenders, but humbled by the challenges that lie ahead," said Jason Czarnezki, Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs. "Our attention is focused on fostering the aggressive reduction of carbon emissions in light of the climate crisis, rebuilding our country's commitment to environmental law, and fighting for environmental, social and economic justice."​

The environmental law program is unique in many ways. Notably, Pace Law is only one of two law schools worldwide to be a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The School’s membership allows students to draft memoranda, debate issues and attend meetings, including the World Conservation Congress and U.S. National Committee meetings. 

The Law School also has the distinction of being Co-Secretariat to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, helping to build environmental legal education capacity and promote the conceptual development of environmental law internationally. Through the UN Diplomacy Practicum, students provide assistance to UN country Missions by attending meetings on behalf of the Missions and by preparing memoranda and/or research papers on a range of issues such as climate change, renewable energy, fisheries protection, and forest management. All of these opportunities provide Pace Law students with the tools they need to be leaders in environmental law. 

Pace Law offers more than 40 environmental law courses. Students can research cutting-edge areas of the law through on-campus centers and institutes that focus on various areas of environmental law including the Pace Energy & Climate Center and the Land Use Law Center, and can represent public interest groups as a student practitioner in the Environmental Litigation Clinic. Students can choose from unparalleled opportunities to develop their skills internationally and through on-the-job practical externships. Pace Law also stands out from other top environmental law programs because of its proximity to New York City (less than 40 minutes by train) and Washington, D.C. (less than two hours by air).

Over the past several years, Pace’s environmental law programs have received numerous recognitions and accolades in recognition of its excellence. In May, the program will be given the Hudson Hero Award by Riverkeeper, which works to preserve the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River. 

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About the 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 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 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. 

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs.For more information visit http://law.pace.edu.

About Pace University:Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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Press Release: Dennis Kenny and Christopher B. Fisher Presented with Distinguished Service Award at Pace Law Leadership Dinner

03/08/2019

Press Release: Dennis Kenny and Christopher B. Fisher Presented with Distinguished Service Award at Pace Law Leadership Dinner

Pace’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law holds 24th Annual Dinner 

Pace’s Elisabeth Haub Law School held its 24th Annual Law Leadership Dinner at the Westchester Country Club on March 7. The school presented Dennis Kenny, Esq. of the Law School’s Board of Visitors and former senior vice president and general counsel of Transamerica Leasing, Inc, and Christopher B. Fisher, Managing Partner Cuddy & Feder, LLP. with this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Kenny is of White Plains and Fisher lives in Ridgefield Ct.  

The award, established in 1995, honors individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the legal community. Through sponsorships and a journal produced for the event, funds are raised that help to underwrite the Law School’s outstanding academic programs, faculty and students.

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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Press Release: Elisabeth Haub School of Law Announces New Scheduling Option for Part-Time Program

01/16/2019

Press Release: Elisabeth Haub School of Law Announces New Scheduling Option for Part-Time Program

New option is ideal for working professionals, and provides flexibility for all part-time students.  

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law today announced an expansion of its current part-time program, making the Law School more accessible to working professionals and others. The new scheduling option allows part-time law students to take all of their required classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as on Saturday mornings, as they pursue their J.D. degrees.   

This option is the newest addition to a range of scheduling choices available to students studying at Pace Law. The Law School already offers a full-time three-year J.D. program that begins in the fall, a full-time 2.5 year J.D. program that begins in January, and a part-time weekday JD program.  With this new scheduling option, any of Pace Law’s part-time students can choose between taking their classes during the day, during the evenings/weekends, or in some combination that works for them.

“Pace Law is proud of our tradition of ‘opportunitas’ – providing new opportunities for students who want to pursue the law and legal training,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “By now offering required courses on evenings and weekends, we are expanding access to legal education and providing rigorous academics and training to those who are working professionals or have other daytime responsibilities.”

“We will offer enough evening and weekend courses to ensure that our entering part-time students can, if necessary, complete their entire JD through evening and weekend coursework,” said Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Jill Gross.  “They will also be able to register for daytime courses, including clinics and advanced electives, so that they can put together the schedule that makes sense for them each semester.”

Students can learn more about the part-time program and scheduling options here, including a list of frequently asked questions. Students can apply for this option immediately for enrollment in the fall 2019 semester. The new scheduling option will launch in the fall of 2019 subject to sufficient enrollment.

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Press Release: Elisabeth Haub School of Law Graduates Secure Major Immigrant Rights Victory

01/10/2019

Press Release: Elisabeth Haub School of Law Graduates Secure Major Immigrant Rights Victory

Pace Law graduates Craig Relles ’12 and Steven Haskos ’11 have won a path-breaking decision challenging indefinite detention of asylum-seekers without a hearing. This victory is only one of several recently that highlight the outstanding work of students and alums of the Pace Immigration Justice Clinic. For more than a dozen years the Immigration Justice Clinic has provided free representation to indigent immigrants who are facing deportation or seeking to regularize their legal status. 

Mr. Relles and Mr. Haskos’ client, Adou Kouadio, a citizen of the Ivory Coast, asked for asylum at the Texas border in early 2016. For almost three years, his request has remained in limbo while Mr. Kouadio has been detained with no judicial review of the rationale for keeping him in jail. In August 2018, Craig Relles filed a habeas corpus petition in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In December, a federal judge ruled that ICE had violated his due process rights. As a result of this ruling, Mr. Kouadio finally received a bond hearing, which was successful and he will now be released.  

“Pace Law’s Immigration Justice Clinic provides vital services to immigrants in Westchester and beyond,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “The work this clinic does, along with that of our nationally recognized immigration faculty experts, is second to none. We are proud of the work alumni such as Craig and Steven are doing to ensure that the rights of all those in our society are protected.”

Professor Vanessa Merton, Faculty Supervisor of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Pace Law commented, “Once again, the Law Office of Craig Relles has demonstrated that topnotch advocates can make justice happen, perhaps saving their client’s life in the process. Pace Law School has reason to be proud of the work of Craig Relles and Steven Haskos in securing minimum due process rights for detained immigrants.”  

“We are very happy with Judge Hellerstein's decision and we hope that courts will continue to closely scrutinize the lengthy detention of asylum applicants without a bond hearing. While their rights may be statutorily limited, the Judge sent a clear message with this decision: that due process under the Constitution protects nonresident immigrants arriving at the border,” noted attorney Steven Haskos.

“Securing Mr. Kouadio's release on bond is a just conclusion to his detention saga. Judge Hellerstein recognized that Mr. Kouadio's detention violated due process, and that the remedy was a bond hearing wherein the Government had the burden of establishing that Mr. Kouadio was a danger to the community and a flight risk. While the Immigration Court ordered a bond amount greater than we requested, we are happy that he will be able to enjoy freedom while his asylum appeal is adjudicated” explained Mr. Kouadio’s attorney, Craig Relles.

Craig graduated from Pace Law cum laude in 2012. During his time at Pace, Craig was a Student Attorney in the John Jay Legal Services Immigration Justice Clinic. At graduation, Craig received the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award. After graduation, Craig was selected as a fellow at the Pace Community Law Practice, a post-graduate program to develop competent, ethical immigration lawyers, where he worked on a variety of legal issues and cases and also learned the ins and outs of successfully opening your own law practice.

Steven Haskos graduated from Pace Law cum laude in 2011. He was a member of the Pace International Law Review in 2010 and 2011, serving in 2011 as the Case Note and Comment Editor. He began working with Craig in 2014, primarily handling habeas corpus petitions and appellate proceedings at the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as Petitions for Review in the Second Circuit.  Steven works closely with young immigrants seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other avenues to legal residence and citizenship.

In 2013, Craig launched the Law Office of Craig Relles with one focus in mind: justice for immigrants. The firm is based in White Plains. Working together with Craig and Steven at the firm is Christina Romano, another Pace Law graduate, 2016 cum laude.

 

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"CNBC" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Federal prosecutors give National Enquirer publisher immunity over hush-money payment to purported Trump lover"

12/13/2018

"CNBC" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Federal prosecutors give National Enquirer publisher immunity over hush-money payment to purported Trump lover"

...Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah told MSNBC that AMI's admission cripples Trump's ability to claim that the payment to McDougal was not about the election, and thus not subject to federal campaign finance law rules.

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