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June 2017 Alumni Highlight

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Patrick CarrollPatrick Carroll (’15) graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY in 2012. During his undergraduate studies, it became increasingly clear to Patrick that he wanted to pursue a legal education. By the time he graduated, Patrick had already taken the LSATs and applied to law school. In the fall of 2012, he began his legal studies at Pace.

Having always had a strong passion for environmental legal issues, Patrick primarily chose Pace Law because of its nationally recognized environmental law program. “During an admitted students visit, I spoke with Daniel Estrin, who was the supervising attorney for the Clinic at the time. While speaking with Dan about the Clinic’s accomplishments, I came to understand the opportunities afforded to the Law School’s students to receive both the classroom and practical experience I desired.”

Patrick also quickly learned that the School not only had an exceptional environmental program, but offered many other excellent opportunities as well, including the Federal Judicial Honors Program (“FJHP”). “Before I started at Pace I knew that I wanted to participate in the Environmental Litigation Clinic, but not long after I began my legal studies I realized the value of participating in the Federal Judicial Honors Program. Both programs provided unparalleled practical experiences.”

Patrick describes the FJHP as one of the highlights of his law school experience. “Through the FJHP, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Honorable Kenneth Karas of the Southern District of New York and his exceptional law clerks. My assignments in his chambers were varied, intensive, and very fulfilling.”

He notes that between the FJHP and the Environmental Litigation Clinic, respectively, he had the opportunity to participate in substantive chambers discussions and file a lawsuit under a student practice order before ever having graduated from law school. In fact, Patrick was fortunate enough to have appeared in both New York State Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. “These were outstanding experiences, and quite complementary. The legal research and writing skills I had honed while working with Judge Karas and his law clerks enabled me to more effectively advocate on behalf of the Clinic’s clients.”

Patrick credits his experience in Judge Karas’ chambers with enabling him to comfortably transition from completing law school to fulfilling the responsibilities of an appellate court attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, where he has handled countless appeals running the gamut of civil and criminal legal issues. “My placement through the FJHP entailed a very collaborative work environment. It gave me the confidence to openly discuss cases with appellate justices and their clerks on a regular basis.”

Now, after spending the past two years in the Fourth Department, Patrick is preparing to begin his clerkship with the Honorable Elizabeth Wolford of the Western District of New York. “As I begin my new position as a law clerk for a federal judge, I am grateful to have experienced the character of the work expected of a federal chambers clerk through the FJHP.”

“Pace was full of rich and varied opportunities and I was lucky enough to pursue many of them.” In addition to his participation in the FJHP and the Environmental Litigation Clinic, Patrick also credits many of his professors with giving him the confidence to fulfill his passion for the law and complete law school, graduating first in his class. “During my 1L year, I recall questioning whether I had made the right decision to pursue a legal education. At the time, I was taking Torts and Constitutional Law under the instruction of Professor Steven Goldberg. I was inspired by how Professor Goldberg conducted each lecture with the utmost professionalism and a complete mastery of the subject matter. Each student was treated as a colleague in his classes, which was something I greatly appreciated. Any remaining doubt that I had chosen the correct path was soon erased, and to this day I strive to emulate that degree of professional character in my own work.”

When asked if he had any advice for future or current law students, Patrick stated, “Participate in as much as you can, especially hands-on programs like the Federal Judicial Honors Program and the clinics. It was through these programs that I gained practical, real-life attorney experience before ever even graduating.

Patrick currently resides in Rochester, New York, and in his spare time he enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and checking out music venues. He is a fan of exploring new cultures and believes that one of the best ways to do so is by experiencing culinary recipes and traditions. Patrick also just finished a 50-mile ultramarathon through the scenic mountains and forests of the Mohonk Preserve in May 2017.

After Patrick completes his clerkship, he would like to pursue a career as a litigator in the field of environmental law. “It has always been my aspiration to apply the law to change our world for the better. I cannot imagine a more satisfying professional accomplishment than working to preserve and protect the quality of our environment and that of our local communities.”

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Class Notes




V. Gerard Comizio has joined Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the Corporate Department.   

Philip M. Halpern was honored at the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s 2017 Equal Access to Justice Dinner. 

Martin Hersh was elected Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law and Special Needs Section for the one year term beginning June 1, 2017. Martin has his own firm, The Law Offices of Martin Hersh, Esq. located in Liberty, NY. It is a boutique law office concentrating in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning.


George Oros was named Westchester County's Director of Economic Development. 


Thomas H. Welby, P.E., Esq., ’85, has received the Chair’s Award from the Construction Management Association of America.  The award was given in recognition of Mr. Welby’s service as CMAA’s representative to the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, and the American Arbitration Association. Thomas is a partner with Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law (Construction Law) at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. 


Karen Mignone was appointed as Group Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs with Xeros Technology Group. 


 Robert E. Lytle was installed as the 2017 President of the Mercer County Bar Association (MCBA). He is a partner with Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C. 


Peter Tambini recently achieved a very successful verdict for his clients with his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C 


Matthew E. Brotmann is now principal attorney with the New York Power Authority. 

Martin C. Geagan became a Litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.  


Kelly Turturro was appointed to the position of Regional Director for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 3.


Robert A. Stout, Jr. was named partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.    


Dean W. Sattler was elected to partnership at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He is a member of the Corporate Group.

Saad Siddiqui is running for White Plains Common Council. Saad has his own law practice, Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP. 


Clare K. Schum was promoted to Attorney Mentoring Supervisor at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate, where she has practiced for nearly three years. 


Leslie A. Jaluria recently moved from Connecticut to California. She also had her third son.  Leslie was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2016. 


Christine M. Brew is an associate with Cohen and Wolf, P.C., practicing in the Trusts and Estates, Tax, Elder Law, and Business & Corporate Groups.

Samantha A. Lyons who has been an associate at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano since 2013, has been promoted to senior associate. 

Christopher M. Psihoules is now Trial Attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  


Jaclyn Calcagno is an associate with Akerman LLP. She focuses on real estate development. 

Heather Leibowitz had her op-ed, “Solar is Clean, Popular and Under Attack” published in the Gotham Gazzette.   


Erica Gilerman became Assistant Executive Director with the Hebrew Educational Society.  


Lauren C. Enea joined the firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP as an associate attorney. 

Andrea Rodricks has joined the admissions teach at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law as Assistant Director of Admissions. Andrea is a recent graduate with dual JD and MBA degrees from Elisabeth Haub School of Law and the Lubin School of Business, with concentrations in environmental law and international business.