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Nicholas A. Robinson Alumni Achievement Award

The 2014 Nicholas A. Robinson Award winner is Emily Collins (JD '04). We will present Emily with her award at the annual Environmental Alumni-Student Event on June 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Cafe Centro in NYC.

Emily Collins is the Executive Director of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, a non-profit organization that she founded to help those with modest means address environmental problems in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ms. Collins began her practice as a student at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in 2003 and then became an Assistant Public Interest Counsel at the Office of Public Interest Counsel in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In 2008, she took the helm of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Environmental Law Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She became a Clinical Associate Professor in 2013. In the same year, she founded Fair Shake ELS. In 2014, she became the Executive Director. Emily is a frequent expert speaker on water law, oil and gas law, underground injection of wastewater, public participation in environmental decision-making, and environmental permitting and enforcement.  Additional information on Fair Shake ELS available on their website at:

The Nicholas A. Robinson Alumni Achievement Award was established in 2005 to recognize Pace alumni who have made significant contributions to environmental law. In 2007, Professor Robinson requested that the Pace Environmental Alumni Council (PEAC) take over bestowal of this annual honor.

(Pictured above, Marla Weider, J.D. '93, received the 2009 Robinson Award for her outstanding work with the EPA cleaning up major hazardous waste sites in New York and the Caribbean.)

Past Recipients

Pace Law School is proud of the following recipients of the Nicholas A. Robinson Alumni Achievement Award for their significant contributions to environmental law:

Basil B. Seggos, JD '01
New York State Governor's Office

William J. Cahill, JD '95
W.J. Cahill & Associates

James R. May, LLM '91
Widener University School of Law

Marla Wieder, JD '93
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Robert J. Goldstein, LLM '92, SJD '01
United States Military Academy

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., LLM '87
Waterkeeper Alliance

Brendan O’Neill, JD '85
The Vineyard Conservation Society

Maya van Rossum, JD '92
Delaware Riverkeeper