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How Students Get a Leg Up
The last time Tate J. Kunkle (JD ’06, LLM ’09) was in Erie County Court in Buffalo, NY, he defended a DUI speed boater who had run over a kayaker. There were exhibits. Cross-examinations. Nervous witnesses. And there was the rush of excitement, a feeling he was shifting justice into gear.
But the boating accident case had been legal sport. Kunkle then was a Pace Law School student arguing in a mock trial.
His next case was real. MORE >>
Richard Ottinger Day
On April 30, law school officials, local dignitaries, family, friends, and students gathered to celebrate Richard Ottinger at the dedication of Richard Ottinger Hall.
Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon, Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman, and Professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. were among those who praised Ottinger for his vision and dedication to Pace Law School at a ceremony held under blue skies on the lawn of Pace Law School. Construction of the 27,000-square-foot building, formerly known as “the classroom building,” began during Ottinger’s tenure as Dean of Pace Law School.
Dean Simon summarized Ottinger’s career. A founding member of the Peace Corps, a founding board member of the Friends of the Earth, and a former member of the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, Richard Ottinger served in the United States Congress for 16 years before coming to Pace Law School where he founded the Pace Energy Project, now known as The Pace Energy and Climate Center. Professor Ottinger served as Dean from 1994 until 1999, and now serves as Dean Emeritus. MORE >>
Focus on: Pace Community Law Practice
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, hailed the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP) at a celebration held on April 4, 2013. Judge Lippman joined Pace Law School Dean Michelle Simon, Pace University President Stephen Friedman, students, professors, judges and elected officials to mark the first seven months of successful operation of the groundbreaking “legal residency” program.
The PCLP provides affordable, high-quality legal services to residents of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley while also providing the opportunity for recent Pace Law School graduates to sharpen their practical skills under the supervision of an experienced attorney. The graduates serve one-year Fellowships. Designed to be similar to a medical residency program, they also receive training that will equip them to open solo and small practices.
"With millions of New York State residents unable to afford market rates for legal service, the Pace Community Law Practice is exactly the kind of innovative new program that law schools should be creating to help close the justice gap,” said Judge Lippman, adding, “Pace Law School is on the cutting edge of legal education and public interest lawyering." MORE >>
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