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John P. Cahill JD 1985, LLM 1992

John P. Cahill JD 1985, LLM 1992
 

“The history of our country is told in the institutions that, like Pace, thrive here and symbolize the American spirit.”

Giving back to the community
Law wasn’t John Cahill’s first career choice. He taught high school and even considered becoming a priest before pursuing his JD at Pace. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do then, but I knew I wanted to do something in public service that would enable me to give back to the community,” he says. John received his master’s degree in environmental law from Pace in 1992. In 1997, he was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, then joined the Pataki Administration and was named Chief of Staff in 2002. In 2005, Pataki selected him to coordinate the various entities involved in the World Trade Center site renewal.

John believes that transforming the WTC site back into a vital workplace is a fitting tribute to those affected by the tragedy of 9/11. “Our utmost goal is to celebrate American life with respect to those we lost,” he says. “The history of our country is told in the institutions that, like Pace, thrive here and symbolize the American spirit.”

In 2010, John Cahill joined the adjunct faculty to teach Disaster Law and Emergency Preparedness. The course focuses on the human, economic, and environmental impact of natural disasters, and the role of lawyers in coordinating and advising local, state, and federal officials. Legal and policy tools for enhancing coordination to disasters, reducing vulnerability, and increasing environmental protection, as well as global disaster perspectives, are also addressed.