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  • Patrick Paul 2016 | Pace Law School
    to your community and provide opportunities to others This approach has propelled Patrick s path to practice though law school was not even on his mind as an undergraduate student at Kean University in his home state of New Jersey I was pre med Patrick explains and then I found out really quickly that I m not a big fan of biology After Business Law and International Law courses really clicked for me toward the end of his time at Kean Patrick turned his attention toward law school Thanks to an engaging campus visit and the draw of robust clinical offerings Patrick arrived at Pace where he has immersed himself in the school s student organizations Prior to being elected president of the SBA Patrick served on multiple executive boards including BLSA Black Law Students Association SEALS Sports Entertainment Arts Law Society IPSO Intellectual Property Student Organization and CCLS Corporate and Commercial Law Society That involvement gave me the opportunity to figure out what I want to do career wise Patrick says As graduation looms he is looking to complete his path to practice with a position at a boutique Intellectual Property firm ideally one that shares Pace s sense of community In terms of his participation Patrick also says that student organizations allowed me to network with other students outside of my section and to connect with upperclassmen When discussing his tenure as Student Bar Association President Patrick cites collaboration and community as twin goals in fostering an even higher level of student engagement throughout the Pace Law community This spirit was on full display during the SBA s StudentsGiving event in November which saw many of the school s student groups come together to share a meal and compete to see which group could collect the most canned

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  • Melissa Reitberg 2017 | Pace Law School
    the role of Cinderella in a theatrical production and more After college Melissa began to fully pursue her desire to attend law school As a professional performer Melissa notes w e spend hours upon hours waiting on city blocks in the middle of winter hoping to hear one yes After an artist is told that she is a perfect fit for a role she generally receives a contract which outlines the details of the work she will be doing with the company This document is often long and confusing Most small companies cannot afford to have a lawyer look over their documents These contracts can be particularly difficult to understand I want to help resolve those contractual issues To pursue this passion Melissa knew Pace was the place for her The location is ideal and from campus she has easy access into NYC NJ and PA so she can still dance and teach while in school Pace is also one of the few law schools with on campus housing Dorming is very convenient and has allowed me to feel like a part of the campus community and family as well engage with the surrounding community The availability of financial assistance was also a factor in my choice I am very happy with the helpfulness of Pace Law s staff and career counselors The networking events and programs as well as the Career Services are great resources Other Summer Placements include Southern Environmental Law Center Major League Baseball DA s Offices NY LI NJ CT NRDC EPA D C and NY NYS Attorney General s Office Earthjustice Fried Frank LLP NYC Mayor s Office of Environmental Remediation NYPD Legal Bureau Summer Externships Abroad include Antigua West Indies Vienna Austria Madrid Spain Dublin Ireland HRIA Egypt It was through a team effort at the Center for Career and Professional Development that ultimately led to Melissa s summer placement Elyse Moskowitz Director of Public Sector Careers introduced Melissa to Jill Backer Assistant Dean for the Center and Robye Margolius Career Counselor assisted Melissa in editing and finalizing her resume After an introduction and interview with Elena Paul Alvin Ailey s in house attorney Melissa was offered the position Because of this experience Melissa recommends that students attend as many networking events as possible it is always beneficial to get your face out in the legal community whenever possible Melissa is extremely grateful for the team effort of the Career Center and also encourages students to reach out and utilize the many resources available through them At Alvin Ailey Melissa works under the supervision of Elena Paul Melissa speaks very highly of her supervisor Elena She sits in the corporate finance office and oversees so much more than employment contracts In her corporate position every department contacts her with legal questions from the simplest to most complex inquiries Attorneys representing performers agents stage personnel unions buildings insurance representatives etc all contact her She also interacts with vendor and collaborator organizations who represent themselves pro

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  • Sarah Wegmueller 2013 | Pace Law School
    analyzed the quantity of plastic the source of the debris and how the plastic has changed the marine environment Sarah also spent time in Shanghai China working as a market researcher for the USDA Later she worked as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute ELI in Washington D C primarily contributing to a project analyzing experiences of post war countries in managing natural resources When it came time for Sarah to choose a law school she said I fell in love with Pace s environmental law program The school provides a wonderful opportunity to work with remarkable professors and other interested students During her first year at Pace Law School Sarah became a faculty research assistant She is currently working with Professor Nicholas Robinson on a joint project between Pace Law and Shanghai Jiaotong University to create a Chinese English dictionary of commonly used environmental law terms Environmental law is not confined to a single country Sarah explained By publishing a dictionary of environmental terms in both English and Chinese we hope to clear up discrepancies in terminology and facilitate collaboration on environmental work between two of the world s largest populations In the fall Sarah will begin working two days a week at the United Nations in Manhattan under the UN Environmental Diplomacy program There she expects to assist a small island nation on its environmental policy drawing from her experience with environmental law in the U S and other countries she has visited including developing small island nations in the Pacific Sarah is also participating in the Judicial Honors Program this year In the future she hopes to work at either the Pace Land Use Law Center or as a student attorney at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic Pace offers unparalleled opportunities for students interested in

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  • Susi Yanez 2016 | Pace Law School
    s research assistant on the supplement to his Rights of Prisoners treatise Most recently she began a new position at the White Plains office of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton Romano LLP a personal injury firm specializing in workers compensation During her 2L year Susi participated in the Philip C Jessup International Moot Court Competition the largest competition of its kind in the world Here Susi discusses the challenges and rewards of her experience Pace s 1L Moot Court Competition where Susi advanced to the semi final found sparked her interest in oral advocacy Yanez I had previously participated in debate teams so the concept of the competition did not faze me However what my past experiences had not prepared me for were the interruptions and questions from the judges I found that I loved being forced to think on my feet and creatively respond to the judges while still following the course of my planned presentation It solidified my aspiration to become a litigator During the qualifying rounds of Jessup Susi faced difficult subject matter in the form of an unfamiliar area of international law Yanez My portion of the memorial dealt with whether my country s support of a foreign referendum for secession was consistent with international law or an act of aggression against the hosting state s territorial integrity When I first read the material almost half of those terms were foreign Most of our team members had not taken international law But by the time we competed our learned friends aka our adversaries could not tell that we were novices just a short time prior Susi cites her coach Lucie Olejnikova as a key motivating force Yanez I was blessed to have a coach who was passionate driven and willing to push every member a little

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  • Christopher Carnicelli 1993 | Pace Law School
    he credits his Pace Law education with providing his career path one could naturally assume his focus was international law Though he took advantage of the London Law Program an experience he described as fantastic Carnicelli says his early focus was actually environmental law since he had earlier founded a small environmental firm Carnell Environmental Inspections After obtaining his JD in 1993 Carnicelli joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman Dicker and then Pino Associates in White Plains While at Pino Associates Carnicelli represented Generali in environmental defense cases In 1996 that client brought him in house to serve as their general counsel By 1999 Carnicelli had advanced to CEO of Generali U S Branch and then moved to London in 2003 to become CEO of Generali s United Kingdom branch where he lived just about a block or so away from where he resided as a student in the London Law Program Five years later Carnicelli was back in the U S running all of Generali s U S operations which include the second largest life reinsurance company a property and casualty company in New York an Employee Benefits business in New Jersey and an assistance company across the U S

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  • Jason Foscolo 2002 | Pace Law School
    As he puts it I don t like the way our food is made I want people to eat better That and the fact that he has an abiding passion in all things edible compelled him to pursue the unique yet ripe for the picking practice of Food Law An unlikely path led Jason back to his agricultural roots in Eastern Long Island to establish Jason Foscolo LLC where he is at once attorney consultant and coach On September 11 2001 Jason was a 3L at Pace Law School and felt duty bound to serve as a Judge Advocate in the U S Marine Corps upon graduation While stationed in Iwakuni Japan he gained insight into the way food is made and eaten and developed a perspective on the American food system that changed the course of his life When Jason completed active duty in 2010 he enrolled in the Agricultural and Food Law LLM program at the University of Arkansas School of Law There he learned how the nation s food system works the special status afforded to food and agricultural producers and the unique laws that regulate every aspect of food production from farm to fork Today his

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  • Sumiko Kanazawa 1999 | Pace Law School
    a foreign land and it was her own mother a single working parent who inspired her to do it While a teenager Kanazawa traveled to Maine as a high school exchange student I wanted to go to college in the U S and it was a test to see if I could make it Ultimately she did make it Kanazawa received a BS in Business Administration and an MA in International Relationswith distinctionfrom Boston University Her career began in finance at the U S headquarters of The Yasuda Trust Banking Co Ltd While still working full time she enrolled in Pace Law School The study of law is very different she said I was used to reading business cases but law is a different language and English was not my first language Still she was a Ranking Scholar student mentor and graduated cum laude I am grateful that Pace Law gave me an opportunity to study there I couldn t have done it without the enthusiastic professors and fellow students who became my lifelong friends Today Kanazawa is Senior Vice President General Counsel and Acting Compliance Officer of Mizuho Trust Banking Co USA a New York subsidiary of Japanese based Mizuho Financial Group Inc She is responsible for the legal and compliance functions of the subsidiary which has more than 150 billion in assets under custody and provides custody securities lending and fund administration services to institutional investors My job is never boring she said There are always legal developments taking placein the United States and I have an opportunity on a daily basis to work with seasoned business and legal professionals to analyze the law s impact on our bank s business and operations and to help implementactionplans She would like more time with her nine year old daughter

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  • Veronica Muñoz 1996 | Pace Law School
    alumna Veronica Mun oz a partner in the New York office of Hogan Lovells Mun oz specializes in intellectual property law especially as it applies to pharmaceuticals and medical devices a natural specialty for an attorney who first trained to be a scientist With a B S in biochemistry Mun oz worked previously as a researcher in endocrinology Her law practice allows her to blend the two fields building upon her scientific knowledge as she immerses herself in cutting edge technology as she researches each case During litigation I might work with an expert who is a Nobel Prize winner she says For me that is like meeting a rock star She has represented clients in cases that address patent enforcement related to cardiovascular stents trade secrets related to siRNA technology and Hatch Waxman infringement cases for an international pharmaceutical company Her science background is not only helpful but frequently an unanticipated advantage during litigation When an expert for the opposition tries to blind the attorneys with testimony that includes detailed technology Mun oz remains unfazed Nor does she find the complexity of the issues to be a stumbling block for a jury if the attorney does her job well

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