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  • Information for the General Public: Client Eligibility | Pace Law School
    Shuttle Bus Schedule Campus Map Departmental Directory Give to Pace Law School Web Mail Pace University Search form Search You are here Home Information for the General Public Client Eligibility Immigration Justice Clinic The Immigration Justice Clinic the Clinic of John Jay Legal Services Inc JJLS a not for profit organization located at Pace University School of Law Pace provides assistance to immigrants who are unable to obtain legal representation because they cannot afford to pay enough given the complexity and difficulty of their legal problems Law students working under the supervision of a law school professor represent immigrants seeking to regularize their status or to defend against removal by the United States government There is no charge for the legal services provided by the Clinic Please click here for eligibility standards and questionnaire Investor Rights Clinic John Jay Legal Services Inc JJLS a not for profit organization operating at Pace University School of Law Pace provides assistance to small investors in arbitrations or mediations who are unable to obtain legal representation because of the small amount of their claims Law students under the supervision of a faculty member represent customers in handling their disputes with broker dealers JJLS and

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  • General Information | Pace Law School
    that are self imposed In essence you are an associate in a small public interest law firm or public sector office The major difference between a client representation clinic and the experience you may have in a summer job or an externship is that in the clinic you are able and expected to take front line responsibility albeit in the context of an educational environment with continuing guidance supervision and feedback Because clinics operate under a Student Practice Order you are permitted to engage in the practice of law on behalf of clinic clients and to perform lawyers tasks that otherwise would be illegal for you to do In most externships and paid employment you can only assist the working lawyer who remains primarily responsible Administrative law settings such as in our Legal Services Public Interest Health Law Externship and the Environmental Law Externship present unusual opportunities for student representation of clients because at administrative hearings non lawyers often are permitted to provide representation As a clinic or an externship or simulation participant the bulk of your time will not be spent in class You will be doing the work needed on your cases research drafting interviews of clients and witnesses meeting with colleagues and supervisors telephone calls correspondence depositions or hearings court appearances and so forth Everything you do will be planned and later reviewed with your supervisor but you are responsible for making sure that the case proceeds forward and the work gets done In addition to field work all the programs have a seminar component The seminar is not intended to do more of what law students are accustomed to doing i e accumulating information in a fairly systematic somewhat passive manner through readings and lectures Rather the seminars are designed to make sure that your lawyering

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  • Requirements | Pace Law School
    devote to clinic work One important point a lawyer s obligations like a doctor s do not disappear on weekends and over holidays Students in client representation clinics and externships must be prepared to continue handling their responsibilities throughout exam and break periods The faculty will help you develop the knack of adroit scheduling and cooperation with colleagues can minimize these conflicts but it still may happen that a court appearance will cause you to miss a class or that a crucial meeting with an adversary will occur during a break For a semester I had a judicial clerkship with a federal judge I researched issues wrote bench memoranda on contracts and torts and sat in on criminal cases It enhanced my writing and editing skills As part of a judicial clerkship mentoring program I wrote a decision based on the facts of a real case that served as my resume It led to a two year clerkship with a federal magistrate in Connecticut Jerri Cheverko 00 BS in psychology Rutgers College Editor in Chief Pace Law Review Judicial Externship The Barbara C Salken Criminal Justice Clinic operates in conjunction with the Bronx County Legal Aid Society and students in that program must plan to have at least one full day per week available to spend in court The Equal Justice America Disability Rights Health Law Clinic is designed to accommodate both day division and evening division students for between four and six credits per semester The four credit option involves about 10 12 hours per week of work in addition to seminar The six credit option involves on average 20 hours of work per week The Investor Rights Clinic seminar meets in the day but most of the Clinic work can be done in the evening A hearing or

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  • Semester in Practice | Pace Law School
    enable students to develop and hone practice skills before entering the job market and to expose students to legal workplaces Academic Credit Students at a full time placement will earn 12 clinical credits plus two classroom credits from a seminar There may also be opportunities for part time placements earning fewer credits depending on the host entity The course meets the law school s Upper Level Skills Requirement Eligibility and Application Process The course is open to students in the final semester of law school A minimum 3 0 g p a after the spring semester is required Students will be screened by the faculty advisor and the host entity will select students from among these screened candidates Customization The educational objectives and contours of the learning experience for each student will be planned at the beginning of the Semester in Practice and will be customized based on the interests of the student and the type of legal work performed at the host entity Mechanics of the Course At the beginning of the Semester in Practice the host entity the student and the faculty advisor will execute a written document specifying the type of work to be performed by the student and the educational goals of the semester identifying a field supervisor and setting forth the student s work schedule The field supervisor will assign projects to the student directly supervise the student s work including meeting regularly with the student and providing guidance and feedback on assignments communicate regularly with the faculty advisor and evaluate the student s work at the end of the term The student in addition to completing assignments given by the field supervisor will maintain and submit work logs maintain and submit a reflective journal attend weekly seminars conducted by the faculty advisor and complete

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  • Clinic News | Pace Law School
    Act is ambiguous with respect to whether NPDES permits are statutorily required for polluted water transfers and that EPA s interpretation thus passed muster under Chevron step I we disagree with this conclusion However in a meticulous Chevron step II analysis Judge Karas found the Water Transfers Rule invalid on several grounds including 1 that EPA s methodology in answering the question left open by the purported statutory ambiguity was flawed 2 that even if EPA s methodology had been sound the agency arbitrarily and capriciously applied its methodology and 3 that EPA reached flawed conclusions because it failed to consider alternative interpretations and to demonstrate how the option it did choose was consistent with its analysis of congressional intent Judge Karas also disagreed with the 11th Circuit s holding in Friends of the Everglades v South Florida Water Management District 570 F 3d 1210 11th Cir 2009 in which that court found the Water Transfers Rule valid under Chevron in the context of a citizen suit appeal because he found that court had deferred to an interpretation that had been advanced by another party to the litigation and not by EPA In so finding Judge Karas importantly also ruled that EPA had not in fact adopted the unitary waters theory when it finalized the Water Transfers Rule This argument was advanced in briefs filed by our clinic and was not made by any other party to the litigation Approximately one dozen Pace Law School 2L and 3L students have greatly contributed to our efforts in this case and several of them have addressed the court at various conferences and for oral argument on motions over the past six years The two students listed as supervised by Professors Coplan and Estrin in the Opinion and Order Ted Teyber and Conor Walline both J D 14 actually argued the summary judgment motion against the Department of Justice the City of New York and other intervening defendants in December Unfortunately EPA and all of the intervening defendants have appealed Judge Karas s decision to the U S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit These appeals will be briefed this fall Based on the Second Circuit s earlier rulings in our Shandaken Tunnel case cited in the first paragraph above we are confident that the Court of Appeals will ultimately affirm Judge Karas s invalidation of the Water Transfers Rule Utilizing the public trust doctrine to protect public parkland in an environmental justice community in Brooklyn New York The New York City Department of Sanitation has been trying for several years to construct and operate a 20 acre solid waste management facility within Spring Creek Park a waterfront park that straddles East New York Brooklyn and Howard Beach Queens Our clinic has been working for just as many years to block this illegal project and to protect the communities continued recreational use of the park While Spring Creek Park has never been improved or developed by the City s Department of Parks and Recreation as one might expect of a traditional city park think Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn it has served as one of the few open spaces upon which local urban residents have traditionally recreated i e fished crabbed biked walked dogs and played ball In the Spring of 2013 our clinic moved for summary judgment on the public trust issue and the motion was argued last summer by legal intern Nicole Sasaki J D 14 This past winter a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge issued an order granting the clinic s clients summary judgment against the City of New York on the grounds that the City s fencing off of 20 acres of dedicated parkland and construction of the solid waste management facility violated New York s common law public trust doctrine In its summary judgment order the court found among other things that It is immediately evident from the evidence submitted to this Court that the operation of the Spring Creek Facility precludes the use of the 20 acre portion of the Park for recreational enjoyment by the public The subject area is fenced in and operated as a solid waste management facility and there is no real dispute between the parties that the composting facility is set aside and unavailable for use by the public In reviewing the supporting evidence for the motion and cross motion the Court finds that the actual use of the Spring Creek Facility is a large scale solid waste facility which is inaccessible to the public and provides no typical benefits that are expected of a park The scope of the Facility also makes clear to the Court that the Department of Sanitation is using Spring Creek Park as a central location to collect all types of organic waste from locations including and beyond Spring Creek Park The reality is that the Parks Department has burdened Spring Creek Park with serving as a solid waste processing facility for the general area at the expense of its local residents It is impossible to consider the recycling and composting being performed at Spring Creek Park to be an acceptable park use The public is denied the use of the 20 acres of Spring Creek Park and the type of solid waste processing that is being undertaken is a use that presents no aesthetic or enjoyable appearance or activity typically associated with leisure and recreation Notably while the court granted summary judgment to the clinic s clients and issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the City from operating the facility it also temporarily denied our request that the City be enjoined to remove all of the fences and berms and fully restore public access to the park The court s reasoning was that the City should be given reasonable time to retroactively seek state legislative approval for its illegal alienation of parkland if it so chose The time allowed by the court for the City to seek such approval just passed and the

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  • Eligibility | Pace Law School
    credit you must be a second third or fourth year student The prerequisites are Evidence Environmental Skills and permission of the professors Environmental Survey is recommended Prerequisites may be waived by the professors Students must be in good academic standing to be considered for the clinic and maintain that standing if accepted Preference is given to third and fourth year students Students must be available for clinic work and classes

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  • Application | Pace Law School
    Shuttle Bus Schedule Campus Map Departmental Directory Give to Pace Law School Web Mail Pace University Search form Search Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic You are here Home Application Spring 2016 PELC Application Please follow the link above to open the application for the Spring 2016 semester at Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic Applications for the Spring semester are due by 5 00 p m on Tuesday November 24th For additional information

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  • Clinic Awards | Pace Law School
    Five to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic In recognition of outstanding Community Service May 26 2010 2008 TGF Conservation Award Awarded by the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic Who through the strong leadership of its Directors and the tireless efforts and commitment of the many Pace law students who have worked on the numerous challenging causes of the angling and environmental communities over the years has shown that environmental justice is obtainable Professional Resource Award Presented to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic Karl Coplan Bobby Kennedy Jr Expression of gratitude and appreciation to Karl Coplan Bobby Kennedy and the interns that have and will assist in litigation to insure the protection of our coldwater resources and their environments New York State Council of Trout Unlimited September 20 2003 The 12 th Annual Manhattan Award Presented to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic For its spirit of excellence compassion and unique contribution to the city May 25 2000 The Annual Jacques Sartisky Peace Award is presented by the Professional s Network for Social Responsibility to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic In the spirit of Jack s lifelong commitment to the preservation of our planet For outstanding work in protecting New York Waterways and the environment February 15 2000 Presented to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic by The Hamilton Avenue Hunter Street Neighborhood Association With deep appreciation for the enormous amount of time effort and legal talen contributed to their cause and for bringing their case to a successful conclusion June 1999 FIRST ANNUAL BECZAK ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD to Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and the Riverkeeper for unique and irreplaceable contributions to the people of the Hudson River Valley April 1998 THOMAS BERRY ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD Presented to Robert F Kennedy Jr Esq and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic In Recognition Of Your Outstanding Record Of

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