DIVERSITY “ACROSS THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE” TO BE FOCUS OF NEW PACE LAW SCHOOL TASK FORCE

To be chaired by Keith Wimbush, Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International

WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 27, 2003 — Pace University Law School today announced the establishment of a Dean’s Task Force on Diversity. The group will review the school’s institutional commitment to diversity and make recommendations to the faculty. Specifically, the task force’s terms of reference ask it to address diversity issues as they relate to recruitment and admissions, faculty and staff hiring, curriculum, student life, development and alumni relations, and career development.

L. Keith Wimbush will chair the task force. A Harvard-trained lawyer and member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, he is a Senior Client Partner at the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. Immediately before joining Korn/Ferry, he was Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Diageo North America.

The task force is to present a report of its findings and recommendations to the Law School’s Faculty Nominating Committee in two months, by November 1, 2003.

“The focus on admissions as a central element of diversity in education, exemplified by the public attention on the recent Michigan decisions by the Supreme Court, while extremely important, does not address the importance of diversity across the law school experience in the classroom, in student life, in career development and more,” stated Dean David Cohen. “Once students arrive at the law school, we have to make sure we serve their individual and collective needs in all areas.”

The other task force members are Dev Viswanath, a third year law student; Elana Roffman, a second year law student; Darnita Killian, Ph.D., Pace University Vice-President for Student Services; Professor Barbara Atwell; Mayo Bartlett, Class of ’90 and former head of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Bias Crimes Unit; and Gail Fillion, Executive Assistant to the Dean.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York Law School with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice and disability rights. www.law.pace.edu

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