Noah J. Hanft and Janet A. Johnson To be honored at Pace Law School’s Thirteenth Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 4, 2007  – Pace Law School will host its Eleventh Annual Alumni Leadership Awards Dinner at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York on November 3rd. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to three outstanding individuals: David Boies, Kathleen Donelli ’85 and John T. O’Connor ’86.

Pace Law School’s Thirteenth Annual Leadership Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to two outstanding members of the legal community:  Noah J. Hanft and Janet A. Johnson.

Noah J. Hanft is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for MasterCard Worldwide. In that capacity he is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the company’s global operations and supervises a team of lawyers and professionals around the world. He is also the Corporation’s Chief Compliance Officer and is responsible for government affairs and public policy.

Mr. Hanft’s tenure in MasterCard began in 1984. He left MasterCard in 1990 to become Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of AT&T Universal Card Services, where he successfully defended numerous legal and regulatory challenges initiated against AT&T’s start-up credit card operation. Mr. Hanft rejoined MasterCard in 1993 assuming the position of Senior Vice President, U.S. Counsel and Assistant General Counsel. Mr. Hanft was previously associated with the intellectual property law firm of Ladas & Parry in New York. He began his career as a trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Hanft has a master of law degree from New York University School of Law in trade regulations, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a bachelor’s degree from American University, School of Government and Public Administration.

Mr Hanft serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society.

Janet A. Johnson has served as a professor at Pace Law School since 1989 teaching courses in Torts, Family Law, Remedies and Women and the Law. Prior to her arrival at Pace Law School, Professor Johnson was a tenured professor at Drake University Law School, where she graduated second in her class, and an Associate Judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Janet Johnson has served Pace Law School in several capacities:  as Dean of the Law School from 1983 to1989, as a professor from 1989 forward, and as Co-executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center for Academic Programs since 1999.

Professor Johnson has also been extensively involved with the Westchester Women’s Bar Association which honored her at its annual dinner in 2007.  Professor Johnson has also been involved with many community organizations including memberships in the Consent of the Governed (Chairperson 1998 to 2004), The Fortune Society, Legal Awareness of Westchester County, Burke Rehabilitation Center, Fund for Modern Courts, and Our Primary Purpose (Adolescent Chemical Dependency Treatment Program).

Professor Johnson’s commitment to the ideal of learning as a process by which an individual strives to be the best person, the best professional, and the best lawyer he or she can become is evident through her dedication, involvement, and contribution to Pace Law School and the entire legal community.

For more information about this special event please contact Katie Taormina in Pace Law School’s Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations at (914) 422-4124 or at .

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumnae throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in environmental law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent, and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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