WHITE PLAINS, NY (February 25, 2008) – Pace Law School is creating a new Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) to help meet the national demand for lawyers in public interest law and public service and intensify the school’s activities in those areas. The center will foster the culture of public service that is one of the school’s hallmarks, acting as a clearinghouse for requests for pro bono legal assistance from community organizations, and will provide career counseling and internship and employment opportunities for students.
Creation of the center was announced by Interim Dean Michelle Simon.
According to the American Bar Association, the demand for public interest lawyers is growing, and law students around the nation are increasingly making a difference in the public life of their communities through individual student initiatives, student group activities, and law school polices. The addition of the PILC at Pace Law School is expected to help both students and communities throughout Westchester County.
Said Simon: “We are excited to have a physical home for such an important part of the legal education and training here at Pace. This will show the world how committed we are to preparing our students for pro bono service and public interest legal work.”
Pace Law School is already well-known for pioneering centers and special programs in emerging realms of the law where it can play a decisive role in shaping policy and structuring practice. It currently has centers that serve clients in Environmental and Land Use Law, Real Estate Law, Women’s Justice and International Commercial Law. The centers offer students opportunities for scholarship and research, moot court competitions, study abroad, internships and externships.
The new center will initially be under the jurisdiction of the Pace Law School Center for Career Development, with which it will share resources, counseling responsibilities, and program planning. The PILC will also have a consulting advisory board comprising members of the faculty, alumni and student body representatives. It will be physically located in the CCD, where minor construction to create new office space will occur early this summer.
The PILC will be headed by a new associate director of public interest, who will primarily be responsible for cultivating and fostering a law school culture that demonstrates the importance of public interest law and increases student awareness of public interest law both during and after law school. Candidates interested in applying for the position should visit the Pace University Human Resources page: http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=6286 and view the job description under “staff positions.”
The school is also seeking donations to expand the center’s work. Information on naming opportunities to commemorate significant donations is available from Jim Hanley, director of development at Pace Law School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-422-4072. Individuals interested in supporting the center should send a check payable to “Pace Law School – Public Interest Law Center” to Pace University, Office of Philanthropy, 1 Pace University Plaza, New York, NY 10038. Online donations may be made at http://www.law.pace.edu/makeagift Indicate “Public Interest Law Center” in the “Other” box under “Gift Description.”
Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumni 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. www.law.pace.edu.
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