Pace Law School Launches Dean’s Task Force on Diversity

Professor Barbara Atwell appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives

WHITE PLAINS, NY (February 20, 2009) – In an effort to demonstrate its institutional commitment to diversity, Pace Law School recently established the Dean’s Task Force on Diversity. Professor Barbara Atwell has been appointed director of diversity initiatives.

Professor Atwell, a member of the Pace Law faculty since 1986, will act as a liaison to the task force and work with Law School departments, including Admissions, Career Development, Student Services, and Academic Support, as well as faculty committees, alumni, and bar associations.  She will be available to faculty, staff, students, and alumni to assist and support quality of life issues, curricular innovations, job opportunities and fellowships, and any other issues pertaining to diversity.

The Dean’s Task Force will review and make recommendations to the faculty regarding Pace Law School’s institutional commitment to diversity. Professor Randolph McLaughlin, a member of the Law School’s faculty for two decades, will serve as chair of the task force.

“Diversity is an important issue facing all law schools across the country,” said Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon. “In order for Pace Law to stay competitive in our efforts to attract a diverse student population we need to be able to identify areas that need increased attention.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Atwell to the position of director of diversity initiatives. I am confident that her experience will suit her well in this position as she helps to make Pace Law School even stronger in its dedication to serving students’ individual and collective needs in all areas.”

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus and offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in environmental law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.


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