Pace Law School Launches Nation’s First Masters of Environmental Law with Climate Change Focus and Announces CLE Courses on Climate Change for Fall 2009

New LLM Program and CLE Courses Prepare Attorneys to Respond to Cutting-Edge Global Climate Issues

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 12, 2009) — Continuing its well-established tradition as a leader in environmental, land use, and energy law, Pace Law School announced today that it is offering the nation’s first Masters of Environmental Law with a focus in climate change. Additionally, it is also launching a series of continuing legal education (CLE) courses to prepare current and future generations of attorneys to respond effectively to complex and evolving global environmental legal issues.

“Our first-of-its-kind climate change-focused environmental law LLM program and new CLE courses build on our long-standing excellent work in environmental, land use and energy law,” said Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School.  “Given the Administration’s emphasis on improving the environment and decreasing global warming, as well as the important role climate change law and policy will play in the future, our new program and courses will make sure attorneys are prepared.”

Pace’s environmental law program has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top three (US News & World Report).  For its new LLM track, which already has six students enrolled, Pace has developed an exciting curriculum taught by some of the most highly respected leaders in environmental law, including: Carol Casazza Herman, former Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety and Assistant General Counsel, at Pfizer Inc., where she managed the company’s worldwide environment, health and safety program; John G. Nevius, a shareholder in the New York office of Anderson Kill who is an insurance law expert; and Christopher Rizzo, an attorney at Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP with expertise in litigation and transactional matters that address environmental impact review, energy, and climate change.  The climate change track will enable students to focus on cutting-edge topics, including eco-markets and trading, climate and insurance, climate and corporate social responsibility, disaster management and response, and coastal adaptive management.

The climate change concentration complements the innovative work being done at the Law School’s Energy & Climate and Land Use Law Centers.  The Energy and Climate Center has a 21-year history of training sustainable energy advocates and is known for expertise in analyzing the social and environmental costs and benefits of electricity and fuel production alternatives, including their impact on climate change.  The Land Use Law Center, dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities, offers lawyers, land use professionals, citizens and developers assistance that enables them to achieve sustainable development at the local and regional level.

The Climate Change CLE courses will take place in September and October 2009, and cover three areas of interest, which are detailed as follows:

  • Climate and Corporate Practice: Led by Carol Casazza Herman (founder and managing director of Casazza Herman, LLC; and former Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety and Assistant General Counsel, at Pfizer Inc.), this course covers the role that corporations play in the global economy and in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.  Discussions will center on the steps that corporations are taking to mitigate climate risk and to integrate climate considerations into their domestic and global business portfolios.  The unique role of outside and in-house lawyers in climate counseling will be discussed, as will securities disclosure issues related to corporate CO2 emissions and transactional aspects of emissions trading.  9/3/09, Judicial Institute, 6-9 p.m.
  • Climate and Insurance: Led by John Nevius (a shareholder in the New York office of Anderson Kill and a former Senior Project Manager/Hydrogeologist at the U.S. EPA), this course examines the ways that global climate change has affected the insurance industry.  Key topics will include the nature and purpose of insurance, insurance trends and types of environmental insurance policies for global climate change.  Emphasis will be placed on environmental insurance cases involving climate change related risks and losses.  Reinsurance will also be covered.  10/1/09, Moot Court Room, 6-9 p.m.
  • Update on New York State’s Efforts to Address Climate Change in 2009: Led by Christopher Rizzo (an attorney at Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP in New York City), this program will include speakers from both the public and private sector, addressing ways that New York State is (and should be) addressing climate change and sustainability.  Topics to be covered include: upcoming renewable energy projects, regional transportation improvements, zoning initiatives, the cap-and-trade program created by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and relevant litigation and court decisions.  10/15/09, Moot Court Room, 6-9 p.m.

The cost to enroll in the CLE courses is $35 per program or $75 for the series of three, and each program is offers 2.5 hours of New York CLE.  To register for the courses or for questions, visit, or contact the Pace Law School Center for Continuing Legal Education at (914) 422-4062 or

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world.  It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus.  With its Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws 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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