On May 16, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official, Lisa Jackson, will be the first sitting EPA Administrator to speak at the law school

WHITE PLAINS, NY, May 11, 2010 – Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” will deliver the keynote address to nearly 270 graduating students during Pace Law School’s 2010 commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16.  Pace Law School is currently ranked among the top institutions for environmental law studies.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have Lisa Jackson, the first-ever sitting EPA Administrator to speak at Pace Law School, deliver the 2010 commencement keynote address,” said Michelle S. Simon, Dean of Pace University School of Law.  “Given Pace Law School’s commitment to and emphasis on environmental law, it is a perfect fit to have Administrator Jackson, who has devoted her entire career to protecting the environment and instituting sustainable practices, speak to our community.”

In her address, Administrator Jackson is expected to emphasize to the graduating class the ways the next generation of lawyers can make a positive contribution to the planet, environmental protection as social justice and the role of lawyers in achieving equity.

Named as “one of the people who most affect our world” by Time, Jackson has done so in part by focusing on issues such as  protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination and reducing greenhouse gases. She has also placed an emphasis on following the best science and transparency in program implementation. Jackson has made it a priority to focus on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats.

Administrator Jackson is the most recent in a line of distinguished commencement speakers at Pace Law School, which has included the newest Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, former United States Attorney General, Janet Reno, and the current Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, Raymond W. Kelly.

Jackson’s inclusion in Time’s “100 Most Influential People” rests with her reputation as a thinker during her long and distinguished career in public service. Before she was appointed to lead the EPA, Jackson served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Prior to joining DEP, she worked for 16 years as an EPA employee, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University and has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 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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