Pace Law School celebrates Richard Ottinger

School dedicates classroom building to honor Dean Emeritus and former Congressman Ottinger

(White Plains, NY)—Pace Law School will recognize Richard Ottinger and his many contributions to the institution with the dedication of Richard Ottinger Hall on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:00 at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains.

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman, Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon, Professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett, and Dean Emeritus Ottinger will speak at a ceremony to be held on the lawn of the Law School’s classroom building, which will now be known as Richard Ottinger Hall. Construction of the 27,000-square-foot building began during Ottinger’s tenure as Dean. A reception will follow for family and friends as well as alumni, law school personnel, and elected officials.

“We do more than honor Dick Ottinger by inscribing his name on the classroom building that he built as Dean. We shall endow ‘his’ classrooms to keep up with new teaching technologies, host new generations of law professors and students, and continue Pace Law School’s tradition of producing practice ready lawyers to serve society,” said Dean Simon.

After retiring from the United States Congress, Ottinger founded the Pace Energy Project in 1987, renamed the Pace Energy and Climate Center. From 1994 to 1999, he served as Dean of Pace Law School. Though he has retired from teaching, he continues to serve as co-director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies and founder and faculty supervisor of the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

Dean Emeritus Ottinger’s affiliation with Pace Law School followed a distinguished career as a public servant. He was one of the founding staff members of the Peace Corps and a founding board member of the Environmental Defense Fund and Friends of the Earth. Ottinger spent 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, chairing the Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, 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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