Pace Law School received a grant from the Elizabeth Haub Foundation that will enable the school to expand student access to foreign language training. The $10,000 grant, presented to Pace Law Library, will fund licenses to the language-learning software, Rosetta Stone.
Law students from the United Nations Environmental Diplomacy course and the Brazil Environmental Law course will especially benefit from the opportunity although the program will be available to students enrolled in other courses as well.
“Pace Law School boasts several extraordinary experiential learning courses for law students who function in languages other than English,” said Professor Nicholas Robinson. “This grant will allow them to use the Rosetta Stone training program to learn the basics of the foreign languages they need for their experiential course work.”
Students participating in the UN Environmental Diplomacy course serve as environmental attachés in Missions to the United Nations in New York City, while those enrolled in the Brazil-USA Comparative Law course travel to Brazil where they participate in meetings conducted in Portuguese.
However, the language program will also benefit those students active in Pace Law School’s clinics where they regularly represent clients whose native language is not English, said Professor Robinson.
The mission of the Elizabeth Haub Foundation is to support the implementation of the United Nations’ efforts towards solving the world’s environmental problems and developing practices that lead to sustainable use of our natural resources.
Photo caption: David Bernhardt, Director of Development and Alumni Relations; Marie Newman, Director of Pace Law Library; Nicholas Robinson, Co-Director of Pace Law’s Center for Environmental Studies and Board member of the Haub Foundation; Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger, Co-Director of Center for Environmental Studies; Jack McNeill, Associate Director, Pace Law Library