David Yassky Named Dean of Pace Law School

White Plains, NY — February 26, 2014 – Pace University has appointed David Yassky dean of Pace Law School, effective April 1, 2014. He succeeds Michelle S. Simon, who served as dean for the past seven years and will return as a full-time faculty member.

“I am delighted with David’s appointment as the new dean of Pace Law School,” said Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman. “His enthusiasm, judgment, leadership and management skills make him the right person to lead the Law School to new heights.”

Friedman also said, “I am very grateful to Michelle Simon for her leadership as Dean these past seven years. She has skillfully managed Pace Law School with intelligence and grace. Under her guidance the Law School remains a great source of pride for all of us.”

A graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University, Yassky most recently served for four years in the Bloomberg administration as Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Yassky is credited with implementing a number of initiatives to improve service for taxi passengers, raise living standards for taxi drivers, and streamline the TLC’s administrative operations. Yassky also served for eight years in the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. He sponsored innovative legislation establishing new penalties for firearms trafficking, authorizing whistleblower suits against fraudulent City contractors, creating zoning incentives for affordable housing, establishing tax credits for film and TV production, and promoting the use of fuel-efficient hybrid cars as taxicabs.

Before election to the Council, Yassky had a distinguished legal career in government service, private practice and academia. In the 1990s, Yassky served under then-Representative Chuck Schumer as Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Crime, helping to enact the Brady Law, the Assault Weapons Ban and the Violence Against Women Act, and practiced law representing major corporations and financial institutions on acquisitions and securities offerings.

In 1998, Yassky joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School, specializing in administrative law and constitutional law.  His scholarship on the Bill of Rights has been published in leading law reviews and has been cited widely in academic journals and judicial opinions. He has also taught at NYU Law School, and has published more than 20 op-ed articles in New York daily newspapers.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Pace Law School team at this pivotal moment in legal education,” Yassky said.  “Under the leadership of Dean Simon and her predecessors, Pace has earned a deservedly strong reputation for producing excellent lawyers and first-rate scholarship. I look forward to helping the Law School continue to thrive in this rapidly changing environment.”

Yassky earned his A.B. at Princeton University, and his J.D. at Yale Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for best moot court argument.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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