Ethics/ professional responsibility

Jay Carlisle, II

Since 1978, Professor Jay Carlisle has taught courses at Pace Law School in Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Negotiations, Professional Responsibility, Civil Litigation in New York, Dispute Resolution, Remedies, Evidence, Civil Rights Law and the Legal Profession. He has published extensively in the areas of civil procedure, professional responsibility and New York Practice.

Carlisle has been appointed by three New York State governors to four statewide commissions and currently serves as a Commissioner for the New York State Law Revision Commission, the oldest continuous agency devoted to law reform through legislation. He is an elected life fellow of the American Bar Association and has received numerous honors and awards for his pro bono work.

Areas of expertise: ethics and professional responsibility, New York practice, New York laws and government


David Cassuto

Professor Cassuto teaches in the areas of property, professional responsibility, animal law, water law, international comparative law, and legal and environmental theory. He directs the Brazil American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE), a cooperative endeavor with the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Professor Cassuto is a Fulbright fellow. He’s an ongoing visiting professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He’s the Class of 1946 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Environmental Law at Williams College.

Prior to joining the Pace Law faculty in 2003, he practiced complex civil litigation at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco; was an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco and served on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Environmental Law Practice Group.

Areas of expertise: animal law, water law, environmental law, property law, ethics and professional responsibility, comparative environmental law, international environmental law


David Dorfman

Professor David Dorfman teaches courses in Criminal Law/ Legal Analysis and Interviewing/ Counseling/ Negotiating.  Prior to joining the Pace Law faculty in 1995, Prof. Dorfman practiced as a criminal defense trial lawyer with the Legal Aid Society, where he brought cases to jury and bench verdicts, defended clients throughout the entire proceedings and wrote various motions, briefs and memoranda.

Prof. Dorfman has published articles regarding police credibility in trial and jury nullification. He also worked as a freelance writer prior to his time at Pace, writing on art criticism and aesthetic theory topics.

Areas of expertise: criminal law, trials, policing, ethics and professional responsibility


John Humbach

Professor John Humbach teaches Property, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law and the First Amendment Seminar. He has authored numerous articles in the areas of First Amendment law, property law and professional responsibility, as well as computer-assisted instruction programs for first-year property students.  He has also published two books, Whose Monet? and Landlord and Tenant: Cases and Text.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Humbach practiced corporate/securities law for five years on Wall Street. He serves as chairman of his community Architectural Review Board, and was active in the preservation of the 22,000 acre Sterling Forest, at the edge of the NYC metropolitan area.

Areas of expertise: property law, free speech, ethics and professional responsibility, eminent domain


Vanessa Merton

Professor Vanessa Merton is a professor of law and faculty supervisor of the Immigration Justice Clinic. She also teaches the Immigration Justice Seminar.

Merton developed and taught for six years the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Clinic in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She also co-founded the Access to Health Care and Health in the Workplace Clinics. Professor Merton has lectured and published extensively on issues of biomedical and legal ethics and on health issues of importance to women, including domestic violence, the exclusion of women subjects from medical research, and the phenomenon of female genital mutilation. She was the founding chair of the Institutional Review Board of the Community Research Initiative of New York, one of the first centers for community-based biomedical research on AIDS, and the first Associate for Law at the Hastings Center Institute for Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. She is a member of the Mt. Sinai Occupational Health Clinic Advisory Board.

Professor Merton has received six different national and state public interest practice awards for creating a disaster legal assistance program for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and for her unwavering dedication to public service.

Area of expertise: immigration law, ethics and professional responsibility, legal education policy


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