Center for Environmental Legal Studies Announces 2009 Pace Law Grad for First Center Fellowship

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 11, 2009 – The Pace University School of Law Center for Environmental Legal Studies (CELS) announces the first Center Fellowship and the selection of Sean T. Dixon ’09 as the first Research Fellow. The CELS is the heart of Pace Law School’s environmental programs, housing the core of the environmental faculty and many of Pace Law School’s academic and research programs, such as the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment.

A 2009 graduate of Pace Law School’s joint-degree program with the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Mr. Dixon received his JD from Pace, with a certificate in Environmental Law, and his MEM (environmental management, climate change policy) from Yale. As part of the Fellowship, Mr. Dixon is currently enrolled in the new LLM program in Climate Change Law at the Law School. Primarily he is working as a CELS researcher on matters the Center and the environmental faculty are working on. In addition to research tasks, Mr. Dixon is assisting in the development of the National Environmental Moot Court problem for Pace Law School’s popular annual moot.  Also, in conjunction with several JD candidates, he is working on grant proposals and publications in the field of international environmental courts and the need for centralized resources for the burgeoning environmental judiciary. The newly launched Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is collaborating with Mr Dixon on several interdisciplinary projects and conferences such as the development of a comprehensive water policy for New York State and the development of a graduate-level environmental policy degree at Pace University. This spring, Mr. Dixon will also be working as a Lecturer at Yale University teaching a course on ocean and marine resource management.

Before enrolling in the Pace Law/Yale University joint-degree program, Mr. Dixon received a BA from Boston University, double majoring in marine biology and earth sciences. Mr. Dixon spent time working at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and as fisheries observer on commercial fishing vessels in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. While in law school, he interned at Oceana, Inc., NRDC, and Trustees for Alaska. Additionally, Mr. Dixon attended the 2007 annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, and the 2008 4th Quadrennial International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain where he worked in several resolution contact groups and where he developed a resolution (in conjunction with two fellow students) on the need for stable conservation finance in an era of unstable economic markets. His Yale University master’s thesis was on the ability of US fisheries law to adapt to climate change, and his law school research focus is on the intersection of law, policy, and climate change in the field of coastal and marine resource management.

“We are proud of what Sean has accomplished in his career to date, and are delighted to have his expertise and talent in the CELS,” said Assistant Dean Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, director of CELS and Pace Law School’s environmental law programs. “Sean is the type of student who truly will change the world with his vision and capabilities.”

The Center for Environmental Legal Studies is the world-renowned leader of Pace Law School’s environmental law programs. Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With its environmental law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace, as discussed above, is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on Climate Change Law, which is included as a specialty “track” as part of its Master of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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