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Ann Matthews

B.S. Colby College, ’96, Biology
J.D. Pace Law School 2007

“Everybody wants to be the best, but at Pace, we do that by helping one another.”

Land Use Professional
Ann Matthews’ career path included ornithology studies, environmental consulting, and paralegal duties. But it wasn’t until she discovered Pace’s Land Use Program that she found a harmony between her work experience and her interests. “One of the great things about Pace is the opportunity to do a lot of practical work, which requires skill and focus,” she says. “It puts everything you’ve done previously into perspective.”

Ann applied her research expertise during an internship assisting Professor John Nolon in the compilation of the newest edition of the Land Use Nutshell. The study guide, published by Thompson-West, is used by students and practitioners nationwide. “I looked at 10 current casebooks,” she explains, “identified and catalogued the common areas, and wrote summaries on the cases before Professor Nolon drafted the text.”

As a Real Estate Scholar for the Pace Land Use Law Center, Ann helped create the Pace publication, Groundwork, a compilation of New York real estate case law, statutes and forms, as well as a training program in real estate transactions for lawyers.  She is also the executive articles editor for the Pace Law Review.

Ann credits the dedication of faculty and the support of fellow students for much of her success at Pace. “Law school has the reputation of being cutthroat and competitive, but that is 100% not the case here,” she says. “Everybody wants to be the best, but at Pace, we do that by helping one another.”