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Student Ambassadors

At Pace Law School, we know that the more you learn about our community, program, and students, the more confident you will feel that this is the right place for you to receive your legal education. We asked our Student Ambassadors to tell us about their experiences here at Pace Law School. Check out their answers, and feel free to contact any of our Student Ambassadors!


Michael Armstrong '15

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Undergrad: Franklin and Marshall College
Area of Law: Intellectual Property
Outside Interests: sports, public policy, politics, marketing
Favorite MovieGodfather trilogy
Surprising Fact: I have read all 7 Harry Potter books!
Contact: marmstrong2@law.pace.edu

 

WHY PACE:
"I chose Pace because the atmosphere reminds me a lot of my undergrad institution. The students and administrators were very welcoming. I intend to become a member of the Black Law Students Association."

 

Catherine Peña '15

Hometown: Harlem, NY
Undergrad: NYU
Extracurriculars: volunteer at Pace Community Law Practice
Outside Interests: reading, baking, traveling
Favorite Television ShowHow I Met Your Mother
Surprising Fact: I have 9 siblings and am close with all of them!
Contact: cpena@law.pace.edu

 

WHY PACE:
"I chose to come to Pace for its environment and culture. I went to a large university for my undergraduate education and was attracted by Pace's small class size and huge sense of community. I was particularly interested in the January Accelerated Program's intimate class size and collaborative environment."

 

Bianca Francois '15

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Undergrad: St. John's University
Extracurriculars: Secretary of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Outside Interests: reading, going to concerts
Favorite Musical Artist: All Time Low
Surprising Fact: I still love watching Arthur whenever my schedule allows!
Contact: bfrancois@law.pace.edu

 

WHY PACE:
"I took a tour and the campus was gorgeous. Everyone was so nice and approachable. I also loved that it was still a New York City school without the hustle and bustle of Manhattan."

 

Amanda Ibrahim '15

Hometown: Tinton Falls, NJ
Undergrad: Rider University
Area of Law: Immigration
Outside Interests: reading, shopping
Favorite MovieSixteen Candles
Surprising Fact: I know how to bellydance!
Contact: aibrahim@law.pace.edu

 

 

WHY PACE:
"The reason I chose Pace was the January Accelerated Program. The idea of finishing law school in 2 1/2 years was amazing to me and fit my life plan."

 

Debbie Robbins '15

Hometown: Rosendale, NY
Undergrad: SUNY New Paltz
Area of Law: Estate Planning, Elder
Extracurriculars: Pace Law Review, SBA, PILSO
Outside Interests: politics, cooking, dancing
Favorite MovieThe Princess Bride
Contact: drobbins@law.pace.edu

 

 

Kiersten Schramek '15

Hometown: Brewster, NY
Undergrad: Manhattanville College
Area of Law: Family, Criminal, Real Estate
Extracurriculars: Pace International Law Review, Jessup Moot Court Team, Moot Court Honor Board, Secretary of WALS
Outside Interests: reading, watching sports
Favorite Sports Teams: Yankees, Cowboys
Surprising Fact: I'm shy!
Contact: kschramek@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"I chose Pace for its reputation, prime location, and convenience, as well as for its challenging programs."

 

W. Paul Alvarez '16

Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
Undergrad: SUNY College at Oneonta
Area of Law: Immigration, Criminal
Extracurriculars: Latin American Law Students Association, Family Law Society
Outside Interests: soccer, kickball, movies
Favorite Sports Teams: Yankees, Giants, Rangers
Surprising Fact: I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to the United States when I was 9 years old!
Contact: walvarez@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"I chose Pace because I grew up in Westchester, and White Plains is an amazing city. You can find so much to do here and are still only a 40-minute train ride from NYC. The Pace Law Admissions office was so friendly and very helpful." 

 

Briana Costa '16

Hometown: Mahopac, NY
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Area of Law: Environmental
Surprising Fact: plays piano & sings!
Outside Interests: reading, trying new restaurants, playing piano
Favorite MovieBoondock Saints
Contact: bcosta@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"I chose Pace because it is #3 in the country for Environmental Law. In addition, everyone at Pace is very welcoming and willing to help you. I found this an amazing change from some of the other campuses I've been to."

 

Victoria Wagnerman '16

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad: Brooklyn College
Area of Law: Disability and Special Needs
Surprising Fact: used to work as a Disney princess for children's parties!
Outside Interests: cooking, movies, exercise, astronomy
Favorite MovieMean Girls
Contact: vwagnerman@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"I chose Pace because of the welcoming community and small school environment. Pace Law offers accessibility to professors and opportunity on an individual level."

 

Michael Chiaramonte '16

Hometown: Valley Cottage, NY
Undergrad: Fairfield University
Area of Law: Criminal Prosecution
Surprising Fact: volunteer coaches youth basketball & baseball teams!
Outside Interests: sports, movies, fiction novels, cooking
Favorite MovieShawshank Redemption
Contact: mchiaramonte@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"I wanted a law school that would let me develop close relationships with both my colleagues and professors, as well as allow me to explore various areas of law. I also wanted to be at a school that would expose me to a great networking system. Being at the heart of the Tri-state area, Pace Law has provided me with all of these desires."

 

J. Justin Woods '16

Hometown: Lowell, MA
Undergrad: Green Mountain College
Extracurriculars: Environmental Law Society, Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Society, and 5 more
Area of Law: Environmental & Land Use, Labor & Employment, Civil Rights, Municipal Law & Public Administration
Surprising Fact: second child was born the second week of law school!
Outside Interests: rugby, ice hockey, skiing, white water rafting
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston teams
Contact: jwoods@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"Pace is consistently ranked as one of the top Environmental and Public Interest Law Schools in the country. I chose Pace because it provides an ideal location to access internships (and ultimately jobs!) at progressive organizations using the law in creative ways to advance political, social, environmental, and economic justice issues."

 

Whitney Sullivan '15

Hometown: Lexington, MA
Undergrad: University of Hartford
Area of Law: Advocacy, Family, joint JD/MA in Women's History
Extracurriculars: E-Board of LAMBDA, Associate Editor of PIPSELF, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), Diversity Task Force
Outside Interests: blogging
Favorite MovieBringing Up Baby
Contact: wsullivan@law.pace.edu

WHY PACE:
"Beyond the academics, I love that Pace seemed to have a very tight-knit community while still being so accessible to the city. However, it was a discussion with Professor Ben-Asher, who introduced herself to me during an accepted students day, that helped me finalize my decision to attend Pace."