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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!

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!
WHY PACE: "For its environment and culture. I went to a large university for my undergraduate education and was attracted by Pace's sense of community."

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

WHY PACE: "What I really like the most about Pace Law School is the community. Anytime I am on campus, there is always someone, faculty, staff, or students, who smile and wave, or say hello. It makes law school easier when the people around actually care about my success. The other thing I really like are the course offerings. The Prosecution Externships (Regular and Honors) provide an incredible amount of practical experience, I have even gotten to stand up in court!"

Briana Costa '16 (

Hometown: Mahopac, NY / Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Area of Law: Environmental
Surprising Fact: I play piano & sing!
Outside Interests: reading, trying new restaurants, playing piano
Favorite MovieBoondock Saints
WHY PACE: "I chose Pace because it is #4 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: I used to work as a Disney princess for children's parties!
Outside Interests: cooking, movies, exercise, astronomy
Favorite MovieMean Girls
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: I coach youth basketball & baseball teams!
Outside Interests: sports, movies, fiction novels, cooking
Favorite MovieShawshank Redemption
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."

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!
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." 


Michelle Greaux '16 (

Hometown: Highland Falls, NY / Undergrad: SUNY Binghamton
Extracurriculars: Vice President Student Bar Assoc., Pace International Law Review
Outside Interests: reading, outdoors, traveling
Favorite TV ShowHow to Get Away with Murder
Surprising Fact: I was a cadet at West Point for two years!
WHY PACE: "I chose Pace Law because I loved the campus atmosphere. The campus allows the law school to foster a tight-knit community."


Samantha Hazen '17 (

Hometown: Dunmore, PA / Undergrad: Syracuse University
Extracurriculars: 1L rep, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Outside Interests: horseback riding, skiing, spending time with my dog, Sunny
Favorite Sports Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Syracuse Orange
WHY PACE: "When I toured the campus, I immediately felt like I could see myself joining the Pace family and exploring the school’s externship programs and student organizations. The professors have also been so welcoming and helpful.”  

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


J. Justin Woods '15 (

Hometown: Lowell, MA / Undergrad: Green Mountain College
Extracurriculars: Environmental Law Society, American Constitution Society (President)
Area of Law: Environmental & Land Use, Municipal Law & Public Administration
Surprising Fact: Our second child was born the second week of law school!
Outside Interests: rugby, ice hockey, skiing, white water rafting, and seeing live music
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston teams

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 work at progressive organizations using the law in creative ways to advance political, social, environmental, and economic justice."

Kiersten Schramek '15 (

Hometown: Brewster, NY / Undergrad: Manhattanville College
Area of Law: Family, Criminal, Real Estate
Extracurriculars: Pace International Law Review, Secretary of WALS
Outside Interests: reading, watching sports
Favorite Sports Teams: Yankees, Cowboys
WHY PACE:"I chose Pace for its reputation, prime location, and convenience, as well as for its challenging programs."


Brian Bendy '17 (

Hometown: Stony Brook, NY / Undergrad: SUNY ESF in association with Syracuse 
Area of Law: Land Use and Real Estate
Outside Interests: basketball, baseball, music, traveling
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
Surprising Fact: I've gone skydiving!
WHY PACE:"I chose Pace because of the strength of its Land Use and Environmental Program, and because of its unrivaled faculty and closely connected student body."