WCBF recognizes Professor Carlisle

The Westchester County Bar Foundation honored Professor Jay Carlisle and Westchester attorney Raymond Planell at its annual fundraiser this month. The goal of the Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the Westchester County Bar Association, is to improve the public’s understanding of the law and improve “the administration of justice.”

“No other law professor has done more to bridge the divide between legal academia and legal practice than Pace Professor Jay Carlisle,” said Foundation President James Staudt, Esq. in an announcement. “He is the Westchester practitioner’s “go to” law professor.”

In conjunction with the WCBA, the Foundation grants the Westchester County Bar Outstanding Law Student Award. The $3,000 annual scholarship to Pace Law School is given to a second year law student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership ability, and a commitment to public service.

The WCBF also sponsors a two-year public interest law fellowship that provides legal help to the county’s underserved residents while also providing training to a new lawyer who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue public interest work. Started in 2007, the Fellowship represents a partnership between the Foundation and Pace Law School.

At Pace Law, Professor Carlisle teaches classes in civil procedure, New York practice, and professional responsibility. He has published extensively in the areas of civil litigation, procedure, and professional responsibility. He was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to be the chairman of the Temporary Commission on Local Government Ethics and by Governor Pataki to the Select Committee on Cameras in the Courts. Governor Paterson appointed him to the New York State Law Revision Commission.

To make an online contribute to the Westchester County Bar Foundation—a donation that will help support these initiatives—click here.