Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Welcomes Prominent Members of the Legal Community to its Board of Visitors

December 20, 2022
Caesar Lopez, Felipe Paez, Mimi Rocah

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that three new members have joined its Board of Visitors. The new members include Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. “Mimi” Rocah, two distinguished Haub Law alumni, Caesar Lopez ’12, and Felipe Paez ’96.

“Our Board of Visitors is comprised of thought leaders in the legal community who serve as reliable advisors to and advocates for the law school community,” said Dean Horace E. Anderson Jr. “At Haub Law, we strive to reflect our current student body, our alumni, and the ever-changing legal climate through our Board of Visitors members. Each of our new members bring tremendous value to our Haub Law community – a broad range of expertise, diversity in the legal field, and a commitment to furthering the best interests of our law school. I am proud to welcome Mimi, Caesar, and Felipe to the Board and look forward to working with them to ensure the continued success of Haub Law.”  

Miriam (“Mimi”) E. Rocah is the Westchester County District Attorney. Leading the largest prosecutorial agency in the state of New York outside New York City, DA Rocah has dedicated her life to pursuing justice for victims, keeping our communities safe, and working for a fairer criminal justice system for all.

Before winning her election as Westchester DA in November 2020, DA Rocah was the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice, a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for 16½ years. She oversaw the prosecution of organized crime, gun traffickers, corrupt public officials, narcotics dealers, sex traffickers, and child predators. She is a recipient of the 2016 Women in Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award.

Prior to her career as a federal prosecutor, DA Rocah clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was also a litigation associate at the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and a paralegal at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, DA Rocah is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law. She is also an alum of the nationally-acclaimed NYC Urban Fellows Program, a public policy fellowship where she completed her program with the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs.

Caesar Lopez is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for the Orlando City Soccer Club of Major League Soccer, Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League and Exploria Stadium. In his role, he oversees all legal and business affairs, strategic projects, human resources, facilities and operations, administration and external/government affairs.

Prior to joining the team side in Orlando, Lopez spent time at Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing where he provided strategic counsel to multiple MLS Clubs, U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican Federation on all commercial deals and player transactions. Recently, Lopez was named Orlando Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 and received the 2020 SPORTYS award for Best in Business Operations. He was honored as a Rising Star at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s 2021 Law Leadership Dinner.

Lopez is an Orlando native and in 2022, he was selected to serve as the Chairman-Elect of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission after his work on the 2022 FIFA World Cup Host Committee bid. He has deep ties to the Haub Law community and for years, he has been active as an elected member of the Haub Law Alumni Board. He received his BA from University of Connecticut and earned his JD from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2012.

Felipe Paez is Global Lead Counsel at Ernst & Young (“EY”). At EY, he is the Partner/Principal leading Global Data Protection and serves as the EY Network’s Global Privacy Leader.

Paez has broad global experience advising strategic leaders and leading legal and risk management teams in highly complex government and corporate organizations. Prior to joining EY, Paez spent nearly 8 years at General Electric, first as Chief Compliance Officer/Counsel and most recently was Chief Counsel, Information Protection and Cyber Security. Before that, he spent 4 years at Dell, as Chief Investigations Counsel and then as Director, Federal and Public Sector Compliance.

Paez received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan and his JD from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, with Certificates in International Law and Environmental Law, graduating in 1996. Paez also served as a Colonel in the US Marine Corps Reserves.

The Board of Visitors furthers the interests of the Law School by involving alumni and friends in significant issues of concern to the School, and by building a sense of community that fosters pride and participation. The Board is also dedicated to fostering a strong interest in the mission of the Law School by helping to recruit outstanding students, hiring graduates and encouraging financial support from public and private sources. The Board is currently co-chaired by Alfred E. Donnellan '81, Managing Partner, DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP and Kathleen Donelli ’85, Partner, Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law (LLM) degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The School, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The School maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Haub Law, visit https://law.pace.edu

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