Success Stories

2009 alumnus

Jonathan Engel

Jonathan Engel, a 2009 law school alumnus, and his father Robert C. Engel Senior recently donated property where the Engel family conducted its business, Engel Funeral Home, Inc., for four decades.  The property was donated to Access: Supports for Living. Access provides services for those with special needs, including those facing the challenges of disability and mental illness. The Engel family was celebrated with the dedication of The Engel Center.

Jonathan Engel graduated from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2009. He is a member of the School’s alumni board. In addition to being a trial attorney with Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, Jonathan is also of counsel to Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, and of counsel to Fine, Olin, & Anderman, LLP. 

You can read more about the donation and generosity of the Engel’s here and here.

Path to Practice

Yasmin Laskar, ’22

Tell me about something you've participated in during your time here that has defined your Pace experience.

My most defining experience at Pace was while working at the Mediation Practicum, an opportunity I found through the externship programs. I decided to pursue the practicum to gain a practical understanding of alternative dispute resolutions. Working at the Mediation Practicum bolstered my negotiation and mediation knowledge and skills.

What have you gotten out of that experience, and how do you expect that it will enable you to pursue your goals beyond Pace?

I learned the most from the Mediation Practicum supervisor, Professor Danielle Shalov, who empowered me to grow intellectually and professionally. I left feeling more confident and prepared to pursue a career in mediation.

Is there anything else you'd like to add about your time at Pace?

I am proud to be the President of Pace Law's Muslim Law Students Association.  We have a fantastic group and I look forward to another fulfilling year in my new role.  We hope to create a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for everyone.

The freedom of doing what is right

Wilfredo Lopez, '17

Wilfredo Lopez chose Pace because he wanted a school with a focus on public interest and Pace/Haub Law was full of opportunities for hands on learning. In his own words, “[a]fter working in different business-related industries for over a decade, I wished to make a career change and become a lawyer. Specifically, I wanted to focus on public interest law. When I visited Pace, I was impressed by the number and scope of the clinic offerings. What really impressed me was visiting the John Jay Legal Clinic and seeing the quality of work conducted by clinic students.”

For as long as he can remember, Wilfredo wanted to work in public interest, to serve the public. “As a child from a working-class family, issues of equity and justice were always at the forefront of my family’s experience. I knew I had to do something to help others in the same type of predicament. Growing up, there were not many lawyers who looked like me, doing the type of law that mattered to my community, I felt a need to change that.”

Once he started at Pace, Wilfredo immediately acquainted himself with the Public Interest Law Center. He worked with them beginning in his first year to secure internships in public interest. “Throughout my time at Pace, I had the opportunity to work at FINRA, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office, and the Immigration Justice Clinic. While at the Brooklyn DA’s office I received a summer PILC grant that helped me to be able to accept a non-pay internship. That was instrumental in allowing me to continue my journey in public interest law.”

During his time at Pace, Wilfredo recalls working on a brief for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. “It was by far my most memorable public interest law related memory.” He recalls, “while at the Immigration Justice Clinic, we tried appealing to the various government agencies on behalf of one of our clients. When we exhausted every administrative option, we petitioned the Second Circuit and were allowed as students, to file a brief on behalf of our client. My clinic partner and I worked diligently for weeks to prepare the brief. With the help of our advisor, Professor Vanessa Merton, we were able to file the brief weeks before my graduation.”

After graduation, Wilfredo went to work at the Brooklyn Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. He spent 18 months at the DA’s office and successfully argued four trials. In November 2018, he was approached by a member of the New York City Council for a position as his legislative director. “The Council Member was impressed with my desire to serve the public and my work both in law school and the DA’s office. Since joining the Council, I have passed eight pieces of legislation ranging from Campaign Finance Reform to food safety for kid’s meals.”

When asked what he finds most rewarding about public interest law, Wilfredo is confident and succinct in his answer. “For me, what I love most about public interest work is the freedom of doing what’s right for everyone as opposed to what is right for just who can afford to pay me. I wake up each morning loving the work I do. To be a good public interest lawyer, you have to have a sincere desire to do what is right. Public interest law is broad, difficult, and often shrouded in layers of bureaucratic red tape. What gets you through all the difficulties is that desire to do what is right.”

An Important Experience: Ian Curry and the FJHP

Ian Curry, '19

What made you choose to participate in the FJHP?

I decided to participate in FJHP to both hone my writing skills and experience the daily activities in a federal courthouse. Throughout my first two years of law school, I read a countless number of cases, but I had not given much thought to how those cases were written. I wanted to see how that was done, see the meticulous work that goes in to perfecting each decision both on a grammatical and substantive level. The FJHP program was the perfect opportunity. It permitted me to intern a few times a week during the semester in a federal courtroom, enabling me to pursue other forms of work experience during the summer. FJHP offered a unique opportunity to see what federal law clerks and judges do on a daily basis, while still maintaining enough time to fulfill my traditional law school duties.

Your FJHP externship was with Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith of the Southern District of New York.  Tell us about your experience.

I had an amazing experience working with Magistrate Judge Smith. I quickly realized that being a clerk involved a lot of learning on the job—learning a new area of law and applying the facts of each case. I am not an expert in any field of law so I found adjusting to each case I received a bit challenging at first. I also began to truly understand the importance of clear and concise writing in pleadings and briefs submitted to the court. Well-written pleadings and briefs made learning the law and facts much more manageable. Without well-written legal documents, the job of the clerks and the judge is significantly more difficult. I began to understand that the lawyers on any specific case will most likely be the experts on the facts and the law, not the judge or the clerks.

Being given the opportunity to draft a decision was the best part of the externship. I was tasked with drafting a decision for a Social Security appeals case, an area of law which I did not know existed until I received the case. The drafting took a significant amount of time, but both my research and writing skills increasing significantly just from externship. In addition, I received excellent feedback and advice from the law clerks in chambers, both about my work, and more generally about law school and post-graduate opportunities. In addition to the substantive assignments, working in a federal courthouse and seeing what goes on day to day was an invaluable experience.

This fall, you will be a law clerk for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel.  What does that entail?

The Panel hears administrative cases involving issues between nuclear reactor operators, environmentalists, and regulators at NRC. The cases will be quite unique, and instead of working for one specific judge, I will be assigned a certain case with three judges. On each case, there will be one judge with a legal background, and two judges with technical backgrounds. The technical judges specialize in some aspect of nuclear energy and come from various backgrounds such as engineers, physicists, and chemists.

FJHP played a huge role both in spurring my interest and improving my writing skills to get the job. I really enjoyed being in the courthouse, seeing the daily activities of the courtroom, and being privy to very interesting cases. However, as a general law clerk, the areas of law in which you work on are constantly changing and there is not really any way to specialize as a clerk. I knew, even before law school, that I wanted to pursue environmental law. Once I saw the job posting for the clerkship at NRC, I realized it was the perfect fit. It combined all the aspects I loved about FJHP—being in a courtroom, drafting decisions, legal research and writing—with my reason for coming to law school, environmental law.

 

A Passion for Social Justice

Ryan Koleda, '16

A Q&A with Ryan Koleda '16, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice

Why did you choose Pace?

I chose Pace because of the positive reputation of the public interest law center and the hands-on learning experience it offered. I went into law school only wanting to practice in the public interest field. Pace had amazing clinics, including the Immigration Justice Clinic, where I worked as a student attorney my last year of law school.

Were you always interested in public interest work?

For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to the public interest field. In college I studied social work and sociology. After college, I didn’t quite know how I wanted to apply my passion for social justice to my future career. But I went to law school knowing this would be the avenue to do just that. Through law school, I discovered how I wanted to practice and apply the law through public interest work.

What specific experiences Pace Law do you feel helped to prepare you for a career in public interest law?

Will you believe me if I say that all of my experiences at Pace prepared me for my career in public interest law? I went into law school knowing that I wanted to practice in the public interest field, so I tailored as many experiences as I could to that goal. The summer after my first year, I interned for a Nassau County Family Court judge who presided over custody and child protective cases. My second year, I participated in the year-long Federal Judicial Honors Program. The first semester consisted of a guided research and writing assignment where I met one-on-one with a professor to write a mock decision for a federal case. The second semester I interned for a Judge in the Southern District of New York where I applied those research and writing skills. The summer after my second year, I interned for a non-profit organization that represents children in custody and visitation cases in family court. Under the supervision of two staff attorneys, I was able to appear and practice in court as well as interview clients. My last year of law school I participated in a Civil Rights Externship and the Immigration Justice Clinic. The Civil Rights Externship through the law firm Newman Ferrara with Professors Cohen and McLaughlin provided me with experience in research, writing, discovery, trial preparation, and client contact. Through the Immigration Justice Clinic, with Professor Merton, I gained practical experience both in and out of court. Under her guidance, we took the lead on our cases. We did our own research, writing, interviews, and appearances in court.

What was your most memorable law school experience?

My favorite law school experience was spending spring break my 3L year in Dilley, Texas. Through the Immigration Justice Clinic and the CARA Pro Bono Project, we were able to volunteer at the South Texas Family Residential Center where the government detained women and children who entered the US at the southern border. We prepared women and children for their credible fear interviews, the first step in an asylum claim. In addition to preparing these families for their interviews, we also kept track of stories and data regarding the conditions of the detention facility and how these families were being treated.

How did the Public Interest Law Center guide you along the way during your time at Pace?

The Public Interest Law Center was incredibly helpful in preparing me for my career in public interest law. The summer after my 2L year, I interned at a non-profit organization that represents children in family court. Through the PILC Public Interest Summer Fellowship, I obtained funding in order to pay for my expenses that summer. During my 3L year, I participated in a mentorship program offered by Career Services. We were matched with alumni who practiced in the fields we were interested in post law school. My mentor not only practiced in family law representing children, but also worked for the organization I had my eyes set on. Also, throughout the application process for The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice, during my 3L year, I went through rounds of application review with Career Services and prepared with them before each interview. I felt completely supported by PILC faculty and staff as I faced the daunting task of three rounds of interviews.

What has your career path been since graduation?        

Since graduation and taking the bar, I have been working at The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice as a staff attorney representing children in abuse and neglect cases in the Bronx. State law mandates that every subject child of a child protective proceeding is assigned a lawyer. If a child can make a knowing, considered, and voluntary judgment, we provide zealous direct advocacy for that child. Children in child protective proceedings are constantly being told what’s best for them by most adults in their life whether it be the government or a relative or a teacher or a judge. We empower children to use their voices and advocate on their behalf. In systems that constantly try to silence them, we come alongside them through empathy and empowerment.

What do you find most rewarding about working in public interest law?

The best part of working in public interest law is knowing that I am using my degree and skills towards social justice. There are times where it is disheartening to think that litigating individual cases does not quickly bring about the major reform that is needed within such a broken system. However, after every victory, no matter how small, I realize how important it is to have empowered a youth to have a voice. I also realize that every small step forward, is still an important step forward to accomplish change, and I know that the work that I do helps contribute to that.

In your opinion, what qualities makes a “good” public interest lawyer?

Public interest lawyers need commitment to the work they are doing, but also the willingness to stretch and grow their understanding for the populations they are working with. They need a self-awareness to understand that they have limitations in understanding the people they are working with who are, in fact, people.  The ability to separate and self-care is also incredibly important. Sometimes you need to remember that taking thirty minutes to yourself or putting that motion down for the night will make you better and more capable of completing the tasks later. The work will always be there, so in order to sustain your ability to continue to do the work and not burn out, it’s important to take care of yourself.

Aside from your work as an attorney, what do you like to do in your free time?

In line with my self-care mantra, one of my favorite ways to destress and take time away is to work at Comic Cons. I am lucky enough to have several close friends who run and work at different Comic Cons around the world. Because of this I am able to step away a few times a year, be around friends and immerse myself in an entirely different atmosphere that is so far removed from public interest law. After these weekends I often feel refreshed and ready to dive back into my work. And I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people along the way.

FJHP Alumnus

Joe Marutollo, 2010

Meet FJHP Alumnus, Joe Marutollo (2010)

Joseph Marutollo is a 2010 Pace Law alumnus. He is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division for the Eastern District of New York, serving as Chief of Immigration Litigation. We sat down with Joe to chat about his experience with Pace Law’s Federal Judicial Honors Program. Here is what he had to say.
 

What initially interested you about the Federal Judicial Honors Program (FJHP)?
 
The FJHP offers law students the opportunity to work closely with federal judges and gain knowledge about the inner workings of the federal court system. I thought it would be a unique, challenging, and rewarding experience.
 
Tell us about your experience in the FJHP.
 
I had the good fortune of interning for the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, who was then a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Last year, in October 2018, Judge Sullivan was sworn in as a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit. 
 
Interning for Judge Sullivan was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. Judge Sullivan assigned me to draft opinions and prepare legal memoranda involving a host of legal issues. Importantly, over the course of the internship, Judge Sullivan personally took time out of his busy schedule to regularly meet with me and provide helpful feedback on my writing and analysis. My experience with Judge Sullivan was perfect preparation for my subsequent work as a federal prosecutor, where strong writing and effective advocacy are paramount. 
 
During my internship, I also observed Judge Sullivan’s tireless work ethic and his meticulous preparation for each of his cases—qualities that I have tried to emulate in my own career. In short, Judge Sullivan was, and remains, a wonderful mentor and role model to me. Indeed, for the last decade, Judge Sullivan has generously continued to serve as my mentor.
 
Additionally, after law school, I worked for five years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where I served as lead attorney on behalf of the City of New York in over 100 federal civil rights cases, including six trials. One of the trials happened to be a federal civil rights jury trial before Judge Sullivan. It was a pleasure to try a case before Judge Sullivan; as in all of his cases, Judge Sullivan fairly and impartially presided over the trial and treated all those in his courtroom with the utmost respect. 
 
I am grateful for Judge Sullivan’s continuing role in my life, and I am further delighted to hear that he continues to contribute to the Pace Law community, including his recent role as one of the judges at Pace Law’s Grand Moot competition this past Spring.
 
What is your work like as an Assistant United States Attorney?

 
Serving as a lawyer on behalf of the United States of America has been the highlight of my career.   I work as an AUSA in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Since March of 2015, I have served as the lead attorney on behalf of the United States in over 150 federal cases, including four trials. AUSAs work on all aspects of federal litigation, from inception through appeal. Working as a lawyer serving the public is demanding, but it has been incredibly fulfilling and allows me to serve a cause greater than my own self-interest.
 
Can you speak about your role as Chief of Immigration Litigation?
In May 2017, I was promoted to my current position as Chief of Immigration Litigation, where I currently oversees more than 800 affirmative and defensive immigration cases. I also litigate a host of putative class-actions in matters of national significance, including high-profile actions seeking to enjoin the DACA rescission, the termination of Temporary Protected Status, and the use of immigration detainers.  

What did you take with you from the FJHP into your career post-law school?
 
Besides the insight into federal litigation and the work of federal practitioners, FJHP also showed me the enormous effect of an internship on a student’s career. Judge Sullivan frequently remarked that it is imperative to “pay it forward.” Similar to Judge Sullivan’s role in my career path, I have tried to “pay it forward” by serving as a mentor for my interns. In coordination with the excellent work of Professor Elyse Diamond, I currently conduct on-campus interviews at Pace Law School each year and my office typically hires 2-3 Pace interns for our summer internship program. Since January 2018, I have also served as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School, where I teach a seminar and lead the Government Immigration Litigation Clinic. I work closely with my interns and I aim to provide them with a valuable legal experience that enhances their career development. 
 
What are some achievements, personally or professionally, that you wish to share?
 
In 2019, I was selected to receive the Department of Justice’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. I was also the recipient of Pace Law School’s 2019 Rising Star Award in the Public and Government Sector. I am truly thankful for both awards.
 
And, on a personal note, shortly after graduating from law school, I married my wife Suzanne and we have a four-year old son named Thomas.

An Opportunity to Help

Lesly Santos, '19

A Q&A with 2019 Graduate Lesly Santos, Immigrant Justice Corps fellow with Catholic Charities

What brought you to law school?

I have known I wanted to be a lawyer since I was very young. Attending law school was always a goal of mine.

Why did you choose Pace Law? 

I chose Pace Law because of the location and the small community. I did the big school thing in undergrad. I wanted a campus with grass and trees. I also was offered a good scholarship, but that was met by schools in the city as well, – what made Pace Law my choice was the campus and community feel.  Also, by the time I was applying to law school, I knew I wanted to focus on immigration law. Pace Law’s Immigration Justice Clinic was also a major attraction to me. Professor Vanessa Merton is very well known for helping law students become great immigration attorneys, and I knew that I wanted the opportunity to work with her. Additionally, I was familiar with the immigrant population in the Lower Hudson Valley, and I knew that Pace Law’s location and faculty would take me to where I wanted to be professionally. 

Were you always interested in public interest work?  

I always knew I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know exactly how. When I got to Pace, I learned about public interest law and from that point on – I was sold. I wanted to be able to help people who needed help but didn’t necessarily have the funds to pay for legal work. Pace Law’s Public Interest Law Center really helped me to understand what public interest law was and how I could be a part of it. Public interest career advising was especially helpful in guiding me through the post-grad application process, prepping me for interviews, and laying out my resume. Professor Elyse Diamond held my hand through the entire process and played a crucial part in preparing me for my Immigrant Justice Corps interview and connected me with other Pace Law grads who have been through the process. 

What specific experiences at Pace do you feel helped to prepare you for a career in public interest law?  

The Immigration Justice Clinic is definitely a clinic that anyone interested in immigration law must take. I’m also glad I took advantage of the Pro Bono Scholars program. The additional work experience that you get is invaluable. Those two programs have taught me the importance of public interest work as well as some of the difficulties.

What is one of your favorite parts of acting as a public interest attorney?

It has to be the relief and gratitude my clients express when I tell them that we are offering them legal representation at no cost. It happens every initial consultation I do and it never gets old because I know that others (both attorneys and non-attorneys) would have charged them sums that they could never afford for the same service. The relief on their faces in realizing that they will receive quality representation is the most gratifying feeling. 

How did it feel to find out that you were selected to be an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow?     

It was amazing! Being selected as an Immigrant Justice Corps fellow was a goal of mine since my first year at Pace. Seeing how excited Professor Elyse Diamond and Professor Vanessa Merton were for me was priceless. I feel like they went through the whole process with me and it was a team accomplishment. As an Immigrant Justice Corps fellow, I will be representing indigent immigrants in the lower Hudson Valley at Catholic Charities – which is where I interned as a student!

In your opinion, what qualities makes a “good” public interest advocate?

I think you just have to genuinely care about the people you are helping. It’s often long hours with little pay, so you have to love what you are doing and care about the people you are helping. I was born and raised in New York City to Dominican immigrants. Growing up in an immigrant household, I was able to observe the difficulties faced by the immigrant community and I’m grateful that I now have the opportunity to help that community. 

A Rewarding Career

Hannah Walker, '17

Pace Law graduate Hannah Walker (Dec. ’17) did not always know that she wanted to be a lawyer, however, she did always know she wanted to work in the non-profit sector. “Once I learned more about the law and how you can use it as a tool to help people, I was immediately drawn to it. Then, once I started law school, I found my passion focusing on LGBTQ and prisoner rights law.”  

During her time at Pace Law, Hannah participated in several internships. “The Public Interest Law Center was very helpful in providing me with summer funding for these otherwise unpaid internships. PILC made it possible for me to pursue what I was passionate about. One summer, I interned with the Urban Justice Center, it was after this experience that I doubled down on my efforts to take courses that would give me substantive knowledge of the areas of law that I knew would be helpful for me post-grad. I also put together my own internship with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). I continued volunteering at SRLP after my internship.” While Hannah was at Pace, she also worked closely with Professor Michael Mushlin as a research assistant. She took Professor Mushlin’s prisoners’ rights class and became passionate about this area and, later, took on an internship with a former Pace graduate doing post-conviction relief.  

Hannah has found certain skills are critical in her work with clients who have survived trauma and who face systemic oppression.  “Excellent listening skills and the ability to empathize with your clients while recognizing your inherent power in the attorney/client relationship . . . are really, really, really important.” 

In December of 2017, Hannah graduated from Pace Law and she took the bar exam in February 2018. “I knew that I wanted to work at SRLP and had been vying for a position there since my internship. Once a position opened up, I applied for it and got it and have been there since. I am the Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project.”  

Hannah recognizes that students pursuing public interest law often do so in the face of a “pervasive belief that direct service lawyering isn't prestigious or glamorous” and is “so happy [she] stuck with [her] convictions.” Today, the most rewarding part of public interest law for Hannah is working with her clients.  “It is really satisfying to use my skills to help make people’s days better. I am committed to using my knowledge and my privilege to support communities who do not always have access to legal relief. There is a real sense of community working with other direct service attorneys. I am lucky, I get to go home every day knowing that I have done something to make things easier for someone. Public interest lawyering is critical to our democracy. We need to do this work to ensure that all members of our communities can live and thrive.”

Jonathan Campozano starts position as Associate Counsel with New York State Senate

Jonathan Campozano, '17

Congratulations to 2017 Pace Law alumnus Jonathan W. Campozano, Esq.! Jonathan recently started a new position as an Associate Counsel with the New York State Senate in Albany. While at Pace Law, Jonathan was a student attorney with the Immigration Justice Clinic. After graduating from Pace, Jonathan was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with Empire Justice Center. 

Brazil and Pace Law: An International Experience

Juliana Marcussi, '16

A native of Brazil, Juliana Marcussi graduated from the Faculty of Law of Franca in Franca, Brazil with her Bachelor of Law in 2007. Shortly thereafter, she received her LLM from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and completed her studies at The Hague Academy of International Law and Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in 2010.

During her studies and prior to her attendance at Pace Law, Juliana had “more than 5 years of experience in advisory and litigation in various areas of Environmental Law.” This included assisting in environmental licensing procedures, due diligence investigations, judicial and administrative proceedings, negotiations with environmental prosecutors under civil and criminal investigations, and assessment of environmental liabilities arising from soil and water contamination.

Juliana recalls that it was during the time she spent as an attorney in environmental law that she decided she wanted to continue her education. “Pace Law’s SJD program was exactly what I was seeking out.” She went on to graduate from Pace in 2016 with her Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. “My experience at Pace made me improve not only my skills as an environmental attorney, but it also opened up my eyes to environmentalism. My time in White Plains gave me the opportunity to meet people that were essential for me to establish my values as an individual, as a student and as a professional. At Pace I was able to see myself in the future as a skilled attorney and passionate in the area of environmental protection.”

Currently, Juliana is the head of the Environmental Law Department of Martinelli Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil. Juliana notes “Martinelli Advogados is a 20-year-old full service law firm, one of the top 15 law firms in Brazil, and has been acknowledged as one of the most admired law firms by the magazine Análise Advocacia 500.”

Prior to her time at Pace and since graduating from Pace, Juliana has provided legal services for non-profit organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, Wildlife Conservation Society and Amnesty International, national and multinational companies, and acted in partnership with state and federal environmental prosecutors around Brazil. “I love what I do and I am passionate about environmental law. I see each new opportunity and experience as a chance to learn more and educate myself in a new way.”

As far as the future, Juliana is working on her next professional goal, “to create new methods and forms of legal assistance to the private sector, aiming to encourage the adoption of sustainable initiatives within their operations, so that private companies become allies to sustainability.”

Juliana’s describes her experience at Pace as “living in an environment where scholars focus their studies and goals to find and improve sustainable solutions for the current economy, where people breathe environmentalism. It was a unique opportunity for which I will always be grateful. Professor David Cassuto and Professor Nicholas Robinson were simply the best advisors I could ever have. They gave me a completely new perspective on academic work, law practice and environmental values, which has helped me in both my professional and personal life. To become familiar with and understand their point of views on various matters regarding sustainable development and environmentalism, contributed significantly to my ideals, and gave me the strength and excitement to pursue my goals related to environmentalism in the world.”

Juliana remains connected to Pace, so much so that recently, she helped to organize and host the first Environmental Law Colloquium in Brazil for Pace Law alumni and friends. “It was a unique opportunity to strengthen Pace Law’s connection to Brazil, to allow Pace alumni to meet, network, and collaborate, and to foster discussion and complex dialogues amongst experts focused on relevant environmental issues.”

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