Success Stories

Student Bar Association

Sarah Cinquemani, '18

Due to the small and intimate campus at Pace Law, our students are able to really make a name for themselves. Sarah has been able to do just that, and was elected by the student body to serve as our Student Bar Association President.

Sarah was able to rise to such heights due in large part to her dedication to campus and involvement in various organizations. In her first year at school, Sarah was elected to represent the first year class and advocate on their behalf. She was then able to serve as Secretary to the Association in her second year because of the skills she exhibited right from the start. Sarah was set on being involved in the betterment of the student body as soon as she arrived on campus. Now Sarah is charged with overseeing the numerous student groups on campus, maintaining a budget, and planning events for the entire student body.

This tremendous leadership role, coupled with her certificate in Environmental Studies, has placed her in an ideal position to pursue her passions in the years to come. Any Pace Law student will tell you that student life on campus has soared to new heights because of Sarah’s efforts.

Law Review

Lydia Rainey, '18

A work-life balance is key for a successful law student. Lydia has proven that being involved on campus and maintaining good grades is not impossible. Her focus in English during her undergraduate studies at SUNY Brockport led Lydia to pursue an Executive Board position on the Pace Law Review. She currently guides underclassmen as they write their own case notes and comments for potential publication in the Review.

Lydia has also been able to hone her oral advocacy skills through her involvement in the Oral Advocacy Honor Board. As a second year student, Lydia served as the captain of the Black Law Student’s Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. Under the tutelage of her professor, and through collaboration with her teammates, the team won the Northeast Regional competition, continuing onto the final round. Due to Lydia’s success, she has been asked to continue as the captain on the trial team in her third year.

Lydia is looking forward to taking the skills she has developed at Pace Law to her hometown of Fairport, New York, and applying to the State Appellate Division Courts. The Pace Law community will miss Lydia’s involvement and dedication to campus!

Oral Advocacy

Christopher Zamlout, '18

Take a poll of attorneys across the nation and they will tell you in unison that one of a lawyer’s most prominent skills is their oral advocacy. Here at Pace Law, our Advocacy Program boasts numerous Mock Trial and Moot Court teams, ranging in subject matter covering all aspects of the legal profession. As a part of a student’s first year at Pace Law, they participate in the Louis V. Fasulo First Year Moot Court Competition where they showcase their oral advocacy skills. Once a student has exhibited raw talent, they are inducted into a prominent group of students who participate in oral advocacy competitions, facilitated by Pace Law.

After demonstrating his strong and commanding advocacy skills in the first year competition, Christopher was one such student who was given the opportunity to participate in one of the world’s most formidable competitions. The Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition – started twenty-five years ago by Pace faculty members – exposes our students to the world of international commercial arbitration. Christopher and his fellow teammates spend a full academic year dissecting the issues presented in the fact patter, researching applicable international law, and perfecting their oral arguments. Towards the end of the semester, the team flies to Vienna, Austria to represent Pace Law in the competition.

Due to his tremendous success his second year, Christopher was invited back to the Pace Law team as a captain in his third and final year of school. Christopher has been able to hone his advocacy skills, while also exploring a unique field of law. Christopher explains that because of this experience he is able to set himself apart from his peers, substantively engage in international law and current events, and has developed necessary skills in order for him to advocate on behalf of future clients.

Entertainment Law

Rachel Thanasoulis, '19

As a student pursuing a path to practice in Business Law, Rachel has had a very unique experience at Pace Law. Rachel is heavily involved in the Sports, Entertainment, and Art Law Society, which allows her to explore her passions of law, music and entertainment.

The entertainment world is a difficult one to penetrate as a young lawyer but, through her diligence and help from the Center for Career and Professional Development, Rachel was able to obtain an internship at the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Advisors at the Career Development were able to put her in contact with attorneys working at the WWE and a Human Resources representative. By showcasing her interest in entertainment law, and by having these connections, Rachel spent the summer after her first year interning at the WWE. Rachel explains, “I believe the help that I obtained through career services was one of the reasons I obtained the internship at the WWE. This shows how well connected Pace Law is and how the faculty and staff are willing to help you succeed!”

Rachel hopes to have a post-graduate placement in the entertainment and business law world, where she can explore her original interest in intellectual property, and further explore the foundation she was able to build through her work at the WWE.

Environmental Law

James Virga, '18

Driven by a desire to pursue a profession that beneficially impacts the environment, James is well on his way to obtaining the Environmental Certificate at Pace Law. During his undergraduate education at Northeastern University, James dual majored in environmental studies with a particular focus on law and public policy. After realizing his passion for environmentalism and sustainability, James decided that Pace’s renowned Environmental Program would be the next step in his education.

James has had a number of legal placements during his time at Pace Law. Notably, during his first year at school, James worked as an extern at the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission. He was able to obtain this position through Career Services and interactions with Pace Alumni who previously worked there. Throughout his time on campus, James has also worked at the Land Use Law Center. This unique experience allowed James to have early exposure to his interests and explore an area of law during his first year, while enrolled in the requisite first year classes. His on-campus work taught him the importance of land use laws in protecting the environment, which made him decide to ​also pursue Pace's concentration in Land Use and Real Estate. He has since interned at two Westchester law firms, conducting both land use and environmentally related work. 

As an Executive Board member of Pace’s Environmental Law Review, and a member of several environmental student organizations, James is a prime example of how the Environmental Law Program and the Land Use and Real Estate concentration at Pace Law can help further a student’s interests and ensure that they have substantial legal experience before entering the work force! 

An Expert Multi-Tasker

Susan Payne Mulliken, Dec. '10

Susan Payne Mulliken (Dec. ’10) is an expert multi-tasker – she is an attorney with three young daughters (Erin, 8; Clare, 5; and Kelly, 2) – and her expertise in juggling work and family was first honed at Pace Law.  “I had my first daughter, Erin, while I was still a student at Pace Law, during the summer between my 2L and 3L years. After her birth, I did switch to part-time, but did not take any time off and graduated just one semester after my class. I was very motivated to stay on track and the Pace Law faculty and staff were very supportive and encouraging. They helped make the challenges of balancing motherhood and law school manageable and possible.”

While some students head to law school directly from undergraduate school that was not the case for Susan. After graduating magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A. in Psychology, Susan moved to New York City. In the City she worked in television production, including with HBO and Nickelodeon –meeting her future husband during her work at Nickelodeon. From there, Susan moved to California to attend graduate school at San Diego State University. After graduating with her Masters in Communication, Susan worked as an adjunct professor at three different colleges in San Diego. Shortly thereafter, she moved back to New York City and began working at Long Island University-Brooklyn as an academic advisor and adjunct instructor. After working at LIU for about two years, Susan decided to apply to law school. “In the back of my mind, I had always thought about law school. Finally, I decided it was now or never.  I left my job in August of 2007 and started at Pace Law that fall.”

Pace offers a myriad of opportunities to gain practical experience and Susan took advantage of as many as possible. During the summer after her 1L year she interned for Family Court Judge Sandra B. Edlitz and also spent time as a research assistant for Professor Leslie Garfield. In the fall of 2008 she was an extern in the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program and also a student worker in the Office of Student Services. In 2010, after having Erin and with the encouragement and assistance of the Pace Law Career Services staff, Susan applied for and was a recipient of the competitive Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship summer grant. This funding allowed Susan to accept an unpaid summer internship with the New York State Division of Human Rights while also providing Erin with quality child care. “There were so many opportunities and I wanted to make sure I gained as much real life experience as possible before graduating. Each experience for me was one step closer to figuring out what I wanted to potentially do once I was an attorney and what I did not. Professionally at Pace, my favorite experience was the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program externship. I learned so much by speaking with clients and filing petitions and going before the judge, lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom. I also learned so much through FCLP Director Tracey Alter and the staff attorneys, volunteers, and other student externs.”

Following graduation and while awaiting admission to the bar, Susan’s job hunt intensified and became more focused. “I realized that what I really wanted to do was to return to the field of higher education but in a legal capacity. I began to apply to any relevant position, hoping that it would eventually lead me to a job within a General Counsel’s office at a college. In June of 2012, Susan’s passion for multi-tasking continued when she started a position in contract management at Mercy College within the School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHNS) and gave birth to her second daughter, Clare, three weeks later. “I couldn’t believe that I ended up finding my opportunity right as I was about to give birth to my second daughter but I was motivated to make it work and was very excited by yet another set of challenges.” Exactly two weeks after Clare was born, Susan was admitted to the New York State Bar.

At Mercy, Susan performed contract review, negotiation, and administration for the SHNS. “I managed all phases of the contract approval process for clinical affiliation agreements. I was in the position for over three years and learned a great deal about contracts. I was also able to learn about other legal issues within an institution of higher education.”  In 2015, Susan gave birth to her third daughter, Kelly, and also began her current position as Assistant General Counsel at Mercy College. In this position, Susan reviews and negotiates a larger variety of contracts including clinical affiliation agreements, software and library licensing agreements, consulting services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, sponsored program research agreements, among others, and also works closely with the risk management team in dealing with insurance and liability-related issues. “I feel very fortunate to be in my current position and am learning all the time. I absolutely love the energy and vibrancy of a college campus and the multitude and complexity of issues that occur every day. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend the National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference and have really enjoyed meeting and learning from peers from schools all over the country.”

As the mother of three young daughters, Susan’s top priority is attempting to maintain a healthy work/life balance. “I am fortunate to have an amazing support network comprised of my husband Nate, my parents, family and friends and an amazing day care facility and a very family-friendly employer. I am also lucky that an outstanding summer day camp program operates on Mercy’s campus that Erin has attended the past three summers and that both Erin and Clare will attend next summer.”

Susan looks fondly on her days at Pace Law and will always remember the support she received from the faculty and staff as she struggled to navigate law school, motherhood, and job searching “especially the late Professor Ralph Stein, who I miss every day, Professor Tracey Alter, and Professor Leslie Garfield, who always went above and beyond. I’m not sure I’d be where I am today without the three of them.” A few of Susan’s favorite memories at Pace Law are ones that many Pace alumni will be able to relate to, including: “having lunch with Professor Stein in the cafeteria, studying in the library with the same crew of regulars who always sat in the same area as me, and the annual Earth Day event on the lawn, which was one of the few times I actually relaxed and socialized with people outside of the library! I even brought Erin to Earth Day when she was eight months old and she was a big hit with both my classmates and the faculty and staff. Who knows? Maybe one day she’ll be back at Pace as a 1L!”

A Dedicated Group of Environmental Alumni

The Pace Environmental Law Alumni Association (PELAA)

The Pace Environmental Law Alumni Association (“PELAA”) was originally established as the Pace Environmental Alumni Council by a dedicated group of environmental alumni, including C. Nicole Simmons (’04), Andy Provence (’98), and Daniel McKillop (’01). PELAA is self-described as “an informal association of Pace alums who seek to strengthen ties between and among environmental alumni.” 

Mackenzie Schoonmaker (’07) is one of several alumni currently leading the group.  “PELAA’s primary mission is to connect Pace alumni, further the alumni’s professional relationship with the law school, and ensure the environmental program maintains its top caliber standing.  As a group, we are committed both to promoting and celebrating our alumni as environmental law leaders, and to bolstering the environmental program’s overall reputation.”

The PELAA demonstrates their sincere dedication to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law’s environmental program each and every year.  Every year the PELAA hosts environmental alumni gatherings, mentors environmental students, provides assistances to the environmental law program, and promotes environmental events held at and/or sponsored by the Law School. 

Notably, annually, the PELAA bestows the Nicholas A. Robinson Award for Distinguished Environmental Achievement upon deserving alumni. This past year, alumnus Mark Yaggi (’97) and Dan Estrin (’93) were the recipients of the Robinson Award. PELAA presented Marc and Dan with the 2017 Robinson Award. Janice Dean (’05), another alumna currently leading the group, notes that Marc and Dan were presented with the Award as “a recognition of their environmental achievement, support for the Law School and its students and alumni, and embodiment of the spirit of the inimitable Nick Robinson.”

What is particularly noteworthy about the PELAA is its vast network of environmental alumni. In the past few years, the group has organized this network into a comprehensive environmental alumni directory. “We want to spur further connections between alumni. We, as a group, are one of our most valuable professional assets. The more connected we are with one another, the more we can network, and use our strengths to benefit one another, the Environmental Program, and the Law School,” Janice said.    

Janice notes that the website for the Pace Environmental Law Alumni Association (www.paceenviroalumni.org) features photos and a searchable alumni directory of all currently-practicing environmental alumni, and anyone who graduated from the environmental program. “As alumni we created the directory and we maintain it. I gladly will include those who reach out to me in the directory and provide them with the password to access the directory. And, we welcome ideas! Ideas for events, and ideas on how we can continue to strengthen ties between and among alumni and the School.”

The Association has a website (noted above) and also maintains a presence on LinkedIn and Facebook. The group encourages engagement from any environmental graduate on any of these platforms. Current steering committee members of the PELAA include: Janice Dean, JD 2005, Mackenzie Schoonmaker, JD 2007, Sean Dixon, JD 2009, LLM 2010, Sam Capasso, JD 2010, LLM 2011, and Patrick Carroll, JD 2015. The group wants to stress that anyone can join the steering committee or become active with their efforts! The best way to reach out for more information on the Association is to visit their website or reach out to Janice Dean directly at janice@janicedean.com.

A Wealth of Opportunities

Robert Stout, '05

As an undergraduate student Robert Stout (’05) attended Siena College.  It was there he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in History Education, in pursuit of a career in secondary education and was awarded the History Department’s Major Field Award at graduation.  However, among the opportunities afforded Rob at Siena was a summer spent interning with the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace Law.  It was this experience that encouraged Rob to apply to only one law school once he decided that was the path he wanted his career to take – Pace Law.  “Studying with Professors Karl Coplan and Bobby Kennedy was amazing.  In one summer they integrated students into the sophisticated matters handled by the Clinic and in so doing, demystified law school for the undergraduate interns and demonstrated first hand the impact environmental attorneys can have.” 

So, in 2002, Rob began his studies at Pace.  After completing his first year course requirements, he selected a variety of environmental law courses to pursue and began aggressively pursuing educational opportunities outside of the classroom.  He was elected by his peers to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review. “I knew that I wanted to graduate with a Certificate in Environmental Law so I pursued every path that would get me to that destination.  Pace provided a wealth of opportunities to develop my skills and distinguish myself prior to graduating.” 

Rob notes that one of his favorite memories was being selected for the trial advocacy team as a 1L.  “I was a late substitute, and was eliminated early in the competition, however, I returned as part of the School’s inaugural Negotiation Competition in my second year.  Professor Lou Fasulo coached my partner and me to the National Championship and we went on to represent the U.S. (and place very highly) at the International Negotiation Competition in Paris.  Negotiating with counterparts from different cultural and language backgrounds was an invaluable experience.  In practice, I draw on the same skills utilized during the Negotiation Competition on a daily basis.  It was thrilling to be a small part of building Pace’s advocacy program with Professor Fasulo.”

Rob‘s success at the Negotiation Competition encouraged him to successfully run for American Bar Association (“ABA”) Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, the policy making body of the ABA.  “As a Division Delegate I was able to work with law students across the country – many of whom I maintain connections with to this day. I also had the opportunity to lobby the executive leadership of the ABA on governance issues of importance to law students and lobby Congress on issues of importance to law students, including the opportunity to meet with then Senator Obama.”

After graduating from law school, Rob pursued a career in environmental law.  Rob began his career focusing on brownfield redevelopment projects in New Jersey.  In 2010, he returned to Albany, an area to which he had developed close ties during his tenure as an undergraduate at Siena.  Rob joined his current firm - Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in 2010 and became a partner this year.  He advises clients on all aspects of environmental law with a focus on counseling clients on environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement.  “I help clients resolve enforcement proceedings and consent order negotiations before a variety of State and federal agencies.  I also counsel clients seeking state and municipal environmental and land use permits, from site plans and subdivisions before local planning boards to serving as environmental co-counsel on the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project team for the New York State Thruway Authority.  My day-to-day is never the same and always interesting.”

Rob is also very involved with various legal and professional organizations.  As a result of Rob’s early and active involvement in the ABA as a law student, he quickly rose through the ranks of the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section and now serves as Vice Chair of the Section’s Land Use and Environmental Law Group.  Rob has held leadership positions for the better part of a decade.  “My involvement with the ABA is a great source of professional pride to me and my frequent lecturing at ABA and other professional events allows me to utilize the educational skills that Siena provided.”  Rob also serves on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is the author of a regular column on DEC Administrative decisions appearing in The New York Environmental Lawyer

Volunteering is also a large part of who Rob is as a person and an attorney.  He served for over a decade as a volunteer fire fighter and fire company business officer.  He recently served as a Board member of the Historic Albany Foundation, volunteers for the Albany Institute of History and Art, and works with his neighbors in the Village of Round Lake to assist in preserving the 1847 Ferris organ located in the Round Lake Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark.  Rob shares the credit for this work with his firm “Whiteman Osterman and Hanna has a fabulous tradition of supporting volunteer and pro bono work in the community.  Each attorney is provided with the resources and time to pursue community goals important to them.  It is a critical aspect of firm culture.”  

Pace remains an integral part of Rob’s life.  His firm (which includes several partners and associates who are Pace alumni) has hosted gatherings for Albany based Pace Law alumni and it is a tradition that he hopes continues. “There are Pace alumni across the Country.  It is important to maintain these networks and encourage them. I enjoy connecting with fellow alumni and helping other alumni connect with one another.  I also enjoy mentoring Pace students and actively recruiting them to work at our firm.  We have been quite successful in attracting high caliber students from Pace.”

Rob lives in the Village of Round Lake with his wife Audrey (and, he is quick to note, their rabbit Stewart).  In 2013, Rob was accepted into the membership of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an international cultural and educational organization dedicated to the celebration of Burgundy and its wines.  When not working as an attorney, Rob enjoys pursuing his passion of travelling to and studying the world’s wine regions and taking advantage of all of the recreational opportunities available in upstate New York.   

 

Networking is Key

Mark Meeker, Dec. '09

Mark Meeker (Dec. ’09) graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts, where he studied advertising, and shortly thereafter he earned a Master of Arts from Kent State University while in the media management sequence. It wasn’t until grad school that he first began to consider law school. “During one conversation with my advisor, he mentioned that I was doing well and that I should think about continuing. Continuing? What would that mean? Neither of my parents had college degrees, so I was already farther along academically than I ever expected to be. But I bought a couple of study guides, worked through them in the evenings for about a week-and-a-half, took the LSAT, and scored in the 96th percentile. That’s when I knew that law school was somewhere in my future. The question was, ‘When?’ At that point, I was still barely on the fringes of the advertising industry, and I wasn’t ready to change directions.”

Things really started to happen for Mark when he packed his bags and went chasing after his first ad agency job. In all, he spent the first eighteen years of his career in a variety of advertising and marketing roles, working primarily in account services for media companies and on the agency side of the business for brands such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Sonic, Pepsi, and Bank of America. “I loved what I was doing at the time, but after I met my wife and got engaged, suddenly chasing advertising jobs all over the country lost its appeal. That’s when we decided to make a change, and about six weeks after our wedding I entered law school.”

Mark started at Pace Law as a 1L in August 2006. “I was drawn to Pace because of its location. In my previous career, I had spent time working in Ohio, where I’m from, then D.C., Virginia Beach, Chicago, Kansas City, and Connecticut. My most recent position had been in New York City and we wanted to stay in the area. Pace also showed a lot of flexibility in their academic programs. I would be able to attend part-time and still graduate in 3-1/2 years. It was ideal.”

During Mark’s time at Pace, he excelled academically as well as in his involvement with the Pace community and student organizations. As a result of his high academic achievement, he was consistently on the Dean’s List, served as Executive Editor of the Pace International Law Review, and graduated cum laude with a certificate in International Law. To Mark, though, one of his best experiences was being involved with the Intellectual Property Student Organization. He started out as IPSO’s Treasurer and eventually became President. “It was the perfect organization for me to get involved with. It combined my past experiences in the marketing, advertising and branding world with new legal topics that I was studying such as trademarks and intellectual property. I was lucky enough to meet and work with some great people who helped me push the organization forward as we sought out alumni working in IP, compiled a list of all of the alumni that we could find in the field, and tried to connect them back with the law school.”

Recognizing the importance of getting your feet wet in a variety of areas, Mark pursued as many practical opportunities as he could. While at Pace, he was an intern for the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, a legal assistant with the law firm Worby Groner Edelman LLP, an intern with the World Intellectual Property Organization at the U.N., and a legal assistant with the New York State Office of the Attorney General. “I like to stay busy and continually meet new people; network. Each new opportunity for me was a step towards the next one.” During his final year-and-a-half at Pace, Mark worked at Pernod Ricard USA as a legal consultant, and this position stretched beyond his graduation.

Then, in July 2010, Mark joined a small law firm as an associate, reviewing and evaluating telecommunications real estate agreements for AT&T, editing and approving amendments, and drafting legal opinions related to landlord/tenant issues. Mark remained in this position for four years before launching a venture as a solo practitioner, focusing on his first passion, providing counsel surrounding branding, trademarks and social media. It was shortly after Mark hung out his own shingle that he was presented with an opportunity to join American Maritime Safety, Inc., based in White Plains, first as Director of Membership and Legal Services and now as Assistant General Counsel. In his current role, Mark conducts nationwide, on-site training classes for drug and alcohol testing plus sexual harassment. He also provides legal guidance to over 400 member companies regarding compliance with federal regulations impacting the maritime industry while also supervising staff. “I feel lucky to be in-house with such a large organization. Compliance is an interesting field on its own, but coupled with the maritime industry, it really keeps me on my toes. Plus I’m able to pursue a people-oriented aspect of this position with the training and public speaking that I do, which I really enjoy.”

Throughout Mark’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional life, what has remained most consistent, aside from his work ethic, is his passion for networking and connecting people. In 2011, Mark founded the Pace Law Alumni Network (P.L.A.N.). “My goal with P.L.A.N. was to connect Pace Law alumni with one another in a casual atmosphere. I’ve found that networking can lead to a great many opportunities, professionally and otherwise. So, we started holding these quarterly networking events back in 2011, alternating between White Plains and New York City. They’ve steadily grown in size, and now our attendance usually ranges between 30 and 70 people. We even have faculty attend, and Dean Yassky has become a familiar face.”

Not one for downtime, in 2013 Mark was added to the Pace Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and was recently elected as the incoming President. He will start his term in September 2017. “Among my goals as President will be to increase the Board’s visibility and to expand the lines of communication between the alumni population and the Board.”

Aside from the marketing, advertising, and the law, Mark has always had a passion for the outdoors. “Biking, swimming, kayaking, camping, I like to stay active and get outdoors whenever possible.” In 2014, Mark became a kayak and stand-up paddleboard instructor with L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School and recently achieved American Canoe Association certification in both disciplines. Mark lives in Mount Vernon with his wife Cathy, who works for Pace University in Pleasantville.

If Mark could give any advice to future and current law students, and alumni alike, it would be to network. “Keep making new connections and maintaining past ones. Networking is key in finding out what career will be right for you and then finding opportunities. Oh, and speaking of which, come to our next P.L.A.N. event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the back garden of Tuttles Bar & Grill at 735 2nd Avenue in New York City.”

*The P.L.A.N. Facebook group can be found here.

An Influential Education

Lauren Stabile, '09

Lauren Stabile (’09) graduated from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Fine Arts. In these areas of study, Lauren was able to develop her verbal and written communication skills, while simultaneously studying media, culture, and communication theory and analysis, using sociological, political, and historical frameworks. Additionally, throughout her undergraduate experience, Lauren was actively involved in the initiation and implementation of various community service programs. Then, after learning that she had accumulated enough credits in high school to graduate from NYU a year early, Lauren decided that a law degree, coupled with her enhanced communication skills, would aid her in pursuing a service-oriented career.

Lauren applied to and was accepted at Pace Law.  Immediately after beginning law school, Lauren immersed herself in a variety of opportunities, seeking out those that would be the best fit for her skill set and personality.  She was treasurer and then vice president of the Health Law Society, a Westlaw student representative, and a member of the Women’s Association of Law Students. Academically, Lauren excelled as Managing Editor of the Pace Environmental Law Review, and also earned her Environmental Law Certificate.  She was also a Dean’s Scholar, a recipient of an Academic Achievement Scholarship during the entirety of her time at Pace, and part of the 1L Land Use Honors Program.

While at Pace, Lauren thoroughly enjoyed her classes and formed positive relationships with many professors.  “It is difficult for me to pick a favorite professor because I was fortunate to have so many exceptional teachers and mentors while I was at Pace.  Each professor provided me with a different tool that helped me excel while I was at Pace and thereafter.”  Lauren pursued her interests in research, writing, and education, by working for two exceptional faculty members; Lauren applied and was chosen to be a Research Assistant for then Dean Michelle Simon and also for Professor Luis Chiesa.

After completing her first year of law school, during the summer of 2007, Lauren was a Judicial Intern with the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court in the 9th Judicial District right in White Plains.  In this position, she was responsible for drafting decisions emanating from probate proceedings, reviewing motions, pleadings, and performing research. “It was a very hands-on learning experience, with great mentors – I was lucky to have had this opportunity – particularly so early on.”

Presented with another opportunity, after completing the fall semester of her 2L year, Lauren began as a Charities Bureau legal extern with the New York State Office of the Attorney General.  It was a position that lasted from January through April and Lauren conducted extensive legal research and wrote memoranda on issues involving not-for-profit organizations and private foundations.

In her last summer as a law student, Lauren decided that she wanted to summer at a law firm, to counterbalance her public interest/government work.  Ultimately, she chose to spend a summer as an associate with Cuddy & Feder LLP.  While having a wonderful experience at this firm, by the end of that summer, Lauren realized that her passions remained with public interest/government work.

By the fall of 2008, Lauren was nearly certain of what she wanted to do post-graduation, so she applied to be a legal intern with the New York County District Attorney’s Office and was accepted. When Lauren graduated from Pace in May 2009, she attributed her steadfast knowledge of what she wanted to do to a specific Pace professor.  “No one was quite as influential as Professor Carol Barry.  Professor Barry’s Prosecution Externship Program allowed me to realize that my passions and skillset were best matched for prosecution and investigative work, and, with her support, I was able to leave Pace and start an incredibly gratifying career in these areas.”

After graduation, Lauren began her career with the prestigious New York County District Attorney’s Office. She spent the first five years of her career from 2009 through 2014 in the Trial Division.  While in a trial bureau, Lauren handled cases involving domestic violence, larcenies, narcotics, identity theft, and various other misdemeanor and felony matters.  While at the DA’s Office, Lauren was also selected to join the Sex Crimes Unit and from February 2014 until she left the DA’s office in March 2015, Lauren was appointed to join the Child Abuse Unit in the Special Victims Bureau.  In this role, Lauren investigated and prosecuted crimes involving serious physical and sexual abuse of children 13 years old or younger.  Throughout her time at the District Attorney’s Office, Lauren had a number of hearings and trials and honed her advocacy, case management, and investigative skills.  Lauren described her time as a prosecutor as, “Incredibly rewarding; I learned more than I could have ever imagined and worked with amazing people.”

In 2015, Lauren took an opportunity to rejoin her undergraduate alma mater, NYU.  She joined NYU as a Title IX Investigator for NYU’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), and was recently promoted to Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  In this capacity, Lauren is primarily responsible for investigating and overseeing matters pertaining to allegations of sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and dating/domestic violence, pursuant to the University policy. “I am really enjoying my role with NYU.  I am able to use my investigative background to look into allegations of misconduct. I also use the research, writing, and verbal skills that I honed at both NYU and Pace Law, on a daily basis, in multiple aspects of my job. Additionally, I get to serve my local community by developing and conducting prevention programs, educational workshops, and trainings, as well as participate in a variety of initiatives University-wide.”

Lauren notes that “there is so much you can do with a law degree.” Lauren is a great example - she went from an Assistant District Attorney to having a career in investigations and compliance within a University.  “If I could give advice to current and future Pace Law students, I would tell them that law school is challenging - particularly the first year.  I know this is common knowledge, but allow yourself to believe it, and do not let these obstacles discourage you.  Highs and lows are a part of the experience, but the time goes by quickly.  When it is over, you will walk away with treasured friendships, a powerful degree, and invaluable knowledge.”

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