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Carlisle, Halpern & Centone CPLR Update 2014 is scheduled for Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 6:00 – 8:30 PM and will take place in the Moot Court Room, Law Library on Pace Law School Campus in White Plains. Attendees will earn 2.5 practice CLE credits at no charge! Come and join Profs. Jay Carlisle and Anthony Centone, Esq., and Philip Halpern, a Partner in Collier, Halpern, Newberg, Nolletti & Bock, LLP as they discuss new CPLR developments in New York.

This CLE event is free of charge but requires registration. Click here to register.

Visit the Pace Law School CLE for information on upcoming CLE programs. For more information, contact Kathleen Carlisle at kcarlisle@law.pace.edu.


To follow up on our earlier post, titled Legal Writing: How Many Spaces After a Period?, Daily Writing Tips blog outlines the historical perspective of this question in its newest blog post, One or Two Spaces After a Period?, written by Maeve Maddox. The author looks at the history of writing in an attempt to find out where did the ‘two space after period’ come from. The author further references two articles on this topic that document the evolution of the spacing convention: How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate, by David Brickert and Why Two Spaces After a Period Isn’t Wrong, by a writer at Heraclitean River.

So, ‘Do you put one or two spaces after a period?’ The answer, according to present-day conventions: one space.

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2014teamOur Congratulations go to the Pace 2014 Estrella Trial Advocacy Team that advanced to semi-final round and placed third overall. The second annual Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC) was held on April 5-6, 2014 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The competition was established by George Washington School of Law in cooperation with Estrella LLC, a Puerto Rican general practice firm. This year’s competition problem involved a negligence action brought by Ms. Jamie Markel against her employer, Home Supply Center. Ms. Markel alleged that he was sexually assaulted by her coworker as a result of her employer’s negligence. Erica Gilerman (3L), Nicole Murdocca (3L), Christopher O’Brien (3L), and Matthew Pellegrine (3L) represented Pace Law School at the competition. Erica and Christopher represented the defendant, Home Supply Center, and Nicole and Matthew argued on behalf of the plaintiff, Ms. Markel. The team was coached by Keith Sullivan of Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, and Professor Louis V. Fasulo.

In the preliminary rounds, Pace faced off against South Dakota Law School as well as George Mason Law School. After going undefeated, Pace advanced to the semi-finals along with Georgetown, Southern Illinois, and UCLA. Pace was the highest placing team from New York, outlasting teams such as Brooklyn, Fordham, and St. John’s Law Schools. Pace Law School placed third overall after falling to Southern Illinois in a 2-1 split decision. The team and coaches were honored to have the opportunity to represent Pace Law School in this competition and to explore the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

Congratulations to Erica, Nicole, Christopher, and Matthew for a great performance!

voir dire team photo 1Our Congratulations go to the First Pace Voir Dire Team that placed fifth overall at the Kansas City Show Me Challenge National Voir Dire Tournament and brought home Outstanding Voir Dire Award!  On April 4-6, 2014, Jon Panico (3L), Chrisopher Schweitzer (3L), Ellen Zhang (3L), and the team’s coach Professor Eylan Schulman (the first time Professor Schulman has coached a Pace team) represented Pace Law School in the Kansas City’s Show Me Challenge National Voir Dire Tournament held at the University of Missouri, MO. This was the first time Pace has competed in this unique competition that has teams competing in jury selection, second seating, and delivering an opening statement. This year’s problem involved a man charged with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly hit and killed a boy while being intoxicated and on a cell phone when operating a vehicle. The team went 2-1 in the three preliminary rounds against Campbell University Law School, Mississippi College School of Law, and Baylor Law School. After several tie-breakers, the team narrowly missed out on advancing to the quarter-finals, placing 5th out of the competing 16 teams. Christopher Schweitzer (3L) received an Outstanding Voir Dire Award for his perfect score in the last round, and a near perfect opening statement score in a previous round.

energy team photoOur Congratulations go to the 2014 Pace Energy Team that advanced to the Elite 8 at the Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition!  Over the weekend of March 29-30, 2014, Pace Law School sent two teams to the Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition in Morgantown, WV, hosted by West Virginia University. Michael DiCato (3L) and Andrea Rodricks (2L) made up one team, while Levan Thomas (2L) and Ellen Liang (2L) were members of the second team. Andrea Cerbin, staff attorney at the Pace Energy and Climate Center, coached the two teams, with Ellen Zhang (3L) assisting as a student coach. This year’s problem included complex Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act issues with a related common law nuisance issue. The two teams went up against schools including American, Notre Dame, and Duquesne, who ultimately won the competition. Michael and Andrea advanced all the way to the Elite 8, losing by a single point to the team that had the overall best oralist.

It is the time again when we share with you the new additions to our Law in Film Collection. This collection of DVDs is located in the library’s Student Lounge  and offers a variety of films and documentaries. All Pace patrons with borrowing privileges may check our movies out for up to five days at no charge. Come and check it out for yourself.


To Kill a Mockingbird (Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions picture; directed by Robert Mulligan; produced by Alan J. Pakula) [PN1997 .T65 1998 DVD] – “The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him– except the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.”

Oral Advocacy

The First Monday in October: A Mock Supreme Court Argument: Affirmative Action in College Admission: Is It Still Constitutional? – Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Office of the Appellate Defender) [KF4755.5 F567 2012 DVD] – Based on a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which the petitioner was denied admission to the University because of race. At issue before the Mock Supreme Court is whether the University’s race-conscious admissions policy violates the Equal Protection Clause.

Advocacy and the Art of Storytelling (John D. Mooy, introduction by John Shepard) [KF8915.A2 M66 2005 DVD] – Educational documentary outlining the art of story telling in oral advocacy.

Making the Oral Argument: The View from the Inside Out (Maureen E. Mahoney, E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., John G. Roberts, Jr., Hon. Gregory Kellam Scott, Hon. Kenneth W. Starr, Sanfor (Sandy) Svetcov, Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha) [KF8870 .M35 1996 DVD] - A presentation of the American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education and the Section of Litigation in cooperation with the Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference.

International Law

Hannah Arendt  (Heimat Film; directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by Pam Katz, Margarethe von Trotta; produced by Bettina Brokemper, Johannes Rexin) [PN1997.2 .H36 2013 DVD] - A biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils, introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, the director von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.

The Act of Killing (a film by Joshua Oppenheimer; produced by Final Cut for Real ApS; directed by Joshua Oppenheimer; produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen; executive producers, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, André Singer, Joram ten Brink, Torstein Grude, Bjarte Mørner Tveit) [HV6322.3.I5 A283 2014 DVD] – An examination of the murder of political dissidents in Indonesia by government sponsored death squads in the years following the military coup in 1965, in which the filmmakers were successful in persuading those responsible to reenact the killings for the camera in the fashion of American movies.

Environmental Law

Sonatas of the Soil (Lily Films presents; directed, produced and written by Deborah Koons Garcia) [S596 .S663 2012 DVD] – 2 volume short film featuring number of experts in the area of organic farming, soil management and ecology, and agriculture.

Symphony of the Soil (a film by Lily Films; directed, produced and written by Deborah Koons Garcia) [S596 .S96 2012 DVD] – “Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.”

Dirt! (Common Ground Media, Inc. presents a film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow; produced by Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, Eleonore Dailly; directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow; co-director, Eleonore Dailly) [S591 .D57 2009 DVD] - Featuring live action and animation, this movie examines the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.

Carbo₂n Nation (directed by Peter Byck) [QC981.8.G56 C37 2011 DVD] – “A documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.”

Blackfish (Magnolia Pictures; CNN Films; Our Turn Productions presents a film by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; produced by Manny O Productions; directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; produced by Manuel V. Oteyza; written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres) [SF408.6.K54 B53 2013 DVD] - A discussion on the keeping of intelligent creatures in captivity. Employs the story of Tilikum, the notorious performing whale who, unlike orcas in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.

The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life (a film by Andreas M. Dalsgaard) [HT166 .H86 2012 DVD] - 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. This documentary film meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.

Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (Electron Project presents a film by Rebirth Productions and the Press & the Public Project, Inc. in association with Gallant Films, Naked Edge Films, Steven Latham Productions; directed by Robbie Gemmel, John Kirby) [HD9502.5.W554 C374 2012 DVD] - ”An American Power Struggle tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over what would be America’s largest clean energy project. Cape Wind was slated to be the U.S.’s first offshore windfarm… But strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power.”

The Hungry Tide (Screen Australia, SBS Australia in association with Screen NSW present; a Tom Zubrycki film; director and producer, Tom Zubrycki) [DU615 .H86 2011 DVD] - Examines the effect of climate change and the resulting rise in sea level and increasing salinity on the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Exposes the global inequalities driving global warming through the life and work of Maria Tiimon, who advocates for the rights of Pacific Islanders, and explores the deteriorating conditions that threaten the people and culture of Kiribati as they plan for a time when they no longer have a nation.

The Last Ocean (directed & filmed by Peter Young) [SH351.P38 L37 2012 DVD] - ”The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth. Scientists describe it as a “living laboratory.” A place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems. But the fishing industry recently found its way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic toothfish and, unless fishing is stopped, the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. Environmentalists, commercial fishers and governments are going head to head over this issue, which raises the simple ethical question: do we fish the last ocean or do we protect it?”


The Untold History of the United States (written by Peter Kuznick, Matt Graham, Oliver Stone; directed by Oliver Stone) [E741 .U58 2014 DVD] – “Twelve-chapter documentary series, created and executive produced by Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone. Do Americans really know and understand the country’s shared and complicated history? How are the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America’s past recalled? Will children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of the country?”

WRITTEN BY: Prof. Louis V. Fasulo, Kristen Carroll (’14)and Catherine Peña (’15)

Pace Law School hosted the First Annual Louis V. Fasulo Moot Court Competition on the weekend of March 29-30, 2014. Over 160 first year students and 100 Judges participated. The students argued the merits of the case of Dimitri Christov v. Life Renewal, Inc., the subject of their 1L brief. Professors Peter Widulski, Danielle Shalov, Margaret Smith, Francis Carroll, Tamar Gribetz, Carol Barry, Diane Webster, Vicky Gannon, Lucie Olejnikova, Cynthia Pittson, Taryn Rucinski, and Gail Whittemore guided the students and prepared them for their presentations. The students were presented with questions from a great panel of experienced judges and attorneys.

The comradery and the intensity of the competition provided for a stimulating weekend. After the first round the top 64 students competed on Sunday in the quest for top oralist. The students who competed in the advanced rounds were Alanna Moulds, Albert Vetere, Alexander Cirocco, Amanda Torres, Ancy Thomas, Antoinette Luciano, Ashley Kersting, Benjamin Campos, Bianca Olliver, Brad Landau, Briana Costa, Brianne Cunningham, Brielle Emhof, Brittany Patane, Brittany Richardson, Bryan Byrne, Cassandra Castellano, Cassandra Papandrew, David Rullo, Drew Gamils, Drew Levinson, Eileen Henry, Elizabeth Perreca, Eric Paulk, Eve Lincoln, Gavin Strube, Jaclyn Halk, Jennifer Robinson, Jessica Milnar, John Kolesar, Jonathan Rogoff, Josh Kauffman, Julie Hwang, Justin Baxter, Katherine Fielder, Kathryn O’Connell, Kenneth Walk, Kevin Diffley, Krista Callaghan, Kyle Pirog, Lauren Enea, Lauren Fitton, Malini Dhanraj, Margaret Lee, Mariae Gubenko, Marlon Bryan, Matthew Farnworth, Michael Chiaramonte, Michael Pesin-Virovets, Michael Sargo, Michelle Greaux, Michelle Greco, Morgann McCarthy, Naomi Singh, Nicole Wiitala, Nigyar Alieva, Nina Lee, Paul Artemeou, Peter Garcia, Pooja Shah, Rebecca Arbolino, Robert Bell, Robert Foster, Robert Palmer, Ryan Krebs, Ryan Meldrun, Sara Girgis, Sharleen Araula, Stellina Napolitano, Stephanie Paeprer, Susi Yanez, Suzanne Englot, Tatiana Rugel, Timothy O’Hara, Victoria Wagnerman, Vittoria Fiorenza, Wesley Dyer, and Zachary Oliva.

The quarter-final round of 32 students included Zachary Oliva, Alanna Moulds, Alexander Cirocco, Drew Levinson, Krista Callaghan, Susi Yanez, Vittoria Fiorenza, Stellina Napolitano, Eve Lincoln, Ashley Kersting, Sharleen Araula, Julie Hwang, Lauren Enea, Nigyar Alieva, Brianne Cunningham, Kathryn O’Connell, Bryan Byrne, Cassandra Castellano, Tatiana Rugel, Jaclyn Halk, Drew Gamils, Nina Lee, Pooja Shah, Ancy Thomas, Brittany Patane, Cassandra Papandrew, Brittany Richardson, Elizabeth Perreca, Amanda Torres, Robert Foster, Ryan Krebs, and Michael Pesin-Virovets.

The top 32 argued well and made it a difficult job for the judges to pick the top 16. However, Alexander Cirocco, Amanda Torres, Ancy Thomas, Brianne Cunningham, Brittany Richardson, Bryan Byrne, Cassandra Castellano, Elizabeth Perreca, Eve Lincoln, Lauren Enea, Nina Lee, Ryan Krebs, Sharleen Araula, Susi Yanez, Vittoria Fiorenza and Zachary Oliva earned their spot in the top 16 semi-final round.

The final four, Cassandra Castellano, Brittany Richardson, Brianne Cunningham and Nina Lee, did a fabulous job making it an exciting final. Cassandra Castellano won the competition as Best Advocate and received a $1000 Barbri Bar Review Certificate. Brittany Richardson won second place and received an $800 Barbri Bar Review Certificate. Brianna Cunningham won third place and received a $500 Barbri Bar Review Certificate.

The highlight of the weekend was the presentation by Professor Jill Gross, Director of Legal Skills, to Professor Louis Fasulo. Professor Fasulo was honored earlier this year by the senior faculty naming the competition in his honor. On Saturday the Legal Skills Professors, along with Professor Gross, honored Professor Fasulo (83’) with cider and cake as a formal celebration of his continuous efforts as Director of Advocacy Programs at the Law School.

Special Thanks goes to Loretta Musial, Professor Louis Fasulo, the 1L Legal Skills Writing and Research faculty for coming to support the students, Barbri for donating the gift certificates, Dean Simon, Chartwell Food Services, Kristen Carroll, Patrick Williams, Ellen Zhang, Catherine Peña, the Moot Court Honor Board members, and our Dean David Yassky, who was able to attend on Saturday.

Congratulations to Cassandra Castellano, Brittany Richardson, Brianne Cunningham and Nina Lee on this great achievement!

Federal District Court Judge Kenneth M. Karras gave a rousing victory to the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic last Friday, as he issued an order granting summary judgment in favor to their clients in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Water Transfers Rule.  In  the consolidated cases of Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. v. EPA (08-CV-5606) and New York v. EPA (08-CV-8430), the court in a 116-page decision issued March 28th, vacated the rule finding that the EPA failed to provide a reasonable explanation for the law as its purpose appeared to contravene the pollution prevention tenents of the Clean Water Act.  Of particular note, two Pace clinic students, Edward Teyber and Connor Walline, were granted permission to appear on behalf of Environmental Plaintiffs and participated in oral argument pursuant to a Student Practice Rule on December 19, 2013.

Our Congratulations go to the 2014 Pace ICC Team that advanced to the semi-final round at the regional round of the International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition! The North American regional round of the ICC Moot Court Competition was held at Pace Law School on the weekend of March 8 – 9, 2014. Professor Matt Brotmann, the Director of the Competition, once again did an excellent job of organizing and hosting the competition, with the dedicated assistance of student coordinators Carrie Irvin, Rachel Sullivan, and Kee Moe Thi Han.

The 2014 Pace ICC team, comprising of Richard DePonto (3L co-captain), Alexandra Ashmont (3L co-captain), Patrick Dowdle (3L), Catherine Peña (2L), and Amanda Ibrahim (2L) and coached by Prof. Peter Widulski, advanced to the semi-final round, after finishing the preliminary rounds ahead of such schools as Yale and Columbia. In preparing for the competition, the Pace ICC Team received excellent support from and would like to thank Professors Tom McDonnell, Sasha Greenawalt, and Lucie Olejnikova, Pace alumn and former team member Allison Kline (’13), and current student and former team member Kristen Carroll (’14).

Information on summer access to Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw for students who are NOT graduating in May:

Lexis has no restrictions on use over the summer, and you do not have to do anything to extend your password.

Bloomberg Law has no restrictions on use over the summer, and you do not have to do anything to extend your password.

Westlaw requires that you extend your password for the summer to have full access to Westlaw. There is a big banner on www.lawschool.westlaw.com promoting password extension. If you don’t extend your password, you will only have access to Westlaw for 10 hours in June and 10 hours in July.

Summer password extension is only available if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer (a summer associate position is still not considered a permissible use). Permissible uses include:

  • Summer classes / study abroad
  • Law review and journal, including write-on competitions
  • Moot court
  • Research assistant positions
  • Unpaid internships / externships

Information on access to Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw for students who ARE graduating in May:

Lexis offers graduating students a Graduate Program ID that extends your access beyond graduation. Information about the program is available here.

Bloomberg Law allows access to graduating students for six months after graduation. You do not need to do anything to extend your access.

Westlaw sent an email to graduating students about its Grad Elite program. Graduating students can extend their passwords to enjoy the same level of access to Westlaw as they did as students for up to six months after graduation, through November 30, 2014.

You must complete a short survey in order to extend your password. Once you complete the survey, you will be taken to the screen that allows for the extension of your password.

If you did not receive the email, you can take these steps:

  1. Log onto lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click “Rewards”
  3. Click “My Messages”
  4. Look for the extension email with link in the inbox (If not in the inbox, click “Deleted/Archived Items” and the email should be there.)

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