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Death Penalty Worldwide (DPW) was founded in 2011 with the intent, among others, to provide “comprehensive, transparent data regarding death penalty laws and practices in the 93 countries and territories that retain capital punishment.”

The DPW website offers access to resources, papers, publications, and a death penalty searchable database. The basic search offers the option to narrow by country, region, or a method of execution. The advanced search offers more control over the search including the option to search by keyword or any of the available and collected country details, such as population, language, number of execution in a given year, what crime is punishable by death penalty, etc.

Additionally, the online platform also offers commentary on international legal issues, including, among others, access to courts, death row conditions, discrimination, due process, extradition, foreign nationals, innocence and wrongful convictions, mental illness, methods of execution, and women rights.

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IMG_1567The Pace Law Library and the Pace Law Library Archives are honored to present the #FlashBackFaculty display in the library lobby. As we prepare for our 37th Annual Graduation Ceremony on May 17, 2015, let’s take a moment and thank our wonderful faculty and staff! Stop by and check it out!

Links of Interest:

Special thanks go to Alyson Carney and Ann DiMaio for creating the display.

On May 5, 2015, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that New York is adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) effective with July 2016. Judge Lippman made the announcement during his annual Law Day address in the Court of Appeals Hall in Albany:

New York’s carefully considered decision to adopt the UBE is a huge step towards a national, uniform bar exam for the entire country. . . .  A nationally administered UBE is not only desirable but necessary for the mobile, interconnected society in which we live.

We live in a world where it is common for lawyers to switch jobs multiple times throughout their careers and relocate to different states . . . . The UBE makes it easier to become licensed and employed in a new jurisdiction. And lawyers who can more easily become licensed in multiple states are a tremendous asset.

Read more:

magnacartadisplayToday, May 1, 2015, is Law Day, and this year it marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Pace Law School will host the ABA/Library of Congress exhibit on the Magna Carta October 12-26, 2015. In preparation for the exhibit, Professor Nicholas Robinson unveiled a limited edition authorized copy issued in commemoration of its 800th anniversary, and gave the keynote address at Pace Law School’s National Law
Day Observance. He also displayed his personal copy of the first edition of Blackstone Commentaries on Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, published in 1759.

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In his address, titled Magna Carta – Your Rights, Your Legacy, Professor Robinson reminded us why the Magna Carta is still important today:

Magna Carta’s DNA marks every struggle to uphold honest governance. When today’s contentious battles about liberties are resolved and recede, tomorrow’s strivings for justice take center stage. The quest to live by the rule of law is likely to be eternal. Remembering what we humans together have achieved since 1215 emboldens us to keep approaching this receding horizon.

In addition to the exhibit, Pace Law Library will display a wide variety of books related to the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, and the Law School will host several lectures on its themes.

Related readings:

studyaidsAs the final exams are approaching and our students begin their preparations, we thought that the following list of the variety of study aids the library has might be helpful. Our collection includes Questions & Answers, Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series, Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics, Nutshells, and number of audio recordings. And don’t forget the collection of past exams available on Law Library Twen Course.

Please see our wonderful staff at circulation for information about check-outs!

We wish you good luck!

CDarrow exhibitOn Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm, the Pace Law School community was in for a treat: Prof. Bennett Gershman delivered a fantastic performance as Clarence Darrow. He fearlessly tackled a one-man play featuring “Darrow’s reminiscences about his career.” This play was created after Clarence Darrow’s death and originated on Broadway by Henry Fonda. Prof. Gershman encapsulated the very essence of Clarence Darrow, his work, his conviction and his legacy. He reminded us all about what law and law practice is all about. The event at Pace was greatly attended and all proceeds were donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Pace Law Library accompanied this great event by an exhibit dedicated to Clarence Darrow and his work. For those of you who missed it, the exhibit will stay on display it in the law library foyer. Come and check it out.

2010 Orientation 40The Pace Law Library offers Law in Film Collection to its patrons with borrowing privileges who may check these movies out at no charge for up to five days. The following are some of the recently added movies. The collection is located in the Student Lounge on the main level of the law library. Check it out!

Drama

Rounders (Miramax Films; Spanky Pictures; an Alliance Atlantis release; produced by Joel Stillerman and Ted Demme; written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman; directed by John Dahl) [PN1997 .R68 1998 DVD] – “Master poker player Mike gives up gambling for law school but is lured back into the game when his friend gets out of prison and is in over his head with a ruthless Russian card shark.”

Criminal Law

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (HBO Original production; directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) [HV6534.W47 P37 2005 DVD] – “Damien Echols is a teen who dresses in all black and listens to heavy metal. He and his two friends are accused of the murder of three little boys, and are instantly condemned by a retribution-hungry public.”

Brother’s Keeper (an American Playhouse Theatrical Films presentation; in association with Creative Thinking International; a Hand-To-Mouth production; a film by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) [HV6533.N4 B76 2003 DVD] – “the story of Ward Boys, four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world – until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day’s end, Delbert Ward “confessed” to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing – or was there another motive?”

The Informant! (Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Participant Media and Groundswell Productions, a Section Eight-Jaffe/Braunstein enterprise; produced by Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald; co-producer, Michael Polaire; screenplay by Scott Z. Burns; directed by Steven Soderbergh; executive producers, George Clooney, Jeff Skoll, Michael London) [PN1997.2 .I546 2010 DVD] – “The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. The FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.”

Environmental Law

Bananas!* (WG Film and Magic Hour Films present; in association with ITVS et al.; a WG Film production; producer, Margarete Jangård; a film by Fredrik Gertten) [KJE1639 .B36 2009 DVD] – “Los Angeles lawyer, Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez, is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.”

A forthcoming article in Buffalo Law Review examines the relationship between geographic location to major legal markets and law firm partnership:

This study is the first to comprehensively examine the relationship between law school attended and achieving partnership in the 100 largest American law firms. Seeking to address issues related to a previous study by Ted Seto, the extensive empirical analysis included in this paper is a critical and seminal addition to the increasingly visible debate regarding the value of a legal education, law school rankings, and the factors that should be considered by potential law students when choosing a law school to attend. Although this study does not attempt to provide an absolute answer to the question posited in the title, it does provide highly useful, objective information for those students considering law school while also providing information relevant to determining the relative economic value of law schools.

Pace Law School ranks #95. The executive summary of the article, titled Does Law School Still Make Economic Sense?: An Empirical Analysis of “Big” Law Firm Partnership Prospects and the Relationship to Law School Attended and authored by Edward S. Adams and Samuel P. Engel, is available here.

Related reading:

Delece Smith-Barrow, Consider How a Law School’s Location Can Affect Your Job Prospects, U.S. News & World Report, Apr. 13, 2015.

Pace Law School hosted its annual Louis V. Fasulo 1L Moot Court Competition on the weekend of March 28-29, 2015. Over 160 first year law students and over 100 Judges participated in this exciting event. The students argued the merits of a fictitious case Petrillo v. Rooks, No. 14-85FD (W.D. Ala. Nov. 17, 2014) at the fictitious Thirteenth Circuit – the subject of their 1L brief – concerning two issues:

  1. Whether Rev. Rooks was a servant or employee of the defendants (BMCC and Rev. Yun) acting within the scope of his employment when he persuaded Mrs. Petrillo (member of the church’s congregation) to invest in Rook’s private B&R business, or whether the defendants were negligent in hiring and supervising Rev. Rooks; and
  2. Whether, in any event, the litigation, adjudication, and potential award of any relief to Mrs. Petrillo would violate both the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment, and thus precluding Mrs. Petrillo from recovery.

Professors Carol Barry, Alissa Bauer, Francis Carroll, Vicky Gannon, Tamar Gribetz, Lucie Olejnikova, Cynthia Pittson, Margaret R. Smith, Diane Webster, Gail Whittemore, and Peter Widulski worked with and guided the students throughout the spring semester in writing their first appellate brief and in their preparation for their first oral argument. The students were presented with challenging questions from great and lively panels of experienced Judges and attorneys.

The comradery and the intensity of the competition provided for a stimulating weekend. After Saturday’s preliminary rounds, the top 64 students advanced to the next round and argued on Sunday. Congratulations to the top 64: Matthew Arpino, Britny Auletti, Wojciech Balakier, Thomas Baroni, Emily Bendana, Desiree Berger, Christin Brown, Monica Calderon, Angelica Cancel, Nicholas Chabert, Amelia Christian, Leonard Cohen, Samantha Colon, Brianna Ciuffi, Thomas DeGrace, Deanna DiCaprio, Regina DiOrio, Alexandra Dobles, Robyn Downing, Brian Dwyer, Michael Fortini, Christina Fuhrman, Alyssa Fulginiti, Kathleen Fulton, Michael Giannini, Yelena Gordiyenko, Tyson Lord Gray, Andrew Gruna, Ashley Hausmann, Samantha Hazen, Hannah Hollingsworth, Kristin Jung, Bryan Kelly, Haseeb Khan, Luis Leon, Michael Liik, James Logan, Wilfredo Lopez, Alexander Lowell, Nicole Maguire, Sarah Main, Michael Manchester, Craig Manolas, Michael Marchman, Christopher McClain, Jordan Montoya, Michael Moore, Joseph Moravec, Adrienne Novak, Christina Oddo Andrea Oosgod, Daniela Parra, Rachel Partington, Kara Paulsen, Daniel Plaia, Melissa Reitberg, Richard Roman, Jeanine Ruggerio, Kevin Sheehan, Lisa Shiderly, Christopher Smith, Frank Smith, Benjamin Sonnenfeldt, Emily Svenson, Samantha Tooma, Shivani Trivedi, Alyse Velger, Eli Wagschal, Elizabeth Wanyo, and Kirsten Yerger.

The students argued well in the advanced rounds making it difficult for the Judges to choose the top 32. Nevertheless, the following are this year’s top 32: Christin Brown, Monica Calderon, Angelica Cancel, Briana Ciuffi, Leonard Cohen, Regina DiOrio, Robyn Downing, Michael Fortini, Alyssa Fulginiti, Yelena Gordiyenko, Tyson Lord Gray, James Logan, Wilfredo Lopez, Alexander Lowell, Nicole Maguire, Sara Main, Michael Manchester, Craig Manolas, Christopher McClain, Andrea Osgood, Kara Paulsen, Daniel Plaia, Melissa Reitberg, Richard Roman, Jeanine Ruggerio, Lisa Shiderly, Benjamin Sonnenfeldt, Shivani Trivedi, Alyse Velger, Eli Wagschal, Elizabeth Wanyo, and Kristin Yerger.

1L spring2015 top8 CP1The top 32 argued very well making it challenging for the Judges to pick the top 8. However, Monica Calderon, Angelica Cancel, Tyson Lord Gray, James Logan, Wilfredo Lopez, Christopher McClain, Andrea Osgood, and Kristin Yerger rightfully earned their spot in the top 8 final round.

The final eight students did a superb job in the final round making it an exciting event for the Judges and the spectators. Kristin Yerger won the competition as Best Advocate and received a $1000 Pieper Bar Review Certificate; Tyson Lord Gray placed second receiving an $800 Pieper Bar Review Certificate; and Christopher McClain won third place receiving a $500 Pieper Bar Review Certificate.

Special Thanks to Loretta Musial, Prof. Louis V. Fasulo, the Judges, the 1L Legal Skills Professors for their work with the first year class and for coming to support the students at this event, Pieper Bar Review for donating the first, second, and third gift certificates prizes, Dean David Yassky, Chartwell Food Services for providing refreshments throughout the day, and the members of the Moot Court Honor Board, including Cassandra Castellano, CJ Croll, Bianca Francois, Arthur Miller, Catherine Peña, Andrea Rodricks, and Michael Pesin-Virovets, among others, who once again put on an excellent event.

Congratulations to Kristin Yerger, Tyson Lord Gray, Christopher McClain and James Logan on this wonderful achievement!

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. 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 available only if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer (a summer associate position is 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 gives full access to students graduating in May 2015 through the end of July 2015. The Lexis Law School Graduate Program allows graduating students to apply for free extended access to Lexis Advance through the end of December 2015. Graduates working for a public interest organization may sign up for the Lexis ASPIRE Program, which permits job-related access to Lexis Advance for the duration of the public interest work.

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

Westlaw allows graduating students to extend access while studying for the bar by registering for its Grad Program. Registered May graduates will retain access to Westlaw for a limited number of hours through November. Graduates  also retain access to a number of career-related databases for 18 months following graduation.

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