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We are pleased to announce the prize winners for our 2014 Pace Law Library orientation scavenger hunt. The winners have all been informed via their Pace email accounts. Winners may pick up your prize at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library, and we ask that you present your Pace ID when you come in to pick it up.

Thanks to all for participating in the scavenger hunt.

$50 Amazon Gift Card (donated by Lexis)

  • Britny Auletti
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Katrina Koerner
  • Marisa Michaelsen

Black’s Law Dictionary 4th pocket edition (donated by Westlaw)

  • Roshanica Cassie
  • Lenny Cohen
  • GianCarlo Cullaro
  • Courtney Day
  • Alicia Neal
  • Ashley Stilson

$10 Starbucks Gift Card (donated by Bloomberg BNA)

  • Cassandra Castorino
  • Samantha Colon
  • Francheska Martinez
  • Christina Oddo
  • Jeshica Patel

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has recently announced some changes being made to its PACER database.

On August 11, a change was made to the PACER architecture in preparation for the implementation of the next generation of the judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. NextGen CM/ECF replaces the older CM/ECF system and provides improvements for users, including a single sign-on for PACER and NextGen CM/ECF. As a result of these architectural changes, the locally developed legacy case management systems in the five courts listed below are now incompatible with PACER; therefore, the judiciary is no longer able to provide electronic access to the closed cases on those systems. The dockets and documents in these cases can be obtained directly from the relevant court. All open cases, as well as any new filings, will continue to be available on PACER.

Courts affected by this change have updated their websites providing information on how users can now request docket information that has been removed from PACER. Here is the list:

We are happy to announce that Pace law students can now reserve Law Library study rooms using an online reservation system. Along with the new online system, we are instituting new study room reservation policies which will make it easier for you to make a reservation:

  • Each student is entitled to reserve 2 hours of study room space per day.
  • Reservations are accepted by the system on a first come, first served basis.
    • Use your @law.pace.edu email address when making a reservation.
    • When you receive an email confirmation request, you must reply to this email and confirm the reservation within 30 minutes or the room will not be held for you.
  • Cancellations: Students who need to cancel a study room reservation must do so at least one hour before the starting time for that reservation. Reservations that are not cancelled at least 1 hour before the starting time for the reservation count toward the 2 hours of study room time available to each student on that day.


The new system will accept reservations only during the Law Library’s regular business hours. At all other times, Pace law students are welcome to use the study rooms, but will not be able to reserve them. The system is mobile optimized, so all students may use their mobile phones to reserve a study room. The Circulation Desk is no longer making study room reservations. We know that returning students are used to calling the Circulation Desk to reserve study rooms, and we look forward to helping everyone to transition over to the new online reservation system.

Reluctantly admitting, the summer is coming to an end and the fall semester is approaching fast. Pace Law School community is preparing to welcome its Fall 2014 incoming class next week and looks forward to another successful year working with new and returning students. Law School is a new and exciting experience and the Law Library collects materials that help students navigate these new waters. The following is a list of resources available at Pace Law Library providing guidance on analyzing case law, succeeding on a law school exam, academic writing, law review competition, succeeding in the first year, and more.

Check out the following (all available at Pace Law Library): 

As you come closer to the end of the first semester, you will start preparing for final exams. To help you study, the library has an extensive collection of the following materials:

  • Strategies and Tactics by Walton and Emanuel
  • Strategies and Tactics by Finz
  • Questions and Answers Series
  • Examples and Answers Series
  • Hornbooks, Nutshells, and Understanding Series

Additionally, the US News recently published an article titled 7 Tips for Surviving the First Week of Law School by Shawn P. O’Connor (Aug. 18, 2014) and the Pace Law Library has its own Guide to First-Year Law Students

Good Luck, Learn a Lot, and Enjoy Yourselves!

On August 13, 2014, Pace Law Library was honored to host a three member delegation from the High School of Justice, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, one of the premier training centers for judges. The Director of the High School, the Deputy Director and the Head of Administration expressed their goal to ‘enrich and modernize’ their library.

Georgian Delegation VisitThe delegation toured the library with a focus on our impressive human rights collection, print and digital. The group discussed the relevant portions of our collection development policy and cooperation with publishers and vendors when purchasing new acquisitions. The presentation, over lunch, comprised of an overview of library’s services including our Digital Commons depository (faculty publications, law reviews, and thesis and dissertations), our extensive collection of subject specific research guides, the library’s overall online presence, and a short overview of additional services, including faculty liaison program, research assistants training, and our online reference system. The visit concluded with an overview of our technical services with a special focus on the functionality of the library catalog in its public and staff modes.

We thank the Georgian delegation for their visit and look forward to our continuous cooperation!

Below please find a list of select environmental reports published in July 2014.

Congressional Research Service Reports

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

National Academies Press

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

  • UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment  (2014)

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)

World Bank

World Resources Institute


Polar Oceans Gov.jpgPolar Oceans Governance In an Era of Environmental Change Polar Oceans Governance is a 354 page text edited by Tim Stephens of the University of Syndey and David L. VanderZwaag of Dalhousie University. This book examines changing governance schemes in the polar oceans. The work is divided into five parts: 1) environmental change; 2) geostrategic dynamics; 3) resources, environment, sovreignty and jurisdiction-bipolar perspectives; 4) developing national and foreign policy responses; and 5) the future of polar oceans governance. Footnotes are included in each chapter and an Index is provided for ease of use.



Ice and water : politics, peoples, and the Arctic Council / John English ; general editors Margaret MacMillan and Robert Bothwell

Polar oceans governance in an era of environmental change / edited by Tim Stephens, Faculty of law, University of Sydney, Australia; David L. VanderZwaag, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada


Animal cruelty and freedom of speech : when worlds collide / Abigail Perdue and Randall Lockwood


Governing the climate : new approaches to rationality, power and politics / edited by Johannes Stripple, Lund University; Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University

The fragmentation of global climate governance : consequences and management of regime interactions / Harro van Asselt, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Justice for future generations : climate change and international law / Peter Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia


Romancing the wild : cultural dimensions of ecotourism / Robert Fletcher


Traveling the power line : from the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy / Julianne Couch


Exploring green criminology : toward a green criminological revolution / Michael J. Lynch, Paul B. Stretesky


Balancing on a planet : the future of food and agriculture / David A. Cleveland


Improving global environmental governance : best practices for architecture and agency / [edited by] Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen, Peter M. Haas


Courts, codes, and custom : legal tradition and state policy toward international human rights and environmental law / Dana Zartner


Environmental law / Steven Ferrey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School


A window on eternity : a biologist’s walk through Gorongosa National Park / Edward O. Wilson ; photographs by Piotr Naskrecki


Water law and cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris region : a comparative and interdisciplinary approach / edited by Aysegül Kibaroglu, Adele J. Kirschner, Sigrid Mehring, Rüdiger Wolfrum


FukushimaFukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster Fukushima is a 309 page text authored by David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists. This book discusses the nuclear accident that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in March of 2011. The text focuses on the political and scientific background of the incident as well as the far reaching policy implications that the disaster has had all over the world.  Notes and References and an Index are available for ease of use.



Urban air quality in Europe / volume editor, Mar Viana ; with contributions by F. Amato [and forty-two others]

New trends in emission control in the European Union / Jerzy Merkisz, Jacek Pielecha, Stanislaw Radzimirski


Bioenergy from wood : sustainable production in the tropics / Thomas Seifert, editor


Animal cruelty : a multidisciplinary approach to understanding / edited by Mary P. Brewster, Cassandra L. Reyes

Animal law in Australasia : continuing the dialogue / editors, Peter Sankoff, Steven White, Celeste Black


The politics of climate change negotiations : strategies and variables in prolonged international negotiations / Christian Downie (Regulatory Institutions Network, the Australian National University)

Adaptation to climate change in Asia / edited by Sushil Vachani and Jawed Usmani


Fukushima : the story of a nuclear disaster / David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and The Union of Concerned Scientists

Asia-Pacific disaster management : comparative and socio-legal perspectives / Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage, editors

Gender, development and disasters / Sarah Bradshaw


Contested ecologies : dialogues in the south on nature and knowledge / edited by Lesley Green

Reclaiming American cities : the struggle for people, place, and nature since 1900 / Rutherford H. Platt


Education and the environment : creating standards-based programs in schools and districts / Gerald A. Lieberman


Food consumption in China : the revolution continues / Zhang-Yue Zhou, Hongbo Liu and Lijuan Cao


Challenges and opportunities for the world’s forests in the 21st century / Trevor Fenning, editor


Forests of Iran : a treasure from the past, a hope for the future / Khosro Sagheb Talebi, Toktam Sajedi, Mehdi Pourhashemi

Our National River Ganga : lifeline of millions / Rashmi Sanghi, editor


Global governance of genetic resources : access and benefit sharing after the Nagoya Protocol / edited by Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal


Carbon pricing : early experience and future prospects / edited by John Quiggin, the University of Queensland, Australia, David Adamson, the University of Queensland, Australia, Daniel Quiggin, Georgia State University, USA


A legislative history of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended together with a section-by-section index / prepared by the Environmental Policy Division of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for the Committee on Public Works, U.S. Senate


Marine policy : an introduction to governance and international law of the oceans / Mark Zacharias


Paying the polluter : environmentally harmful subsidies and their reform / edited by Frans H. Oosterhuis and Patrick ten Brink


Property law and social morality / Peter M. Gerhart, Case Western Reserve University School of Law


Sustainable urban water environment : climate, pollution and adaptation / Ashantha Goonetilleke, Tan Yigitcanlar, Godwin A. Ayoko and Prasanna Egodawatta

Healthy cities : public health through urban planning / Chinmoy Sarkar, Chris Webster, and John Gallacher


The right(s) to water : the multi-level governance of a unique human right / Pierre Thielbörger

Securing water and wastewater systems : global experiences / Robert M. Clark, Simon Hakim, editors



The once and future Great Lakes country : an ecological history / John L. Riley


Environmental sustainability issues in the South Texas-Mexico border region / David Ramirez, Jianhong Ren, Kim D. Jones, Harriet Lamm, editors


A recent decision by Southern District Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein analogizes emails accounts to computer hard drives, permitting seizure of an entire email account by a law enforcement agency with a warrant in a money-laundering investigation.

Judge Gorenstein’s decision is at odds with decisions by federal district courts in D.C. (In the Matter of the Search of Information Associated With [redacted]@mac.com that Is Stored at Premises Controlled by Apple, 2014 WL 1377793 (D.D.C. April 7, 2014)) and Kansas (In the Matter of Applications for Search Warrants for Information Associated with Target Email Accounts/Skype Accounts, 2013 WL 4647554 (D. Kan. Aug. 27, 2013).) In both cases, the courts found the warrants overbroad. In the D.C. case, the judge declined to issue a warrant for seizure of the entire email account on probable cause grounds. In the Kansas case, the court refused to issue the warrant because it was too broad and did not limit the seizure to email specific to the crimes charged.

Judge Gorenstein said

The need to permit the Government to examine electronic materials off-site rather than require it to conduct an on-site search is most obviously demonstrated in the case of a search of a computer hard disk drive (“hard drive”), which is the part of a computer that actually stores files and documents. In the context of suppression motions, courts have routinely upheld the seizure or copying of hard drives and other storage devices in order to effectuate a proper search for the categories of documents or files listed in a warrant.

We perceive no constitutionally significant difference between the searches of hard drives just discussed and searches of email accounts. Indeed, in many cases, the data in an email account will be less expansive than the information that is typically contained on a hard drive. Therefore, we believe the case law we have cited concerning searches of hard drives and other storage media supports the Government’s ability to access an entire email account in order to conduct a search for emails within the limited categories contained in the warrant.

The case is In the Matter of a Warrant for All Content and Other Information Associated With the Email Account xxxxxxx@Gmail.com Maintained at Premises Controlled by Google, 14 Mag. 309, S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2014.

Additional reading:

Pace Law School hosted the Annual First Year Louis V. Fasulo Moot Court Competition for the January Start Class on July 9th and 10th, 2014. About 40 lawyers and judges participated as judges for the competition. The students were well prepared and the heat of the evening matched the heat of the competition courtrooms. The arguments were well reasoned, enthusiastically presented and persuasively delivered.

The students argued the merits of a criminal case People v. Gorman, authored by Prof. Peter Widulski, involving two issues: 1) sufficiency of evidence supporting jury charge of extreme emotional disturbance in a second degree murder trial and 2) sufficiency of judge’s instruction to cure alleged prejudice caused by the prosecutor’s inappropriate comments during her closing statement. Professors Tamar Gribetz, Lucie Olejnikova, Gail Whittemore and Peter Widulski guided the students and prepared them for their presentations. A great panel of experienced judges and attorneys peppered our students with a series of challenging questions and many of our alumni provided great insight to our 1Ls.

The camaraderie and the intensity of the students made it a stimulating competition. After Wednesday preliminary rounds, the top 16 students competed on Thursday in the quest for top oralist. Our congratulations go to top 16: Washington Alvarez, Christine Aziz, Michael Calabrese, John Carriel, Annettte Gershovich, Sophia Gregg, Perri Hom, Elen Krut, Timothy Martin, Margaret Obligin, Amy O’Donohue, Christina Romano, Westri Stalder. Garvey Turnier, Minika Udoko, and Charisma Wright.

After a competitive round of top 16, the following students moved on to the top 8: Michael Calabrese, John Carriel, Perri Hom, Margaret Obligin, Amy O’Donohue, Christina Romano, Garvey Turnier, and Charisma Wright. The top 8 students argued passionately and made it a difficult job for the judges to pick the four finalists.

imageNevertheless, the final four, John Carriel, Perri Hom, Christina Romano, and Charisma Wright made it and did a fabulous job giving the spectators an exciting final round. At the end, Charisma Wright took home the crown of Best Advocate and Christina Romano followed closely in a second place.

Special Thanks go to Loretta Musial, Professor Louis Fasulo, the 1L Legal Skills Writing and Research faculty for coming to support the students, Dean Yassky, Chartwell Food Services, the Moot Court Board including Catherine Peña, Kiersten Schramek, Arthur Muller, CJ Croll and our wonderful and committed volunteer judges.

Congratulations to Charisma Wright and Christina Romano on this great achievement!

The top 16 students are invited to take Advanced Appellate Advocacy (AAA) class in the Fall and should register as soon as possible. Students who did not advance but still have a strong interest in taking AAA class, may petition Professor Fasulo via email [lfasulo@law.pace.edu].

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