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Arnold ProntoAs announced earlierProf. Arnold Pronto and Prof. McDonnell are co-teaching the International Law course offered this spring at Pace Law School. Prof. Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

TODAY, February 5, 2015 at 1:30-3:20 pm in Aloysia 306 PRESTON 401 the International Law lecture will be open to the entire law school community, including alumni. Prof. Pronto will be covering state responsibility and termination and suspension of treaties. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join this lecture. We hope to see you there!

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Arnold ProntoAs announced earlier, Prof. Arnold Pronto and Prof. McDonnell are co-teaching the International Law course offered this spring at Pace Law School. Prof. Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

This Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30-3:20 pm in Aloysia 306 the International Law lecture will be open to the entire law school community, including alumni. Prof. Pronto will be covering state responsibility and termination and suspension of treaties. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join this lecture. We hope to see you there!

Via Telegraph – Travel, Donald Strachan in his article titled The Five Best Translation Apps for Travellers, brings together a detailed break down of what he considers the top five translation apps for travelers:

2010 Orientation 40Part of our law library collection is the Law in Film Collection, which is housed on the main level of the library in the student lounge. All patrons with borrowing privileges may check any of the movies out at no charge for up to 5 days. The following are our most recent additions to this collection. Come by and check it out!

Environmental Law

The Ghosts In Our Machine (Bullfrog films and Ghosts Media presents; directed by Liz Marshall; produced by Nina Beveridge and Liz Marshall; written by Liz Marshall) [HV4708 .G46 2013 DVD] - This film asks the difficult question: are animals property to be owned and used by humans as we wish, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? This award-winning documentary touches on the lives of individual animals as it follows photographer Jo-Anne McArthur on a year-long journey as she photographs animal stories in North America and Europe.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (A.U.M. Films; First Spark Media; written & directed & produced & edited, Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuh) [S589.75 .C69 2014 DVD] - Feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and as he investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Criminal Law

Breaking Bad – the complete series (Sony Pictures Television; created by Vince Gilligan; produced by Stewart A. Lyons; producers, Bryan Cranston, Diane Mercer; High Bridge; Gran Via Productions) [PN1992.77 .B74 2014 DVD] – “Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher struggling to make ends meet for his wife (Anna Gunn) and physically challenged son (RJ Mitte). Everything changes when Walter receives a startling diagnosis: terminal lung cancer. With only a few years to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as a chemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former students (Aaron Paul). As his status grows, so do his lies, but Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken care of after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line.” [container]

If you are still finalizing your spring 2015 schedule, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity and register for International Law this coming spring!

Arnold ProntoWe are proud and honored to welcome Mr. Arnold Pronto, Senior Counsel with the United Nations, to be the guest lecturer in International Law at Pace Law School this semester. He will be co-teaching approximately one-third of the classes with our own Professor Thomas M. McDonnell in his International Law course.

Professor Pronto is a Senior Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, working primarily in the field of the codification and progressive development of public international law. As a member of the Secretariat of the Sixth Committee, his activities have included working on the negotiation of several international anti-terrorism treaties, as well as the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also been in the Secretariat of the International Law Commission since 1999, and has worked on the topics of state responsibility, the responsibility of international organizations, diplomatic protection, the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, and the protection of persons in the event of disasters and provisional application of treaties. He has published, given presentations and lectures, and taught, in the area of public international law and international human rights law.

Professor Pronto has a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an LL.B. degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has taught as adjunct professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University and, in addition to his duties with the UN, he currently serves as an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, South Africa.

Just to remind you all, International Law is a four-credit required course for all those intending to graduate with International Law Certificate. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Prof. Thomas M. McDonnell, at (914) 422-4381 or via email, or Lucie Olejnikova, Reference Librarian & Adj. Prof. via email.

Transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2015, by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson are available online from CNN. The grand jury was convened beginning August 20, 2014, at the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Clayton, Missouri. There are twenty-four volumes of transcripts of the grand jury proceedings, as well as witness interviews, additional materials presented in evidence, and photographs of Officer Wilson available on the website.

The grand jury proceedings have been controversial. Generally, such proceedings are secret, and it is rare for a prosecutor to release the grand jury transcripts and evidence to the public. It was also unusual for Officer Wilson to testify for several hours before the grand jury, since as a general rule a suspect under investigation by the grand jury is not considered to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented. As Justice Scalia stated in United States v. Williams, 504 U.S. 36, 37 (1992):

[R]equiring the prosecutor to present exculpatory as well as inculpatory evidence would alter the grand jury’s      historical role, transforming it from an accusatory body that sits to assess whether there is adequate basis for bringing a criminal charge into an adjudicatory body that sits to determine guilt or innocence. . .[I]t has always been thought sufficient for the grand jury to hear only the prosecutor’s side, and, consequently that the suspect has no right to present, and the grand jury no obligation to consider, exculpatory evidence. . . .

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The graduates of the Pace Law School class of 1989 were honored to have Governor Mario M. Cuomo as their commencement speaker. Pace Environmental Law Review printed his address, in which he focused on our environmental program, and presciently said

This particular program at Pace, and the general growing awareness of the current threat to our environment, gives me hope that we are smart enough to avert avoidable environmental disasters in the future. That, though, will require that we open our minds to the frightening prospects that all our current environmental hazards now present, from acid rain to toxic waste, so that we can marshal the energy and the strength to change our laws, and our ways, so as to avoid their potential consequences.

His article, The Soul of the Profession, was published in 2010 in a special issue of Pace Law Review devoted to examining New York state law.

Related Reading:

  • Obituary, The N.Y. Times (Jan. 1, 2015).

Happy Holidays!

Pace Law Library will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM. Complete library hours are available here and at 914-422-4272.

We wish everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Legal writing – one of the skills law students begin to practice as soon as they start a law school – is a skill requiring continuous practice. Check out the Pace Law Library’s collection of resources offering legal composition and legal writing guidance.

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For additional assistance, you may consult the Guide to Legal Writing and Style subject guide compiled by Cynthia Pittson.

2010 Orientation 40The Pace Law Library has a growing Law in Film Collection. The following are some of the most recent additions to this collection, which is located on the main level of the library in our student lounge. All our patrons with borrowing privileges may check these films out for up to five days at no charge. Check it out yourself!

Environmental Law

Fracknation (directed by Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, Magdalena Segieda; produced by Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney) [TD195.G3 F7358 2013 DVD] - Journalist Phelim McAleer searches for the truth about the alleged dangers of fracking, a method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by drilling deep underground, specifically challenging claims made by activist Josh Fox in his film Gasland. Interviewing scientists and individuals directly affected by fracking, McAleer presents a different side to the fracking debate.

Last Call at the Oasis: Art Takes Over (ATO Pictures and Participant Media present a film by Jessica Yu; producer Jessica Yu; produced by Elise Pearlstein; directed by Jessica Yu) [HD1691 .L38 2012 DVD] - Examines threats to the world water supply, such as pollution and shortage, and proposes that measures be taken to protect it.

Trashed (Blenheim Films presents; executive producer Jeremy Irons; produced by Candida Brady & Titus Ogilvy; written & directed by Candida Brady) [TD791 .T73 2013 DVD] - Looks at the risks to the food chain, environment, and health in various parts of the world through pollution of air, land, and water by the production and accumulation of solid waste.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (a documentary by Leah Mahan) [GE235.M7 C664 2013 DVD] - ”Come Hell or High Water follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.”

Criminal Law

Prince of the City (Orion Pictures Company, Warner Bros. present; directed by Sidney Lumet. produced by Burtt Harris; screenplay by Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet; directed by Sidney Lumet; distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures) [PN1997.2 .P77 2007 DVD] - New York cop Daniel Ciello (inspired by real-life undercover narcotics cop Robert Leuci) is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by Internal Affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption.

The House I Live In (a film by Eugene Jarecki; an Edgewood Way production; Charlotte Street Films presents; a co-production of BBC Storyville/ITVS/ZDF; executive producers, Joslyn Barnes, Nick Fraser, Danny Glover, John Legend, Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons; produced by Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki; executive producers, Roy Ackerman, David Alcaro; producers, Sam Cullman, Christopher St. John; produced in association with NHK Japan, SBS-TV Australia, Louverture, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, VPRO) [HV5825 .H68 2013 DVD] - For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, revealing profound human rights implications. Received Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary category at the 2012 Sundance film Festival.

Malice (Metro Goldwyn Mayer; Columbia; Castle Rock Entertainment in association with New Line Cinema presents; a Harold Becker film; story by Aaron Sorkin and Jonas McCord; screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank; produced by Rachel Pfeffer, Charles Mulvehill and Harold Becker; directed by Harold Becker) [PN1997 .M35 1993 DVD] - When a serial killer begins murdering female students in a New England town, the college dean becomes involved in the investigation while wondering about the surgeon who has taken a room in his house.

Women’s Rights

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (Chanlim Films; American Film Foundation; in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundtion; a film by Freida Mock; director, writer, producer, Freida Mock) [KF374.H55 A55 2013 DVD] - The story of Anita Hill, who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice.

International Criminal Law

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (Metropolis Productions & Schulberg Productions present; narrator, Liev Schreiber; restoration created by Josh Waletzky & Sandra Schulberg; commissioned by Pare Lorentz; produced by Pare Lorentz & Stuart Schulberg in cooperation with Eric Pommer; written & directed by Stuart Schulberg) [KZ1176.5 .N869 2014] - ”Shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi leaders using their own films – devastating evidence of atrocities that are still shocking today.”

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