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In a recent Google Official Blog post, Staying at the Forefront of Email Security and Reliability: HTTPS-only and 99.978 Percent Availability, Google announces that

Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.

Additionally, all emails sent or received are encrypted internally ensuring that messages are safe even when moving between Google’s data centers. Google further announces that these security enhancements do not affect the availability of the services since in 2013 Gmail was available 99.978 percent of the time.

Additional security email encryption include:

  • SafeGmail – free extension for Google Chrome allowing to send encrypted emails
  • SecureGmail – Chrome extension encrypting Gmail messages
  • Encrypted Communication – free Firefox add-on encrypting messages to be transmitted
  • Enlocked – using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) that comes as a pugin for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Outlook
  • Sendinc – Outlook add-in allowing to send and receive encrypted emails
  • Mailvelope – Open PGP encryption for Webmail integrated into the webmail interface and available for Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and GMX

This past week, the environmental community lost a second founder of environmental law in the form of David Sive who passed away at the age of 91.  Sive, one of Pace Law School’s own, was a scholar and inspiration to hundreds of students over the years as an Adjunct Professor of Law.  Aside from his work at Pace, Sive was probably best known for his work as a pioneering environmental litigator.  Some of David Sive’s notable achievements include, co-founding the Natural Resources Defense Fund (NRDC), founding the environmental specialty firm of Sive, Paget & Riesel, as well as his work on the famous Storm King Case. Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission, 354  F.2d 608 (2d Cir. 1965).

For more information about David Sive’s life and achievements see:

For students interested in Professor Sive’s work see:

To follow up on our 2013 post about Congress.gov, here are some of the latest improvements. In Custodia Legis Blog by the Library of Congress recently posted information on advanced search and browse functionalities and appropriations tables added to the website. Check out the Advanced Search, Browse, and Appropriations Tables Added to Congress.gov post.

This past Sunday, Joseph Lawrence Sax, notable professor and environmental scholar passed away at the age of 78.  Mr. Sax’s career which transcended academics and government was probably most known for his work in establishing the public trust doctrine in natural resource law.  For more information about Joe Sax’s life and achievements see:

For students interested in Professor Sax’s work see:

Today, March 3rd, marks the United Nations innagural World Wildlife Day- a day meant to raise awareness about   the implications of the illegal trafficking of wildlife “that includes elephant poaching, great ape theft and the illegal transport of timber.” The day, which was selected in commemoration of the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, will be marked by educational events held all over the world (including New York) exploring what can be done to combat this illict $19 billion industry.

One of the rights of passage of all environmental law students is Environmental Law Survey.  However, as we approach the mid-point in the semester, many students will begin to find that there are a dearth of study aids available for this type of course.  The challenge here being that unlike most traditional substantive courses, those outlines, books and/or Nutshells focusing on environmental law, fail to go over the stautory nuance that is typically tested.  In order to battle the Environmental Law Survey jitters, check out these resources to get your study-aid fix instead:

ABA’s Best Practice Series: Authored by prominent members of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, these texts provide and excellent overview of the various major federal environmental law statutes.  Although some of these texts need updating, many statutes have not seen any major changes since the texts have been published.

Congressional Research Service Reports: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research arm of Congress.  Authored by top experts in the area of environmental law and policy, these CRS reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in researching new and upcoming issues in the law, however, their dissemination is only allowed at the discretion of Congress–as a result only select materials are available to the public.

Our Congratulations goes to the 2014 Pace Jessup Team that advanced to Quarterfinals and Received Fourth Best Overall Memorial Award!  The 55th Annual Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Northeast Regional Round took place on February 13-16, 2014 in New York at Shearman & Sterling, LLP.

The 2014 Pace Jessup Team, comprising of Ann Bermont  (3L), Rocky Boussias (3L), Bianca Francois (2L), and Kiersten Schramek (2L) and coached by Prof. Lucie Olejnikova, made an excellent showing at this year competition. The team competed along with twenty one other schools in the Northeast Regional Round, placing third overall after preliminary rounds and advancing to quarterfinals undefeated along with only seven other teams. The team went against Harvard in the quarterfinal round and argued an even match. Additionally, the team received an Award for Fourth Best Overall Memorial. This brilliant performance was a true team effort taking the Pace presence at this competition to yet another level.

The team would like to thank the many faculty and friends who helped them prepare for the moot including Dean Lin Harmon, Prof. Ann Powers, Prof. Tom McDonnell, Prof. Shelby Green, Prof. Matt Brotmann, Prof. Keri Gould, Prof. Peter Widulski, Prof. Cynthia Pittson, Pace alumni Otto Cheng (04’) and Alli Kline (13’), and current Pace students Kristen Carroll (3L) and Desiree Salomon (3L).

As Prof. McDonnell wrote: “[t]he team’s achievement is particularly noteworthy given the intense competition in the Northeastern Regionals, which includes not only Harvard, but also Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Fordham, and Boston College, among others.”

Join the law library in congratulating the Pace 2014 Jessup Moot Court Team on their excellent achievement!

Our CONGRATULATIONS goes to the Pace IEMC Team that advanced to semi-finals and took Third Place for Best Memorial!  The 18th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Competition (regional rounds) took place at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, Colorado on January 24-26, 2014.

Prof. Matt E. B. Brotmann coached this year team which comprised of Megan Hopper-Rebegea (3L), Ellen Zhang (3L) and Charter Williams (2L). The team advanced to the semi-final rounds; the team’s oralists, Ellen Zhang and Charter Williams did an exceptional job in advancing to the semi-finals, knocking off last year’s champions.  In addition to the results achieved in the oral rounds, the team’s memorial, written by Megan Hopper-Rebegea received Third Place for Best Memorial.  The team’s impressive performance was a true team effort.

The team would  like to thank the many faculty and friends who helped them prepare for the moot including Prof. Ann Powers, Prof. Peter Widulski, Prof. Lucie Olejnikova and 2013 team member Joan Colloton (3L).

Join the law library in congratulating the Pace 2013 Int’l Environmental Moot Court Team on their excellent achievement!

3rd Annual Pace Law Exposition on Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law: A Closer Look at the Evolution of Patents & the Future of Digital Media is hosted by the Pace Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum (PIPSELF). The expo will take place on Thursday February 6, 2014 at Pace Law School Moot Court, White Plains. Click here for more details about the upcoming Expo.

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

WRITTEN BY: Rene’ Roa, Jr. ’14

The concept of the American Dream is rooted in the text of The Declaration of Independence which provides “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  These words have echoed throughout the development of the United States, as a nation predominantly built by Immigrants, whereby the meaning of that dream has continuously developed.  America’s founding fathers believed in Manifest Destiny and their dream was that of the independence from an imperial monarchy. Throughout the generations of Americans this dream has evolved and grown from the desire of independence to the opportunity to have a good job, the ability to own a home and to enjoy a comfortable retirement.  However, the focus of the dream has regressed from focusing on the fruits of one’s life to opportunities such as education, specifically higher education – which has replaced the high school diploma as the qualification to enter the American work force.

The concept of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (Dream Act) began as a legislative proposal in the Senate on August 1, 2001 and has undergone several legislative revisions that have not successfully been signed into law.  In 2012 President Barack Obama put forth an administrative policy that would not deport immigrants who were not a threat to national security saying that “it makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans.”  Using the premise of the DREAM Act the president put forth an executive order temporarily shielding certain persons, who are within in the U.S.A. illegally, from deportation.  This order provides no conclusory solution however; it is only a temporary measure aimed at protecting certain persons who would benefit from the passage of a DREAM Act, if ever actually done.  Furthermore, this policy can be revoked at any time, thereby leaving its beneficiaries with a very uncertain future.

The DREAM Act has not only been in the purview of federal legislation, but also has been actively discussed at the state level. Some states are able to afford its residents protections and benefits beyond the ones offered by federal government. For example, New Jersey has afforded enhanced educational equality to illegal immigrant that is not mandated by federal regulations.

The most recent of 14 states, New Jersey’s legislature passed its own version of the DREAM Act in S2479, which was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on December 12, 2013.  Gov. Christie had won 51 percent of the Latino vote in his recent reelection after pledging to support tuition equality for DREAMers. Christie highlighted his belief that “every child should be able to give the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” and prioritized “making sure that there’s tuition equality for everybody in New Jersey.”  At the same time however, Gov. Christie did fight to have the bill amended in order to remove provisions that would allow immigrant students to receive state financial aid.

Therefore, both Democrats and Republicans at all levels of the political spectrum are angling to stay on top of DREAM Act legislation because of a growing Latin American population and its effect on respective voter bases. Even though true legislative reform crawls along at a snail’s pace, immigrant communities must continue to press their local politicians for immigration reform because this is not a topic that is about to leave the table anytime soon.  Progress should be made in any way and by any political party looking to make positive change of any size.

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