18Our World-Renown Centers and InstitutesTo learn more about our centers and institutes, go2: www.law.pace.edu/centersandprograms In Pace Law's cutting-edge centers and institutes, students collaborate with faculty and staff to pursue research projects and local, state, regional, national, and international initiatives that impact significant areas of law and shape public policy in emerging legal fields.The Center for Environmental Legal StudiesThe Center for Environmental Legal Studies is not just a center but a policy-making member of many international organizations. Students working with the Center assist with researching and editing important publications and blogs, such as the GreenLaw blog. The Center is a voting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. Land Use Law CenterThe Land Use Law Center hosts leading conferences, seminars, clinics, courses, podcasts, and frequent publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues. The work of the Land Use Law Center is divided among four programs, each offering many opportunities for student involvement:. Its student-driven Research & Innovation Program, which identifies solutions to cutting-edge land use issues for urban and suburban communities . Its Training Programs, including the Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) program, which leads the nation in educating local land use leaders in land use law and community decision making Energy and Climate Center The Pace Energy and Climate Center involves Pace Law student interns in every aspect of its work in a multitude of essential and forward-reaching environmental concerns, including energy cost-benefit analyses, renewable energy, and clean-distributed generation technologies.Theodore W. Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest DisputesUnder the jurisdiction of the Pace Land Use Law Center, the Kheel Center recently organized a summit on the role of lawyers in alternative dispute resolution. In conjunction with the Kheel Center, Pace Law has also developed two courses on Environmental Dispute Resolution (Theory) and a practice-oriented course in EDR skills for Pace Law students.Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) BAILE offers a summer environmental law studies program in Brazil, through which students attend conferences and seminars with prominent Brazilian scholars and attorneys, and experience firsthand significant Brazilian ecosystems. Other BAILE activities include faculty and student exchanges, an International Environmental Moot Court, and research on comparative law.Public Interest Law Center The Public Interest Law Center fosters the culture of public service for students, acting as a clearinghouse for requests for pro bono legal assistance from community organizations. The Center also provides career counseling and internship and employment opportunities for students. "We offer students many opportunities for practical experience and research at the points where the energy and environmental areas merge. Sometimes it's research into specific technologies and energies and fuel efficiency. Sometimes it's policy advocacy in Albany, where we participate in proceedings. We interact with the governor's office and agencies, shaping the state's policies on energy and environmental issues. There is no other program like us-we're able to interact with policymakers in both New York City and Albany." Jamie Van NostrandExecutive Director, Pace Energy and Climate CenterColaborate: Centers and Institutes
19Women's Justice Center The Pace Women's Justice Center serves more than 2800 victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. Students participate in efforts to raise awareness, disseminate information, provide direct legal services to victims and their families, and develop strategies with community partners for recognizing and eradicating abuse. New York State Judicial InstituteThe Judicial Institute was created through a unique partnership between the N.Y.S. Courts and Pace Law School for continuing education seminars and conferences. The Institute provides a "think tank" for new and emerging legal, technological, social, criminal, and administrative trends affecting the courts.Institute of International Commercial Law Institute (IICL)The IICL promotes uniform application of international sales law and research in international arbitration. The Institute developed and maintains the award-winning, globally recognized CISG database. The CISG is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the uniform international sales law of countries that account for two-thirds of all world trade. This database is produced as a public service by Pace Law School. Criminal Justice Center The Pace Criminal Justice Center offers educational opportunities for Pace Law students, including collaborations with scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in and outside the Pace community. Students examine the theory and practice of criminal law through discussions, symposia, colloquia, and conferences that focus on advancing criminal law reform and promoting the fair and ethical prosecution of criminal defendants.Chris Bloch '10, Pace Law's "Most Promising Law Student" of 2010 and outgoing SBA President, recently advocated a securities dispute against one of the largest securities firms in the world, culminating in a hotly contested three-day hearing. With the supervision of the director of the Pace Investor Rights Clinic (PIRC), Professor Jill Gross, and a 2009 graduate and a fellow 3L, Chris handled all aspects of the arbitration. Second-year law student Shari Hochberg came to Pace for public interest law. In her first summer, Shari interned with the Unemployment Action Center (UAC), where she learned to represent clients who were denied unemployment benefits. Now, she is president of UAC's law student chapter at Pace and works with the Public Interest Law Center to run its pro bono project.