Pace Law School and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law are proud to announce the creation of a new partnership between their nationally ranked environmental law programs. Dean David Yassky, of Pace, and Dean Donald Tobin, of Maryland, signed the memorandum of understanding that commences the Maryland-Pace Environmental Law Alliance. This first of its kind collaboration between environmental law programs will draw on each program’s strengths in the field to train the next generation of environmental lawyers in a new era of legal education and environmental challenges.
In its first phase, the Alliance will allow Pace and Maryland to share environmental externship and experiential learning opportunities, engage in faculty and student exchanges and training programs, collaborate on global environmental law projects, and hold joint conferences, workshops and symposia. The schools will begin offering the semester-long student exchange program in the fall 2015 semester. Beyond this initial stage, the Alliance will look to create joint curricular and degree opportunities, teamwork between environmental law centers and clinics, and joint research projects and publications among other initiatives.
“This is an exciting opportunity for students and faculty at Maryland and Pace,” says Professor Jason Czarnezki, Pace’s Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs. “The Alliance brings together two top innovators in environmental legal education in a collaboration that spans the Mid-Atlantic Watershed.” Professor Robert Percival, Maryland’s Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Environmental Law Program Director, remarked, “This will give students at both schools greater access to environmental externships and expertise in the D.C. and New York City metropolitan areas and even around the world in countries like China and Brazil.”
Students and alumni who would like more information should contact Bill Piermattei, managing director of the Environmental Law Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org