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Pace Law Professors Named Bellow Scholars for Study of Police Work

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									Contact: Adele Bernhard                                           Contact: Lauren Rubenstein
Pace Associate Professor of Law                                   Manager, Media Relations
(914) 422-4230                                                    (914) 422-4389
abernhard@law.pace.edu                                            cell (914) 329-8680
                                                                  lrubenstein@law.pace.edu
M. Chris Fabricant
Pace Visiting Professor of Law
Director, Criminal Justice Clinic
(914) 422-4333
cfabricant@law.pace.edu


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  Pace Law Professors Named Bellow Scholars for Study of Police Work in South Bronx
                                  Public Housing

   Awards to be announced formally January 8th at American Association of Law Schools’ annual
                                   meeting in San Francisco

WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 5, 2011 – Pace Law Criminal Justice Professors Adele Bernhard and M.
Chris Fabricant have been named 2011 Bellow Scholars by the American Association of Law Schools.
Their collaborative proposal for a study of policing in New York City’s South Bronx is one of only four
legal projects to receive this year’s honor.

The Bellow Scholars award recognizes clinical faculty members at various law schools who are involved
in anti-poverty work or increasing access to justice work.

Bernhard, an associate professor, and Fabricant, a visiting professor who directs the Pace Criminal Justice
Clinic, received the prestigious award in recognition of the study they will undertake of how “zero
tolerance” policing has affected residents of public housing. Their project, “The Impact of CompState-
Based ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policing in Low-Income Communities of Color” was recognized by the AALS
Clinical Section’s Lawyering in the Public Interest Bellow Scholars Committee.

The award is named in honor of Harvard Law School Professor Gary Bellow, a visionary leader in
clinical education and access to justice who, with his wife Jeanne Charn, co-founded the WilmerHale
Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.
The Bellow Committee received numerous proposals this year and selected four “that represent an
excellent array of lawyer-scholars studying various aspects of the justice system, all with a focus on
access to justice, and the role of law and the university, in continuing Gary Bellow’s extraordinary
intellectual and activist practice.”

Adele Bernhard commented, “This designation by the Bellow Scholars Committee will further the work
of the Pace Criminal Justice Center, which supports research into criminal law and procedure and is
exploring the effects of modern policing strategy on communities. The award recognizes the unique
ability of the Pace Criminal Defense Clinic to teach students while simultaneously connecting them with
the communities they will serve.”

Information about the Pace Criminal Justice Center is available here.



Fostering collaboration

Bellow Scholars receive a standing invitation to participate in various Bellow events during a two year-
period and beyond. Scholars typically give brief reports on their works-in-progress at annual clinic
conferences and/or at the January AALS annual meeting. The Bellow community also gathers every fall
for a substantive workshop, where members collaborate with social scientists and others engaged in
bringing empiricism to social justice work.

Also being honored this year are: Michael Robinson-Dorn of the University of California Irvine School of
Law and Scott Schumacher of the University of Washington School of Law with Caroll Seron, Ph.D. of
Irvine, and their project, “Fellow Travelers;” Judith Fox of Notre Dame Law School, and her project,
“Debt Collection; A Survey of Indiana Courts;” and Linda Fisher, of Seton Hall University School of
Law, and her project, “The Links Between the Foreclosure Process and Vacant & Abandoned Urban
Properties.”



Pace University School of Law, a pioneer in giving students practical legal experience, has over 7,000
alumni throughout the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top four programs in
environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws
degree in Environmental Law. The school is recognized for excellence in several areas, including its
international, clinical, criminal justice, and public interest law programs. The School of Law is part of
Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County . www.law.pace.edu



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