Two alums receive 2013 ABA Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award

Two Pace Law School alums will be among those recognized as 2013 SEER Distinguished Environmental Advocates. Janice Dean (Pace Law, ’05) and David Johnson (Pace LLM, ’06) were selected along with 10 other lawyers and will be recognized at the SEER’s Section’s 42nd Spring Conference in Salt Lake City in March.

According to the American Bar Association website, the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) “has long been at the forefront of recognizing distinguished practitioners for service to the bar, the environment, and to our communities.” Recipients must be lawyers under the age of 36 or in practice fewer than five years whose accomplishments are “above and beyond those of their peers, and deserving of recognition.”

Janice Dean oversees New York State’s docket of hazardous waste-related cases in the New York City region, and is also one of the lead lawyers on the State’s challenge to the Indian Point nuclear power plant’s license application. She recently litigated the matter of New York v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in which the State invalidated the federal nuclear waste storage rule that would have left high level nuclear waste in Westchester County and elsewhere with no environmental review.

“I was thrilled and surprised to learn that I had been selected among national applicants for this award, and particularly honored because I was nominated by my Pace classmate Emily Masalski, a very accomplished environmental attorney in her own right,” said Ms. Dean. “I will be very proud to represent Pace in Salt Lake City when I accept this award.”

David Johnson is Deputy Counsel for the Arizona Department of Water Resources where he negotiates on behalf of the State for tribal federal reserved water rights, counsels the State on certain stream and non-stream adjudication matters, and serves as counsel for the departments of dam safety, groundwater permitting and wells and the water protection fund.

“I became involved with the ABA after Pace adjunct Professor Seth Davis asked me to serve as a committee vice-chair,” said Mr. Johnson. “Given my involvement with the ABA, I was excited to learn of being selected for this honor and being recognized by the ABA as a rising star among the environmental community. And it certainly shows Pace Law School’s ability to develop young attorneys when I am joined by Ms. Dean in representing Pace.”

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