Pace Law School professor and alumnus to be honored at NYCLU annual dinner

(WHITE PLAINS, NY)– Professor Randolph M. McLaughlin and Mayo G. Bartlett will be recognized for their civil rights work at the Annual Dinner of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. They, along with Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, will receive the prestigious Myron Isaacs Community Service Award.

Professor McLaughlin, who has been a member of the Pace Law School faculty for 25 years, believes that it is important to fight for social justice and it is essential that the next generation of public interest lawyers be encouraged and trained. Students in his Civil Procedure, Labor Law, Civil Rights Law, and Civil Rights Litigation classes reap the benefits of Professor McLaughlin’s extensive experience which began when, directly out of Harvard Law School, he worked side by side with renowned civil rights attorney William Kunstler at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. One of his first major law suits was against the Chattanooga branch of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He continues to litigate landmark cases both locally and nationally with the firm of Newman Ferrara LLP in New York City, and involves students wherever possible. One such case centers on the fatal shooting of 68-year-old Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. in his home by White Plains police officers responding to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant.

McLaughlin’s co-counsel on the Chamberlain case is fellow honoree Mayo G. Bartlett. A 1992 graduate of Pace Law School, Bartlett is principal attorney at the Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC, a litigation firm located in White Plains which focuses on Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Civil Rights matters. He worked for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for over 10 years, and served as a litigator in the Superior Court Trial Division prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Bias Crimes Unit. Bartlett has provided hate crime training for the law enforcement community and he works with community organizations and schools to ensure that hate crimes are properly identified, reported, and investigated. While he was “not fortunate enough,” as he put it, to be a student of Professor McLaughlin’s, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School, where he taught Moot Court and lectured on Ethics.

The Myron Isaacs Community Service Award

The award, presented annually by the New York Civil Liberties Union Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, honors the memory of Myron S. Isaacs, a visionary lawyer who campaigned for civil and human rights. Among his legacies was that he founded and was former president of Westchester Legal Services. Mr. Isaacs, the son of former Manhattan Borough President Stanley M. Isaacs, died in 1988 at the age of 77.

“It is a profound honor to receive an award that is named after a great civil rights lawyer and advocate for justice,” commented McLaughlin.

Bartlett said, “I am greatly humbled to receive the Myron Isaacs award. It is a true honor to be mentioned in the same breath with Mr. Isaacs, whom I greatly respect and admire for his selflessness, his vision, and his courage. He was the epitome of what attorneys should be. Ours is a profession of service, and too often we are portrayed as disinterested and self-serving. In establishing Westchester Legal Services, Mr. Isaacs amplified the voices of many people who otherwise would not have been heard. He provided safe haven for those in need, and he was a model of excellence while he did so.”

The awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner to be held at The Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more information, email lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org or call 914.997.7479.

Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. 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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