Mock NYS Assembly Hearing

Pace Academy's second Mock Environmental Hearing
puts students to task on repairing New York's largest agricultural sector.

In April 2013, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies hosted the university’s first Mock US Senate Hearing on the Clean Water Act. Now we’re at it again, this time with the lens focused in on NY State. Inspired by recent adjustments meant to relax pollution protections and allow for larger farms, we are setting the students to the task of examining the controversial future of the State’s evolving dairy industry.

It’s more than a glass of milk. Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies invites you to join us as Pace University students gather to ask our mock legislators the tough questions: Will we let relaxed regulations pollute our waters or will we design environmental protections that serve as a model for the Nation? Will we follow the destructive trend toward industrial agriculture or redeem a better balance with nature? Will we permit the abuse of animals and the prosecution of their defenders or provide sanctuary for the voiceless?


New York State Assembly Mock Hearing:

The Evolution and Impact of the NY Dairy Industry

Friday, April 25, 2014 (9am – 2:45pm)

New York State Judicial Institute, Pace Law School, White Plains

This mock joint hearing of the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Agriculture places six teams of undergraduate students in the role of “expert witnesses.” With the guidance of the Pace Law School students assigned as their legal counsel, a faculty advisor, and Pace Academy staff, they are taking on the future of the largest agricultural sector in New York: the dairy industry.

On April 25th, our student activists will present testimony that scrutinizes current conditions and makes recommendations on how NY can best create policies that will ensure humane treatment of animals, affordable and healthy products, vibrant farming communities, and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and economy of the State.

Participants represent the myriad subjects at stake, including business, public health, environmental protection, animal welfare, challenges to small farmers, and the role of higher education.

Presiding over the hearing will be a panel of mock Assemblymembers – esteemed experts in public service, law, policy, and the environment.

Please join us this Friday, April 25th, and share this invitation with your colleagues, students and classmates.  The hearing is open to the Pace Community and the public. 

2013's winners: The Public Health Team


The mock hearing will be held at the New York State Judicial Institute located on Pace University’s Law School’s campus in White Plains, NY (Building 6 on Pace Law School’s web campus map – a PDF campus map is also available on the website).  The Judicial Institute’s main lobby is located on the ground floor.

Free bus provided from Pace Pleasantville Campus:

Departure Time: 8:15AM, Bus stop in front Wilcox

Return Time: 3:30PM, In front of the Judicial Institute

Reserve a seat ASAP by emailing General audience members (family and friends of hearing witnesses and other interested parties) are welcome to take the bus.

Travel directions by car, bus, or train can be found on Pace Law School’s website (including shuttle service from Metro-North White Plains station):
If traveling to Pace Law School by car, upon entering campus bear left at the guard booth (note: entrance from Broadway is shared with Good Counsel Academy 52 North Broadway).  As you drive around the bend, continue straight on the entrance road, and straight at the stop sign.  Parking is available in the parking garage on the left, as well as the adjacent lots to the right of the garage (Lot 3, 4 and 5). There are no parking fees.

Inquiries?  Contact Pace Academy at 914-773-3091 or

For more about the NYS Assembly, the Standing Committee on Agriculture, and the Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, go to

Our 2014 Mock Hearing Promotional Flyer.

This year's Mock Hearing is a key part of our latest awareness initiative:
The FoodYou Campaign.

Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment.  During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system. We’ll be talking about the FoodYou design, cultivate, kill, water, afford, waste, torture, share, and more.

Visit our website to find more ways you can get involved.