Mock NYS Assembly Hearing

Pace Academy's Second Mock Environmental Hearing
University students examine 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 on the future of the New York dairy industry: How do we meet the challenges of increasing farm production, protecting our water, reconnecting people with healthy food, keeping small farms economically viable, and ensuring the ethical treatment of agricultural animals in an expanding industry?


New York State Assembly Mock Hearing:

Building a New York Dairy Industry that is Economically, Environmentally, and Ethically Sound

Friday, April 25, 2014 (9:00am – 2:45pm)

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

In Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ second annual Mock Environmental Hearing, six teams of undergraduate students step into the role of “expert witnesses” in a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Agriculture. With the guidance of the Pace Law School students assigned as their legal counsel, a faculty advisor, and Pace Academy staff, they have set to task on analyzing 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 Assembly members – esteemed experts in public service, law, policy, agriculture, and the environment:

  • Hon. Glen T. Bruening -  Judge of the New York State Court of Claims; Former NYS Assistant Counsel to the Governor
  • Karen Doyle – Attorney at Law; Former Counsel at NYC Law Department
  • Kate Fitzpatrick – Counsel, WilmerHale; Member of the NYC Bar Association Animal Law Committee
  • Christopher Malone, PhD – Academic Chair of Political Science, Pace University
  • Patrick Manning – Cofounder and Treasurer of Hudson Valley Fresh; Former NYS Assemblyman
  • David Yassky – Dean, Pace Law School; Former Member of the New York City Council

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 begin promptly at 9:30am with registration openning at 9:00am. The hearing will be held at the New York State Judicial Institute located on Pace University’s Law School 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.