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Alumni/ae Profiles

Jessica Albin '07

Jessica Albin '07

Associate, Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., New York, NY.

Jessica (Steinberg) Albin was our first student to complete the joint M.S./J.D. program with Pace Law School. She graduated from both schools in May 2007.

After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Public Policy and Environmental Studies, Jessica taught middle school Latin and physical science. After commencing her legal studies in 2003, Jessica applied to the joint program with Bard CEP.  She wanted to gain a strong background in both science and policy through the Bard CEP program and felt this was important to becoming an informed and active environemental lawyer. 

As a student, she was a vice-chair of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, a first-year intern with the Pace Land Use Law Center, an extern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and the first recipient of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers' Founders Fund Scholarship, based on her commitment to environmental law in New York City and the Hudson Valley region.  She also served as a case note/comment editor for the Pace Law Review.  Jessica's Master's thesis, entitled "Appraising Conservation Easement Donations: The Need for More Uniform Standards and Greater Oversight," was published in the Environmental Law Reporter in November 2007.

Jessica is an associate at Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., one of New York's leading environmental law firms, and practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation.