Nicholas A. Robinson, ChairmanRobinson

Professor Robinson  is University Professor at Pace University  and the Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace Law School. He teaches international and comparative environmental law as a Professor Adjunct at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences. He is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa), with is J.D. degree earned at Columbia University School of Law.  He chaired the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (1998-2004) and was among the founding faculty for the Pace Law School (1978) where he founded Pace’s environmental legal studies programs. Author of several books and many articles, he has lectured on environmental law in more than 150 nations and led the Asian Development Bank’s program to introduce the teaching of environmental law into the universities of Asia and the Pacific. He drafted New York’s Tidal Wetlands and Freshwater Wetlands legislation and its wild bird law, and served as Deputy Commission and General Counsel of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (1983-85).

Leonard d. Andrew, Director and Secretary/Treasurer

AndrewAfter graduating from Lafayette College and St. John’s University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, Len clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He worked for IBM for thirty years; he was General Counsel of IBM Asia/Pacific in Tokyo, Japan, from 1990 to 1994. Len retired in 1999 and now practices law from his home.  He is also an arbitrator and is on the Commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association.
Len served on the board of the Family YMCA at Tarrytown for over twenty years; he was Chair from 1998-2001. He is a member of the boards of Kendal on Hudson (Past President), the Child Health Foundation, the RSHM LIFE Center, the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the Transplant Support Organization, the Early Childhood Center at Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Asbury Terrace Housing Corp.  He was the editor of an employment law guide for not-for-profit corporations published by the Pro Bono Partnership, and provided volunteer legal services for the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Westchester Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Non-violence, the American Muslim Women’s Association, and other non-profit organizations. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns (Past President), Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, and the Interfaith Connection.

Melissa Grigione, Director

GrigioneDr. Grigione is an associate professor and Director of the Graduate Program in environmental science at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. She earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University and her MEM at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and her Ph.D. in ecology at UC Davis and concentrates her research in mammalian spatial ecology, emphasizing conservation biology for species whose populations have been seriously altered as a consequence of habitat degradation and fragmentation. She is coauthor of numerous peer-reviewed papers and articles, and the recipient of more than a dozen prestigious grants and fellowships.


Daniel Farkas, Director

Dr. FarkasDr. Farkas is professor and chair of the Information Technology Department of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. His Ph.D. is from New York University, with masters of science degrees from Johns Hopkins and NYU. He is the recipient of four Verizon Thinkfinity Grants, including one in 2009 on integrating ecology and information technology in conserving nature resources. He is author or co-author of many articles and papers on geographic information systems and on computer security risks.

Robert Goldstein, Director and Vice Chairman


Dr. Robert Goldstein is a professor at the US Military Academy at West Point, teaching environmental law and constitutional law, and directing the West Point’s Rule of law Center, and also teaches Conservation Law as an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law. His J.D. degree is from St. John’s University, with an MEM from the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. doctorate degree from Pace University School of Law. He is the author of several books and articles on environmental law.