Welcome Our 2024 Haub Fellows PLUS An Alumni Update

JHC has had a longstanding association with the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University thanks to JHC trustees Professor Shelby Green and Professor Nicholas A. Robinson. Haub’s Environmental Law program has been ranked #1 by US News & World Report and we feel extremely fortunate to see this partnership grow.

Our first Haub Fellow, Daniel J. Krupa, shared what he has been up to since his summer with us in 2022. “I have continued to focus on environmental advocacy through the law and community engagement since my fellowship concluded at the Jay Heritage Center. I completed my second year in law school and had the privilege of interning at the EPA, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and Riverkeeper. Afterward, I began a joint master’s degree program at Yale School of the Environment to achieve an interdisciplinary education. This summer, I am interning at Phillips Lytle LLP within the Environmental Practice Group before I finish my final year of academia.

Shannon Stemper is a rising 2L student. She is excited to explore the intersection of environmental sustainability, legality, and historical preservation. She is researching JHC’s implementation of sustainable initiatives that preserve the historical integrity of the entire Jay Estate but also serve as a model to other historic sites. Using the LEED system as a guideline, she will document what JHC has already proactively done at the Jay Estate to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase energy efficiency and illustrate successful adaptive reuse. Her work will be informed by Westchester County’s Climate Action Plan and the  Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York State’s landmark climate law.

Sumana Ali is a rising 2L student.  She will work on prioritizing equity, access, safety, and nature for individuals of all abilities who want to visit JHC. Her study will include the exploration of potential ADA transit initiatives that can be implemented to connect and integrate the Jay Estate and surrounding National Historic Landmark Boston Post Road Historic District area with other parts of Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Sumana will inventory existing paratransit routes and facilities that provide public transportation to Westchester’s other parks and historic sites including venues on Westchester County’s African American Heritage Trail

Michael S. Evans is a rising 3L. He was raised in Mississippi, where he completed his undergraduate in Chemical Engineering, during which he learned about environmental remediation. He soon started working for a Civil and Environmental Engineering Firm where he assisted with permit acquisition and environmental compliance. At Elisabeth Haub School of Law, his interest in environmental issues has continued along with an interest in intellectual property. This summer, he’ll be documenting the steps required for land acquisitions by municipalities and the responsibilities of environmental remediation during those processes to protect public health and natural resources.