Student Researchers

Joel Brand

Joel Brand

Student Researcher

Joel Brand is a 2L at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. He has a Bachelor’s in Spanish and German from the University of Dayton (in Ohio) and a Master’s (“Diplom”) in environmental engineering from the Universität Rostock (in Germany). In 2009, he moved to Beijing, China, where he lived and worked for six years, mainly in environmental and commercial real estate fields.

Joel chose Pace Law because of its environmental focus and because he liked it when he visited. He hasn’t regretted his decision for one second and loves it here. He is very interested in energy law and environmental law and active in a number groups on campus, including PECLS and LUSDLS.

Fun fact: Joel played ultimate frisbee in the 2006 World Ultimate Club Championships in Perth, Australia

Alex DerGarabedian

Alex DerGarabedian

Student Researcher

Alex is an Environmental L.L.M. student here at Pace. He graduated from Queens College with a degree in Theater and Political Science. he earned a J.D. at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. He has been admitted to practice law since 2013 and has worked in all different areas of the law. He had his own virtual solo practice as well as working for other firms.
He choose to attend Pace for my L.L.M. because of its renown prestige and the progressive initiatives it has to offer. He is interested in environmental law and passion for the movement, specifically energy, has made the PECC a natural fit for me.

Fun Fact: He was born and raised in NYC. He likes outdoor activities, yoga, love music and pro-wrestling.

Kimberyl Peterson

Kimberyl Peterson

Student Researcher

Kimberly is a 2L J.D. student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Before law school, Kimberly worked for more than eight years as a journalist. She covered energy law as journalist in London and Washington D.C.. Kimberly has a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C. She also holds an M.A. degree in International Journalism in a joint program from City University London and Aarhus University in Denmark. Over the summer of 2017, Kimberly worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. She also spent two weeks in China with a group of students evaluating how four Chinese cities are dealing with climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

She is focusing on energy and environmental law and regulation.

Fun fact: She loves dancing and cooking.

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