Kheel Center for Environmental Interest Disputes
The Kheel Center on Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes at Pace Law School was established to provide educational programs for law students and lawyers in the techniques of discovery, fact-finding and other means of alternative dispute resolution to resolve environmental "interest disputes," i.e., those disputes that do not lend themselves to resolution by litigation.
The Center was created through a gift by NNF to the Pace Law School, which was announced in April 2008. As the New York Times reported at the time, Pace Law School was selected for the donation because of its standing as a pioneer in environmental law.
NNF's founder, in explaining the basis for the gift, repeated the tenet that lies at the heart of NNF's mission, that resolving the conflict between the environment and development is critical to the survival of life on this planet.” There are some inherent qualities that make lawyers especially suited to mediating these and other environmental issues, he continued: