THIS SUMMER AT THE LAW CENTER
Monday, May 23
- Long Island Jobs with Justice conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Diagnostic exam, mandatory for December ‘16 and May ‘17 grads, day students 9:30 a.m., evening students 6:30 p.m.
- Two-Year Program Orientation, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., ABR.
Tuesday, May 24
- First day of classes, on campus/online summer session.
- Two-Year Program Orientation, 1:30 p.m. Career Services, 2:30 p.m. Registrar, ABR.
Wednesday, May 25
- May 2016 graduate grades due.
Friday, May 27
- Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Bagels with the Boards, Planning & Zoning for Small and Medium Wind Energy, breakfast 8:30 a.m., CLE 9-10 a.m., FCR/BDR.
- Last day to drop/add course, on campus/online summer session.
Sunday, May 29
- Commencement ceremony, noon, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Greenvale.
Monday, May 30
- Memorial Day, no classes, building and library closed.
Wednesday, June 1
- Classes follow a Monday schedule.
Sunday-Monday, June 5-6
- Supreme Court Admission Ceremony, Washington DC.
Tuesday, June 7
- May 2016 graduate degrees conferred/certified to sit for bar exams.
Thursday, June 9
- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy University at Albany State University student/alumni networking event, 4-7 p.m., FCR/BDR.
Friday, June 10
- Child Care Council of Suffolk annual meeting, 8-11 a.m., FCR/BDR.
Monday, June 13
- Shavuot – no classes, building and library closed.
Tuesday, June 14
- Classes follow a Monday schedule.
Wednesday, June 15
- Annual Liberty & Justice for All dinner, 6:30 p.m., Garden City Hotel, Garden City.
Friday, June 17
- Continuing student grades due.
Friday, June 24
- Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Bagels with the Boards, Ethics for Planning & Zoning Boards, breakfast 8:30 a.m., CLE 9-10 a.m., FCR/BDR.
Monday, June 27
- Project Patch/NY State Bar Association Law Youth & Citizenship Summer Institute, high school teacher training, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through Thursday, June 30.
Wednesday, June 29
- Brain Injury Assoc. of NY/NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence Training, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, July 1
- Last day to withdraw from a course, on-campus/on-line summer session.
Monday, July 4
- Independence Day – no classes, building and library closed.
Tuesday, July 5
- Classes follow a Monday schedule.
Thursday, July 7
- Classes follow a Tuesday schedule.
Thursday, July 14
- Last day of regular classes, 7-week on-campus/on-line summer session.
Monday, July 18
- On-campus/on-line 7-week summer session final exams, through Wednesday, July 20.
Sunday, July 31
- Professor T. Silver free MPRE prep course, 1-5 p.m., 210.
Wednesday, August 3
- Final exams, 10-week summer session, through Wednesday, August 10.
Thursday, August 4
- Last day of classes, Community Legal Services Clinic and 10-Week Program.
Monday, August 15
- First year orientation begins, through Tuesday, August 16.
Wednesday, August 17
- First day of fall semester classes. Classes follow a Monday schedule.
157 TO GET DEGREES AT COMMENCEMENT
157 graduates, including 149 JDs, 1 Dual Degree JD/MBA, 6 LLMs in US Legal Studies, and 1 general LLM will receive their degrees at commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 29 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville.
Commencement Speaker and Honoree. High-profile New York City litigator and “lawyer’s lawyer” Mark Zauderer, left, is the Commencement Speaker. His client list includes former Democratic National Committee Chair and Clinton Administration Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, former NY Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso, and “big law” firms Chadbourne & Parke and Dewey & LeBoeuf. He’s also been the “go-to guy” for the last three NY State Chief Judges, all of whom tapped him to lead efforts at improving the judicial system. He is also a frequent media commentator, most notably as a regular on the acclaimed national PBS television program, “The Open Mind.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who rose from New York City beat cop to state senator to the highest-ranking elected official of America’s fourth-largest city, and the first African-American to hold the office, will receive an honorary degree, along with Mr. Zauderer.
Other commencement honors:
FT valedictorian: Lauren C. Wittlin
PT valedictorian: Julia Marianela Capie Ansanelli
FT salutatorian: Lauren Dwarika
PT salutatorian: Kristen Curley
For Dedication to the Ideals and Purposes of Legal Education: Professor Deborah Waire Post
10 a.m. Robing room opens for faculty, administration, guest hooders.
Noon Academic procession begins.
3 p.m. Post-commencement reception.
FREE DIAGNOSTIC EXAM MONDAY TO GIVE GRADS HEAD START ON BAR PREP
December 2016 and May 2017 graduation candidates are required to take a free diagnostic exam, prepared by Kaplan Bar Review and designed to help identify their subject area strengths and weaknesses and give them a head start on bar preparation.
The exam is scheduled for Monday, May 23 (day students 9:30 a.m., evening students 6:30 p.m.). Students who cannot take the exam on Monday, May 23 must complete an Exam Accommodations form, available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/Exam_Accommodations_Form.pdf and email it to email@example.com with a preferred make-up day and time, which must be no later than Tuesday, May 31.
More About the Exam. The exam takes 4 hours and is given in two parts. The first 2-hour segment consists of bar-style multiple choice questions on Contracts, Torts and Property. The second segment consists of a 1-hour Multi-state Performance Test (MPT), and two half-hour essay questions on the subjects listed above. There is no need to study for the exam, which is based on fundamental principles and designed primarily to assess knowledge and skills.
Instead of a grade, students will get an objective evaluation of their performance from Kaplan, with detailed feedback including an explanation of the reasons for the score, to help identify where and how to improve well in advance of the actual bar exam.
ON-CAMPUS/ON-LINE SUMMER SESSION CLASSES START TUESDAY
Classes in the on-campus/on-line summer program begin Tuesday, May 24. Registration remains open through the end of the first week of classes, Friday, May 27. All registration is in person in the Registrar’s Office. Registration materials are available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/SummerRegistrationPacket.pdf.
Highlights include 4 on-line courses (Basic Business Principles; 21st Century Law Practice; Advanced Persuasion; Judicial Writing; and Law Practice Management). Two externships are offered, one a federal judicial clerkship in U.S. District Court, EDNY, and the other in Civil/Criminal Practice, in which students work in private law firms, corporate law departments, government legal offices (including DA’s Offices) or in non-profit/public interest legal groups. Traditional courses include Criminal Law II; Trusts & Estates; Family Law; Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling; and Selected Topics in Trial Advocacy: Direct & Cross of Experts, the latter a 1-week intensive course. The courses in Remedies Trial Practice have been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
PRO BONO SCHOLARS PROGRAM DEADLINE FRIDAY
New York State’s Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) allows students in their final year of law school to spend their last semester doing pro bono legal work through an approved externship program, law school clinic, legal services provider, law firm or corporation. In return, students get to take the February bar prior to their scheduled graduation date, getting a head start on their careers and a competitive edge in the job market.
Here’s how the program works: May 2017 grads selected for the program are required to complete all coursework and other graduation requirements by the end of fall semester 2016, except for the last 12 credits towards their J.D. degree. Students take the February 2017 NY bar exam, then spend March-May 2017 doing 500 hours of pro bono work under faculty supervision, earning their 12 remaining credits for the spring (March-May) work. By the end of May 2017, Pro Bono Scholars will have: (1) completed all the requirements for their J.D. and walked with their class at the graduation ceremony; (2) received notification of bar results; and (3) have all paperwork completed for fast-track admission. Pro Bono Scholars will be admitted to practice by the end of June 2017, even before their classmates sit for the July 2017 bar exam.
Eligibility. Students scheduled to graduate in May 2017 who are in the top half of their class are eligible.
Application Deadline Friday. Complete a simple one-page application (copies were distributed by email last week; additional copies are available from the Office of Student Services). Applications are due either hand-delivered or via email, to Donna Johnson, 4th floor Dean’s Suite, firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. Friday, May 27.
For a detailed program description: http://www.nycourts.gov/ATTORNEYS/probonoscholars/index.shtml. For questions contact Director of Public Interest Tom Maligno, email@example.com.
2-YEAR PROGRAM CLASSES BEGIN TUESDAY
Five students will begin the Law Center’s two-year program on Tuesday, May 24. The program, now entering its second year, enables highly qualified students to earn a J.D. degree during a concentrated 24-month period and to sit for a bar examination only 26 months after starting their studies. The semester sequence: Summer (12); Fall (15-16); Winter (2); Spring (16); Summer (12); Fall (14-16) Winter (2) Spring (12-15). For details: https://www.tourolaw.edu/academics/juris-doctor-accelerated-program.
Grades will be available on the TouroOne website: https://touroone.touro.edu/sso/login beginning at approximately noon on Tuesday, May 31. May ’16 graduate grades are due by Wednesday, May 25; all other grades are due by Friday, June 17. Students whose bursar accounts are not clear will not have access to grades until those issues are resolved.
To log in: If you have not previously logged in to TouroOne, you should click on “First Time User” (lower left) to set up your account. If you previously changed your password, you should use that password in place of the default password. Click Log-In, You will need to go to the unofficial grade/transcript report. The grade tab will not work in TouroOne, because the Spring grades are not being entered into the Banner system. The grades are uploaded periodically throughout the day from the old system. If you have difficulty logging in you may reset your password on the log-in page. If you continue to have difficulty, contact the TouroOne Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-565-6552, or contact the Law Center Registrar’s Office at 631.761.7040, email@example.com.
Through Wednesday, August 10:
Law Center Students Visitors
Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.* 9 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.–2 a.m.* 8 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.* 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. CLOSED
*From 7-8 a.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 p.m.–2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, the library is open to Law Center students for study only. Circulation and reference services are not available during these times. Saturday use is subject to special conditions: 1st floor only, special access door, no food. Non-Touro graduates who are taking a bar review course at Touro and who are already in the building at 2:45 p.m. on Fridays will be allowed to stay until 6 p.m. on Friday evenings; however these students will not be allowed to enter the building after 2:45 p.m. on Fridays and are not permitted in the building on Saturdays or during extended study hall hours.
Special Holiday Hours and Closings
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day
Closed to all visitors; open as study hall to Touro Law students only (no services, 1st floor only) 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday-Monday, June 12-13 Shavuot
Closed to all visitors; open as study hall to Touro Law students only (no services, 1st floor only) 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Use special entrance on south plaza.
Monday, July 4 Independence Day
Closed to all visitors; open as study hall to Touro Law students only (no services, 1st floor only) 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Extended Bar/Summer Final Exam Hours
Beginning two weeks prior to the New York Bar Exam and continuing through the end of summer session final exams, Sunday, July 10-Wednesday, August 10, the Library will be open for Touro Law students only as a 24-hour study hall, except for Friday evenings-Saturday 10 a.m., in observance of the Jewish Sabbath. During this period, the library will close on Fridays at 6 p.m. and will reopen on Saturdays at 10 a.m. With this exception, the library will remain open 24 hours a day. Students using the library after midnight must sign in and out at the security desk. Library services will not be available during the overnight period, although a security guard will be on duty.
Library hours are subject to change, updates are available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/LawLibrary/?pageid=241.
LIRR SHUTTLE BUS
On Monday, May 23 only, there will be a 9 a.m. shuttle bus from CI LIRR to Touro, for the convenience of graduating students taking the diagnostic exam at 9:30 a.m.
Beginning Monday afternoon, May 23, the regular summer shuttle bus schedule to and from the Central Islip Long Island Railroad station (CI LIRR) will begin, as follows:
CI LIRR to Touro: Monday-Thursday 4:20 p.m. and 6:18 p.m.
Touro to CI LIRR: Monday-Thursday 4:40 p.m., 9:12 p.m., 10:05 p.m.
CI LIRR schedule: http://mta.info/lirr/Timetable/Station/RonkonkomaKO3.pdf.
Public Transportation: The Suffolk County Transit 3C bus provides regular service between CI LIRR and Touro Monday-Friday, on a schedule coordinated with the arrival of eastbound trains and the departure of westbound trains. The trip takes 10-12 minutes and costs $2 (exact change) each way. The bus arrives and departs CI-LIRR from a main bus stop on Suffolk Avenue just north of the station and stops on Eastview Drive in front of the school, see http://www.sct-bus.org/schedules/3c.pdf. CI LIRR is served by Lindy’s Taxi, 631.342.1111, one-way fare @ $8.
The Barnes & Noble bookstore will be open extra hours the weeks of May 23 and 30 for summer session book purchases:
Monday-Thursday, May 23-26 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, May 27 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, May 30 Closed, Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, June 3 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Regular summer hours begin Monday, June 6: M-W, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Th 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Effective Monday, May 23: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, closed.
Food service continues through Wednesday, July 20. Limited food service will begin with first year orientation on Monday, August 15; full service will resume on the first day of fall semester classes, Wednesday, August 17.
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Other hours by appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631.761.7050.
FREE MPRE COURSE
Professor Theodore Silver, a nationally known standardized test preparation author and tutor, will offer a free prep course for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) on Sunday, July 31, 1-5 p.m. in Room 210. The course, including all materials, is free, but reservations are required, email@example.com.
The MPRE is a two-hour, 60-question multiple choice test designed to measure knowledge of standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. A passing grade is required for admission in all but three U.S. jurisdictions (Maryland, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. In addition, Connecticut and New Jersey accept successful completion of a law school professional responsibility course in lieu of a passing score on the MPRE.) The next MPRE is Saturday, August 13. Applications, available at http://www.ncbex.org, must be received by Thursday, June 23 (late registrations accepted until Thursday, June 30, at double the normal $84 fee).
Liberty & Justice for All Dinner. Since 1995, the Law Center has honored distinguished members of the community at the annual “With Liberty & Justice for All” Dinner celebration for their outstanding achievements and commitments to the community. This year’s dinner, Wednesday evening, June 15 at the Garden City Hotel, will honor leading civil rights lawyer Frederick K. Brewington; long-time adjunct professor and Farrell Fritz partner Ilene Sherwyn Cooper; and Suffolk Supreme Court Justice Joseph Pastoressa. Other honorees include Henry Schein. Inc., the multinational health care products company headquartered in Melville, Corporation of the Year; Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Law Firm of the Year; and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine, Elected Official of the Year. For tickets and event information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTUS Admissions Ceremony. The Law Center is sponsoring a group admissions ceremony to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC Sunday-Monday June 5-6, featuring a cocktail reception on Sunday evening, June 5 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and the Admissions Ceremony on Monday morning, June 6 at the Court.
Free Human Trafficking CLE Program. Since New York State enacted perhaps the nation’s strongest anti-human trafficking statute in 2007, there have been 425 arrests statewide for sex and labor trafficking, all but 80 in New York City. On Thursday, June 16, 2-5 p.m., the Third Judicial District of the NY State Unified Court System, in conjunction with a coalition of organizations including Albany Law School and the Albany County Bar Association, will present “Human Trafficking-An Upstate Perspective,” an exploration of whether the upstate region is virtually devoid of the trafficking problem that plagues the rest of the nation, or whether the powerful 2007 law is being under-utilized. Participants include NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. The live program is at Albany Law School; simulcasting is available via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vd6k-O6agE&feature=player_embedded and the NY Unified Court System: http://video.nycourts.gov/webcast.wmv. Register at http://www.albanycountybar.org/humantrafficking.
While there are fewer classes during the summer session, there’s no lack of programming, most of it free for students, faculty and staff. In addition to the Bagels with the Boards CLEs (see below), four programs are already set in the coming weeks. The details:
Monday, May 23 The Law Center will host the annual Long Island Jobs With Justice (LIJWJ) Working But Still Poor conference, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., this year on the theme, “Confronting Income Inequality on Long Island: Reclaiming Our Lives, Our Work, Our Play.” Keynote speaker is Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice (2015). Panels include Income Inequality as a Contributor to Family Instability; Income Inequality, Housing and Educational Disparities; and Unique Burdens Facing Workers of Color. All sessions are free to students, faculty and staff. LIJWJ is a coalition of workers, people of faith, community members and students that promotes workers and immigrant rights and economic justice. Priorities include creating living wage jobs, supporting organizing, and demanding corporate accountability. For the complete program and more info: http://longislandjwj.org.
Friday, June 10 Child Care Council of Suffolk annual meeting, 8-11 a.m., FCR/BDR.
Monday, June 27 Project Patch/NY State Bar Association Law, Youth & Citizenship Summer Institute, high school teacher training, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through Thursday, June 30.
Wednesday, June 29 Brain Injury Assoc. of NY/NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence Training, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SUMMER 2016 DATABASE ACCESS FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS
Bloomberg Law and Lexis Advance will work normally during the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of placements (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.), however, employers may want you to use their accounts for billing purposes.
Westlaw requires users to “extend” their passwords for summer access. Moreover, users may only use their Westlaw account for “Academic Purposes.” This includes, but is not limited to, summer law school classes, Law Review/Journal/Moot Court, projects for professors, and some not-for- profit/pro bono internships. For detailed information, and to request a password extension, log-in at www.westlaw.com and click the summer extension banner.
DATABASE ACCESS FOR MAY 2016 GRADS
Bloomberg Law gives graduating students full access to their accounts for six months after graduation. Access is preserved automatically – no additional action is required.
Lexis Advance offers six months of access after graduation. Access is preserved automatically – no additional action is required. For more information: https://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access/.
Westlaw offers a program called “Grad Elite.” After registering with the program, students get limited access for six months after graduation. To enroll in Grad Elite, log in at www.westlaw.com and click the graduate extension banner.
BREAK BREAD WITH BOARDS-LAND USE CLE SERIES CONTINUES IN MAY AND JUNE
The Law Center’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Bagels with the Boards CLE series brings together local officials, planners, attorneys and legal scholars on the last Friday of the month for coffee, bagels and a 1-hour CLE on current land use and zoning law issues facing New York municipal boards. The series continues this summer with programs on Planning & Zoning for Small and Medium Wind Energy on Friday, May 27 and Ethics for Planning & Zoning Boards on Friday, June 24. The program fee, $15 per person ($10 for members of sponsor organizations, free for Touro students and staff who pre-register at http://www.tourolaw.edu/LandUseInstitute) includes materials and continental breakfast.
Friday, May 27 Planning & Zoning for Small and Medium Wind Energy, with Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Director Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen and Graduate Fellow Evan Zablow.
Friday, June 24 Ethics for Planning & Zoning Boards, with Touro Law Dean Patricia Salkin.
All sessions begin with coffee and bagels at 8:30 a.m., CLE 9-10 a.m. To register and for details on upcoming topics: http://www.tourolaw.edu/landuseinstitute. For more information email email@example.com.
INCUBATOR HELPS GRADS DO WELL WHILE DOING GOOD
Touro Law has been at the forefront of the growing “incubator” movement among law schools. Law incubators borrow from the model of successful business incubators, which are designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating economically viable enterprises.
Touro Law’s incubator, The Community Justice Center of Long Island (CJCLI), the first of its kind on Long Island, has been in operation for just over two years. The CJCLI, located in modern facilities at 300 Rabro Drive in Hauppauge, is comprised of a group of talented and entrepreneurial Touro Law Center grads who are committed to providing high quality, affordable legal services to the community. The Center serves the dual goals of supporting and assisting Touro Law alumni as they develop their own practices and addressing the unmet legal needs of the community.
Each member attorney operates an independent practice while sharing resources and exchanging ideas in a collegial practice setting. As they build their practices, CJCLI attorneys are committed to providing pro bono and affordably-priced legal services to low and middle-income clients, thereby helping to bridge the “justice gap” on Long Island, New York City and the greater metropolitan areas. Practice areas include family and matrimonial law, labor and employment law, guardianship, real estate, trusts and estates, landlord tenant, small business formation and advising, immigration, foreclosure and criminal defense.
- Applications for the CJCLI are accepted on a rolling basis; spaces are expected to be opening up in the coming months.
- Applicants must be Touro Law grads admitted to practice in New York.
For more on CJCLI, see http://www.tourolaw.edu/Alumni/?pageid=979 or contact Professor Meredith R. Miller, Director of Solo & Small Practice Initiatives and faculty liaison to the CJCLI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Center will be closed Sunday-Monday, June 12-13 for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is the second of three major Jewish holidays with both agricultural and historical significance (the others are Passover and Sukkot). Shavuot, which means “weeks” (the holiday is also called “The Festival of Weeks”), refers to the timing of the celebration, exactly 7 weeks after Passover. Agriculturally, Shavuot commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, the central place of worship in ancient Jerusalem. The holiday also marks the anniversary of the defining moment in Jewish history, the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Illustration: Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law, Rembrandt 1659.