THIS WEEK AT THE LAW CENTER
Monday, November 23
- Spring 2016 registration, 3PTE (4&5Y).
- LALSA bake sale, 10 a.m.-6p.m., café.
- Summer study abroad program info session, 12:30 p.m., FCR.
- JLSA Lunch & Learn, Torah studies with Campus Rabbi Baruch Fogel, “What is Kabbalah? Mysticism and Mitzvot: A Marriage Made in Heaven,” 12:30-1:20 p.m., MFMR.
- Uber & the Law, with Matthew Daus ’92, former Chair, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, now Windels Marx partner, 5:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
Tuesday, November 24
- Spring 2016 registration, 2PTE (4&5Y).
- 1L memo due (day and evening students).
- Thanksgiving food drive for LI Coalition for the Homeless, through Wednesday, November 25, use donation box in Atrium.
- Students Helping Students, Writing Center, Academic Development Program present, “Tips and Tricks for Editing, Studying and Staying Stress Free,” 12:30 p.m., FCR.
- Business Law Society meets, 5:30 p.m., 209.
- Free yoga class, 5:30 p.m., MFMR.
Wednesday, November 25
- Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) meets, 5:30 p.m., 209.
Thursday-Sunday, November 26-29
- No classes – Thanksgiving. Complete holiday building and library schedule, below.
Monday, November 30
- Spring 2016 registration, Crossover Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1
- Legal Process I Legal Research exam, day students 3:30-4:30 p.m., AUD, evening student in LP classes.
- Law Center participates in #GivingTuesday, global day of charity.
- Free yoga class, 5:30 p.m., MFMR.
Thursday, December 3
- Family Law Society/Health & Law Society de-stress event, 12:30 p.m., 209.
- Christian Legal Society Bible study, 12:30 p.m., 206.
- Alumni Reunion, classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005, 7-9 p.m., Woodbury Jewish Center, 200 South Woods Ave., Woodbury.
Friday, December 4
- Reading/make up day.
SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAM PREVIEW MONDAY
Learn more about the Law Center’s acclaimed summer study abroad programs in Germany and Vietnam, Monday, November 23, 12:30 p.m., FCR.
The Germany program, based in Berlin, runs May 23-June 25 and includes 6 credits of courses: Comparative Privacy Law (Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Fabio Arcila), International Human Rights (Professor Richard Klein) and Workplace Law in Global Context (Professor Meredith Miller). Extras include a visit to German Parliament, a bus tour of Berlin, and other historical, cultural and legal trips. Tuition, $4000, includes a 1-month Metro pass; air travel and room/board are not included.
The Vietnam program, based in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), will be offered in two sessions, each with one 3-credit course. Session One, May 22-June 3, will feature Comparative Criminal Justice (Professor Peter Zablotsky); Session Two, June 7-23, will offer International Criminal Law (Professor Dan Derby). There will be an optional 4-day trip to Cambodia to visit the court that is trying Khmer Rouge leaders for mass atrocities in the late 1970s and to see the Angkor Wat World Heritage site, the ultimate lost city in the jungle. Tuition for the full program is $6,300; for one session $3,150, both include housing and breakfast daily. The Cambodia trip, $1100 extra, includes transportation, meals and lodging.
Students who will have completed at least one year of FT or PT study at the end of Spring Semester 2016 and are in good academic standing are eligible.
UBER & THE LAW PROGRAM MONDAY
Uber, the on-demand car service available via a mobile app, was founded in 2009 by two young Internet entrepreneurs. Just 6 years later, the company operates in over 300 cities in 58 countries around the world, and is valued at $51 billion. Like many other technology phenomena, Uber’s explosive growth has outpaced the ability of the legal system to address many of the issues the enterprise raises.
This Monday, November 23, 5:30 p.m., FCR/BDR, Matthew Daus ’92, left, the former Chair of the NY City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), now a partner and Chair of the Transportation Group at Windels Marx, will provide a road map for many of the Uber-related legal issues that have spawned litigation on 3 continents, including licensing and regulation, unfair competition, liability for driver misconduct, legal status of drivers, more. Mr. Daus led the TLC for eight and one half years, appointed by Mayors Giuliani, Bloomberg and the NY City Council. Prior to his tenure as the TLC’s longest-serving Chief Executive, Mr. Daus served as TLC General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, and before that, as Special Counsel to the TLC Chair, supervising over 75 lawyers and Administrative Law Judges.
THANKSGIVING BUILDING AND LIBRARY SCHEDULE
Wednesday, November 25 Classes follow a regular Wednesday schedule, building closes 11:45 p.m., library closes 2 a.m.
Thursday, November 26 Building and library closed.
Friday, November 27 Building closed. Library open as a study hall only (no services), Touro Law students only, 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 28 Building closed. Library opens 10 a.m. as a study hall only (no services), Touro Law students only (Touro ID required, special access door, no food). 24-hour Library access resumes.
Sunday, November 29 Building and library open regular hours.
LIBRARY OPEN 24/6+
The Gould Law Library will be open to Touro Law students around the clock, through the end of final exams (Wednesday, December 23), except for:
Friday afternoon-Saturday morning, in observance of the Jewish Sabbath. The library will close Fridays at 2:45 p.m. and will reopen Saturdays at 10 a.m. (Saturday access is subject to special conditions: Touro ID required, special access door, no food); and
Thanksgiving. The Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. The Library will be open as a study hall only (no services) on Friday, November 27 from 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
With these exceptions, the library will remain open 24 hours a day. Library services will not be available during the overnight period and on Saturdays, although a security guard will be on duty. The entire library (except for the Circulation Desk, the Reference Office, and enclosed study rooms) will be a quiet zone to maximize available study space.
Access during overnight periods is Library only; students will not be permitted anywhere else in the building, except on overnights students may make brief trips to the Concourse to access their lockers or use the vending machines, but must return promptly. Use of recreational equipment in the Concourse is prohibited on overnights. No Concourse access of any kind is permitted on Saturdays.
ON-LINE COURSE EVALUATIONS OPEN NOW
Fall 2016 course evaluations can be completed ONLINE through Tuesday, December 8. Faculty members have been instructed to designate 10 minutes at the beginning of a class or during a class break, and to leave the classroom when evaluations are being completed. Evaluations can be completed on smartphones or tablets in classes where laptops are not permitted. All responses are anonymous. Results will not be available to faculty until grades have been posted. The evaluation form is available at https://TouroLAW.campuslabs.com/CourseEval/.
SPRING REGISTRATION CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Registration materials are available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/SpringRegistrationPacket.pdf. The remaining registration schedule:
Monday, November 23 3PTE (4&5Y)
Tuesday, November 24 2PTE (4&5Y)
Monday, November 30 Crossover Day
LAW 734DA American Legal Studies Practicum (TBA) Th 3:35-5:15 p.m.
LAW 734FA American Legal Studies Practicum (TBA) T 3:35-5:15 p.m.
LAW 743A Drafting Commercial Documents (Wolff) W 4:35-6:15 p.m.
LAW 682A Honors T&E w/Module (Seplowitz) T, Th 3:35-5:15 p.m.
LAW 696A Interviewing, Negotiating, & Counseling (Abramson) T 930 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
LAW 874 A Landlord Tenant Law (Ukeiley) Th 4:35-6:15 p.m.
Law 1856A Youth Court (4 credits) Nassau County Assistant DAs Kara Kaplan and Arianne Reyer T 3-6 p.m., Th 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The goal of the Nassau County Youth Court is to replace traditional criminal court processes with interventions that educate and prevent further encounters with the system. Students assist high school student volunteers who, serving in roles of legal professionals, conduct weekly hearings in cases involving alleged nonviolent teen offenders and impose sentences upon those offenders. Students will also assist Nassau County Assistant District Attorneys in conducting intakes through the Adolescent Diversion Court and the Family Court. The class will count 4 credits towards the experiential component of the criminal law concentration. The course will satisfy the 50-hour pro bono requirement and may also satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR). An additional 3 hours per week of office time is required. All classes/field time are at Nassau District Court in Hempstead (No prerequisite.)
Law 1620U Law by the Numbers: Numerical Literacy (2 credits) Prof. Meredith Miller Th 6:30-8:10 p.m.
Many law students say, “I came to law school because I’m not a numbers person.” The truth is that the practice of law often involves numbers – and lawyers need to develop numerical literacy. This course is intended to build students’ confidence as “numbers people,” ready to understand the documents they will invariably encounter in gathering the facts to which they will apply the relevant doctrinal law. Areas covered might include building an understanding of: personal and business tax returns, financial statements, brokerage and bank accounts, loans and mortgages, net worth statements, business and real estate appraisals, insurance, child support and maintenance calculations, commissions, royalties and profit sharing, and/or damages calculations. (No prerequisite.)
Law1621U Federal White-Collar Crime (2 credits) Assist U.S. Attorney James Miskiewicz Th 6:30-8:10 p.m.
This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the key federal statutes under which most white-collar offenses are prosecuted; enable them to learn and/or reinforce key concepts of mens rea; and explore issues affecting how white-collar cases are investigated, prosecuted, defended and prepared for sentencing. (No prerequisite.)
Complete course descriptions are available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/Academics/juris-doctor-course-descriptions.
Two Sunday courses have been added in response to student requests, Global Dimensions in Law and Children & the Law, both 2 credits, and both with bar coverage.
Law 1753U Global Dimensions in Law (2 credits) Professor Dan Derby Sun noon-2 p.m.
The course explores the importance of foreign and international law in the U.S. legal system. In doing so it provides a significant introduction to three legal subjects: Conflict of Laws, a bar-tested subject which addresses when a U.S. court will apply the law of another jurisdiction; Comparative Law, which examines the legal systems of other nations; and International Law, which deals with laws that apply to behavior of nations – including U.S. treaties, which are the supreme law of the land per the Constitution. The course is designed to provide an efficient basic exposure to these subjects, which are so vital in an era of globalization. (No prerequisite.) The course could satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
Law 967U Children & the Law (2 credits) Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Myra Berman Su 2:20-4 p.m.
This course covers both Constitutional Law and Family Law topics tested on the bar examination. The substance of the course addresses the relationship among children, parents/guardians and the state, in addition to the core Constitutional issues related to the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendment rights of children (e.g., speech, religion, criminal procedure). Other topics include the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, and medical issues relating to children who are ill or disabled. (No prerequisite.)
A Suffolk judge, a veteran Assistant U.S. Attorney, two Nassau Assistant DAs and an experienced law professor are among the first-time adjunct faculty members in Spring 2016. Complete adjunct bios are at http://www.tourolaw.edu/AboutTouroLaw/?pageid=49.
Hon. Janine A. Barbera-Dalli (Family Law Practice Module) is a Suffolk County District Court Judge, currently sitting in the 1st District Court in Central Islip. She studied Business Marketing and minored in Journalism at Hofstra University and received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. After law school, she worked for several firms, then opened her own practice in Miller Place, where she concentrated in Matrimonial Law, Family Law, Real Estate and Adoptions. She has been an adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies at New York Institute of Technology and is a licensed instructor of New York Real Estate Sales and Brokers Courses.
Christopher Caffarone (Federal Prosecution Clinic) has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York since 2008, where he has prosecuted a number of significant white collar cases, including a $400 million Ponzi scheme and a $200 million securities fraud/ insider trading case. He has also prosecuted numerous gang cases, involving members of the Bloods, Crips, Pagans and Ñetas, as well as corrupt public officials, including U.S. Postal Service employees and an NYPD detective. Before joining the Eastern District, he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, where he represented corporations in complex federal and state civil actions. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and received his J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law.
Kara Kaplan (Youth Court) is a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney and Director of the Nassau County Youth Court. She joined the DA’s Office in 2007 after serving as the Project Director of the Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children for the NY City Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. Before her tenure at the Mayor’s Office, she was an Assistant DA in the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the NY County DA’s Office. She received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her B.S. from Appalachian State University.
Arianne Reyer (Youth Court) is Nassau County Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Director of the Nassau County Youth Court. Before joining the DA’s Office in 2011, as a Nassau Assistant County Attorney she prosecuted juvenile delinquents in Family Court and helped create the County’s first juvenile drug treatment court. Before moving to Nassau County, she worked in the Family Court Bureau of the NY City Law Department and in the private sector as a litigator with a focus on family law. She is a graduate of Clark University and Pace University Law School.
Kamille Wolff Dean (Drafting Commercial Documents) has been on the faculty at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX, where she taught courses in commercial law and professional responsibility, and at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL, where she taught Lawyering Process. She also taught banking law, secured transactions, negotiable instruments and international commercial law as a visiting professor at Hofstra University School of Law. She currently serves as an associate member of the Supervisory Committee for the Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union (NEFCU). Professor Dean is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Queens College of the City University of New York.
All Elective Course Registration is On Line. All elective course registration is on line, 7 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on the designated day. Please check to make sure you have the most up-to-date registration packet before beginning the registration process.
Clinic Openings. There are still a few openings in spring 2016 clinics, including Immigration, Veterans and Bankruptcy. Acceptance in a clinic is by application only, but the application deadline has been extended. Contact the clinic office, 1st floor.
Crossover Day. On Monday, November 30, upper level day students may register for evening electives with available seats without having to drop a day course, and vice versa for evening students registering for a day elective. Students should submit add/drop forms (available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/drop-add-form.PDF) via email, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Forms submitted in person must be date/time stamped in the Registrar’s Office.
Priority Rules. Registration for electives (including crossover registration) is first-come, first served. If seats open in a closed course, students closest to graduation get priority.
First Year Students. Since all required courses are automatically assigned, 1Ls do not have to formally register. However 1Ls must report to the Registrar’s Office during the week of November 30 to sign for their Spring 2016 course schedules.
Two Year Accelerated Program. Students will be pre-registered for required courses, and may register on line for an elective course. It is suggested that an Intermediate Skills course be considered.
L.L.M. Students. Foreign LL.M. students: submit completed registration forms to Professor Dan Derby for approval prior to the start of the registration period. General LL.M. students: submit completed registration forms to Assistant Dean for Student Services Charlotte Taylor for approval prior to the start of the registration period.
Course Planning Help. Check out the Course Planning Guide, at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/Course_Planning_Guide.pdf. This information-packed 4-page guide covers required course sequencing, upper-level course requirements, other graduation requirements, including Intermediate Skills, Advanced Writing and Public Interest, bar courses, and specialization areas. For in-person registration advice, contact your faculty advisor or Assistant Dean for Student Services Charlotte Taylor, email@example.com, 631.761.7050 (appointments suggested during the registration period).
WINTERSESSION REGISTRATION OPEN
The Law Center will offer 8 elective courses, 5 day and 3 evening, during “Wintersession,” the year-end break between fall and spring semesters. Day courses are Torts II (Advanced Torts), covering bar subjects not covered in Torts I (1 credit, Judge Leon Lazer); Judicial Writing, what goes into writing court opinions, ideal for clerkship hopefuls (1 credit, Professor Tracy Norton); Selected Topics in Trial Practice, witness examination and laying the foundation for admission of evidence (2 credits, Professor Lynne Kramer); Mediation (3 credits, Michelle Leonard-Smith, the Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey); and Selected Topics in Racism and American Law: The History and Legal Trials of the Scottsboro Boys (1 credit, Professor Lawrence Raful); evening courses are Introduction to Compliance (1 credit, Brendan Sihksel ’11, Senior Associate, Regulatory Reporting Unit, NY Life Insurance Company); Law Practice Management (2 credits, Professor Lynne Kramer), and Professional Responsibility (2 credits, Professor Peter Zablotsky, upper-level students only).
Judicial Writing is on-line only; all other courses are on campus in Central Islip. One-credit courses meet Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30 and Monday-Wednesday, January 4-6. Two-credit courses meet Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30 and Monday-Thursday, January 4-7. Mediation, the three-credit course, meets Monday-Tuesday, December 28-29 and Monday-Thursday, January 4-7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Course descriptions, professor bios and specific days and times are in the registration materials (link below).
Students who have completed at least one full year (FT or PT) may take up to four credits in Wintersession courses (so current 1Ls are not eligible).
Registration is open now, through Monday, December 15. Registration materials are available at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/winterRegistrationPacket.pdf.
Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Student Services Charlotte Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org or Registrar Paula Kutch email@example.com.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR “PERFECT FOR PRACTICE” FREE CLE FOR RECENTLY ADMITTED GRADS
New York court rules require new attorneys to complete a minimum of 32 hours of special Continuing Legal Education (CLE) within the first 24 months after admission. These courses are typically referred to as “Bridge the Gap” programs, for their focus on preparing attorneys with “nuts and bolts” instruction in basic practice areas.
Touro’s version, “Perfect for Practice,” will be offered over four days in January 2016 (Friday and Sunday January 8 and 10; Friday and Sunday, January 22 and 24). Recent grads who attend all four days can earn 16 hours of newly admitted attorney CLE credits.
The entire program, including all materials, is free and open only to 2013, 2014 and 2015 Touro Law grads. Comparable programs cost $200 or more, so this is a great way to get the required CLE while renewing acquaintances with classmates and favorite professors, many of whom are instructors in the program.
All sessions are at the Law Center. The complete schedule:
Friday, January 8
8:45-10:45 a.m. How to Make Ethical Practice Management a Habit in Your Practice, Sheryl Randazzo, Randazzo & Randazzo LLP (1 ethics and 1 law practice management credit)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Landlord-Tenant 101, former Suffolk District Court Judge and Adjunct Professor Stephen Ukeiley (2 skills credits)
Sunday January 10
9:45-11:45 a.m. Criminal Trial Crim Pro You Need to Know, NY Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen (2 professional practice credits)
Noon-2 p.m. Ethics Update, Professor Lawrence Raful (2 ethics credits)
Friday, January 22
8:45-10:45 a.m. Bankruptcy Basics, Director of Clinical Programs and Director of the Bankruptcy Clinic Professor Leif Rubinstein (2 skills credits)
11a.m.- 1 p.m. Introduction to Child Support and Custody, Professor Lewis Silverman, Director of the Family Law Clinic (2 skills credits)
Sunday, January 24
9:45-11:45 a.m. Navigating Suffolk’s District and Outlying Courts, Leonard Badia ‘07, Adjunct Professor and Commanding Officer of the Cohalan West and Security Operations Commands Tenth Judicial District (2 professional practice credits)
Noon-2 p.m. What Every Practitioner Needs to Know About Mortgage Foreclosure, Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic Practitioner-in-Residence Joan Clay (2 Law Practice Management/Professional Practice credits)
Grads may register for one or all four sessions by emailing Director of Alumni Relations Erica Vladimer, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, January 4, 2016, indicating the day(s) you will attend.
A WORD TO THE WISE: ASSIGNMENTS UPLOADED TO TWEN MUST BE IN MS WORD OR PDF; WORD IS FREE TO TLC STUDENTS
Assignments, papers or exams uploaded to TWEN must be in Microsoft Word or PDF (Portable Document Format). Please do not submit documents in Pages format (via your Mac). Mac users can easily convert a document to Word or PDF.
Microsoft Word Free for TLC Students. Sign up with Touro Law email and download the MS Office apps at
https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education. Click the green link that says “get started for free,” then use your @Tourolaw.edu email address and follow the prompts.
Converting a Pages Document to Word or PDF. In the Pages program on a Mac, click “File” and in the drop-down menu hover over “Export To.”
Then pick PDF or Word. A screen will then open that says “Export Your Document.” Highlight Word or PDF, then click “Next.” You will then be instructed to save your document in the format that you selected.
Need Help Converting a Document? Stop by the Library Reference Desk, call 631.761.7160 or email email@example.com.
FROM THE REGISTRAR
February 2016 NY Bar Applications Close Next Week. The on-line application for the February 2016 NY State bar exam is open through Monday, November 30, see http://www.nybarexam.org/. The exam is Tuesday-Wednesday, February 23-24, 2016.
Graduation Audits. May 2016 graduates should make an appointment to meet with the Registrar for a graduation audit. The audit assures the timely completion of all graduation requirements. Call 631.761.7040 to schedule an appointment.
Register Now for Public Interest Career Fair. The 39th Annual Public Interest Career Fair, Thursday-Friday February 4-5, 2016 at NYU Law, the largest of its kind in the country, gives employers the opportunity to meet with students and allows students to interview with employers for summer and entry level positions, as well as to speak informally with employers at information tables. Last year, representatives from more than 200 organizations and over 1,600 law students attended. Registration is open now, through December 1, at http://pilcfair.law.nyu.edu/studentinformation/index.htm.
Free Yoga Classes. The Law Center is bending over backwards to help you relax, with free yoga sessions for students, faculty and staff, Tuesdays, November 24 and December 1. All sessions are 5:30-6:20 p.m., MFMR. No advance reservation required, beginners welcome, wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Mincha Services. Mincha, Jewish afternoon prayer services, are held Monday-Thursday, 1:10 p.m., Synagogue, 2nd floor. For more, contact Campus Rabbi Baruch Fogel, x7440.
HELP FOR LAW STUDENTS
Counselor-in-Residence. Christa Schorn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), visits on a regular schedule throughout the semester. All sessions are free and strictly confidential. Appointments may be made through her private office at (516) 768-7127 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention that you are a Touro student if you need to leave a message or send an email.
Lawyer Assistance Program. State and local bar associations offer Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAP) that provide free, confidential help to lawyers and law students with alcoholism, drug abuse, stress or depression issues, and provide collateral services to family members. NY State Bar: 800.255.0569, email@example.com. New York City Bar: 212.302.5787 or www.nycbar.org; Nassau County Bar Association: 888.408.6222 or www.nassaubar.org. The Law Center’s on-campus LAP rep is 4PTE student Tal Stanecky,
Tally-Stanecky@tourolaw.edu. All communications with LAP reps are privileged and confidential under NY State law.
Students Helping Students (SHS). Fellow students provide confidential peer assistance and referrals on academic, personal and social issues. Contact the student co-directors Christina Santiago or Kimberly Siegel to arrange a meeting.