MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015


Monday, May 25

  • Memorial Day/Shavuot, building closed.

Tuesday, May 26

  • First day of classes, on-campus/on-line summer session and two-year program.
  • Summer shuttle bus and food service schedules begin.
  • Two-year program orientation, noon-1:15 p.m., ABR.

Wednesday, May 27

  • Disaster Relief Clinic presents “Understanding the FEMA Sandy Claims Review Process,” 5:30-8 p.m., AUD.

Friday, May 29

  • Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Bagels with the Boards, breakfast 8:30 a.m., CLE, Planning and Permitting Mobile Broadband Communications Infrastructure: Is It Time To Amend Your Local Code?, 9-10 a.m., FCR/BDR.
  • May 2015 grad grades due to Registrar.

Sunday, May 31

  • Police Tutorial Service Suffolk County Police Officer Entrance Exam course, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., AUD.

Monday, June 1

  • Last day of drop/add, on-campus/on-line summer session.
  • 2015-16 Financial aid applications due.
  • Jews of Shanghai conference opens, through Wednesday, June 3, Shanghai, China.

Tuesday, June 2

  • May 2015 grad degrees conferred/certified to sit for bar exams.

Friday, June 5

  • “Military and Veterans’ Resources: Tools for Reintegration,” 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8

  • LSAT administered.

Tuesday, June 9

  • On-line faculty colloquium, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, June 12

  • Child Care Council of Suffolk annual meeting, 8-11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 16

  • Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir,” story of her escape from the commercial sex industry and founding of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), reception 6-6:45 p.m., book signing 6:45-7 p.m., presentation, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, June 19

  • Continuing students’ grades due to Registrar.
  • Guardianship Quality Initiative launch, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., AUD, lunch in FCR/BDR.

Tuesday, June 23

  • On-line faculty colloquium, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24

  • Parents for Megan’s Law/Crime Victims Center Domestic Violence Training Seminar, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 25

  • Last day to withdraw from a course, on-campus/on-line summer session.
  • NY State Senator Tom Croci hosts legislative hearing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, June 26

  • Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Bagels with the Boards, breakfast 8:30 a.m., CLE, “Zoning for Solar       Energy,” 9-10 a.m., FCR/BDR.

Mon.-Thurs. June 29-July 2

  • Project PATCH Law & Civic Education Summer Institute (high school teacher training), 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday, June 29                 

  • Doctrinal faculty meetings: Civil Dispute Resolution & Procedure, 10-11:30 a.m.; Criminal Law, 12:30-2 p.m.; Contracts 2.30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30

  • Doctrinal faculty meetings: Evidence, 10-11:30 a.m.; Business Organizations, noon-1:30 p.m.; Property 4:30-6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

  • Doctrinal faculty meetings: Constitutional Law, 10-11:30 a.m.; Torts, 12:30-2 p.m.; Trusts and Estates 2:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7

  • On-line faculty colloquium, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8

  • NY State Judicial Institute training for Nassau/Suffolk judges, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. FCR/BDR.

Friday, July 10

  • John Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel meets, noon-2 p.m., ABR.

Wed.-Thurs, July 15-16

  • Final exams, on-campus, on-line and NYC summer session.

Monday, July 20

  • Annual golf outing, Tam O’Shanter Club, Brookville. Honorees Thomas Santucci ’83 and Jordan Ziegler ’92.

 Tuesday, July 21

  •  On-line faculty colloquium, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 2

  • Prof. T. Silver free MPRE prep course, 1-5 p.m., 210.

Tuesday, August 4

  • On-line faculty colloquium, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday-Thursday, August 9-13

  • First year orientation.

Sunday, August 16

  • First day of LL.M. classes.
  • Clinic orientation and swearing in, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, August 17

First day of fall semester classes.


commencement-2015-305x148182 students, including 168 JDs,1 Dual Degree JD/MSW, 3 Dual Degree JD/MBA, 1 Dual Degree JD/MPA, 7 LLMs in US Legal Studies, and 2  general LLMs, received their degrees at commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville before a delighted audience of 2,000+ graduates, faculty, family and friends. Commencement speaker former Time Warner and CitiGroup CEO Richard Parsons told grads to embrace compassion, transparency, justice and kindness, and passed on his mother’s advice on the secret of success: “Be the kind of person everyone wants to see succeed.” Other speakers included Touro College and University System Executive VP Rabbi Moshe Krupka, Class Professor Rena Seplowitz and Class Orator 3FT Jason Prince. Awards and honors conferred at the ceremony included

FT valedictorian: Daniela Giordano

PT valedictorian: Matthew Landon Zafrin

FT salutatorian: Darren Stakey

PT salutatorian: Jeffrey C. Gautsche

Paul Marks Award for Public Service: Professor Leif Rubinstein, Director of Clinical Legal Education

Milton Handler Award for Faculty Scholarship: Professor Sarah Adams Schoen

Excellence in Teaching Award: Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Fabio Arcila

For Dedication to the Ideals and Purposes of Legal Education: Professor Rena Seplowitz

Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D. honoris causa): Commencement Speaker Richard Parsons and Congressman Peter King, 2nd District of NY.

The ceremony and the individual speeches are available on the web:

Complete Ceremony

Commencement Speaker: Richard Parsons

FT valedictorian: Daniela Giordano

PT valedictorian: Matthew Landon Zafrin

Ronnie D. Cohen Class Orator: Jason Prince,+2015/0_fh0rptth/30270601



On-campus and on-line summer session classes begin Tuesday, May 26 and end Monday, July 13. Exams are Wednesday-Thursday, July 15-16. Externships follow separate class meeting schedules.

Highlights include four on-line courses (Law Practice Management, Advanced Persuasive Writing, Basic Business Principles and 21st Century Law Practice by Design). On-campus courses include T&E, Family Law, Sports Law, Remedies, Pretrial Litigation, Human Trafficking and federal court clerkship and civil/criminal practice externships.

Summer session registration is open through Monday, June 1. Registration materials are available at



Eight students begin the Law Center’s inaugural two-year program on Tuesday, May 26. The program 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:



Two new staffers and a promotion:

Erica_headshotErica Vladimer ’13 is the new Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. After earning a bachelor’ degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut, she worked for a year as a Public Ally in a national leadership development program founded by First Lady Michelle Obama. She then chose to attend law school, where she began turning her passion for social justice into a career. While at Touro, she served as 2012-13 SBA President. After graduation, she accepted a position with the New York State Senate Fellowship Program as a Policy Analyst and Counsel for the Independent Democratic Conference, where she focused on education policy, working with legislators and advocates to ensure students across the state receive the education they deserve. She also represented the Independent Democratic Conference in the Education and Higher Education budget negotiations.

Also in the Development Office, Kim Nicolich, formerly an Administrative Assistant, has been promoted to Special Events Coordinator.

NatashaNatasha Dasani is on the job as the new Assistant Director of Career Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Psychology and Sociology from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Notes and Articles editor on the Fordham Law Review. After law school, she worked as an Account Executive with LexisNexis in the Law Schools division for over six years, and worked with a number of law schools in New York, including Touro.



The Touro Law Review has published Volume 31, Issue 2, dedicated to conservative legal scholarship, featuring forwards by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, 1st District of New York (R-Shirley), and containing articles by conservative scholars and jurists. The issue is available on line at



Grades will be available on the Touro College website, beginning 6 p.m. Friday, May 29. May ’15 graduate are due by Friday, May 29; all other grades are due by Friday, June 19. Students whose bursar accounts are not clear will not have access to grades until those issues are resolved.

To log in: Enter the ID number on your Law Center photo ID card (NOT your exam number). If you have not previously logged in to this site, the default password is the digits of the month and day of your birth date followed by the last two digits of your Touro ID number followed by the first two letters of your first name and then the first two letters of your last name. (Follow the instructions on the tcweb login page.) If you previously changed your password, you should use that password in place of the default password. Click Log-In, then select the My Grades tab. It may be necessary for you to also select Change Term to select Spring Semester 2015 grades. If you have difficulty logging in you may reset your password on the log-in page. If you continue to have difficulty, contact the Registrar’s Office at 631.761.7040,




Effective through Sunday, August 9:

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.

Special Holiday Hours and Closings

Monday May 25                     Closed, Shavuot/Memorial Day

Friday, July 3                          Closed, Independence Day.

Extended Bar Exam Hours

During the two weeks prior to the New York Bar Exam, Sunday, July 12-Tuesday, July 29, 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 these 2 weeks, 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



Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Touro will offer shuttle bus service to and from the Central Islip Long Island Railroad station (CI LIRR) as follows:

CI LIRR to Touro: Monday-Thursday 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:

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 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 26 and June 2 for summer session book purchases:

Tuesday-Thursday May 26-28        10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, May 29                                  10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, June 1-4           10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, June 5                                    10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Regular summer hours begin Monday, June 8: M-W, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Th 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, closed.

Food service continues through Thursday, July 16. Limited food service will begin with first year orientation on Monday, August 10; full service will resume on the first day of fall semester classes, Monday, August 17.


Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Other hours by appointment,, 631.761.7050.



The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (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 15.  Applications, available at, must be received by Thursday, June 25 (late registrations accepted until Thursday, July 2, at double the normal $80 fee). Professor Theodore Silver, a nationally known standardized test preparation author and tutor, will offer a free MPRE prep course on Sunday, August 2, 1-5 p.m. in Room 210. The course, including all materials, is free, but reservations are required,



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, on Hurricane Sandy claims, veterans’ resources, human trafficking and guardianships. The details:

Reopened Hurricane Sandy Claims. In early 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to reopen claims filed by nearly 142,000 homeowners whose properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. On Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-8 p.m., AUD, Touro’s Disaster Relief Clinic will present, “Understanding the FEMA Sandy Claims Review Process,” which will walk homeowners through the claims process. The event will be streamed live on YouTube at For more information, please Clinic Hotline at (631) 761-7198 or visit

Resources for Returning Veterans. The Law Center will host “Military and Veterans’ Resources: Tools for Reintegration,” Friday, June 5, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work and the Seafield Center, a regional inpatient/outpatient addiction treatment facility, the free program will focus on outreach and clinical interventions that address the needs of veterans, servicemembers and their families. To register or for more information, e-mail Brandi Carney at or call 631.278.3706.

Human Trafficking Program and Book Signing. Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir,” the story of her escape from the commercial sex industry and founding of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), will visit on Tuesday evening, June 16, reception 6-6:45 p.m., book signing 6:45-7 p.m., presentation, 7-9 p.m. all FCR/BDR. The event is sponsored by Touro Law Center and Touro’s Women’s Bar Association in connection with the summer Human Trafficking course and supported by the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association and Suffolk County’s Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts.

Guardianship Quality Initiative. The Aging and Longevity Law Institute (ALLI) will launch its Guardianship Quality Initiative (GQI) on Friday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., AUD. GQI is a year-long program of live and on-line CLEs and interdisciplinary programs designed to provide members of the bench and bar, law students, professionals from other disciplines and members of the community with the information, tools and resources required to address the legal needs of those suffering from diminished capacity.



Bloomberg. Graduating students have full access to their Bloomberg Law accounts for six months after their graduation date.  Your access is preserved automatically – no additional action is required.

Lexis Advance. Lexis Advance offers six months of access after graduation. Access is preserved automatically – no additional action is required.  For more information:

Westlaw. Westlaw offers a program called “Grad Elite.”  After registering, students are granted limited access for six months after graduation. To enroll:



Bloomberg. Students may use their Bloomberg Law accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Bloomberg Law account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Lexis. Students may use their Lexis Advance accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Lexis Advance account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Westlaw. In order to use your Westlaw account over the summer, you must request permission from West to “extend” your password. Additionally, you may only use your 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. “Academic Purposes” does not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity unrelated to law school that is paying you to conduct the research or that is passing along the costs of the research to a third party. These are considered commercial purposes. For detailed information, and to request a password extension, please go to:



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 wireless broadband communications infrastructure on Friday, May 29 and zoning for solar energy on Friday, June 26. The program fee,  $15 per person ($10 for members of sponsor organizations, free for Touro students and staff who pre-register at includes materials and continental breakfast.

Friday, May 29: Planning and Permitting Mobile Broadband Communications Infrastructure: Is It Time To Amend Your Local Code?

Program: Municipalities are seeing increased deployment of wireless communications infrastructure to address the explosion in data use and demand for mobile broadband. The need for in-building systems, small cells, towers and facilities will continue to result in wireless facility deployment. To harness growth in technology, municipalities must fully understand recent developments in federal law to ensure that their local codes are not only compliant with the most recent federal policy, but properly balance their own administrative burdens with the infrastructure being deployed. Tools to aid in the deployment of wireless infrastructure includes as-of-right sites, town- wide planning, amendment of local laws and zoning regulations, as well as development of policies including use of municipal rights-of-way and properties.

Faculty: Christopher B. Fisher, Charles J. Gottlieb and Anthony F. Morando, of Cuddy & Feder LLP concentrate their practices in telecommunications, land use and zoning, and have been counsel in precedent-setting cases involving nuanced areas of zoning and claims under the Federal Communications Act.

Friday, June 26:  Zoning for Solar Energy

Program: This presentation will review strategies and best practices for developing a clear, comprehensive, and enforceable solar regulatory framework. Materials will include sample provisions for permitted uses, dimensional standards, development standards and definitions. In addition, optional provisions, such as solar access and solar-ready home requirements, will be reviewed. Attendees will be eligible to receive complimentary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their jurisdiction.

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: For more information email



the-destruction-of-the-temple-at-jerusalemThe Law Center will be closed Monday, May 25 both for Memorial Day and 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, The Destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem by Nicholas Poussin, 1637.










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