Monday-Tuesday, September 28-29

  • No classes, building closed – Sukkot.

Wednesday, September 30

  • Family Law Society bake sale, 12:30-5:30 p.m., café.
  • Immigration Law Society program for 1Ls, “Planning for Success-How to Make a Law School Outline,” panel of successful upper-level students discussing tools for developing successful outlines, 12:30 p.m., 209.
  • Faculty colloquium, Professor Jack Graves, “Whiter Teeth, the Sherman Act, and Access to Justice: They May Be More Related Than You Think,” 12:30 p.m., ABR.
  • Real Estate Law Society meets, 12:30 p.m., 210.
  • Faculty meeting, 4 p.m., FCR/BDR.
  • Law Center, Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, BLSA, LALSA co-sponsor “Prosecution and Racial Justice,” panel on bias in the criminal justice system, 6:30 p.m., AUD.

Thursday, October 1

  • Intellectual Property Law Society bake sale benefits Ronald McDonald House, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., café.
  • Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) Sushi in the Sukkah, 12:30-1:20 p.m., patio (rain location FCR/BDR).
  • Christian Legal Society meets, 12:30 p.m., MFMR.
  • CSO presents, “Maximizing Your Job Search Strategy,” 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., Library Computer Lab (L308).
  • Honors Program “Dine with the Dean,” 5:30 p.m., ABR.
  • “A Look into the Latino Fight for Civil Rights,” with Juan Cartagena, President of Latino Justice/PRLDEF, 5:30 p.m., FCR.

Friday, October 2

  • 27th Annual Leon D. Lazer Supreme Court Review, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. AUD.


Sunday, October 4

  • Building closes 2 p.m. – Sukkot.

Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6

  • No classes, building closed – Sukkot.

Wednesday, October 7

  • Faculty colloquium, 12:30 p.m., ABR.
  • Federalist Society meets, 4 p.m., 209.
  • 1L student-professor dinner, Section U (LP 8-9), 5:30-6:20 p.m., FCR.

Thursday, October 8

  • 1L Judge-Practitioner lunch, matrimonial/family law, with Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Andrew Crecca and Gayle Rosenblum ’03, partner in Rubin & Rosenblum, Melville, 12:30 p.m., ABR.
  • “Careers in Immigration Law,” with Victoria Campos ’99, Adam Tavares ’13 and Immigration Law Clinic Director Professor William Brooks, 12:30 p.m., FCR.
  • Labor & Employment Law Society program on prevailing wage and ERISA issues, 12:30 p.m., 210.
  • Financial Aid Office workshop, “Borrowing Wisely,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., FCR/BDR and 5:30-6:30 p.m., 310.
  • Family Law Society hosts former Suffolk Human Trafficking Court Judge Stephen Ukeiley and PAC agency Brighter Tomorrows Director of Advocacy Feride Castillo, on domestic violence and human trafficking, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., 209.
  • Trial Advocacy and Practice Society (TAPS) intraschool competition finals, 5:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.

Friday, October 9

  • LI Advocacy Center Conference, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.



The Law Center, the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Latino/a American Law Students Association (LALSA) will co-sponsor “Prosecution and Racial Justice,” a panel on bias in the criminal justice system, with criminal defense attorney Kevin Satterfield, a former Suffolk ADA and past president, Amistad LI Black Bar; Jim Parsons, VP and Research Director, Vera Institute of Justice; Wayne S. McKenzie, General Counsel, NYC Department of Probation and former president, National Black Prosecutors Association; and Professor Richard Klein, Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m., AUD.



SCOTUS Justices 2014The Law Center’s Annual Supreme Court Review, named for its long-time organizer, Touro professor and former Appellate Division, Second Department Justice Leon D. Lazer, will have its 27th renewal Friday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., AUD. The event will once again bring together distinguished legal experts for an exploration of important decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court during the past year, and for a look at the docket for the coming year. Speakers include Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Irvine School of Law, author of the standard law school text Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies; Judge John Gleeson, USDC, EDNY; Hofstra Law Professor Leon Friedman, co-author of Justices of the United States Supreme Court; Law Center professors Leon Lazer, Richard Klein, Eileen Kaufman and professor emeritus Martin Schwartz; and adjunct professor and noted civil rights lawyer Frederick Brewington. Topics include same sex marriage; criminal procedure (searches/hotel guest registry, confrontation clause in child abuse cases, sentencing of repeat offenders, and death penalty-lethal injection protocol); freedom of speech and voting rights (fundraising for judicial candidates, “message” license plates, municipal sign ordinances); civil rights (§1983 actions, housing discrimination, religious discrimination in employment, pregnancy discrimination); and business (takings, state income tax, powers of bankruptcy judges to adjudicate state law claims).

Conference brochure and registration: Student scholarships are available, contact the CLE Department, Kimberly Nicolich, x7064,



The Latino/a American Law Students Association (LALSA) inaugurates “Living La Vida Lawyer,” a series of programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, this Thursday, October 1, 5:30 p.m., FCR, with “A Look into the Latino Fight for Civil Rights,” featuring Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of Latino Justice/PRLDEF. This program is co-sponsored by the Law Center chapter of the American Constitution Society.

juan cartagenaMr. Cartagena, left, is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who has extensive experience litigating cases on behalf of Latino and African American communities in the areas of housing, voting rights, employment discrimination, language rights, and access to public education for poor and language minority children. He formerly served as General Counsel and Vice President for Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York, where he directed the Mass Imprisonment & Reentry Initiative, focusing on the effects of incarceration on poor and minority communities. In the 1990s he was the Legal Director of the government of Puerto Rico’s Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States. He is a former Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken, NJ, and from 2005 to 2011 served as General Counsel to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law. Latino Justice/PRLDEF, known until 2008 as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, is a national civil rights organization that seeks to change discriminatory practices through advocacy and litigation, see

Future programs in the series:

Thursday, October 8                “Careers in Immigration Law,” with Victoria Campos ’99, Adam Tavares ’13 and Immigration Law Clinic Director Professor William Brooks, 12:30 p.m., FCR.

Monday, October 12                “Lawyers in Government Office-Before and After,” with former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, 5:30 p.m., FCR/BDR. This program is co-sponsored by the Law Center chapter of the Federalist Society.

Wednesday, October 14          “Becoming a Partner-Leading as an Hispanic Woman in the Legal Environment,” with Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Harris Beach partner and secretary of the Hispanic National Bar Association, 12:30 p.m., 209.



 The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip is accepting applications from students who wish to participate in the Law Center’s Spring 2016 Federal Criminal Prosecution Clinic. Openings are available both in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Students accepted in the 6-credit program attend weekly 3-hour seminars and work 20 hours a week assisting Assistant U.S. Attorneys with all facets of case preparation, including researching and writing memoranda; drafting/writing motions, responses and pleadings; providing trial support; interviewing witnesses; and possibly earning courtroom experience. Apply with cover letter specifying Civil or Criminal Division (a separate application is required for each division); resume with postal mail address and email; law school transcript (unofficial acceptable); legal writing sample (length is unimportant as long as it demonstrates your legal writing ability); and list of 3 references with telephone numbers. Cover letters should be addressed to Assistant U.S. Attorney Burton Ryan (Criminal Division) or Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Beckmann (Civil Division), both at 610 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and pass a background check. Deadline: applications are due in the Clinic Office by Thursday, October 1. For info contact Clinic Administrator Lila Mester,



Four SpeciesSukkot (pronounced sue-COAT) has its origin in the survival of the Jewish people through forty years of wandering in the wilderness after their flight from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Sukkot means “booths.” The sukkah, the brown wooden structure on the patio behind the cafeteria, is a replica of the temporary huts, or booths, used by Jews during their exodus. A key part of the holiday symbolism involves taking meals in sukkahs. Sukkot is also a harvest festival and, some say, the direct ancestor of the American Thanksgiving. Celebrations often involve the “Four Species” (above left), four kinds of branches: citron (etrog), palm (lulav), myrtle (hadassim) and willow (arovot). One explanation, among many, is that each of the four branches represents a different kind of person (the citron has a good taste and smell, the palm has a good taste but no smell, the myrtle has a good smell but no taste, and the willow has neither taste nor smell). The fact that all four are used together is said to symbolize the oneness of the Jewish people. Sukkot is celebrated over a seven-day period, this year from Sunday evening, September 27-Sunday evening, October 4. Sukkot is followed immediately by Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, holidays that celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings, this year sundown Sunday, October 4-sundown Tuesday, October 6. In observance of Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah the Law Center will close Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. and remain closed Monday-Tuesday, September 28-29; close Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. and remain closed Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6.

JLSA Sukkot Program Thursday. The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) will host “Sushi in the Sukkah,” a program on the traditions of Sukkot, with Campus Rabbi Baruch Fogel, Thursday, October 1, 12:30 p.m. in the sukkah, patio behind café.

Sukkahs at Touro College Sites. Students in need of a sukkah during Chol Hamoed (a Hebrew phrase meaning the intermediate, non-holy days of the festival) are invited to visit Touro College locations at 27 W. 23rd St., Manhattan (on the roof); Touro College School of Health Sciences, 1700 Union Boulevard, Bay Shore; Lander College for Men, 75-31 150th St., Kew Gardens Hills, Queens; Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, 230 W. 125th St., Manhattan; and New York Medical College, 7 Dana Rd, Valhalla, Westchester County.



New procedures go into effect this semester for students who want to take midterms and final exams on their laptops.

Advance Registration No Longer Required. Starting this semester, all students will be automatically registered for the option of typing exams. Registration will be completed by Wednesday, September 30, and shortly thereafter students will receive an instruction email from IT.

Students who choose to type MUST still complete all of the steps below by the applicable deadlines or they may be required to handwrite. Students who are undecided should complete all the steps below and may still choose to handwrite up to the day of the exam.

One Week Prior to Any Exam (but no later than December 1 for final exams): 1. Download the Softest exam software; 2. Download individual exam files. Just follow the step-by-step instructions in the IT email. 3. Download mock exam and upload a mock answer. This insures that the software is working properly, and gives students a chance to get familiar with the uploading process.

Which laptops are eligible? PCs and Macs. Touro does not provide laptops.

What if I receive exam accommodations? The procedures above apply to students who request disability accommodations or exam rescheduling due to conflicts.

For problems or questions. Visit the IT Office (Room 207) or call 631.761.7070.



The Judge-Practitioner lunch-dinner series, part of the Court Observation Program, offers 1FT-PT and 2PT students the opportunity to meet in an informal setting with some of the region’s top judges and lawyers. The series gets under way with a matrimonial/family law lunch on Thursday, October 8 with Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Andrew Crecca, divorce layers James Winkler, former Suffolk Bar President and attorney for Christie Brinkley ex Peter Cook; John Fellin Winkler, Kurtz & Winkler, LLP and Gayle Rosenblum ’03, partner in Rubin & Rosenblum, Melville. Future lunches: criminal law, Thursday, October 29, with Suffolk Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon, Chief Suffolk Assistant DA Emily Constant and defense attorney Anthony LaPinta, managing partner at Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., Hauppauge; and torts/medical malpractice, Thursday, November 5, with NY State Court of Claims Judge and acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Pastoressa, Edward Nitkewicz ‘91, Senior Attorney, The Sanders Law Firm, Mineola and Michele Musarra ’98, Senior Trial Counsel, Epstein Frankini Grammatico, Woodbury; and Thursday, November 12, elder law, with Suffolk Supreme Court Justice H. Patrick Leis III and elder law/estate planning specialist Sheryl Randazzo, Randazzo & Randazzo, Huntington. Dinner, Monday, November 9, commercial law, with Suffolk Supreme Court Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines and commercial litigator Joseph Campolo, Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, Bohemia.

Lunches are 12:30-1:30 p.m., dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m., all in the ABR. Seating at each session is limited to the first 24 1FT-PT and 2PTs to sign up. Reserve on TWEN. Just add Court Observation Program then click the sign-up link.



Inns of Court logoThe American Inns of Court is a national association of lawyers, judges and law students, based on the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship, but modified to fit the needs of the American legal system. Local chapters, called “Inns,” conduct programs throughout the year, featuring prominent judges and lawyers. The Theodore Roosevelt Inn is the Nassau County Chapter, and the Alexander Hamilton Inn is the Suffolk County Chapter.

Theodore Roosevelt Inn. Student members participate in continuing legal education programs and get the chance to form relationships with influential lawyers and judges. Monthly evening meetings are held at the Nassau County Bar Association, 15th and West Streets in Mineola.

Alexander Hamilton Inn. The Alexander Hamilton Inn, the Suffolk chapter, hosts dinner programs throughout the semester at Touro. Programs scheduled this semester:

Tuesday October 20                  Real Estate Contracts/Litigation, with Richard Eisenberg and Marie Landsman of Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, 5:30 p.m., 210

Wednesday, November 18        Human Trafficking, with former Suffolk Human Trafficking Court Judge Stephen Ukeiley, 5:30 p.m., TBA.

Student membership in both chapters is free. For more on the Roosevelt Inn, contact Professor Deseriee Kennedy, For more on the Hamilton Inn, contact CSO Director of Employer Relations Margarett Williams, For more on the Inns of Court:



Maximize Your Job Search Strategy Thursday. Learn how to target potential employers, find Touro alumni and prepare for interviews on LexisNexis. CSO will also discuss networking and other resources to help you succeed in your job search, Thursday, October 1, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., Library Computer Lab (L308). RSVP on Symplicity under the Events tab.

Financial Aid Workshops Next Week. Here’s an event you truly can’t afford to miss. Next Thursday, October 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., FCR/BDR and 5:30-6:30 p.m., 310, the Financial Aid Office will present, “Borrowing Wisely” with Ann Durandetta from Access Group. Among the topics to be covered: loan repayment options including the latest government loan forgiveness and income-based reduction programs. RSVP by Friday October 2 to or 631.761.7020. Refreshments/raffle/prizes, too.

Red Mass. The Red Mass is celebrated annually at the opening of the judicial year. Judges, lawyers and law students attend in a body, joined by public officials and law school faculty members. This venerable custom originated in 13th century England. It came to be called the “Red Mass” because the celebrant was vested in red and the Lord High justices were robed in brilliant scarlet. The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County will conduct the 2015 Red Mass and Dinner on Tuesday, October 6. Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street, Garden City at 5:30 p.m. by the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Reception and dinner follow at Chaminade High School, Jericho Turnpike, Mineola. 2015 Honorees are Reverend Francis Pizzarelli, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hope House Ministries and the Robert E. McCarthy, Esq., New York Managing Partner, Dentons and Deacon, St. Anne’s R.C. Church. Last year more than 250 lawyers and 30 judges participated. The mass is free, there is a charge for the dinner reception. For more information:

 MPRE. The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a national two-hour, sixty-question multiple choice examination, designed to measure knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. The MPRE is administered three times each year, in April, August and November. A passing score is required for admission in virtually every U.S. jurisdiction. For more on the MPRE: Free Prep Course. Professor Theodore Silver, a nationally known author and test expert, will present a prep course for students registered for the upcoming Saturday, November 7 MPRE, on Sunday, October 26, 1-5 p.m., in Room 210. The entire course, including all materials, is free, but registration is required,

1L Section Meals Begin Next Week. The 1L student-professor lunch/dinner series provides an opportunity for students and section professors to get to know one another in an informal setting. The series begins on Wednesday, October 7 with a dinner for Section U (Legal Process sections 8 and 9). The remaining schedule: Section BA (LP 4-5) lunch Monday, October 12; Section A (LP 1-3) lunch Tuesday, October 13; Section CA (LP 6-7) lunch, Thursday, October 15. Lunches are 12:30 p.m., dinner 5:30 p.m., all FCR. Meals provided. RSVP, with section, to Marie Fuzia, Director of Student Services and Scholarship Aid,

Free Shots. Need shots to comply with the immunization requirement? The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) will offer free MMR immunizations Tuesday, September 29 at the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Grant (Brentwood) Campus, Captree Commons, Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, 1-3 p.m. Campus contact Nancy Schafer, RN, Student Health Services, 631.851.6709. Appointments are not necessary, but bring your Touro ID Card. For info and directions, call SCDHS, 631.854.0333.

Free Yoga Classes. The Law Center is bending over backwards to help you relax, with free yoga sessions for students, faculty and staff, Tuesdays October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 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, 3:20 p.m., Synagogue, 2nd floor. For more, contact Campus Rabbi Baruch Fogel, x7440.



Counselor in Residence. Christa Schorn, LCSW, visits the Law Center on a regular schedule throughout the semester. She is available to meet with students for personal counseling and faculty and staff for consultations. All sessions are strictly confidential. You may schedule an appointment with her by calling 516.768.7127 or emailing You may also contact the Office of Student Services (Room 302, x7050, for assistance.

Lawyer Assistance Program. The NY State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps lawyers and law students with alcoholism, drug abuse, stress or depression issues, and provides collateral services to family members, 800.255.0569, All communications with LAP reps are privileged and confidential under NY State law.




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