THIS WEEK AT THE LAW CENTER
Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6
- No classes, building closed – Sukkot.
Monday, October 5
- Installation of new officers of the Federal Bar Association-Eastern District of New York Chapter, 5:30 p.m., United States Courthouse, Central Islip. Professor Joan Foley to be sworn in as VP.
Tuesday, October 6
- Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA) Law Student Committee BBQ, 6-8 p.m. at SCBA HQ, 560 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge.
Wednesday, October 7
- Faculty colloquium/Jewish Law Institute Fall 2015 Distinguished Lecture, Professor Keith Sharfman, Director of Bankruptcy Studies, St. John’s University School of Law, “Religious Arbitration in Bankruptcy,” 12:30 p.m., FCR. Reception preceding, 11:45 a.m., Library Judaica Room.
- 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, divorce lawyers James Winkler, former Suffolk Bar President; John Fellin, Winkler, Kurtz & Winkler, LLP and Gayle Rosenblum ’03, Rubin & Rosenblum, Melville, 12:30 p.m., ABR.
- “Careers in Immigration Law,” with Victoria Campos ’99, Adam Tavares ’13 and Immigration Law Clinic Director 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 workshops, “Borrowing Wisely,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., FCR/BDR and 5:30-6:30 p.m., 310.
- Family Law Society, Criminal Law Society host 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.
- Federal Bar Association-EDNY Student Chapter meets, 12:30o and 5:30 p.m., 206.
- Trial Advocacy and Practice Society (TAPS) intraschool competition finals, 5:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
Friday, October 9
- LI Advocacy Center conference, “Unique Educational Needs: Advocating for All Students,” 8 a.m.-2 p.m., FCR/BDR.
- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosts invitation-only policy roundtable, 10 a.m.-noon, ABR.
Monday, October 12
- CSO Open House, through Thursday, October 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., CSO, Room 306.
- 1L student-professor lunch, Section BA (LP 4-5), 12:30-1:20 p.m., FCR.
Tuesday, October 13
- 1L student-professor lunch, Section A (LP 1-2-3) 12:30-1:20 p.m., FCR.
- Immigration Law Society hosts PAC agency Empire Justice, 12:30 p.m., 210.
- Student Organization/Resources for Law School Success Fair, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Atrium.
- “So You Think You Want to Be a Law Professor – Making the Transition from Law Practice to Academia,” with Dean Patricia Salkin, Professors Deborah Post, Deseriee Kennedy and Fabio Arcila and adjunct professor Frederick Brewington, co-sponsored by the Amistad Long Island Black Bar, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the Puerto Rican Bar Association, 5:30-6:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
- Free yoga class, 5:30-6:20 p.m., MFMR.
Wednesday, October 14
- Faculty colloquium, 12:30 p.m., FCR/BBR
- “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.
- 1L lunch with deans, 1:30 p.m., ABR.
- Donor/Student Scholarship Dinner, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Deadline for special exam accommodation requests (schedule conflicts or disability accommodations) on midterms and finals, forms due to Office of Student Services by 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15
- 1L lunch with deans, 12:30 p.m., ABR.
- 1L student-professor lunch, Section CA (LP 6-7), 12:30-1:20 p.m., FCR.
- SBA law in film festival, 5-6:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
- AMICUS meet & greet at TGI Fridays, CI, 9 p.m.
Friday, October 16
- Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute, the Aging & Longevity Institute and the Long Island Housing Partnership conference, “Land Use & Zoning for Fair and Accessible Housing,” 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15 each year, recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. The official observance was begun by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period It was formally enacted into law on August 17, 1988 with the approval of Public Law 100-402.
September 15 was chosen as the starting point because it is the anniversary of the 1821 declarations of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. The 2015 theme is, “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” For more on National Hispanic Heritage Month: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/.
In addition to the LALSA programs, below, the Law Center will mark National Hispanic Heritage Month with elevator postings this week and next featuring the contributions of Latinos to the law and legal system. This week, three Hispanic trailblazers: Sonia Sotomayor, left, first U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Joseph Marion Hernández, first in U.S. Congress; and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, first on the NY Court of Appeals.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS CONTINUE THURSDAY
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) continues “Living La Vida Lawyer,” a month-long series of programs celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, this Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m., FCR, with “Professional Opportunities in Immigration Law,” with Victoria Campos ’99, Adam Tavares ’13 and Immigration Law Clinic Director Professor William Brooks, 12:30 p.m., FCR. next week’s program:
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.
SENATOR GILLIBRAND VISITS FRIDAY
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will make her first visit to the Law Center this Friday morning, October 9, when she hosts an invitation-only policy roundtable on her proposal for legislation that would make trafficking in illegal firearms a federal crime.
LI ADVOCACY CENTER CONFERENCE FRIDAY
The Long Island Advocacy Center, a non-profit group based in the Public Advocacy Center, dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities, will hold its annual conference at Touro this Friday, October 9, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. This year’s theme is “Unique Educational Needs: Advocating for All Students.” Sessions include Learning Needs of Youth with Fragile Mental Health Needs; Self-Direction and Transition Planning – Moving from HS to the Adult World; Education of Youth Who Have Experienced Human Trafficking; Trauma-Informed Education; Success of English/Multi-Language Learners; and Advocacy and Due Process. For the full program and registration information: http://www.theliac.org/october-9-conference.html. Sessions are free to students and faculty.
SIGN UP FOR TLC ALERT
Looks like we’ve dodged the wrath of Hurricane Joaquin, but the near miss should be a reminder to sign up for TLC Alert, the Law Center’s emergency notification system that sends messages via phone, text and email (you choose which ones) about school closings, opening delays, road closings and other emergency information. Sign up at http://www.tourolaw.edu/StudentResources/default.aspx?pageid=550.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS ON MIDTERMS AND FINALS
Exam Schedules. The fall semester final exam schedule is at http://www.tourolaw.edu/News/Default.aspx?pageid=171 (or go to http://www.tourolaw.edu, hover over Student Resources and click on Exam Schedules). Mid-term schedules should be in your course syllabus, or check with your professor.
Deadlines. The deadline for applying for special exam arrangements on fall exams (midterms or finals) is Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. Special exam arrangements fall into two categories: scheduling and disability accommodations.
Deferrals for Scheduling Reasons. Students with two exams on one day can request that one of the exams be deferred to the next open day on the student’s exam schedule. Students with an evening exam followed by a morning exam the next day may request to take the morning exam on a staggered basis, i.e., beginning at 11 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m. Personal commitments outside of Touro are NOT considered exam conflicts.
Accommodations for Disabilities. Exam accommodations are available for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, health impairments and other conditions. Appropriate documentation is required. Past disability accommodation requests do not carry over. A new request must be submitted each semester.
How to Apply. Complete the Exam Accommodations Form (it’s a fillable pdf), available on line at http://www.tourolaw.edu/pdf/Exam_Accommodations_Form.pdf and email to the Office of Student Services, email@example.com. List ALL of your exams and include your specific request for an accommodation. A separate forms are required for midterm accommodations or conflicts.
NEW PROCEDURES FOR EXAMS ON LAPTOPS
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 and 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.
JUDGE-PRACTIONER LUNCH-DINNER SERIES BEGINS THIS WEEK
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 lawyers 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; 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 specialists Sheryl Randazzo, Randazzo & Randazzo, Huntington, and Richard Weinblatt, Haley Weinblatt & Calcagni, LLP, Islandia. Dinner, Monday, November 9, commercial law, with Suffolk Supreme Court Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines and commercial litigators Joseph Campolo, Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, Bohemia, and Linda Margolin, Bracken Margolin Besunder LLP, Islandia.
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.
CLINIC OPEN HOUSE
The Law Center will offer thirteen clinics in Spring 2016: Disaster Relief; Elder Law; Family Law (day and evening); Bankruptcy; Advanced Bankruptcy; Small Business & Not-for-Profit Corporations; Veterans’ & Servicemembers’ Rights; Immigration Law; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Federal Prosecution; and Mortgage Foreclosure. In clinics, students handle real cases and represent real clients under the supervision of experienced attorney-professors. Clinic work offers valuable and rewarding practice experience, and may also satisfy Touro’s Public Interest Requirement and count toward New York State’s new 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to practice. Effective with the fall 2014 entering class, students must participate in a clinic as a condition of graduation.
Learn more about Touro’s clinic offerings, meet professors and current clinic students, at an open house on Tuesday, October 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Clinic Office, 1st floor. Registration for a clinic is by application only. Applications for all clinics except Federal Prosecution are due Thursday, October 22. Applications for the Federal Prosecution Clinic are handled separately, see below.
Federal Prosecution Clinic. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip is currently soliciting applications for Touro Law Center’s Spring 2016 Criminal Prosecution Clinic (6 credits). Openings are available both in the Criminal and Civil Divisions.
Application Materials: Cover letter specifying if you are applying to the Civil or Criminal Division; resume with current/valid postal mail address and email, law school transcript (unofficial OK); legal writing sample (length unimportant as long as it demonstrates your legal writing ability); and list of three (3) references with telephone numbers. Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen and pass a background investigation.
Deadline: a completed application form and application materials must be delivered to Clinic Administrator Lila Mester, firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Address all cover letters to Assistant U.S. Attorney Burton Ryan (for Criminal Division) or Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Beckmann (for Civil Division), U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, 610 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722.
Placement Work Required: 20 hours/week for 12-14 weeks during regular business hours in the USAO EDNY in Central Islip.
Clinic Seminar: A three-hour seminar meets weekly during the spring semester.
Assignments: Typical assignments will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including: researching and writing memoranda on legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses and pleadings; providing trial support to Assistant United States Attorneys; interviewing witnesses and possible courtroom experience.
SPRING 2016 EXTERNSHIPS
Externships enable students to earn academic credit, build their resumes and make valuable contacts, while developing skills and gaining experience working in diverse areas of legal practice, in specialized courts, in large corporations, prestigious firms and with state and federal judges.
There are 100+ opportunities in dozens of practice areas awaiting you. The most competitive externships are accepting resumes NOW. For example, you must apply now for an externship with SONY Business and Legal Affairs, the Securities & Exchange Commission and the NYC Chambers of New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.
Students must work a minimum of 140 hours over the semester. A first externship earns 3 credits, and students attend regular classes, which include four professional development workshops. Students who complete a first externship are eligible to rake an Advanced Externship, worth 2 credits, in a subsequent semester. Students in the Advanced Externship need not attend regular classes, but they must attend four professional development workshops.
For more information: Margarett Williams, Director of Externship Programs, email@example.com.
INNS OF COURT
The 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on the Hamilton Inn, contact CSO Director of Employer Relations Margarett Williams, email@example.com. For more on the Inns of Court: http://home.innsofcourt.org/.
Two Events on Holiday Closing Days. The building will closed and there are no classes Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6, in observance of the Jewish holidays of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. However on Monday, October 5, the new officers of the Federal Bar Association-Eastern District of New York Chapter will be installed in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of the United States Courthouse in Central Islip. Professor Joan Foley will be sworn in as VP. On Tuesday, October 6, the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA) Law Student Committee will host a BBQ, 6-8 p.m. at SCBA HQ, 560 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge. Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings.
Financial Aid Workshops Thursday. Here’s an event you truly can’t afford to miss. This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.761.7020. Refreshments/raffle/prizes, too.
1L Workshops Start Next Week. Now that the semester is well underway, 1Ls should have some time to drill down into the many personal, academic and social resources and opportunities available at the Law Center. The Office of Student Services (OSS) will host a Student Organization/Resources for Law School Success Fair on Tuesday, October 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Atrium. Stop by to learn more about the over 30 student organizations active at Touro, as well as other free resources Touro offers to enhance the student experience. The following week, OSS will present 1L stress management workshops, for evening students on Monday, October 19, 7:30-8:15 p.m., Room 408, and for day students Tuesday, October 20, 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the FCR/BDR. Light lunch or dinner will be provided – please pick one to attend. At the sessions, professors, administrators, Students Helping Students Assistants, and Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) representatives will address managing stress effectively.
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: http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/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, email@example.com.
1L Section Meals Begin Wednesday. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.