Monday, February 8

Tuesday, February 9

  • Barristers Ball ticket sales, 1L Day students only, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Atrium.
  • CSO Public Interest Job Fair, noon-6:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
  • Free yoga class, 5:30 p.m., MFMR.
  • Lexis training, 6:30 p.m., Library Computer Lab.
  • Graduation Awards & Best Paper nomination deadline.

Wednesday, February 10

  • Barristers Ball ticket sales, 2L Day and graduating students only, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Evening Students only (including all part-time), 5-6:30 p.m., Atrium.
  • Faculty Colloquium, Benjamin Barton, Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee, author of Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession (Oxford University Press, 2015), 12:30 p.m., ABR.
  • Father Chris Nowak of St. John of God RC Church, Central Islip, offers ashes, 12:30-1:30 p.m., MFMR.
  • LALSA meets, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., 209.
  • Florida alumni reunion, lunch in downtown Miami, noon-2:30 p.m.; Cocktails on the Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, February 11

  • Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) Torah study with Campus Rabbi Robert Fogel, “How Gold is the Golden Rule? Understanding the Different Sources for Altruism and Their Impact on Us,” 12:30 p.m., MFMR.
  • Florida alumni reunion, Cocktails at the Barn, Wellington, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Monday, February 15

  • No classes – Presidents Day.

Tuesday, February 16

  • Implicit Bias program, with Tanya K. Hernandez, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, 12:30 p.m., BDR.
  • Free yoga class, 5:30 p.m., MFMR.
  • Suffolk 18B Program CLE on domestic violence/criminal contempt/orders of protection, 6-9:30 p.m., AUD.

Wednesday, February 17

  • Honors Program speaker, entertainment and sports lawyer Rosemarie Tully ‘92, 12:30 p.m., FCR/BDR.
  • LALSA bake sale, 12:30-6:30 p.m., café.
  • CSO: Post Graduate Clerkships, 12:30 p.m., 307.
  • Faculty meeting, 3:45 p.m., FCR/BDR.
  • Open House for Prospective Students, 5-9 p.m., 210.

Friday, February 19

  • Last day to exercise Pass/No Credit Option for elective courses; deadline for December 2016 graduates to submit Advanced Writing Requirement Intent to Satisfy Forms to Registrar. Undergraduate/foreign transcripts due to Admissions Office (new J.D. & LL.M. students).



Touro’s 9th Annual Public Interest/Government Career Fair is Tuesday, February 9, noon-6 p.m., 2nd floor Atrium. Over 75 employers have accepted invitations, including federal, state and local government agencies and a wide range of non-profit advocacy and policy groups, offering spring, summer and full-time jobs.



Barristers Ball inviteThe Barristers Ball, the annual SBA formal dinner dance, is Saturday evening February 27, cocktails at 7 p.m. dinner at 8 p.m., at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747. The event includes a cocktail hour, dinner, DJ, awards ceremony, more.

Tickets. A limited number of reduced-price, SBA-subsidized tickets, $80 each,  have been allocated by division and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, limit 2 per person. All ticket purchases must be in person, except for December ’15 graduates taking the February bar exam, who may email with the name of a person authorized to buy tickets on their behalf.

Ticket sale schedule:

Tuesday, February 9                1L Day students only: Tuesday, February 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10:        2L Day and graduating students only, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Evening Students only (including all part-time), 5-6:30 p.m., Atrium.

Any remaining subsidized tickets will be sold on Thursday, February 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first- served basis. Once the subsidized tickets are sold out, additional tickets may be purchased at full price, $134.

Discount Hotel Rooms. The SBA has secured a block of rooms at the Melville Marriot (the event venue) at a discounted rate of $129.  To book a room please use the following link: Rooms should be booked by Thursday, February 11.

Journal. The SBA will be inaugurating its first Barristers Journal, in which students, families, and local businesses can buy ad space, give a shout out to professors, student organizations or fellow students, or congratulate honoree Glenn Campbell ’99, who persevered after a near-fatal bicycle accident as a teenager left him paralyzed from the neck down, graduated from college and law school, went on to a successful career as an attorney, and authored the inspirational best-seller, “I Wouldn’t Change a Thing.” Ad prices range from $75 (quarter page) to $300 (full back cover). For details (format, payments), contact SBA Public Relations Chair Sarah Bahrenburg, Submissions are due by Wednesday, February 10.



Juvenile MootCongratulations to the Touro Moot Court team of Kimberly Siegel and Rochelle Sorensen, who reached the semi-final round of the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition held this past weekend at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA, in a tough field of teams from 24 law schools from around the country. Both competitors were also recognized for their oral advocacy skills: Ms. Sorenson won the award for 4th Best Oralist, and Ms. Siegel was named 9th Best Oralist. In photo (L-R) Rochelle Sorensen, student coach Jessica Semins, Kimberly Siegel.



The deadline for entries in the Best Paper by a Graduating Student Award and for nominations for Graduation Awards is Tuesday, February 9.

Best Paper Award. Endowed by Professors Dan and Rose Subotnik, this award carries a $250 prize, and is a very prestigious honor conferred on the graduating student who in the judgment of a faculty committee has written the best paper, published or unpublished, on any legal subject. Any paper written while at Touro Law can be submitted. Entries must be submitted, in hard copy to the Office of Student Services (Room 302) or emailed to Professor Lewis Silverman, One copy only, with name on cover sheet only; each paper will be assigned an anonymous competition number.

Graduation Awards. Any member of the Touro community – faculty, staff, students – may nominate any student who graduated in December 2015 or will be graduating in May 2016, for an award. Awards are traditionally given for academic achievement, school leadership, school service, community service and pro bono efforts. To nominate, simply write the name of your nominee(s) on a sheet of paper with the reason for the nomination, or e-mail Professor Lewis Silverman, Chair of the Graduation & Awards Committee, It is not necessary to specify an award; the Committee will perform that task. Self-nominations are welcome.



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Throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month, the Law Center will highlight the contributions of extraordinary African Americans to the law and the legal system, particularly in New York State and on Long Island. Watch the info screens and elevator posters for daily profiles. This week: Monday, Marquette Floyd, Suffolk’s first black judge; Tuesday, Bessie Allison Buchanan, the first African American woman to serve in the NY State Legislature; Wednesday, William H. Hastie, the first African American federal judge; Thursday, Paulette Brown, left, the first African American woman to lead the ABA (Ms. Brown will visit the Law Center on Tuesday, February 23); Friday, Harold A. Stevens, the first African American to serve on the NY Court of Appeals.



The Law Center will offer summer classes on campus, on line, in New York City, in Germany and Vietnam. Registration materials for on campus/on line/NYC classes are being finalized now and will be released shortly. Tentative course offerings follow, but please note that not all courses listed will be offered, other courses may be added, and all courses are subject to sufficient registration.

On Campus

The highlight of the on-campus summer session is the opportunity to work as a federal judicial clerk. In the Federal Judicial Clerkship Externship (4 credits), students will work Monday-Thursday in the chambers of U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler in the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip late May-late June, doing research, writing memos, and participating in court activities, including jury selection. Students will also attend a weekly seminar taught by Adjunct Professor and USDC EDNY Law Clerk Dina Miller. Also in the on-campus summer plans: Trusts & Estates (3), with Adjunct Professor and Farrell Fritz partner Ilene Sherwyn Cooper.

New York City (at Touro College Graduate School of Business, in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district)

Judicial Clerkship Externship (4) State Supreme Court Justice Fern Fisher, the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts, with placements in judges’ chambers throughout the 5 boroughs.

State and Local Government Finance Law (1) Adjunct Professor and Squire Sanders Partner Kenneth Bond.

On Line (on-line courses are fully synchronous (live on line in real time) and can be taken anywhere in the world adequate computer connections are available).

Basic Business Principles (2) Professor Jack Graves, an introduction to fundamental business principles, specifically tailored to provide a context for a better understanding of traditional offerings in business law.

21st Century Law Practice (2) Professor Jack Graves, focusing on leveraging expertise with technology to deliver cost-effective legal services.

Advanced Persuasion and Judicial Writing (each 2 credits) Professor Tracy Norton

Law Practice Management (2 credits) Professor Ann Nowak

Regular classes begin Monday, May 23 and end Wednesday, July 13 (clinics and externships follow separate class meeting schedules); exams are Monday, July 18- Wednesday, July 20.

Watch The Touro Times for course updates and the start of registration.

Summer Study Abroad Programs. Registration is open now for the Law Center’s summer study abroad programs in Germany (Berlin, May 23-June 25) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), May 23-June 3 and June 8- June 23 with an optional tour of Cambodia in between); For details: For more information, contact Marie Giani, 631.761.7013,



Touro Law Center offers Federal Work Study (FWS) funding during the summer for students working for nonprofit organizations or public sector agencies. Students can earn up to $3,600 at $12/hour for a maximum 30 hours/week for 10 weeks. To apply, complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at, and the Summer 2016 FWS Notice of Intent at Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can and should apply for both Summer Public Interest Law Fellowships (PILFs) and FWS funding. If awarded a PILF, your name will be taken off the Federal Work Study list. It is not necessary to have a placement in order to apply. Applicants will be notified of awards in mid-April and must have a placement by April 29. A mandatory meeting will be held in mid-April for all FWS recipients to review the required paperwork, policies and procedures. Any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at 631-761-7020, Room 303.



AD2 SealThe New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department will hold oral arguments in the Cohalan State Courthouse, just across the parking lot, on Tuesday, February 16, 10 a.m.-noon. The Appellate Division Second Department is the intermediate appellate court for Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam counties. More than half the State’s population resides in this area, and the court is one of the busiest appellate tribunals in the nation. This is a great opportunity to observe real-life appellate arguments in a wide range of criminal and civil cases. Meet at 9:30 a.m. on the plaza outside the main Cohalan entrance, business dress, Touro ID, no cell phones. For information, contact the Office of Administration,, Room 403, x7001.



Ash Wednesday. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on the face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. This Wednesday, February 10, as part of “Ashes to Go”, a new approach to the centuries-old tradition, Father Chris Nowak of St. John of God Roman Catholic Church, Central Islip, will visit the Law Center to offer ashes, 12:30-1:30 p.m., MFMR.

Post-Graduate Clerkship Prep Meeting Next Week. Clerking for a state or federal judge is one of the most prestigious positions a laws student can land – but the application process requires painstaking effort and an enormous amount of time, so interested 2Ls need to start preparing now. Some deadlines are as early as mid-June. To preview the process and meet former judicial clerks, attend the CSO program Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. in Room 307. RSVP through Symplicity: click the Events tab toward the top of the page, click the link for “Finding a Post Graduate Clerkship,” then click the “RSVP” button toward the bottom of the page.

rosemarie tullyHonors Program Speaker Series Debuts Next Week. Entertainment lawyer Rosemarie Tully ’92, left, will be the first Honors Program speaker of the semester, Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 p.m., FCR/BDR. The event is open to Honors Program members only. Ms. Tully, the principal of Rosemarie Tully PC in Huntington, concentrates her practice in entertainment, music, motion picture, copyright, publishing, and corporate/business law. Her client list includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, authors, composers, screenwriters, producers, record labels, major league sports figures, artists, actors, sound studios, and distribution companies. She is the immediate past chair of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of its House of Delegates and its Membership Committee; a past Director of the Suffolk County Bar Association, currently serving on its Scholarship Committee; a member of New York Women in Film and Television; an adjunct professor at Touro and a frequent speaker at industry, business and community events. For information on the Honors Program, contact Professor Sharon Pocock,

Ms JD logoMs. JD Conference. Ms. JD’s Eighth Annual Conference on Women in Law, themed Superwomen JDs, will be held on Friday, February 19 at NYU School of Law. Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. The full-day conference brings together aspiring and early career women lawyers from across the country. An overview of the conference agenda and registration information is available at Student tickets, $40, include the full-day conference and the concluding Ms. JD Honors Reception, which features the presentation of Ms. JD Honors awards to women and men who have made a notable contribution to the legal field.

Free Yoga Classes Start This Week. The Law Center is offering a new twist on stress relief: free yoga classes for students, faculty and staff, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., MFMR, beginning next week. The complete schedule: February 9, 16 and 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; April 12 and 19; and May 3. All sessions are led by 4PTE Kristen Curley, a certified instructor. No advance reservation required, beginners welcome, wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

1040Free Tax Return Help for Students and Staff. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low- to moderate-income (about $52,000 and below) taxpayers to file their returns for FREE! Services will be available to students, staff and community residents on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 p.m. through April 9. For an appointment email or call 631.650.2330.

Building Problems. Spill need cleaning up? Temperatures too hot or cold? Vending machine eat your money? Notify security or email with nature of problem and location.

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, 631.761.7440.



A new Touro Times feature this week – an MBE competition. Each week we’ll feature a sample MBE question. First student to email the correct answer to wins a $5 bookstore gift certificate. Answer next week.

The president of a pharmaceutical firm received a report from his testing bureau that a manufactured lot of the firm’s anti-cancer prescription medication was well below strength. Concerned about being able to fulfill contractual commitments, the president instructed his staff to deliver the defective lot. A cancer patient who had been maintained on the drug died shortly after beginning to take the defective pills. Medical evidence established that the patient would have lived longer had the drug been at full strength, but would have died before long in any event.

The president was convicted of murder. On appeal, he argues that his conviction should be reversed. Should the conviction be reversed?

(A) No, because the intentional delivery of adulterated or mislabeled drugs gives rise to strict criminal liability.

(B) No, because the jury could have found that the president’s conduct was sufficiently reckless to constitute murder.

(C) Yes, because distribution of the defective lot was only a regulatory offense.

(D) Yes, because the cancer, not the president’s conduct, was the proximate cause of death of the patient.



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 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, New York City Bar: 212.302.5787 or; Nassau County Bar Association: 888.408.6222 or The Law Center’s on-campus LAP rep is 4PTE student Tal Stanecky, 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.









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