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Lewis Silverman

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Family Law Clinic

B.A., 1973, New York University
J.D., 1976, Boston University School of Law

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Phone: Office: 631-761-7092
Room: CL115
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Faculty Assistant: Lila Mester
Lewis A. Silverman is Director of the Family Law Clinic and Associate Professor of Clinical Law at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, New York. B.A., 1973, New York University; J.D., 1976, Boston University. He served from 1976-1985 as an Assistant Suffolk County Attorney assigned to the Family Court Bureau, including Unit Head of the Child Abuse/Neglect Unit and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Family Court Bureau. From 1985 until joining the Law Center in 1995 he was a Hearing Examiner in Suffolk County Family Court where he presided at hearings to determine child support and spousal support obligations. He served as President of the New York State Hearing Examiners Association from 1988 to 1995 and had numerous decisions published by the New York Law Journal. He has also served as chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Social Services, as an officer of the Suffolk Academy of Law, and the first chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Family Court Committee, and presently serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on LGBT People and the Law. In addition to his duties as Director of the Family Law Clinic, Professor Silverman also teaches courses in Family Law, Sexual Orientation and Law, Civil Procedure, and Pre-Trial Litigation, and serves as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York. Professor Silverman has published several articles and presented at numerous conferences and programs on topics on family law and civil rights for sexual minorities. He has served as a resource for the press and been quoted frequently imprint and television news. He has also been recognized three times by the Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation for his pro bono activities. Professor Silverman was also Village Justice for the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove in Suffolk County, New York, from 1998 to 2006.

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Family Law Clinic

Family Law

Sexual Orientation & Law

Pre-Trial Litigation

Rights of Children

Civil Procedure

For Selected Works, click here.
“Vermont Civil Unions, Full Faith and Credit, and Marital Status”, 89 Kentucky Law Journal 1075, (2000-2001).

“Suffer the Little Children: Justifying Same-Sex Marriage from the Perspective of a Child of the Union”, 102 West Virginia Law Review 411 (1999).

"New York's Uniform Support of Dependent's Law: A Call for a More Uniform Interpretation", Journal of the Suffolk Academy of Law, vol. 5, 1988, pp. 34-47.

"Contempt for Non-Payment of Support: Roadblocks Removed", New York Law Journal, October 17, 1995, page 1.

“Adoption, Custody, and the Rights of Children”, chapter in Defending Same-Sex Marriage, Volume I, “’Separate but Equal’ No More”, Praeger Press, 2006.

“Same-Sex Marriage in New York”, 1 Touro J. Race Gender & Ethnicity 37 (2006), accessible at Issues/Issue1/Silverman.pdf