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Law Dean Prospectus

Dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
LOCATION: Central Islip, NY (Long Island)
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College
Direct reports include:
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship
Director of Clinical Programs
Assistant Dean for Budget and Planning
Assistant Dean for Career Planning & Development
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement
Associate Dean for the Library
Assistant Dean of Student Services
Other key relationships:
Law Center Faculty, Staff and Students
President of Touro College
Deans of Other Touro College Professional Schools
Members of the Law Center Board of Governors
Members of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council
Touro Law Center, located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, effective August 1, 2016.
The current Dean, Patricia Salkin, is completing a successful tenure, leading the school through a period of significant growth and recognized innovation. She has accepted the position of Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College, to whom the new dean of the Law Center will report.
Touro Law is one of two law schools on Long Island, an area of almost three million people, within a one hour drive to New York City.
The ideal candidate will have a distinguished professional background that evidences the candidate's potential for leadership in achieving and maintaining excellence and innovation in teaching, research, scholarship and service in the public interest, as well as fundraising.
Candidates may demonstrate the capacity to fill the position by records of distinction in any of the following fields: legal education, the judiciary, the practice of law or government service.
Touro College was established in 1970 with the mission to educate, to serve, to perpetuate and to enrich the historic Jewish tradition of tolerance and dignity. Created as an independent institution that would support and strengthen the Jewish community, Touro has remained steadfast in its commitment to Jewish continuity and, more broadly, to humankind.
Since its inception, Touro has served and supported diverse communities, making world-class educational opportunities accessible to all members of society, across all races, nations, and creeds.
Our core values are drawn from our Jewish heritage and the Jewish intellectual tradition, focusing simultaneously on individual development and the greater good. Touro provides men and women an environment that nurtures personal growth and intellectual inquiry in superior academic programs. Touro also offers neighborhood-based programs that serve, and encourage service to, under-resourced communities.
Our students in turn become accomplished, thoughtful citizens who share and perpetuate our belief in equal access to quality education, the treatment of all human beings with integrity and respect, personal and professional ethics, and the building of a responsive and responsible society.
Consistent with the College’s mission, Touro Law Center provides a diverse student body a rigorous, innovative, and immersive path towards becoming practice-ready professionals committed to promoting social justice and serving the needs of their clients and communities with compassion and integrity
Touro Law Center opened its doors in 1980 in Manhattan. In 1982 the school moved to a location in Huntington, NY (Long Island) in a renovated junior high school building. In 2007, the school moved to its current “law school campus” in Central Islip in a custom-designed building as a modern law school facility.
Touro Law Center is committed to providing students with a quality legal education and to developing lawyers who temper practical knowledge with perceptive judgment. We are dedicated to providing an educational experience that fully prepares students for the practice of law. Our curriculum is self-assessed and modified to ensure students are receiving practical skills experience that complements classroom learning and to ensure our curriculum parallels the real world experience of practicing law.
The school’s location, adjacent to both a federal and a state courthouse, provides unique opportunities for collaboration with the bar and the bench. We remain committed to continuing to explore innovative learning techniques and opportunities for students to ensure they are fully prepared for the practice of law upon graduation.
We are dedicated to teaching values of social justice and to building a better society for all. We strive to educate lawyers to be protectors of the public welfare and teach students that attorneys have both social and moral responsibilities to the public. To this end, we created the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center, for which we have been publicly recognized.
This Center, the first of its kind in the nation, was developed to have an impact on social justice, legal training and the lives of countless individuals in and beyond the local community. The PAC, located in a two-story wing of the law school, houses Touro Law clinics and participating public interest legal advocacy organizations including the local chapters of legal aid, legal services and the ACLU. Students can interact with agencies working on issues involving immigration, domestic violence, disability, housing rights, discrimination and other poverty law issues, all within the law school.
Touro Law has also been nationally recognized for our Disaster Relief Clinic. The clinic, which opened days after Super storm Sandy that hit Long Island in 2013, assists clients with various legal issues and disputes as a result of the storm. The Clinic, the only one of its kind in the country, has been called upon by government and media to discuss the continuing problems facing storm victims. Additionally, the clinic has been called upon to consult in other areas hit by disasters – providing tips and guidance to storm victims and disaster recovery agencies.
We have also been nationally recognized, several times, for our court programs, where our students use the courts as an educational laboratory for practicing lawyering skills and for learning professional values.
The Law Center is committed to maintaining mutual respect between faculty and students and to fostering a collegial atmosphere conducive to learning. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching standards and techniques, including an “open door” policy that leads to informal exchanges with students.
The Law Center provides students with intensive training in basic skills such as analytical thinking and writing. Students benefit from the highest standards of teaching excellence, enhanced by clinical and practical training designed to prepare them for the practice of law.
In the past several years, Touro Law has developed new programs and been cited for innovation. Two years ago the school developed its first Five Year Strategic Plan, setting forth an aggressive agenda for the school. The law school has proactively made creative and strategic decisions that continue to prepare students for the practice of law today. At the same time, Touro Law has worked to ensure students will have the necessary skills to be leaders in the profession. This has been accomplished by offering strategic opportunities for students while filling major access to justice gaps in service for veterans, immigrants and victims of natural disasters. Touro Law has established and funded new cutting edge institutes in aging and longevity law and in land use and sustainable development law – all areas of growth for the practice of law on Long Island and throughout the nation. Touro Law also has developed an incubator that supports alumni develop and grow their own law firms.
Key administrative changes have been made that helped the school to further advance the school. Appointments such as the first associate deans for research and scholarship and for experiential learning and the appointment of the country’s first law-school based director of digital legal education and a director of solo and small firm initiatives have been significant steps in enabling students to take advantage of the technology disruptors in the practice of law. The school has also appointed its first director of diversity and inclusion, making a statement about its commitment to diversity and inclusion dating back to the establishment of the school.
Much has been done to raise the visibility and name recognition of the school. This has been achieved throughout the academy through exciting, timely and relevant law review symposia, including an annual symposium for associate deans, scholarly conferences, distinguished speakers including a Justice of the Supreme Court, the launch of the Journal of Experiential Learning and a more visible scholarship footprint. A national moot court competition was started that has grown exponentially each year since on Religion and the Law. The administration has worked strategically with alumni, members of the Board of Governors and other regional legal, business and not-for-profit leadership yielding considerable success in advancing the admissions and employment goals of the school.
Full-Time Programs
Three-year J.D. (Spring and Fall start)
Two –year Accelerated J.D. (May start)
Part-Time Programs
Four-Year Part-Time Day
Four-Year Part-Time Evening
Five-Year Part-Time Evening
Masters of Law Program
Masters of Law Program for U.S. law school graduates
Foreign Law Graduate Programs
Master of Laws in U.S. Legal Studies
Two-Year J.D. Program
Total student body: 499
Male/Female ratio: 44/56
Diversity: 49%
Total Employment rate 9 months after graduation: 76%
Touro Law Center alumni are an integral component of the community, and play an important role in the education and enrichment of students. Numbering more than 6,000 worldwide, Touro Law alumni proudly serve as leaders in the profession, including partners, managing partners, general counsel of major corporations, elected officials at every level including federal, state and local, members of the judiciary and serve as public officials with government positions. Touro Law alumni are active in the life of the law school, serving as mentors to students and volunteers at various events year-round. There is an active Alumni Council consisting of two members of each graduating class.
The Touro Law Center Board of Governors is a group of distinguished men and women dedicated to supporting the growth of the Law Center. The Board consists of more than 50 lawyers and non-lawyers who are regional and national leaders in the legal profession, the business, philanthropic and academic communities. The board is a non-fiduciary advisory council helping to garner financial and other support for the law school.
Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College and University System, a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions.
Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, and New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System.
The successful candidate will possess academic and professional credentials sufficient to engender respect from the academy, the state university system, and the community at large. Ideally, the Dean will display both a successful record as a faculty member and evidence of leadership experience in higher education. The new Dean must be adept at supervision and at working with faculty, staff, a diverse student body, community partners, alumni, and donors. In addition, the successful candidate will possess:
Required Qualifications
  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Academic and/or professional experience that will enhance the reputation of the Law Center and enjoy the support of the faculty, students, alumni, and members of the bar and the bench
  • Academic and professional experience commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured full professor
  • The capacity for administrative and intellectual leadership
  • Administrative experience that includes academic planning, program review, strategic planning, program development, budgeting, fiscal/personnel management, and problem solving in similar organization

Preferred Qualifications
  • Outstanding academic and professional credentials
  • Proven/demonstrated fundraising skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A deep appreciation for the changing landscape in the legal profession
  •  A unique vision that drives forward our law school and motivates faculty, students, and alumni to value the ongoing growth of the institution
  • Appreciation for legal scholarship
  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to articulate and advocate for the needs of the law school
  • The ability to promote professional development activities related to academic leadership, classroom instruction, instructional technology, and support staff development
  • The breadth and depth required to oversee the program of legal education and to help ensure that relevant accreditation standards are maintained
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a statement summarizing interest, accomplishments, distinguishing strengths, leadership style, and commitment to research, teaching, and service; a detailed curriculum vitae; and a list of three references. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted by July 1, 2016, in confidence, to:
Stephen J. Trachtenberg
Korn Ferry
Kenneth L. Kring, Senior Client Partner,
Global Education Practice
Korn Ferry
1835 Market Street, Suite 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Touro College treats all employees, students, and applicants without unlawful consideration or discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, genetic predisposition, sexual orientation or citizen status in all decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, the administration of its educational programs and activities, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff, suspension, expulsion and termination, and all other terms and conditions of admission, matriculation, and employment. Inquiries or complaints concerning the non-discrimination policies should be sent to Elan Baram, 500 7th Ave., 4th Floor, New York, New York, 10018, (646-565-6000 x55636) or, alternatively, to the Chief Compliance Officer at and 646- 565-6000 x55330.