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Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence Program

Through this program, Touro Law Center recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to society by representation of individuals or groups historically denied access to justice. Honorees visit the Law Center to meet with students, guest teach classes and deliver a public lecture. The program attracts distinguished visitors who are active in the field of public interest who inspire and teach members of the Touro Law community.
Touro Law is pleased to announce the upcoming Public Interest Lawyer in Residence will be Seymour W. James, Jr., Esq, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society in New York City. His public lecture titled, "Race, Drugs and Stop & Frisk" will be held on Monday, October 19 at 6:30 pm. A small reception will be held before the lecture.
The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, please call (631) 761-7064 or email
Past honorees include such notables as Elaine Jones, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund director-counsel; Judith Lichtman, Women's Legal Defense Fund president; Daniel L. Greenberg, Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief, The Legal Aid Society of New York; Janet Benshoof, Center for Reproductive Law & Policy president; David C. Leven, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York executive director; and Stephen B. Bright, Director, The Southern Center for Human Rights among many others.
Past Public Interest Lawyer In Residence Recipients


Jonathan Rapping, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School 


James Moreno, Esq.., Federal Defenders Association of Philadelphia's Capital Habeas Unit 


Jameel Jaffer, Esq., Deputy Director - The American Civil Liberties Union 

Robin G. Steinberg, Executive Director – The Bronx Defenders
2008 Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Counselor to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund
2004 Mark D. Cohen, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the New York State Office of Homeland Security
2004 Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF)
2003 Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Director of the Division of Bioethics (Montefiore Medical Center) and Professor of Epidemiology and Social Medicine (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
2001 Gay McDougall, Executive Director, The International Human Rights Law Group
2000 Stephen B. Bright, Director, The Southern Center for Human Rights
1999 David Leven, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Service of New York
1998 Daniel L. Greenberg, Director, Legal Aid Society of New York
1997 Elaine Jones, Director-Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
1996 Janet Benshoof, President, The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy
1995 Judith L. Lichtman, President, Women’s Legal Defense Fund
1994 Thomas B. Stoddard, Executive Director, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
1991 Arthur Kinoy, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights