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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.
 
This year we were pleased to honor Jonathan Rapping as our 2013 Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence. Jonathan Rapping is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. He is also the Founder and President of Gideon's Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center. 
 
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.
 
For additional information on future programs, please call (631) 761-7064 or email events@tourolaw.edu.
 
 
Past Public Interest Lawyer In Residence Recipients

 

2012

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

   
2010

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

   
2009
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