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Who We Are 

The Advisory Board, Faculty Affiliates, Director, and Fellows are the backbone of the Institute.

Advisory Board

“The new Advisory Board includes accomplished practitioners as well as outstanding Law Center faculty. Judge Lazer, the longtime leader of these efforts at the Law Center, continues as a valued member of the Advisory Board. My colleagues and I look forward to providing policy guidance and practical assistance to the Institute.” Advisory Board Chair, Richard Eisenberg.

Chair, Richard Eisenberg, Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, PC
 
The Honorable Merik Aaron ’92, Nassau County Family Court
 
John Armentano ‘05, Farrell Fritz, PC
 
Keith Brown ’94, Brown & Altman, LLP
 
Larry Davis ’92, Davis and Prager, Chairman of LIBI
 
Brian Duggan ’05, Cashin Associates, PC
 
John Farrell ’00, Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC
 
Pamela Greene ’98, Town of Islip
 
Anthony Guardino, Farrell Fritz, PC
 
Daniel Baker ’92, Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC
 
The Honorable Leon Lazer, Touro Law Center
 
A. Thomas Levin, Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, PC
 
Maureen Liccione, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
 
Linda Margolin, Bracken Margolin and Besunder, LLP
 
Mitch Pally, CEO Long Island Builders Institute
 
Erin Sidaras ‘99, Farrell Fritz, PC
 
Jonathan Sinnreich, Sinnreich Kosakoff
 
Student representative Michael Spinelli ‘17
 
Patricia Salkin, Dean, Touro Law Center, ex officio
 
Linda Weissman, Asst. Dean, Touro Law Center, ex officio

Faculty Affiliates

Dean Patricia Salkin, a nationally recognized scholar on land use and zoning, has published hundreds of books, columns and articles, including multivolume treatises and a textbook (coauthored with John Nolon). As a leader in the field, Dean Salkin has chaired numerous boards and committees, including the American Planning Association's Amicus Curiae Committee, and has consulted on land use issues for many national organizations, including the National Governor’s Association.
 
Joan Foley, a graduate of NYU School of Law, brings to the Institute the practical and theoretical experiences of a seasoned environmental litigator and a dedicated educator. Prior to joining Touro Law, she was a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law and a partner at a Seattle firm.
 
Leon D. Lazer, formerly a Judge of the Appellate Division, Second Department, teaches land use and zoning at Touro Law. Prior to joining Touro Law, Judge Lazer also served as a Supreme Court justice, Town Attorney for the Town of Huntington, and co-chair of the Suffolk County Reapportionment Committee.
 
Michael Lewyn brings the experience of a practitioner and federal judicial clerk to his teaching of property, land use and environmental law. Professor Lewyn's scholarship focuses on urban and suburban development, and in particular questions of "sprawl."
Ann Nowak, Director of Touro Law’s Writing Center, has served on the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals since 1996. Before joining Touro Law, she founded and spent 19 years running an eastern Long Island law firm.
 
Benjamin Rajotte, Director of Touro Law’s Disaster Relief Clinic, has taught at Northeastern University School of Law, Vermont Law School, Seton Hall University School of Law and Western New England University School of Law, and has practiced in both Los Angeles and New York. Professor Rajotte’s work with the Disaster Clinic features regularly in local and national news.

Fellows

Postgraduate Fellows Evan Zablow (Touro Law ’14) and Megan DiMiceli (Touro Law ’08) work on the Institute’s NYSERDA wind energy model ordinance project. Evan is past president of Touro Law’s Environmental Law Society and has published on hydraulic fracturing. Megan is a practicing attorney, who also teaches energy technology at the NY Institute of Technology. 
 
Student Fellow Alyse Delle Fave (Touro Law ‘15) works as a Student Fellow on the NYSERDA wind energy project. Her work involves analysis of complex zoning issues related to siting wind projects, and compilation and analysis of existing NY ordinances.
 
Student Fellows Alanna McGovern (’15) and Cathy Breidenbach (’17) work on a disaster resiliency project funded by a generous grant from Long Island Community Foundation. Alanna competed in the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in 2013-14, and Cathy is competing in the national competition in 2014-15.
 
LUSD Research Assistant Heidi Kolence (Dec. ’15) provides invaluable assistance related primarily to land use law to both the Institute Director and Dean Salkin. Heidi has worked as an intern for the Town of Babylon and serves as the student co-chair of the Municipal Law section of the NY State Bar Ass’n.