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Touro Law Center Welcomes New Dean

Patricia E. Salkin, Renowned Legal Scholar, Named First Female Dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
May 10, 2012

Touro College & University System President and CEO, Dr. Alan Kadish, is pleased to announce that Patricia E. Salkin has been appointed the new dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Salkin is a nationally known scholar and expert in land use planning and government ethics. She is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School where she is also the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law.

“When searching for a new leader for Touro Law Center, we sought a dynamic individual with professional distinction who demonstrated potential for achieving and maintaining excellence and innovation in teaching, research, scholarship and service in the public interest,” said Dr. Kadish. “I am confident that we found such a candidate in Patricia Salkin. I look forward to working with her as she leads the Touro Law Center into the future.”

Salkin was named Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg’s dean after a national search to replace current Dean Lawrence Raful. Raful announced last July that he would be stepping down to join the faculty full time after serving as dean for eight years. Salkin is the fifth dean appointed at Touro Law, and is the first female dean in the school’s history. Salkin will begin her tenure as dean on August 1, 2012.

The chair of the search committee, Allen Fagin, partner and former Chairman of Proskauer Rose stated, “Patricia Salkin was a most impressive candidate from the early stages of the search. Her experience in legal education, land use and public policy as well as her desire to be innovative are a perfect fit for Long Island and Touro Law. She is well positioned to lead Touro Law into the next era of legal education. Both in her professional career and in her personal values she is someone who embraces the core mission of Touro.”

Touro College Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Mark Hasten shares in the enthusiasm and is pleased that Salkin is joining the Touro Law family. “Salkin brings a compelling mix of talent and skill to this position,” said Dr. Hasten. “She has a national reputation as a legal expert as well as a deep passion for the law and legal education. I believe her leadership coupled with the law school’s commitment to innovation and rich traditions of excellence are a combination that will prove beneficial to our students, our alumni and the entire community.”

Patricia E. Salkin is the author of numerous casebooks, treatises, books and more than 100 articles, columns, studies and reports on topics including municipal law, sustainable development law, climate change, affordable housing, and aging law. Dean Salkin is an accomplished administrator, scholar and teacher who also holds many leadership appointments in the profession, including within the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association where she serves in the House of Delegates and has led sections, committees and task forces. She also served as chair of the State and Local Government Law Section for the American Association of Law Schools. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Salkin currently serves as an Advisor for the drafting of the Principles on the Law of Government Ethics. Salkin is the long-time chair of the amicus curiae committee for the American Planning Association, and she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Urban Lawyer.

In accepting the appointment, Salkin stated, “I am honored to become a part of the Touro College family, and I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to be leaders in the changes in legal education and in the legal profession, ensuring that the Law Center is recognized statewide and nationally as stronger and more relevant to the demands of a changing profession.” She continued, “Touro Law Center has an excellent reputation for educating practice-ready lawyers and there are significant opportunities to further develop its unique court collaboration and observation programs and its Public Advocacy Center into national models.”

Salkin has served on the transition teams for attorneys general-elect Eric Schneiderman, Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer. She serves as a member of the University Council for Empire State College and she has also served on the Council for the University at Albany. In addition to consulting work for various state agencies in New York, Salkin has also worked with the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy for Public Administration and the National Governor’s Association.

She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the ABA, the State Bar, the Capital District Women’s Bar and many other organizations. Salkin has been at Albany Law School for twenty-two years, and previously worked for the State of New York. She presently resides in Glenmont, New York with her husband Howard Gross and their children Sydney and Jordan Gross.


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About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of Jewish-sponsored 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 community. Approximately 19,000 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, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide, are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

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