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Touro Law Receives Grant from New York State Office of the Attorney General

Money to Fund Mortgage Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Clinic at Touro Law Center and Efforts of Central Islip Civic Council
June 28, 2012



Touro Law is pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of ten state-wide grantees for a new foreclosure prevention grant program designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Touro Law was awarded $97,000 from the State of New York Office of the Attorney General. A portion of the money will be sub-contracted to the Central Islip Civic Association for their local work to help with mortgage foreclosure issues. The majority of the grant will go to the Mortgage Foreclosure clinic at Touro Law, lead by Professor Leif Rubenstein, for its delivery of legal services in Long Island to help at risk homeowners avoid foreclosure.

“We are so pleased to be a recipient of this grant,” said Dean Lawrence Raful. “It is great to be recognized and rewarded for the important work that we have been doing. This new grant will ensure that we can continue this work, which benefits both law students and community members.”

The Mortgage Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Clinic seeks to assist local residents who are victims of the economic downturn. Students, working under the supervision of an expert attorney-professor, represent clients facing mortgage foreclosure or the need for personal bankruptcy. They negotiate mortgage modifications; appear in New York State Supreme Court at Mandatory Foreclosure Settlement Conferences. In representing clients facing foreclosure, students will learn the substantive and procedural law of mortgage foreclosure, the provisions of homeowner and consumer protection legislation, the various federal and state programs assisting homeowners and the skills of drafting, interviewing, counseling and negotiation.

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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.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is 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 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 as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.


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