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Lawrence Raful Public Interest Summer Law Fellowship Established

Newly Appointed Dean Patricia Salkin and Her Husband Fund New Fellowship in Honor of Her Immediate Predecessor Dean Lawrence Raful
September 5, 2012

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is pleased to announce newly appointed Dean Patricia Salkin and her husband Howard Gross have made a donation in honor of the contributions made to Touro Law, legal education and the local community by her immediate predecessor Dean Lawrence Raful. The gift will fund a Lawrence Raful Public Interest Summer Law Fellowship for the next three years.

“We are tremendously excited by this generous gift. It helps to expand our existing Fellowship program which has become increasingly important to our students and the vulnerable clients they serve,” said Thomas Maligno, Director of Public Service and Executive Director of the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law.

The inaugural Raful Fellowship will be awarded to one student this spring for the summer semester. The candidate will be chosen by a committee of faculty, administrators and students based on pre-determined requirements including completion of two semesters of law school, a commitment to public interest law and financial need.

Dean Salkin stated, “My husband and I wanted to make this the first gift of my new tenure because of our deep respect for Larry Raful and the things he has accomplished at Touro Law. The idea of the Public Interest Fellowship in his name is so consistent with his values that we thought it was the perfect match and we are happy to honor him in a way that would be meaningful to him.”

Each year, Touro Law awards public interest fellowships to students who share a commitment to public interest law and wish to work in the public interest legal employment during the summer. Currently, the law school offers 16 named fellowships to students. In addition, several others are offered through fundraising efforts each year.


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:

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