Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding
alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school,
or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please
contact the Director of Alumni Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.
Touro Law Center is proud to announce David M. Sperling, Class of 1994, as Alum of the Month for November 2016!
David Sperling worked successfully as an editor for 15 years, but was looking for a career that would be personally satisfying and enable him to make a difference in the world. He attended Touro Law in the part time program while working. Upon graduation, he put out his shingle and started practicing immigration law.
Today, David is a successful immigration attorney with offices in Hempstead, Central Islip, Huntington Station and Riverhead. David M. Sperling and Associates is the largest immigration law firm on Long Island, with a full-time staff of 27 including 6 attorneys, of which 3 are Touro alumni. The firm works with clients from around the world, but its primary focus is the region’s rapidly growing Hispanic population.
Before becoming an attorney, David worked as a foreign correspondent in Central America, where he become fluent in Spanish, and then later as a journalist for the Miami Herald and Newsday. He was admitted to Touro as a part-time day student while working at Newsday and graduated in 1994.
Although no longer a journalist, David continues to write articles on immigration law for the general media, legal publications and Spanish-language newspapers on Long Island. He and his clients have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, Newsday, CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox, Voice of America and other media outlets throughout the world.
He has also appeared frequently as an expert commentator for Spanish-language TV networks, including Univision and Telemundo, and been a speaker and panelist for various Bar Association seminars. He is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, as well as the Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council.
In 2012, David established the DREAM Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization that which grants scholarships to immigrant students who are not otherwise eligible for financial aid. The Foundation’s 3rd annual DREAM Cruise on Aug. 20, 2016 attracted more than 120 Long Island community leaders and supporters.
Last year, David was honored with the Humanitarian Award by the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers.
David offers three words of advice for current and prospective law school students: “Network, network, network.” He continues, “Join different bar associations, meet lawyers in the real world and take full advantage of legal clinics, internships and externships.”