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Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Mark Bonilla ’93 has been selected as the alum of the month for December 2011. Mr. Bonilla is a leader in his profession, was an active member of the Touro Law community while attending law school, and remains engaged attending a number of law school programs and events. His accomplished career is highlighted in the profile below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Mark Bonilla.
Mark A. Bonilla made history in 2003 by becoming the first Hispanic to be elected to a town-wide position in the Town of Hempstead. This is the first public official position he has sought and held. Mark is a first generation Puerto Rican-American whose parents were born in Ponce and Vega Baja (Puerto Rico). He is the seventh of eight children and the only person in his family to obtain a college degree and postgraduate degree.
Mark's public service began in college when he served as guidance counselor for Youth Ministries, assisting troubled teens. At Touro Law, he mentored several high school students, encouraging them to remain in school and refrain from violence and gang activities. A current Bellmore resident, Mark is involved in many community related organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Little League Baseball (as Coach, Manager and Sponsor), and Catholic Youth Organization (as Coach and Manager).
Mark is involved in several philanthropic annual events that include providing turkeys (during Thanksgiving), coats (during the Winter Season), and toys (during Christmas/Three Kings Day) to underprivileged churches/areas throughout the Town of Hempstead.
Since in office, Mark has become extremely active and supportive of all our local schools, reading and speaking to students of all ages. Among the many positive messages he relays is that we all should be proud to be AMERICANS. Being an American is an implicit promise to all of us that we - CAN be anything if we believe in ourselves and give 100%. He is a product of this American Dream and encourages all kids that this dream can be theirs as well.
Mark Bonilla earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (Central Islip). He received the Exemplary Contribution to the Quality of Student Life award, the Special Service Award, the Michael Aaron Silver Award upon graduation, received the School Service award in 1991 and was a member of the Latino Law Students Association while attending law school. He was a trial attorney having practiced in virtually every area of the law including criminal law, real estate, domestic relations, landlord-tenant and personal injury. He was also a referee for several Nassau County Supreme Court Justices and active with various committees of the Nassau County Bar Association.
Mark currently lives in Bellmore, with his wife Karen and their four children, Jared, Alec, Elena and Sophia.