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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 Jackie Doudu-Burbridge, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.



November 2009



Lois Schwaeber

Lois Schwaeber

Class of 1992
Director of Legal Services of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Lois Schwaeber ’92 has been selected as the alum of the month for November. Ms. Schwaeber is a leader in her profession and remains an active member of the alumni community. She participates in a number of programs for current students, is a member of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Council and serves as a mentor for current students. Her accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Lois Schwaeber.

Lois Schwaeber is the Director of Legal Services of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Administration of Coalition Legal Services and Family Court Advocacy projects. As the Director, she trains and supervises volunteer and student court advocates, staff attorneys and paralegals; provides interdisciplinary advocacy for clients and professional support in domestic violence laws and procedures for attorneys; proposes and supports legislation regarding domestic violence and rape/sexual assault; conducts seminars and workshops, writes and administers grants; conducts interdisciplinary staff training and support; provides direct representation of domestic violence victims in family offense, neglect, PINS, matrimonial, immigration, and child custody or visitation cases; is a liaison with the judiciary, probation department, police department, civil and legal service providers and court personnel; and develops, maintains and monitors in-house statistical reporting systems. Prior to becoming the Director, she was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Coalition where she provided direct representation of domestic violence victims in family offense, neglect, PINS and child custody or visitation cases; provided interdisciplinary advocacy for clients and professional support in domestic violence laws and procedures for attorneys. She also trained and supervised new attorneys and law student interns. Before joining the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ms. Schwaeber was an attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic for Nassau/Suffolk Legal Services, Inc. where she developed and launched a new clinical program assisting victims of domestic violence in accessing the Family Court legal system and in obtaining Orders of Protection; provided day-to-day training, supervision and guidance for 18 law school student interns in this specialized clinic; created and developed case reporting systems, provided on-going seminar training and evaluation procedures; was a liaison with the judiciary, probation department and court personnel; and provided professional support in domestic violence laws and procedures for attorneys. Ms. Schwaeber was also an attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Hempstead, N.Y. where she administrated and supervised law school student interns in a domestic violence clinical program in Suffolk County Family Court; wrote the proposal for and conducted interviews with law school students for prospective domestic violence clinical program; wrote scripts of mock client interviews and evidentiary hearings for use at training seminars; and wrote course curriculum and conducted initial and ongoing training seminars for prospective students.

Ms. Schwaeber is a member the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legislative Committee Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (current Chair, Domestic Violence Committee and current member of the Matrimonial Committee), Nassau County Bar Association (current member of the Community Relations Committee, co-chair of the Speakers Bureau, member of the We Care Children’s Party Committee, member of the We Care Fund Advisory Board), Nassau County Judicial Women in the Courts, NYS division of women – Nassau County Chapter, Theodore Roosevelt Inn of Courts, New York State Bar Association (member – Family Law Section), Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, and the American Bar Association (member Family Law Section). She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Courts of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Courts of the States of New York and Connecticut. Ms. Schwaeber is also on the Advisory Boards of the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, the We Care Fund, Inc. and the Supervised Visitations/Safe Havens. She is also a member of Touro Law Center Alumni Council, serves as a mentor for current Touro Law Center students and works with students as they prepare for their career. She has also been a guest speaker for The Public Interest Law Organization of Touro Law Center’s Wine & Cheese reception and has spoken at a number of seminars and programs throughout her career. 

PUBLICATIONS

· Domestic Violence: The Special Challenge in Custody and Visitation Dispute Resolution, p. 141, Divorce Litigation, Vol. 10, No. 8 (August 1998).

· Representing the Domestic Violence Client in Matrimonial Action, Chapter 6, p.163, 1999 Wiley Family Law Update, Aspen Law and Business (Eric Pierson, ed.).

· Domestic Violence in Custody and Visitation Proceedings, Nassau Lawyer, Vol. 52, No. 9. p. 2 (May 2003).

· “Domestic Violence as a Factor in Custody Visitation Decisions in New York State,”  Chapter 7, p.107, Domestic Violence, New York State Bar Association, 2008, (Thomas F. Liotti, Esq., Ed.).

· Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues (Mo Therese Hannah, PhD. And Barry Goldstein, J.D., editors), Chapter 2, Recognizing Domestic Violence: How to Know It When You See It and How to Provide Appropriate Representation.
 
AWARDS
 
· Nassau County Women’s Bar Association; Virginia C. Duncombe, Esq., Memorial Award for Exceptional Contributions to Women’s Legal Education - June 1998

· Town of North Hempstead, Women’s Honor Roll - 2004

· Nassau Now Women’s Equality Award - 2006

· Nassau County Judicial Committee on Women In the Courts - 2006

· Nassau County Judicial Committee on Women In the Courts - 2007



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