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Alumni of the Month Program

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.



September 2010



Violet e. Samuels

Violet e. Samuels

Class of 1999
Samuels & Associates, P.C.

Violet E. Samuels attended Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center from 1995 to 1999 as a part-time day student. While attending Touro Law,  Ms. Samuels was a member of the Touro Law Review. She was also a PDP Teaching Assistant (TA) for Contracts II and a LEAP TA for Criminal Law.  Ms. Samuels also participated in the Family Law and Civil Extern Clinics. She interned at the Queens Family Court for two consecutive summers and at Aaronson, Rappaport, Feinstein and Deutsch, a medical malpractice defense law firm in New York City.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Samuels worked as a registered nurse in multiple general units in a variety of hospitals and long term care centers. Ms. Samuels was also the Principal and CEO of a home care agency for health care professionals which sent out over two thousand health care workers during her tenure.

While attending law school, Ms. Samuels continued her employment in nursing full time (12-hour shifts) as a Registered Nurse in the intensive care units at New York Hospital Cornel Medical Center until November 1999. Ms. Samuels also oversaw the home care agency and worked as a medical malpractice nurse expert witness for plaintiffs and defendants attorneys.

After graduating from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Ms. Samuels worked as an associate attorney at Mallilo & Grossman, from November 1999 to May 2003 doing the general practice, family law, estate planning and personal injury matters. Ms. Samuels moved on to Castro & Associates, P.C., New York, where she became the Trial and Appellate Counsel for the firm from May 2003 to November 2006. Since November 2006, Ms. Samuels is the Principal of Samuels & Associates, P.C. in Rosedale, New York where she focuses on general practice, employment, family law, personal injury, Title VII, false arrest and immigration matters. Ms. Samuels is a trial attorney with experience in all types of personal injury matters, surrogate work, and appellate work. She has a passion for Title VII cases. She has successfully negotiated; arbitrated and mediated numerous settlements in a variety of cases and has successfully litigated cases at trial.

Ms. Samuels holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (1999), a Master of Arts in Nursing Administration from New York University (1990) and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from City College.  (1983). Ms. Samuels is admitted in New York (2000), New Jersey (2000), United States District Court – Eastern District (2000), United States District Court Southern District

(2000). U.S. Supreme Court (2010); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2010), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2010) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2010). Ms. Samuels is a Registered Nurse licensed in the State of New York (1983). She is a CPR instructor and teaches Child Abuse, Recognition and Identification in New York State. Ms. Samuels is very active in the legal community - she is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA); she is co-chair for the membership committee for NYSBA trial lawyers section; she is a member of the Queens County Bar Association; she is a member of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Council, she volunteers as a judge for Moot Court Competition, student competitions and oral argument for Touro Law Center First Year Legal methods; and currently volunteers as a mentor in the Law Center’s Alumni-Student Mentor program. She is a Guardian Ad Litem and represents elderly respondents in landlord–tenant cases. Ms. Samuels has been a Small Claims Arbitrator since 2005, and volunteers to hear cases as an arbitrator in Civil Court Kings and Queens Counties. She is a pro bono attorney for the Queens Bar Association where she volunteers to do uncontested divorce cases. She is trained as a Pro Bono attorney for foreclosure cases



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