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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.



December 2010



Honorable Merik R. Aaron

Honorable Merik R. Aaron

Class of '92
Nassau County Family Court Judge

Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that the Honorable Merik Aaron ’92 has been selected as the alum of the month for December 2010. Judge Aaron is a leader in his profession, was an active member of the Touro Law community while attending law school and remains engaged with the law school as the Treasurer on the Alumni Association Executive Board, is a member of the Alumni Council, participates in the Law Center’s Mentor Programs, and attends a number of programs for current students. His accomplished career is highlighted in the profile below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to the Honorable Merik Aaron. 

Honorable Merik Aaron is the Principal Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead. He was recently elected in 2010 as judge to the Nassau County Family Court and will be sworn in on December 14th to start on January 3rd.  Judge Aaron was promoted to Acting Supreme Court Justice by Hon. Anthony Marano, Administrative Judge for the Courts of Nassau County. He will be serving as a justice in the Nassau County Criminal Court located in Mineola, NY. 
 
He was endorsed by Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Tax Revolt Parties. He was also endorsed by CSEA Local 1000, Court Officers’ Benevolent Association of Nassau County, Inc. (COBANC), Grand Council of the United Emerald Societies, Inc., Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Superior Officers Association of Nassau County, Detectives Association of Nassau County, Nassau Police Conference, Inc., New York State Fraternal Order of Court Officers (FOCO), Adjunct Faculty Association of Nassau Community College (AFA), Enterprise Association of Steamfitters – Local Union 638 - UA AFL-CIO, and United Food Commercial Workers International Union, CLC.  

In 2006, the Governor of the State of New York nominated Merik R. Aaron to fill an interim vacancy on the Nassau County Family Court. This nomination followed a finding by the Governor’s non-partisan judicial screening committee that he was “highly qualified” for appointment to the Family Court Bench. On June 20, 2006, his nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate with Deputy Majority Leader Senator Dean Skelos placing his name in nomination. Judge Aaron lost the election in 2006 and returned to his former positions as Principal Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead, Village Attorney for the Incorporated Village of Hewlett Harbor, and private law practice

After attending Touro Law at night, Judge Aaron began working as a law clerk for Liotti and Skelos in Garden City. He then became the General Counsel to Cliff Data Systems Software Company in New Jersey. He accepted the position of Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead and was promoted to Principal Deputy Town Attorney. He also maintained a private practice concentrating in family law, real estate and municipal law.
      
He currently teaches at Nassau Community College as an adjunct professor and has done so since 1974. In 2000, he was named the “Outstanding Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College.” Judge Aaron is the past-president of the Nassau County Science Educational Leadership Association, New York State Science Educational Leadership Association, and National Science Educational Leadership Association. He is the treasurer of the Touro Law Center Alumni Association, a member of the Law Center’s Alumni Council, and participates in the Law Center’s Mentor Programs.
      
Judge Aaron is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington D.C. and Minnesota. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts in New York and New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Armed Forces, and U.S. Court of Claims. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Jewish Lawyers’ Association and the Columbian Lawyers’ Association.   He was selected to become a member of the Grievance Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and was the past chairman of the Bar Association of Nassau County’s Fee Conciliation Committee. 
          
He received his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1992. Judge Aaron received his doctorate in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1982. He obtained his Professional Diploma and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Hofstra University in 1974 and 1973 respectively. He received his Master’s Degree in 1971 and his Bachelor’s Degree in 1969 from Long Island University. 
           
After attending C.W. Post College of Long Island University and majoring in biology, Judge Aaron began teaching biology and middle school science in the Carle Place Schools and was quickly promoted to Science Department Chairman. He is permanently certified to teach Biology and General Science. He is also permanently certified as a school district administrator, school administrator and supervisor, and guidance counselor.
           
In 1980, Judge Aaron left the Carle Place Public Schools to become the Supervisor of Science for the Lawrence Public Schools. During his tenure as science supervisor, he introduced the science research program to the district and produced Lawrence’s first Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search semi-finalist. He was also elected trustee of the Carle Place Board of Education.
     
In 1984, Judge Aaron became the Assistant Principal of Calhoun High School and was promoted to Director of Curriculum for the Bellmore Merrick Central High School District. 
         
Very active in his community, Judge Aaron was the president of the Kiwanis of the Five Towns in 1999 and earned a life membership in that organization for the work he did on behalf of the community. He is also a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Westbury-Carle Place and was the vice president of the Woodmere Merchants Association. He was honored as Woodmere Merchants’ Association’s “Man-of the-Year” at a gala dinner. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Five Towns Community Council was the North Woodmere Republican Executive Leader for five years and was the Village Attorney for the Incorporated Village of Hewlett Harbor. 
           
Judge Aaron has won numerous awards: Outstanding Science Supervisor in Nassau County (Nassau County Science Educational Leadership Association); Professional Excellence Award for Science Supervision in New York State (New York State Science Educational Leadership Association); Outstanding Science Supervisor in United States (Prentice Hall Publishers and National Science Educational Leadership Association); Professional Excellence Award (Adjunct Faculty Association of Nassau Community College). He is listed in current editions of Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business
     
Judge Aaron is a life member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the South Shore – Long Beach Masonic Lodge, Guiding Light – Olympia Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Kismet Shriners.  He resides in Hewlett Harbor with his wife, Karen and daughters, Lauren and Stacey.


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